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Friday, Nov. 30. Went down town in the morning and bought a match safe for Aunt [C.] and a basket for leather work - cut leather until dinner time and after dinner made the flowers and acorns - read Dream Life and played dominoes in the evening.
Dec. 1. Thirteen years old today - what better am I than a year ago? or what more do I know? Went down town in the morning and bought some silk for 22 cents dyed my leaves, basket and Aunt Canno's easel - went down town, purchased a straw bonnet for sixty-seven cents and took a walk - read Dream Life in the evening - it was very interesting.
Sunday. Dec. 2 Learned twenty-third Psalm in the morning and went to church - afternoon went to Sunday-school with Jessie Williams for the first time and to church read library book in the eveing - Dr. Folsom came in in the evening and we had nuts and raisins.
Tuesday.2. Arose quite late having overslept myself. practiced and sewed in the morning, and played jackstraws & backgammon. This afternoon readied fifty pieces of linen about two inches square for lint for the soldiers & enjoyed doing it very much. poor fellows there are so many wounded & I suppose they are sadly in want of many necessaries. I think that when I go home I shall take my twelve dollars from the bank and give it to them. Made five calls this afternoon & only got in at one place, Ella Preston's, where we had a very pleasant call. Finished my tidy this evening. Have been very industrious this afternoon and evening and have not read a word. Indeed have read none of any consequence today.
Thursday.3. My lamp went out last night so I could not work. Made lint nearly all day & began another tidy. Effie and Maria called in the afternoon and I was delighted to see the first. She played splendidly the Mazourka and my Minuet de Mozart and I only wish that I could see her oftener. Today the aunt and children went and I did not feel very sorry though I have been rather lonesome today and homesick. Practiced some in the morning, crocheted & read Harper. Jessie came for me directly after dinner & I have been with her all the afternoon, walking some of the time and making lint. I wish some one from home would write to me. I suppose they have forgotten all about me. It is two weeks since I wrote to father and [Harry] and one since to [Auntie].
*A German composer, musician, and music teacher.
This evening we all went out in the fields & made wreaths of the beautiful violets, then sat on the piazza, & enjoyed the delicious fragrance of the cherry blossoms & the sweet mildness of the air. Then callers came, & I could not but notice how superior was M. to the country [gawkys] about here. I have not yet had any time for reading or study, but after Harry is gone I shall endeavor to be very regular. I have not seen Lucy today, but I have been building air castles about the excessive studiousness we are to have.... We have a chapter in the Bible to prepare for Sunday School, & I feel quite proud to think that I shall be able to read it in the original though of course it is only by myself.
think they had been thrown together like Hussy's Jeu de Mots. I am learning to scan now and the lessons in the grammar are tedious but nothing can be gained without labor.
Aug.4. Josie writes a journal and I have again commenced to be regular. In two weeks I am to go to Wilbraham. I am glad to go. I do not really suppose that is a very superior school but experience is the best test and I shall not have long to wait to form an opinion. It may be very fine and I may learn something, at any rate it will be better than my life here for I can get no chance to study more than Latin lessons. It is an open question whether my education is to be finished there or not. I know nothing of the plans of my father, nothing of the state of his finances except that he has lost heavily in stocks this summer and that he has not gotten me a piano although he gave me the promise of one. It is my great desire to have a college education & I shall use every means to bring my plans to a consummation. As I grow older I realize more vividly the rapid flight of time. This summer
It is miserable thing to be motherless! I have no one on earth in whom I may confide with perfect love & confidence, no one that I feel cares for my well-being & rejoices in my happiness. It is especially bitter to be left alone after having experienced the love of a mother like mine and it grows more & more bitter as I grow
I should like to give a good description of my chum, that in after years I may have something to recall her to remembrance, but I do not find the words at my command. However I will try to say a little of her. Her name is Fannie [Shillman], she is nineteen years of age
Wednesday, 23. Last night I did not retire until one, tonight I am too sleepy to study at half past seven. I agree with the physiologist that nothing is gained by burning the midnight oil, and in future I mean to retire punctually at ten. I am very irregular in my habits and I must strive now to attain a greater degree of regularity. Yesterday I received a letter from father. He had just returned from New York. Annie Murray & Camille Gaylord are making a visit at our house, and next week they with father & Mary are going back to N.Y. But what most concerned me was that I am to stay here at school as long as it is to my advantage to do so. He says I had better not graduate next term, not take too many studies and be careful not to injure my health. Mon pere est un bon pere, et ma mere est une bonne mere. A class in light gymnastics has been formed to day & I have joined. It is all the vogue in school now.