Sunday, November 26, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

26-1 Clear and Cloudy. Pleasant. I am unusually unwell. Had extremely bad night and lay in bed all day till 3 P.M. or so and then got up for them to make bed. Went over to inlaws. Slept very little after midnight last night, and not much before. Am certainly getting worse every day. Shortness of health and hand coupling with weakness in legs chief difficulties. To bed 8.

Monday, November 27, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

27-2 Clear. Fine. Pleasant. Received case Samburg Wine from Johnson, Halloway and Cowden, Phila. 1 dozen $10.00

Paid freight at 45 cts per hundred.35
Paid 1 quart oysters, stamps 30 = $1.05.75v

Dr. O’Connor husband of the late Susan Haldeman called last evening to inquire about her land held with Newbaker at the mouth of Powels Creek. Mrs. M.S. Beatty was here at the time. To bed 8 ½ to 9.

Tuesday, November 28, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

28-3 Clear. Fine. Coolish. I was in bed till 11 am. Then up the rest of the day chiefly in the parlour. Spent day and Ev. At home and to bed 8.

Wednesday, November 29, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

29-4 Cloudy. Cold. Signs snow. Fine snow in afternoon. Very cold, my wife says.

Mrs. Rawn at market and paid
1 lb butter.50
3 ¼ lbs beef 65, 1 lb. Sausage 25, fish 25, ½ doz. Eggs 221.37
1 turkey $1.00, 2 qts cornmeal 10, Smear care 5, Bread 5,1.20
$3.07
Mrs. Rawn paid for colouring frock for Fanny2.00
Mrs. Rawn paid for worker to knit smoking cap for Calvin.90

I consider both these expenditures ill advised and wasteful. The first because it is paying for the material twill; and at purchasing and also colouring and if really wanted a sufficient material could he purchased with the money paid for colouring to answer commercial and suitable purposes.

The 2nd money for the "smoking cap" is a grand folly a piece of reckless and uncultured [?] extravagance. The silly, careless things of weak-minded people who commit all such follies at other people’s expense. This of no account if it would be worn—a mere childish vanity, but it won’t even at that weakness be worn perhaps a dozen times till thrown aside. Let them live with their follies.

Received letter yesterday from Jn. Calvin, Princeton, Nov.26

Spent day and even. At home and to bed 9.

Thursday, November 30, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

30-5 Clear and cloudy. Moderate inclining to mildness. I did not rise from bed yesterday or this morning till 10 to 11 am.

Spent day and evening at home and to bed 9.

Friday, December 1, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

Dec.1-6 Cloudy. Raw. Cold.

Sold in VBR [?]$40.00
Received of Mrs. Merena Schenk (or Schwenk) 1 mos. Rent due this day$12.50
Received of William H. Ogleton 1 mos. Rent due this day$12.50

Spent day and evening at home and to bed 9 to 10.

Editor's Note: According to Raymond Martin Bell’s report "Cold Weather in Pennsylvania, 1790-1963" (Washington, Pennsylvania: 1963), the average temperature in Pennsylvania for December 1865 was 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

Saturday, December 2, 1865 page icon [Intro & Addenda] pdf icon [PDF]

Dec. 2-7 Cloudy. Coldish. Fanny at Byers’ in the country last Ev till near 10. Clark at party with young friends. Mr. Byers took her and others up to his house and brought them home in his carriage.

Wrote note to Mrs. Sarah E. Dickson present and kept copy.

Wrote note to Hannah Waldron, Halifax.

Paid Richard McCulla for milk for 1 mo. To 1 inst.$3.00
Paid Edward Robison our coloured boy on account wages (witness J. Rawn)$2.00

Spent day and Ev at home.

Wife paid
¼ lb tea 37, silk soft soap 11, ground nuts 1058
1 lb butter 50, Beef sausage and dog [?] meat 84, 1 lb lard 281.02
Hard soap 20, ½ peck apples 30, smear care and Bread 1575
Buckwheat meal 1 quart 10, Bread 4, cinnamon 519
3 lbs brown sugar 51, 2 lbs white sugar 4091
Bottle citrate magnesia 35, Brown [?] 35, Hair Pins 1080
Corn Beef (5 lbs) 75, coal oil (1 qt.) 281.03
$5.88

Douglass Forster buried today. To bed 9 to 10.

Editor's Note: According to James Gopsill’s Harrisburg Directory 1863-1864 (Jersey City: John H. Lyon, 1863), Sarah E. Dixon was the principal at the Harrisburg Female Seminary, located at Locust and Raspberry Alley. (Page number is ambiguous, but information on the Harrisburg Female Seminary may be found on page 1 of the business directory portion.)

Editor's Note: Egle 149. Douglass Forster was an assistant surgeon in the 113th Regiment during the "War for the Union."

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