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Raymond, Cornelia M. Diary, 1901
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Raymond, Cornelia M.
Bound volume; aprox 385p; 6.75 x 4.25 inches; Iron gall ink on aged paper
Short entries in a page a day format. Raymond describes her social life, academic classes, and the books she reads. She also includes her worries over her mother’s health. She writes about the concerts and lectures that she attends, including Jacob Riis and a lecture at her church on the “Race Problem in the South.” She visits the Eden Musée and sees the “Cinematograph.” Raymond writes about her 40th birthday frequently riding her bike. A main focus is her religious life and conversion work, including leading some prayer meetings herself. By the end of the year, troubles with the leader necessitate the closing of the mission. Raymond also notes Queen Victoria’s death, President McKinley’s inauguration for his second term, the assassination attempt on McKinley, his subsequent death, Roosevelt’s inauguration, mourning in New York City for McKinley, and the execution of his killer.