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Slade, Abigail L. Diary, 1866

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Brief daily entries written in 1866 during and after Slade's spring semester at Vassar College. Slade mentions entrance examinations, music lessons, botany expeditions, and compositions. She refers to various faculty members, such as [VC Lady Principal] Miss [Hannah] Lyman, Maria Mitchell, Dr. Raymond, Professor Tenney, Professor Buckham, and Professor Van Ingen. Social details include correspondence, flirtations in Poughkeepsie, classmates, birthdays, an organ concert, Euchre, croquet, and tilting. Beyond attending services in the VC chapel, Slade reports attending social events affiliated with several different church denominations. Slade mentions tableaux, Valentine's day, autograph albums, and making her gymnastic suit (May 4). She then discusses her activities for the remainder of the year after leaving Vassar, such as a camping trip (Aug 12) and travels through destinations such as Fall River, Providence, and Yarmouth.
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Abbie Slade
Somerset Mass

 


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Jan. --MONDAY 1-- 1866

Quite unpleasant. Nothing particular note occured [sic].

TUESDAY 2

Pleasant. Spent the evening at Hiram Buffinton's quite a pleasant time was introduced to Bennie Chase the hero of the evening, Lizzie Underwood was there.

WEDNESDAY 3

Carrie's birthday, Had company about 30, was disagreeably surprised to find Mr. B. was to spend the evening with us, set a splendid example [took] [R] gentlemen especially at the refreshment room. [ahem--]

 


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Jan. --THURSDAY 4-- 1866

Pleasant, spent the evening at Darius Buffintons, quite pleasant considering all the existing circumstances. Had two teeth filled at Dr William. Called at Mary Louise Hooper, an hour of enjoyment

FRIDAY 5

Cold & very pleasant

SATURDAY 6

Cold

 


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Jan. --SUNDAY 7-- 1866

Very cold and snowey[snowy]. Will Perry & Will Slade came to see us. UC UC UC UC UC UC
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MONDAY 8

Started for Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, Charlie, Lena & Abram came to the depot to bid us good-bye. Was not much sea-sick, arrived in New York about ten.

TUESDAY 9

Very pleasant. Came in the cars from N.Y. to Poughkeepsie, arrived at college about six, was introduced to Miss Lyman who I think is quite nice, at present.

 


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Jan --WEDNESDAY 10-- 1866

Very pleasant. A day of days. Was partially examined to be admitted to Vassar College ... I shall tire of Chapel before next July,

THURSDAY 11

Pleasant. Went across the yard to see Maria Mitchell & her father, had a very pleasant call indeed, seemed quite like home.

FRIDAY 12

 


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Jan. --SATURDAY 13-- 1866

Cloudy, Laura received a paper from Charlie, went in her room & read it while the others worked, went into Prof Wiebe's private parlor, spent until tea-time in lively conversation, his daughter very pleasant.

SUNDAY 14

Very pleasant. Very first day at Vassar College, a very long sermon from Dr Raymond very good but to long to suit me, wrote to Will Sherman.

MONDAY 15

Pleasant. Took my first music lesson, had Mrs Wiebe for teacher, if I had only commenced years & years ago it would have been much better.

 


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Jan. --TUESDAY 16-- 1866

Snowey[snowy]. Went to walk with Laura & Carrie. Wrote to Lizzie Buffinton. After Chapel Miss Lambert gave a lecture.

WEDNESDAY 17

Pleasant

THURSDAY 18

Warm and very pleasant. Still no letter from home.

 


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Jan. --FRIDAY 19-- 1866

Stormy. Had a letter from home. This is being written in Chapel.

SATURDAY 20

Stormy. Laura sick with a cold. Read Emily Chester. Laura received another paper, C.E.G. Maria Mitchell came in our room to see us, she is very pleasant.

SUNDAY 21

Very pleasant, spent most of the day in L's room, wrote to Mary Rodman & home.

 


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Jan. --MONDAY 22-- 1866

Very Cold but pleasant. Wrote to Harry Sherman. Nothing particular occured [occurred] as usual.

TUESDAY 23

Very pleasant. Wrote Addie and Anna. Went out to see the young ladies skate. Two weeks tonight since came. It seems like a month.

