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1871 Diary of Luman Putnam of Granville
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1854 Diary and Introduction. Also access to many more LumanPutnam Diaries

Luman Putnam Jerusha Bailey, his first wife
L. Putnam

Granville Centre

Penna

Part Three
 

July

Saturday, 1

Seventh day of first quarter.

The morning was fair at the opening and soon became cloudy. The day was also quite cloudy and the weather was cool and considerably windy. The evening remains cloudy but is quite calm. The temperature, at eight o’clock, by the thermometer is 59 degrees.

We remained with Benjamin and Lurenday until some time after breakfast and then they came with their light wagon and brought us home. They remained till after dinner and then returned. Luman, with Miss Booth, on their way from Barclay to Troy, called before dinner and remained till some time in the afternoon. After this Br. Greenlaw called and remained with me until some time after supper. At the closing of the day I went out and hoed a spell in the garden, working till dark.

Sunday, 2

Full moon at 8-40, morn.

A warm night. The morning was cloudy and at five o’clock the temperature was 61 degrees. There had not been any rain and there was no dew. The day became fair and continued so until afternoon, then there were thunder clouds passing to the north of us from the west, and finally there came over, just at night, a splendid shower which was very much needed here. At eight o’clock in the evening it is partially clear and mercury at 64.

Read a spell in the morning and at the proper time for meeting went up to the Centre and attended there, calling a short time at Isaac’s on the way and he going over with me. Br. Greenlaw was present and delivered a very good discourse. Came home immediately after the close, and he having another appointment in the afternoon, went up again at three o’clock and heard another discourse, this time on the subject of, or rather on the word, religion.

Monday, 3

Second day of full moon.

Five o’clock in the morning. Partially cloudy, with temperature of 58 degrees, according to the thermometer. The forenoon was mostly cloudy and the afternoon was mostly fair, & the weather was quite warm. There was a thunder shower south of us in the afternoon. The evening is considerably cloudy with mercury up to 71 degrees at eight o’clock.

Went to hoeing in the garden immediately after breakfast and worked till nine o’clock, and then got ready and went a fishing down the creek as far as John Vroman’s. Made out quite poorly, getting none but small ones. Harvey having brought the Tribune from the post office, I spent some time reading that and sleeping and just at night went into the garden again and worked a spell at thinning out the turnips.

Tuesday, 4

Third day of full moon.

Very warm night. Morning very cloudy and some cooler. Temperature at five o’clock, 64 degrees. Clouds broke away so that the forenoon was partially fair. More clouds in the afternoon and a considerable shower towards night. Pretty brisk south wind through the day. The evening is clear and fine and at eight o’clock the mercury is standing at 63 degrees.

Read some in the morning but directly after breakfast went to work in the garden. Thinned and hoed out the cucumbers and thinned and hoed out another row of the Swedish turnips. Picked a mess of Peas, and dug a mess of potatoes for our Independence dinner; Harvey and Lizzie having to Towanda for theirs & John was also away. Sara, and the children only were with us. Spent the afternoon, most of the time, reading and resting.

Wednesday, 5

Fourth day of full moon.

The morning was very clear and very beautiful, with temperature at five o’clock of 57 degrees. The day has been fair and quite warm. The evening is partially cloudy at eight o’clock and the mercury is standing at 65 degrees.

Remained in the house until after breakfast in the morning, then went out and worked in the garden until nearly noon, then came in and read and rested till three o’clock in the afternoon, and then went to work again and continued till dark. Was very tired when I came in. Found the Tribune on my table which Harvey had brought from the post office, it having come one day in advance of the regular time. Luman came at night & staid. He is from Barclay & on his way to the Windfall after cattle.

Thursday, 6

Fifth day of full moon.

At five o’clock in the morning there were some floating clouds only and by the thermometer the temperature was 58 degrees. The forenoon was considerably cloudy and the afternoon mostly fair. At night there was a copious shower, attended with very heavy lightning and thunder, and violent wind. It is still in progress at eight o’clock in the evening, the thunder roaring incessantly but with an abatement of the rain. Mercury at 69.

Wrote a short letter to D. G. Bush before breakfast and copied it, and immediately after breakfast carried it up to the post office. Made a call at Mr. Bruce’s and then came home and went to work in the garden again & continued till the shower came up at night. Luman returned in the course of the evening, after the hardest part of the shower was over.

Friday, 7

Sixth day of full moon.

The morning was fair and beautiful, with temperature at five o’clock of 65 degrees. The day has been fair, but has been considerably windy too. The evening is mostly fair, and at eight o’clock, the mercury stands at 64 degrees.

