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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1900
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 440p; 5.75 x 3 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Religion and Spirituality
Short entries in a page a day format. Raymond discusses her experiences teaching in Springfield, mentioning the school’s commencement (Jun 27) and her concerns for the examination results among her pupils and social circle. Raymond details her involvement in religious and social activism, which affects her friendships with Harold and Reeve and her interactions at the temperance mission with Joe, Smith, Julia, and Stowe. She mentions visiting prominent members of the Salvation Army, talking with people from a variety of countries and faiths, attending missionary lectures, hearing a talk by Jane Addams (Mar 8), and contemplating sermons (especially those by the pastor [Phillip Stafford] Moxom). Aiding her activities, Raymond describes learning to ride a bicycle, making her first solo ride on July 14. Raymond refers to visiting Northampton, MA with the [Smith College] Professor [Casimir M.] Podgorski. Raymond mentions attending [Vassar] College Club meetings. She describes the Vassar Alumnae Banquet, Class Day, Promenade, and Presidential Reception (Jun 12) before Commencement (Jun 13). Historical events reported by Raymond include the death of Rear Admiral [John W] Philip (Jun 30); the deadly fire at Hobok[e]n Dock, [NJ] (Jun 30); [false] reports of the execution of all foreigners in Beijing (Jul 4); and President McKinley’s defeat of his opponent [William Jennings] Bryan by a “large electoral vote” (Nov 6).