WEDNESDAY 24

 


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Jan. --THURSDAY 25-- 1866


FRIDAY 26

SATURDAY 27

Very pleasant, went sleighing through Poughkeepsie, had my fortune told by the [key]. See him in 4 m. marry in 3 years G.E.S.

 


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Jan. --SUNDAY 28-- 1866

Very pleasant, wrote to Mary [Slone]

The gates of hell cannot prevail W.P.

MONDAY 29

Had Mrs Curtiss for Music teacher. Think her very lovely, a lady in every sense of the word.

TUESDAY 30

Had the pleasant information from Prof Brickham that we were to write compositions, Horrors of horrors.

 


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Jan. --WEDNESDAY 31-- 1866

A most splendid day, went to walk with Fannie Brown. Laura received the Waverly as usual from Gideon in others, C.E.G. received a letter from home & [Sharey].

Feb THURSDAY 1

Had Miss Wylie for music teache,r do not admire her at all, hope I shall not have for a constancy.

FRIDAY 2

 


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Feb. --SATURDAY 3-- 1866

Spent the day in Laura's room.

SUNDAY 4

Very pleasant. Had a very fine sermon from Professor Buckham, wrote home, M.E.Flint and to E.D.B. One cream cake for desert a mere aggravation, did not go to Bible Class.

MONDAY 5

A most glorious day.

 


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Feb. --TUESDAY 6-- 1866


WEDNESDAY 7

Had a letter from home. Laura received another letter, but why record it.


THURSDAY 8

 


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Feb. --FRIDAY 9-- 1866


SATURDAY 10


SUNDAY 11

In Chapel, proffessor Tenney the handsomest gentleman I ever so without any exception,

 


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Feb. --MONDAY 12-- 1866



TUESDAY 13



WEDNESDAY 14

 


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Feb. --THURSDAY 15-- 1866



FRIDAY 16



SATURDAY 17

Splendid wheather [sic]. Every thing dull and monotonous as ever.

 


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Feb. --SUNDAY 18-- 1866

Chapel services began at three ended at five.

Sermon over an hour long.

MONDAY 19



TUESDAY 20

 


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Feb. --WEDNESDAY 21-- 1866

Played Euchere till eleven with Laura, Nettie, Carrie and myself, just a gay set.

THURSDAY 22

Prepared for Tableaux, was in two, received a Valentine, who from is the question.

FRIDAY 23

Splendid weather, wrote Annie Hathaway. Laura had a note from C.E.G. telling of the news of Jered Polters marriage.
Fannie E. Brown's Birthday 18 yrs.


 


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Feb. --SATURDAY 24-- 1866

Spent the day writing Composition, a sketch of George Washingtons life.

SUNDAY 25

Went to walk north Miss Lambert, very cold, short sermon by way of variety P suffers.

MONDAY 26

Composition Class. Hang it !!!!
Had Apples, Crackers and Figs.

 


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FEB. --TUESDAY 27-- 1866

Snowing very fast. Didnot grant walking and shall not repast either.

WEDNESDAY 28

Called at Mr Mitchells, Miss E Sampson came, in not anything very wonderful, went to see president Raymond and heard much correct conversation, etc.

MARCH THURSDAY 1

Went out Botanizing with Proffessor Tenney, a good old time, extremely muddy. Lettie Harris going to leave, the girls talk of taking her room, am very sorry.

 


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MARCH --FRIDAY 2-- 1866

First lecture from Proffessor Tenney perfectly splendid, no word to describe it, received a paper from home. Miss Lambert, as old much of an old maid as ever more so, Laura received her paper.

SATURDAY 3

Had the Hair dresser, was in Laura's room most of the day, played Euchere, commenced Little Dorrit, Carrie has been to Miss Avery, hope she will feel better now.

SUNDAY 4

Very foggy indeed, wrote home as usual.

 


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MARCH --MONDAY 5-- 1866

Nettie Camp's birthday 18 years, looked splendid when she was dressed for Church. That she wore elegent clothes, but she is not what you would call pretty.

TUESDAY 6

Cool and windy. Took a long walk with Laura & Carrie as usual, how stupid nothing and nobody to walk for, quite a change from last winter [gaities].

WEDNESDAY 7

Went to the Organ Concert, a handsome young gentleman by the name of Van Vleit, present a diminutive flirtation, Elizabeth Haviland called.