Went out early in the morning to see the garden and found it considerably damaged by the wind and rain last evening, some of the plants being broken off and destroyed. The ground being too wet to be worked, concluded to go a fishing. Got ready after breakfast and rode with Luman to the corners below John Vroman’s, then went to the creek and found it high and very roily. Made out by perseverance to get a tolerable mess, but spent most of the day, and became quite tired.

Saturday, 8

Seventh day of full moon.

Another beautiful morning, fair and bright, but with the temperature somewhat reduced, the mercury at five o’clock being down to 52 degrees. The day has been quite fair. The evening too is fair, with mercury up to 65 degrees at eight o’clock.

Immediately after breakfast went out into the garden and worked there with a hoe until dinner. After dinner lay down and rested a spell and then went up to the Centre, called at the post office & got the Courier, then stopped a little while with Theodore at his shop, then went down to Arnold’s shop and left a cane with him to be repaired, and then came home and spent some time reading the paper. Towards night went into the garden again and worked until dark.

Sunday, 9

Last quarter at 8-13, morn.

At five o’clock this morning there was a heavy thunder cloud coming up from the west, passing mostly to the south, but it rained considerably here. Temperature was 65 degrees. The day has been clear & cloudy by turns. At the close there was another heavy thunder shower with violent wind. The evening is cloudy and warm, mercury up to 72 at five.

Did not attend meeting today nor go away from home, but remained in and about the house, spending a part of my time reading and resting in the library, and a part with the family. In the forenoon I went out in the garden with wife and helped her pick a mess of green peas, and also helped to shell them for our dinner. We had no company today.

Monday, 10

Second day of last quarter.

At five o’clock in the morning the weather was fair and warm, the temperature being 66 degrees. The day has been a little cloudy a part of the time, but mostly fair. The evening is clear and the stars are bright with the mercury at eight o’clock up to 70 degrees.

Could not work in the garden today on account of the ground being too wet, therefore spent a part of the forenoon reading and sat down to the table and commenced a long letter to James Buel of Woburn, Mass. In the middle of the day went up to the post office and got the Tribune and the Chronicle, and returned without making any stay. Spent some time in the afternoon in looking over the newspapers and reading some, and then went to work at my letter again, and having finished it before night and commenced the copying, which I finished in the evening. Luman called and took dinner on his way from Barclay to the Windfall.

Tuesday, 11

Third day of last quarter.

The morning opened fair, and at five o’clock the temperature was 59 degrees. The day was clear and cloudy, the clouds predominating. Weather continues warm. Cleared off in the evening and the weather is quite pleasant again.

Spent the morning and the forenoon according to my usual custom, reading some and working in the garden. In the middle of the day started to go up to the post office, but met Harvey who having just returned from the post office brought me a letter from Daniel Bush. Returned to the house and after reading the letter and concluding to go immediately to Bellfonte for a visit, went to work in a hurry to complete my preparations and then started off on foot towards the Summit, carrying Bush letter to the P.O., and calling Aaron Walborn & Levi Saxton’s on the way, staid at Luther’s over night.

Wednesday, 12

Fourth day of last quarter.

The morning was quite foggy and was somewhat cloudy too, but the fog and the clouds were soon dissipated and the day was quite fair, and the weather considerably warm, especially so in the afternoon and evening. The evening is also warm and clear and the stars are shining, bright and beautiful.

Arose early and walked up to the depot, and had to wait there some time for the train and for opening of the depot. Went in & sat with Mr. Learned until the office was opened, then went in and got my ticket, and the train coming up directly, took my seat in a car, and in due time arrived at Williamsport. Had to wait there till about two o’clock in the afternoon, then, procuring a through ticket for Bellefonte, took my seat on an upriver train and proceeded directly there, changing cars at the Bald Eagle Valley junction at, or near Lock Haven, arriving at Daniel’s house at between four and five o’clock. After being duly installed as a guest, walked up to the office where I met Daniel & Mr. Yocum.

Thursday, 13

Fifth day of last quarter.

The night was warm and the morning was very fair and pleasant. The weather continued fair, and was very warm through the day, except that it was a little cloudy at the time of sunsetting. The evening has become considerably cloudy, and the temperature has become much higher than common.

Arose at about five o’clock in the morning, but remained in the room, dressing and reading until breakfast was ready. After breakfast walked out with Daniel, first down to the "Bush House" to take a view of that structure, and from thence we passed up High Street to his office, in the vicinity of the Court House, where after a little we met Mr. Yocum. After this I spent the remainder of the day walking about town and reading at the house.

