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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1895
Vassar College Archives and Special Collections
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 445p; 6 x 3 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Vassar College. Class of 1883
Short entries in a page a day format. Raymond describes her consistent participation in religious life through prayer meetings, religious lectures, and encouragement of others to renounce vices (particularly alcohol and smoking) and proclaim their Christian faith. Illnesses, depressive episodes (“the blues”), and deaths afflict Raymond and her close friends. Raymond references giving music lessons, singing in choir, participating in the Salvation Army, and supporting the College Settlement project. Raymond briefly mentions the Democratic nomination of Horatio King as Secretary of State (Sep 26), her support for women’s suffrage (Nov 5), and the election results in New York City that “went Tammany” [Democratic] despite the Republican votes that “swept the country” (Nov 6).