 


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MARCH --THURSDAY 8-- 1866

Dreamt of almost ever one. Played Euchre with Annie Hull, Laura & Carrie. Had L. for partner, beat them five games, Euchred three time, like the game muchly.

FRIDAY 9

The best of days, almost, in this Baptist Nunnery, had a "bang up" dinner considering where we are. Went down with A. Hull, for some Apples, saw Mr. Smith, had quite a talk with him.

SATURDAY 10

Read Little Dorrit with Laura in Miss [Fessenden's] room, was called down to see Mary Collins & Brother. Saw Mr. Hunt, very handsome.

 


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MARCH --SUNDAY 11-- 1866

Walked in to Poughkeepsie with Laura & Carrie, attended Friends Meeting, saw E. Haviland, had the first Edition of a young flirtation, pity about the young Quakers of Vassar College, quite a sensation, how are you [Vaningan][?]

MONDAY 12

Foggy, did not go out to walk. Had a nice talk with Mr Mitchell. Played Euchre with Miss Dade, had Laura for partner, got badly beaten.

TUESDAY 13

Am at a lost for a composition subject as usual. Had a gay walk with Fannie Brown. A party out playing Croquet.

 


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MARCH --WEDNESDAY 14-- 1866

Cloudy, Received a letter from home. Mary Shove is getting home-sick or dissatisied or something of the kind. L.E.A. received paper from C.E.G. as usual. Wish Miss Lambert roamed elsewhere but here. Cannot like her, am sorry to say.

THURSDAY 15

Am eighteen years old today. My reflections of course are very wise. Treated myself to some oranges. Cannot say I like M.L. Booth, one word that expresses her, [flat]. Played two games of croquet with Miss Lewis, came off victorious.

FRIDAY 16

Rainy. Attended the very fine musical entertainment which took place in the Chapel of Vassar College. Played Euchre till nearly twelve. "Maria Sampson" present, brought strange recollections.

 


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MARCH --SATURDAY 17-- 1866

Nettie Camp has been sick all day, Laura, Carrie, Annie & myself cut on like sixty, Miss Lyman came up to our room, was not at home when she called, still no composition for Monday, wouldn't Buckham scold.

SUNDAY 18

Proffessor Buckham delivered the necessary sermon instead of President Raymond. Laura, Carrie and myself acted as if possessed, I am sorry to say.

MONDAY 19

Pleasant. Wrote my composition. Subject Icebergs, I am disgusted with them all, have but four more to write, thank fortune.

 


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MARCH --TUESDAY 20-- 1866

Didnot have to write in the Botany Class, have very long lessons. Had a gay tilt with Laura, Carrie, Amy Tenney, such a case as she, almost wild. Fannie received a box of goodies, had some [Chichera], heard of E.E.S., pity about how going to return to the City of good times.

WEDNESDAY 21

Received a letter from Will Slade. Jeannie E. Brown went into Poughkeepsie to attend her Aunts funeral.

THURSDAY 22

When out tilting with Laura, Carrie, very muddy indeed, have very long lessons in Botany, like it.

 


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MARCH --FRIDAY 23-- 1866

Was called down into the parlor and found Mary Collins there, invited to go in town on Saturday. A splendid young gentleman in the parlor.

SATURDAY 24

In the morning read Little Dorrit. Wrote home, in the afternoon went into Poughkeepsie with Joseph Collin.

SUNDAY 25

Am in Poughkeepsie at Joseph Collin's, saw Sarah Sampson from Maine, she is lovely, had a very pleasant time indeed. Splendid dinner.

 


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MARCH --MONDAY 26-- 1866

So windy that I didnot go to walk, I had a picture from Abbie E. Chase & Lillie E. Slocum. Fannie E. Brown came back, played Euchre and read Little Dorrit, besides my lessons Prof. Buckham just called, caused quite a sensation.

TUESDAY 27

Recited in Botany Class, played Croquet with Miss Lewis, came off victorious, still rather muddy for the game to be nice yet.

WEDNESDAY 28

Wrote Abbie E. Chase and Lillie E. Slocum, hope they will answer as I much wish for a correspondence in that direction and from Providence.

 


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MARCH --THURSDAY 29-- 1866

Played Euchre with Annie Hull. Commenced my composition, subject Letters and Letter writings. Laura, Carrie & myself act like every thing, Miss Lymans gives this afternoon.

