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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1899
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 451p; 6 x 3.25 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Vassar College. Class of 1883
Short entries in a half page a day format. Raymond details her involvement in religious life, such as her attendance of prayer-meeting, the sermons of pastors such as [Phillip Stafford] Moxom, “Mr. Hahn’s” religious lectures, theologian Lyman Abbot’s address to a high school (Jun 28), and talks by missionaries. She analyzes the content of several sermons. Raymond writes of her continued support of temperance mission members (particularly “Joe” [the host of the meetings], “Smith” a “teamster,” “W. Brown,” “Baker,” and “Stowe”) in their struggles to abstain from alcohol and tobacco. Raymond references teaching in Springfield, giving music lessons, writing papers, attending a school picnic, and discussing examination results with her pupils. Raymond reports on Vassar College news and alumni activities, including VC president James Monroe Taylor’s invitation to become president of Brown [which he refused] (Feb 9), and [Vassar] College Club elections (Nov 19). Raymond details a June visit to Vassar, including information on her election to Phi Beta Kappa before Vassar Commencement (Jun 14); a school tea (Jun 19); and closing ceremonies, Class Day, and daisy picking (Jun 20). Raymond mentions social news, including visits to her family in Western NY, to her friends in Western MA (near her Springfield job), and to Toronto and Lake Ontario. She expresses concerns over her mother’s health, her friendships, and receiving two love confessions. Raymond references several historic events, such as the many people [including her “Cousin Anna”] who died in the burning of the Windsor Hotel in New York City (Mar 17). Raymond describes seeing President William McKinley (Jun 21) and hearing Governor [Theodore] Roosevelt speak at a military concert (Sep 16).