Friday, 14

Sixth day of last quarter.

The night was warm, very warm, and the morning was a little cloudy at the opening. The clouds became more dense until eight o’clock, and then broke away. The day has been cloudy at intervals, and also very warm and sultry. The evening is partially cloudy, with some abatement of the heat, especially, after a thunder shower of moderate dimensions.

Arose at an early hour in the morning, spending my time in my room until the family had arisen. After breakfast walked out to see the town and its surroundings. Traversed the northern portion of it, crossed the creek and went down to the lime kilns, thence to the glass works where I stopped a spell and then returned to the house for dinner. In the afternoon went down to the depot & thence up the creek to the planing mill, then back and round to the spring, from which I returned to the house in season for tea.

Saturday, 15

Seventh day of last quarter. Another very warm, uncomfortable night. The morning and the entire day were fair. The forenoon was very warm, the afternoon being less sultry on account of a greater circulation of air. The evening was also fair and temperate, the weather being considerably cooler and more agreeable than is has been for some days of late.

Walked out a spell in the morning then, returning to the house, sat down to read and was invited by Daniel to ride out with him on to Nittany mountain. Mrs. Clements & Mr. Lowry were also of the party. Had a delightful ride & a delightful view of Penn’s valley. Returning we called to see a trout pond, & saw the trouts fed by the proprietor, and arrived in season for dinner. Afternoon walked about town some & spent some time reading. In the evening went out to see a terrible fire that was raging in the town, destroying a number of buildings.

Sunday, 16

Eighth day of last quarter.

The last night was some cooler and more comfortable than the preceeding, and the morning was mostly fair, continuing so until towards the middle of the day, when the clouds became more general, and early in the afternoon there was a heavy thunder shower, which was followed by another lighter one at night. The evening is partially fair and the weather appears to be a little cooler.

Came in from the last fire at two o’clock in the morning and went to bed. Arose at about six and after breakfast went out to behold the ruins made by the devouring and found that a considerable number of buildings had been destroyed, many of them having been dwellings and stores. Remained about the house with Daniel and his family during the remainder of the day and the evening, spending a considerable portion of the time reading. There was company here in the afternoon, and among them were Mrs. Clement and Mr. Lowry. Miss Priest staid over night.

Monday, 17

New moon at 0-31, even.

There were some clouds at the opening of the morning but they were soon dispersed and the day was fair and pleasant, with the weather much more temperate, the temperature being several degrees lower than it has been for several days past. The evening is mostly fair, and is comfortably cool.

Arose at five o’clock in the morning & read till breakfast, after breakfast resumed my reading an hour or more, and then with little George to a walk up to the office, went over the ruins of the fire and down to the Bush House, and then returned. After dinner took a walk up Logan’s Branch to the iron works, visiting the furnace, and the forge and the rolling mill and saw the whole process of manufacturing iron from the ore to the finished bar. After supper read till dark and then went down to the depot and saw the cars arrive and depart, & then called into a store a spell in the evening.

Tuesday, 18

Second day of new moon.

The morning was very beautiful, without clouds and the weather fine, continuing so until the middle of the day, and then there were some clouds and some wind. The afternoon has been mostly fair and the weather tolerably warm. The evening is not cloudy but the stars do not appear to be very bright, the atmosphere being considerably hazy.

Read a spell in the morning, after breakfast took a walk up town calling at the bookstore and at the office, then returned to the house and made preparation for an excursion to Altoona. Repaired to the depot paid $1.43 for a ticket, took the first train & proceeded first to Tyrone and then to Altoona. Spent two or three hours viewing the wonders of the place and then on a returning train came back to Tyrone and while waiting there I met Br. Mitchell who was on his way to Maryland to visit his son John. Took the first train for Bellefonte arriving at Daniel’s house a little after dark.

Wednesday, 19

Third day of new moon.

The morning was fair, but some clouds appeared in the course of the forenoon. The middle of the day was considerably cloudy, and at two o’clock a thunder cloud passed around. As the day was closing there was a long, moderate shower, without thunder. The day has been only moderately warm and the evening is cloudy and dark.

Immediately after breakfast I went over to the depot and took a seat in a car, concluding to make an excursion to Snow Shoe and the coal mines there. Arrived at the village a little before noon; proceeded on the train, three miles further, with a company of excursionists from the hotel, to the mines; returning to the village and took dinner at the hotel; and between two and three in the afternoon went aboard the train and returned to Bellefonte, arriving in good season for tea.

Thursday, 20

Fourth day of new moon.