FRIDAY 30

Sent an April Fool in the shape of a blank letter to Haster Hooper, also a raw cooky [cookie] to Charlie, Tina and Gusie B., won't we have fun, hope we will have some return.

SATURDAY 31

Yesterday walked into the City on a gay shopping expedition, flirted a little, considerable. Dined at Smithes instead of (Humphreys) pity about that.

 


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APRIL --SUNDAY 1-- 1866

Walked into Poughkeepsie and back, was tired most [to] pieces after dinner, went immediately to bed, shunned Chapel Services both in the afternoon & evening. Wrote home and to [Shovey].

MONDAY 2

Miss Lyman returned, several girls called down to the President for flirting in town Saturday. Glad that it is not me, was caught at Mr. Smiths, by Miss Raymond.


TUESDAY 3

A most glorious morning, took a walk before breakfast with H. [Lambert]. Our time just half gone, only three more compositions to write. Hurrah.

 


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APRIL --WEDNESDAY 4-- 1866

Quite an excitement since Miss Lymans return about our behaviour during her absence, T.E. Brown and A. Hull in a terrible scrap, wrote Mary E. Hooper.


THURSDAY 5

Like H. [Lambert] much better than I did at first, she rather improves on acquaintance. Wish I was made of money, heard about every day something of E.E. Slocum, pity about him and something else which I cannot write.


FRIDAY 6

Annie Hull went to [Barrytown] for a visit. Am making a toilet cushion for mother. Composition subject Snow. Miss Day has our Class in Literature while Buckham is away.

 


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APRIL --SATURDAY 7-- 1866

Went into Poughkeepsie, from there to Jacob Haviland, had a very pleasant time, Minnie is just as smart as she can be, pity about J.B. Anthony, [flanged] Carrie most to much, bought our Spring hats.


SUNDAY 8

Snowey [snowy], didnot [did not] go to meeting, spend the day at E. Havilands. Edmund Underhill spend the afternoon there, quite a nice gentleman, did not allow him any chance to talk, slept three in a bed.


MONDAY 9

Returned to Vassar College in due season in the same Buss [bus] with Mr. Stuart of Chicago. Feel quite unsettled, not much like studying, wrote [Thavey], A.E.H. and Lillie E. Slocum.

 


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APRIL --TUESDAY 10-- 1866

Very pleasant, received letters from [A.O.M. Shore], & M.E.Hooper. We are going to celebrate Mr. Vassars birthday the 29 of this month, expect it will be quite a grand occasion.


WEDNESDAY 11

Went off on a long ramble untill we came to a hay stack where we sat down and read Tennyson, perfectly delightful weather, needed some gentlemen to make the tableau perfect. Received a letter from home as usual.


THURSDAY 12

Went to walk with Frannie Brown, met Proffessor Van Ingen's sketching party. Miss Graves as bis as ever & that is saying a good deal.

 


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APRIL --FRIDAY 13-- 1866

Very pleasant. Took a long ramble over hill, & brooks, returned very tired & warm with wet feet. Saw a snake in ramble. Read Oliver, rather like it. Wrote Alice [Wiing].


SATURDAY 14

Went out with Proffessor Tenney on a Botanizing excursion, about 40 went, had a splendid time, his devotion unparalled, intended to treat us with milk.


SUNDAY 15

A most glorious day, spent five hours out doors, a Mr. [Mechuen] came in from town. Services an hour long, wasn't that gay. Oh I am wicked, more so than home.

 


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APRIL --MONDAY 16-- 1866

A dull rainy day, spent the most miserable of nights, was sick most of the time. Water fever or something of the kind. Trot, Trot, Trot at midnight. Did not go out walking. Called on Mrs. Platt.


TUESDAY 17

Very pleasant, received a letter from Mary Flint who has moved to Florida. Wrote Will Sherman & cousin Hannah. Neta in one her cross moods, pity about that ink.


WEDNESDAY 18

Laura's birthday, 19 years. Had a small spread in her room, very select. Annie [Geannie], played Euchre a [whist]. Hurrah for the Quakers of Vassar [College].

 


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APRIL --THURSDAY 19-- 1866

Took a lesson in Musical Theory, on the fifth floor, Proffessor [Wiebie] very cross as usual. Received a letter from Mary E. Flint who has moved to Florida, Tallahassee.


