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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1904
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 408p; 4.75 x 3.75 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Short entries in a page a day format. Raymond discusses her work for Joe’s temperance mission, mentioning collecting donations, finding relapsed mission members (Mar 30), and attempting to involve members of the Springfield YWCA. She describes attending Hahn’s prayer meetings and various pastors’ sermons. Raymond reports witnessing several conversion experiences, including one of a “back sliding” [relapsed] Salvation Army captain” (Jan 24). In regards to other organizations, Raymond mentions being elected to the membership committee of the Western Massachusetts branch ACA (Mar 1) and attending a Meeting of College Alumnae. Related to teaching, Raymond describes her anxiety for her students’ examinations, her colleagues’ dissatisfaction with their salaries, taking students on field trips, and attending their graduation day (Jun 15). Raymond reports keeping in contact with her friends from Vassar, attending Vassar’s field day and play (May 7), and encouraging a student to have an “earnest talk” about her failure with her professor (May 8). Raymond describes developing a friendship with Malcolm Hughes, visiting the Northampton Hotel (May 27), attending concerts, reading, and caring for her mother and for Mrs. MacGregor. Historical events mentioned by Raymond include the US “taking” the Philippines (Jul 3), the opening of the Rosebud [Sioux] reservation (Aug 8), the fire in Cleveland House (Aug 14), [Theodore] Roosevelt’s election by a “perfect landslide” (Nov 9), the illness of Springfield pastor [Phillip Stafford] Moxom, and “Mrs. Winston’s” call at the White House (Nov 19).