The morning was partially cloudy and considerably cool. There were more clouds in the course of the forenoon, but in the afternoon the sun shone more. The evening is partially cloudy and the weather continues rather cool.

Arose in the morning early and began my preparations to depart for home. Walked about town a spell & at about ten o’clock, with Daniel and his family who were going to Avon Springs, repaired to the depot and took the train for Williamsport. Arriving there went to the City Hotel and got our dinner, and having to wait till towards night for a train we took our supper there too. Rode back to the depot and took the Elmira train and arriving at Canton I got off and went to Charles Stockwell’s and staid over and Daniel and his folks went on to Elmira. Left my cane in car & lost it.

Friday, 21

Fifth day of new moon.

The morning was very fair but was also pretty cool. As it advanced it became somewhat cloudy and the afternoon was considerably so, raining a little by spells in the afternoon. The evening is partially fair with a temperature at eight o’clock of 53 degrees, according to the thermometer.

Arose in the morning before the family and walked about the village some time before breakfast. After breakfast Stockwell went around with me a spell, called at Leander Landon’s but they were not at home, went to the depot & found the train was 2 hours behind time, called on Br. Rockwell & then again on Stockwell, and finally took the train & came on to the Summit riding home with Sayles. Got the Tribune, Reporter, & Chronicle, & a letter from Mr. Pelton at the P.O., & on coming home found a letter from Rhoda & one from Ellen Buell. Wife is quite unwell. Picked a mess of peas & helped Lizzie shell them.

Saturday, 22

Sixth day of new moon.

Remarkable display of the Aurora Borealis last night, continuing nearly till break of day. The morning was partially fair with a temperature of 48 degrees. Before noon it became considerably cloudy and there was a very little rain. The sun was visible part of the time during the remainder of the day. The evening is clear & bright, and at eight o’clock the mercury was down to 50 degrees.

On rising I resumed my morning bathing which had been suspended during my late absence from home. Wife being quite sick, went down to Sam’s before breakfast to get him to call and see her again. After his prescription she began to improve and has continued better. Did some chores about the house, but nothing of much account. In the afternoon went up to the Post Office and got the Courier, & made calls at Isaac’s & Mr. Bruce’s.

Sunday, 23

Seventh day of new moon.

The past night was pretty cool but the morning was bright and beautiful with a temperature of only 42 degrees at five o’clock as indicated by the thermometer. The weather continued very nice until the middle of the day and it became cloudy and rained a very little. The afternoon was partially fair and there are also some clouds this evening. The temperature at eight o’clock is 57.

Wife had a restless night but on the whole appears to be some better. Sam called to see her in the middle of the day and Amanda was here also. They were here to dinner. Sister Amanda and Jerusha came afterward and staid till night. Remained at home today and waited on wife. Besides this I read some & picked a mess of peas.

Monday, 24

Eighth day of new moon.

The morning was fair and pleasant and the weather a little warmer than it has been of late. The day has been quite fair, and also moderately warm, and has proved to be the best hay day there has been of late. The evening too is fair, and at eight o’clock the temperature, as indicated by the thermometer, is 59 degrees.

Was up all night attending to and waiting upon wife who was in great pain and distress, constantly, during the time. In the morning, being some easier, she slept a short time and so did I. She has continued to be easier through the day, & is resting quietly in bed this evening. Hoed a part of the cabbage, fixed the front gate, went after Sam who was away, but came after his return. Burton came and brought Mary here in the morning who remained till towards night, Luman was here to dinner, Amanda & Nett called at night.

Tuesday, 25

First quarter 0-55, morn.

The morning was a little foggy at first and there were some clouds, but it soon became fair and bright, the temperature, at five o’clock being 46 degrees. Fair weather continued till the middle of the day, and then it was quite cloudy, but was bright again in the afternoon. The evening is cloudy and at eight o’clock the mercury indicates 64 degrees.

Wife appears better and is quite free from pain. Slept till breakfast was ready in the morning, and after breakfast went up to the Centre, called at the post office and got the Tribune, leaving a Reporter containing an article relating to the Barclay coal mines which I had put in a wrapper directed to Miss Ellen F. Buell of Springfield Mass. Besides waiting on wife I read some, picked some ripe peas for seed, drove the cattle off the meadow, fixing up the bars and finished hoeing out the cabbage & transplanted some where it was destroyed.

Wednesday, 26

Second day of first quarter.

The morning was cloudy and a little rainy at the opening. At five o’clock the mercury stood at 57 degrees. The day continued cloudy until sometime after noon, with but a little rain, then the clouds broke away and the remainder of the day was fair and bright. The evening is also clear and at eight o’clock the temperature is 64 degrees.