FRIDAY 20

Very pleasant indeed. Had a letter from Rebecca Mitchell, she writes such lovely letters. Charlie studying for College, hope his health will not prevent him for persuing his purpose.

SATURDAY 21

Did not walk, spent most of the day in Laura's room. Had a Thunder Storm in the afternoon. Read and mended various articles.

 


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APRIL --SUNDAY 22-- 1866

Had a call from Mr. Amos Smith as splendid as ever, stayed but an hour, "Hang" Chapel. President Raymond as tedious as ever, do not remember much of the sermon. Had some delicious chocolate cake.


MONDAY 23

A week from today we are to have a Holiday thats gay, very rainy all day, feel quite unsettled since Mr. [S's] call, want some letters.


TUESDAY 24

Very windy, received a letter from Lille E. Slocum. Went to Mr. Wheelers with Annie Hull. Quite like winter again. Wrote Mary Emmeline Hooper.

 


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APRIL -- WEDNESDAY 25-- 1866

Went out walking with Fannie Brown, Carrie and Neta came after us and made sport of us, we had a gay walk, came in in time to see two young gentlemen drive up to the door.


THURSDAY 26

The excitement at its height in regard to the "Expellation" of L. & I. Beveridge, still undecided whether they shall go or stay, their Mother coming tomorrow. Feel sorry for them.


FRIDAY 27

Had my arm scalded at the breakfast table with boiling hot coffee. Did not go to class nor out to walk. Mrs. Judd is just splendid, I like her so much.

 


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APRIL --SATURDAY 28-- 1866

Sunday, very windy, have a most terrific headache. Wrote home and to Shovey. Six weeks from today have I should admire to be in Newport, only think of not being in Newport in June.


SUNDAY 29

Annie Hull sits here reading & [...]. Fannie reading over David Tompsons letter which I had some of L's to read. Oh how foolish. How I dread Chapel, that long sermon.


MONDAY 30

Spent the morning in town with Carrie, had a most [astoning] [ham] from Mr. [Hing]. The evening entertainment a decided success. Very nice refreshments.

 


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May --TUESDAY 1-- 1866

We have this for a holiday. President Raymond very good, spent the afternoon in Laura's room. Went over to Mr. Wheelers with Annie Hull. Haven't my composition yet.


WEDNESDAY 2

It seems quite hard to go to studying after two day of ease and pleasure. Received our letter from home as usual. Mary Shore just came back. Laura received her Waverly as usual.


THURSDAY 3

A most glorious day, received a very nice letter from Lizzie, wrote Lillie or rather commenced a letter to her. Still no composition.

 


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MAY --FRIDAY 4-- 1866

Prof. Buckham very good, said we need not write any composition till next week. Dorm very glad, only two more to write which is just splendid. Received a naughty letter from Abbie E. Chase.


SATURDAY 5

Spend the morning sewing, ripped up my black dress to make a gymnastic suit. Annie Hull & I spend the afternoon on the bed in our room, the evening in Laura's talking.


SUNDAY 6

A beautiful day. Went out walking with Annie Hull. An hour sermon as usual from Dr. Raymond. Wrote home. Love Fannie more than ever.

 


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MAY --MONDAY 7-- 1866

(W.A.R.'s birthday, 25 years old, pity about him.) quite aged.)

Neta funny and getting very good, received a good book from her brother Frank who has lately been [...] & joined the [...].


TUESDAY 8

Finished my gymnastic dress, am [...] with Laura in [...] with some one else she might have read us what she did not, but I don't care it is nothing to me.


WEDNESDAY 9

Annie Hull sick, gone to the infirmary, had six letters . [...] going to send a box, how good she is to say nothing of [Father] and the others.

 


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MAY --THURSDAY 10-- 1866

Have been down on the first floor exercising, like it very much indeed, practised [practiced] with Miss [...]. Sewed till ten o'clock fixing my dress sleeve.


FRIDAY 11

Very warm and pleasant. Commenced my composition. Nothing of importance occurring in this part of the universe. Received a paper from paper. Attended the lecture.


SATURDAY 12

Went off on a select picnic, staid till three. Joseph Collins & wife came and took us out riding, perfectly splendid, stayed there to tea, played croquet.

 


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MAY --SUNDAY 13-- 1866

Wrote home and to Shovey. A grand thunder shower while we were in Chapel. Did not go to evening service but staid in my room with Annie Hull, who has been sick.


MONDAY 14

Very pleasant, quite cool. Miss Mills going to start for Europe, her mother came today, taller even than herself and that is needless as she is six feet. How thankful I am.


TUESDAY 15

Oh dear, study, study, study, and then not know anything. I am discouraged. I hate those musical theory lessons, but is the use of that I did not come here for pleasure.

 


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MAY --WEDNESDAY 16-- 1866

Was suddenly & unexpectedly called down to the parlor, there was Charlie Gifford. It was just splendid to see him again, the idea of walking out with a gentleman, it quite upset me.


THURSDAY 17

Feel homesick, sea sick & love sick. Rainy. The chocolates creams which were give me yesterday are delicious. How I dread that lecture tomorrow. Some hopes of having Miss Small.


FRIDAY 18

Another week, I am happy to say has passed and gone. I wonder, I how much I have learned since last Friday, all I ought, I hope would think a letter from ........

 


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MAY --SATURDAY 19-- 1866

A long do nothing day, wish I could spend it at home, how long it seems, six weeks more. Wish I had my pictures taken, want Fannies so much and Hattie Sawyers.


SUNDAY 20

Very warm and pleasant, wore my white dress, it seems like Summer, wrote home. Lay on the bed with Fannie and read This [Key], what time, I wasn't asleep. Sermon from Mr. Cookman very good.


MONDAY 21

Did not go out walking. In the evening went to Chapel to hear Miss Lathrop, was not very much pleased either at her selection or her reading.

 


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MAY --TUESDAY 22-- 1866

Cold and windy. Purchased an Autograph album. Wrote in Hettie Edmunds book. Wrote a letter to Lizzie Underwood. Received a letter from Annie Shove & Lillie Slocum.


WEDNESDAY 23

President Raymond still quite sick. Received a letter from home & such news, I never would,why does she submit. I would not thus lower my self or perhaps lower is not the word but any how, I wouldn't have it so.


THURSDAY 24

Such is life, the mystery unexplained, how can I wait, but yet I cried, I fear to hear of it. Can I ever thus associate it as I should necessarily have to under the circumstances, and yet it is very

 


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MAY --FRIDAY 25-- 1866

wicked to mar another ones happiness, but I should not do it selfishly. Time will prove all things, till then I must wait. I suppose, fearing nothing, wishing nothing. I wouldn't have it, so could I prevent it and be doing good there by, but why write of this.


SATURDAY 26

A lovely morning, expect to go to Joseph Collins this afternoon. Took the most lovely ride down the evergreen road by the Hudson, never saw anything to equal it.


SUNDAY 27

Am at Josheph Collins this afternoon on the sofa side of Emma, his wife. Quite rainy, went to reading, saw William Lane, very handsome, also Underhill.

 


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MAY --MONDAY 28-- 1866

Came home from Joseph Collins to again resume our College duties. President Raymond much better. Miss Lyman grows more and more hateful every day I believe. A decided old maid


TUESDAY 29

and a dissapointed one in the bargain. I wish she were any where but here, but she doesn't trouble me, me just now so I guess I wont scold any more, went out walking with Annie.


WEDNESDAY 30

Received a letter from Annie Hathaway again, heard of the engagement of Sarah Chace and Will Valentine, wonder if it were really so. Sarah Lindsay coming home, I suppose she will not [...] [...] [...][...] [...] me.

 


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MAY --THURSDAY 31-- 1866

Fannie going to Poughkeepsie tomorrow to stay till Monday. Miss Scott has gone away. We kept our gas burning till nearly twelve. And did not get reported. Laura received.


JUNE --FRIDAY 1

Laura and CArrie gone in town, Annie Hull and I went out of the grounds down past Mr. Doughty, a lovely place, met Miss Braddock but got off nicely, do not believe she will report.


SATURDAY 2

Spend most of the day in Laura's room. Did not go down to tea, had pine apples, crackers and cake in our room. Neta to vexing for anything, another mouse in Fannie's room.

 


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JUNE --SUNDAY 3-- 1866

Very rainy, the [...] giving in to Church. Neta been to Bible class came up as [conceited] as ever. Did not go to breakfast, rose just in time for Chapel. A very good sermon from Mr. Wheeler, a presbyterian.


MONDAY 4

Took a music lesson of Mrs. Wiebe, like [it] no better, not as well, I wish we might have Miss Small all the time, went walking with Florence, pity about Neta's bill, more so about ours.

TUESDAY 5

Fannie going in town tomorrow, sent that letter by her, exercised [...] with Miss Lawson and the last hour with Nellie Barker, think her right nice.

 


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JUNE --WEDNESDAY 6-- 1866

A most terriffic thunder storm, the girls very much frightened, went in Neta's room. Laura & Annie came over & sat on the trunk, spent the evening writing in Autograph Albums, went to see Lillie Dumbar, as sweet as ever.


THURSDAY 7

Three girls left this morning and such a time parting. If it was only us that were going. Laura making a very handsome toilet cushion, have finished mine, am not quite satisfied with it, wish it could me made up before I go home.


FRIDAY 8

Proffessor Buckham excused us from composition, what unheard of kindness, he is to [too] splendid for anything. Congress for our Monday lesson.

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866074
JUNE --SATURDAY 9-- 1866

Spent the day in our room doing a little of every thing, three weeks from today maybe we will in Somerset, only eighteen more days. Was very much vexed at the dinner table & not with out a good reason.


SUNDAY 10

Written by the Mill, after Chapel, went out in the road walking, a delightful stroll, came back in time for Chapel, met Proffessor Buckham, no serious consequences as yet, do not believe we shall be reported.


MONDAY 11

A most splendid day, what would I give to spend it in Newport. Alumnie tonight and I not there, what a pity, the [Hillmose] House not visit by me tonight.

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866075
JUNE --TUESDAY 12-- 1866

Received a letter from Mary Flint. Went out walking with Miss Braddock and S.A.Lawson, on the road that leads to the city. Walked most of the way behind Miss Braddock for a good reason.


WEDNESDAY 13

Feel cross with the tooth ache, had a call in our room from Mr. Swan. Our first Strawberry Festival, only six of us, perfectly delicious, only fifty cents a quart.


THURSDAY 14

Took a music from Miss Small, like her so much. Two weeks from tonight we have a gay, hope Sadies invited company will come.

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866076
JUNE --FRIDAY 15-- 1866

Only five more study days. Spent the afternoon on the bed groaning on with the toothache. Miss Mitchell called a minute, Fannie going in town tomorrow. Wish I could get some letters.


SATURDAY 16

Went in town with Carrie & Annie Hull, very warm, had a gay time, bought things for Tuesday evening. [...] gloves & the like, such as belts, ribbons. Miss Powell took tea with us, she is lovely.


SUNDAY 17

Very warm and rainy, two services in the afternoon, Episcopal. I enjoyed it so much, stayed in the parlor some time with Annie. Miss Mitchell splendid.

 


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: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866078
JUNE --THURSDAY 21-- 1866

Received


FRIDAY 22

Warm, only one more study day, received a splendid letter from Lillie Slocum.


SATURDAY 23

Very, very warm. (laid abed till dinner time) Sewed & packed, slept half the night on the floor with Fannie & Neta, was out the window till nearly midnight.

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866079
JUNE --SUNDAY 24-- 1866

Very, very warm, laid abed till dinner time.


MONDAY 25

Had to go to recitations, think it right vexing. Concert tonight. Mr. [...] here, to [too] elegant for any thing, very polite. Pity about that white suit. Slept about an hour and that on the floor.


TUESDAY 26

So warm, what shall we do, packed our trunks, most ready. Am going to wear white. Promised and introduction to five gentlemen. I don't care much as long as Pres. is not going to be present.

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866080
JUNE --WEDNESDAY 27-- 1866

Am on my way home, bid good bye to all our school mates, a most delightful sail down the Hudson, what would I give to know M.P.S. So pleasant and his companion, that paper is returned, will he [...] it.


THURSDAY 28

A warm time in New York, dinner at . A most glorious time out on deck, just a nice party of us. [...], arm chairs [...]. Rain. Moonshine Saloon.


FRIDAY 29

Parting at Stateroom. Farewell at three in the morning. Arrival at home. Oh how nice. Pa met in the cars. In time for breakfast. Uncle [...] family down yesterday.

 


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JUNE --SATURDAY 30-- 1866





JULY --SUNDAY 1

Had ever so many callers. [C.E.G.], [...], J.B.A. [(W.S.H.)] brother sister, [J.] Buffinton & wife.



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WEDNESDAY 11

Went to Ball River to the dress makers & shopping, saw no one in particular. Maria Gifford engaged, looking very happy.


 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866085
JULY --THURSDAY 12-- 1866

Mamie, 14 years old today. Much company arrived, all of uncle Richards family, the children very cunning and very lively, it is so warm, I fear we can hardly enjoy ourselves as we expected.


FRIDAY 13

L. Arnzen, Julia Brayton, Tom Brayton & Andra Barden called, also uncle [Aheners] & wife, am almost sick with the heat, so much going on. Will Sherman came home. A little cooler.


SATURDAY 14

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866086
JULY --SUNDAY 15-- 1866

Lovely day. Was almost tired to death of hearing that old David.



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WEDNESDAY 25

Spent the afternoon in the city, think my dress will be quite stylish. Don't care about going to Quarterly Meeting, would much prefer spending a Sunday in R.... [Rhode Island], hope we can, it would be so nice.

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FRIDAY 10

Started for Yarmouth, anticipate a charming time, arrived their [there] about noon. Think Sam right nice. Rosa nice as ever. Hatti just gay, like her ever so much. Slept three in a bed much to my pleasure.

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866095
AUG. --SATURDAY 11--1866

Started frax Camp Meeting, rode three on a seat to the Depot, had pleasant so did not mind, but a slight jam to what we shall have I suppose. Was introduced to O.Wood of Boston. Had a very nice time. Tena succeeded in obtaining a tent for us much to be preferred to the large one.


SUNDAY 12

My first experience of tent life, find it pleasant as I expected to. Just before leaving the grounds was introduced to Mr. C. Dunning of N.Y., had his company to the card about a mile & a half. Think him an awful flirt, rested today.

MONDAY 13

Puts on to much goodness, quite fine looking. Promised to call Tuesday. Am not particular about it, not exactly my fancy. L showed her disposition well, she better be careful or she will find she isn't any where she puts on rather many airs to

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866096
AUG. --TUESDAY 14-- 1866

bring about her designs, pity about (Carpenter). Went riding this morning, a right nice ride. Mr. Dunning called, went riding with him, very pleasant, polite, & gentlemanly, but still regret being introduced to him. Think him soft and a great flirt, do not believe in his goodness.

WEDNESDAY 15

Went after pond lilies, I've come very near being "gibbed", enjoyed my self amazingly, laughed till I was tired. Am very sorry I so lowered myself as to smoke, am ashamed to acknowledge I enjoyed it. Started for

THURSDAY 16

home having had a very, very pleasant visit.

 


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WEDNESDAY 22

Went to the Episcopal Bake at Luther's Corner, was honored by the company of Will S....., enjoyed myself muchly, would like to keep my promise but cannot & yet what would I

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866099
AUG. --THURSDAY 23-- 1866

give to do so I know what he thinks. My mind is not entirely free on the subject, but hope not to be tempted under any considerations to tell him. Although would no longer hold that opinion of her that he does not and he would

FRIDAY 24

take back what he once said.




SATURDAY 25

Went to Providence, did not find any one at home, not even Shovey, returned the same day, remained at Y.[Yarmouth], R.I.[Rhode Island], Second st, I am very sorry about the news I heard, met Charlie Almy [...] [...] Think he grows handsome your Will and heard some news, having some

 


: VCLDiariesSladeAbigailL1866100
AUG. --SUNDAY 26-- 1866

Spend the morning in Y.[Yarmouth], R.[Rhode Island], heard Prof. Diamond returned home early in the afternoon. Spent a very pleasant evening in company with Tena & Joe, am vexed with Tena. Will give Laura one piece of mind, she deserves it twice over & more than that.

MONDAY 27

Monthly Meeting, did not attend. Our Sabbath School invited to spend next Thursday at Ashley's Groave [Grove] at a picnic. Well I suppose I shall go. Think I would like to go to California.

TUESDAY 28

Maime may go to Friends Boarding School, dislike to have her go ever so much. Have not heard from C.J.D. and hope to not. Have not bears that I shall.