Wife continues easier and better. Spent the morning and a considerable portion of the forenoon in the garden at work. Hoed out the Swedish turnips and did some other work with a hoe. After dinner I spent some time reading. Harry called an hour or more, and after this I got ready and went down to the creek and fished a spell. Amanda and her folks were here in the afternoon, & towards night Luman came and staid over.

Thursday, 27

Third day of first quarter.

A pretty warm night with another cloudy morning and a little rain. At five o’clock the mercury indicated 62 degrees. Clouds broke away and the forenoon became fair. Some clouds came up in the middle of the day and there was a sprinkling of rain. Afternoon partially fair with a shower towards night. The evening is a little cloudy with a temperature of 60 degrees at night.

Wife appears to be getting better. Isaac called in the morning to see Luman before he went away. Spent a part of my time hoeing in the garden, and a part in the house reading and resting. Went up to the Centre early in the afternoon and calling at the Post Office found in my box the Tribune and a letter for Sara. After making a call at Bruce’s, came home.

Friday, 28

Fourth day of first quarter.

At the opening of the morning there was fog and some clouds, and at five o’clock the mercury stood at 52 degrees. The day has most of the time fair and has been tolerably also. The evening is fair with but slight exceptions, and at eight o’clock the temperature as indicated by the mercury, is 62 degrees.

Wife continues to appear better today but had a painful night. Spent the morning in the library reading and after breakfast went out to work in the garden, and continued there till towards noon. After dinner went up to the Post Office and got the Reporter and the Chronicle, calling a short time on Theodore. Spent some time in the afternoon reading and resting. Mr. Gilman was here. Luman called on his way to Troy. Amanda came.

Saturday, 29

Fifth day of first quarter.

The morning cloudy with the wind northeast. At five o’clock the mercury stood at 56 degrees. Clouds broke away at about nine o’clock and the remainder of the day was mostly fair. There was a thunder shower east of us towards night. The evening is considerably cloudy and temperature at eight o’clock 62 degrees.

Spent the morning in my room till breakfast and after breakfast went to work in the garden and continued till noon. Elon called in the morning, and Sam came to see wife who had another painful and restless night. After dinner went to work in the garden again, and after supper went up to the P. Office and got a letter from Mr. Atkins and after my return spent my time in and about the house reading some.

Sunday, 30

Sixth day of first quarter.

Another cloudy morning after a warm night. At five o’clock the temperature was 58 degrees. The weather was warm and continued quite fair through the day. The evening at eight o’clock, is considerably cloudy and the thermometer indicated a temperature of of 65 degrees.

Wife continues about the same that she has been for several days past. Besides waiting on her spent a considerable portion of the morning in my room reading. At the proper time got ready and attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon. Br. Greenlaw was present and delivered a very good discourse, in which was set forth the duties of Christians and of aliens. Returned immediately after the close & Azor and Eliza here, and before they went away Mr. Bruce and Lydia came and staid till nearly night.

Monday, 31

Full moon at 4-21, even.

The morning at the opening was a little cloudy again, but they soon disappeared, and at five o’clock the mercury was down to 54 degrees. The day has been principally fair but there were thunder clouds in the afternoon which passed around, leaving but a few drops of rain here. There are some clouds this evening at eight o’clock and mercury is at the point of 64 degrees.

Wife seems a little better again today, and Albert is quite sick with the scarlet rash or fever. Read a little while in the morning and after breakfast went to work in the garden again and finished up the hoeing for this time. After dinner went up to the Post Office and got the Tribune and also the Courier for last week and came immediately home with them, without stopping to make any calls, and spent the remainder of the day about the house. Sam called in afternoon.

August

Tuesday, 1

First day of full moon.

The early morning was considerably cloudy but the soon passed away, and at 5 o’clock the temperature was 54 degrees. The day was fair with but slight exceptions and proved to be a most excellent day for haymaking. The evening has a few clouds only, and at eight o’clock the mercury is resting at the mark for 60 degrees.

Wife continues to feel some better than she did a few days ago, & Albert appears to be getting along as well as we can expect. Sam called in the morning to see them. Remained in the house until after breakfast and then went out and commenced digging my early Rose potatoes. Dug five bushels before dinner and five bushels in the afternoon and put them in a pile and covered them with tops. Sold 90 cents worth of old paper to E. D. Manchester, a pedlar.

Wednesday, 2

Third day of full moon. The morning opened very fair & at five o’clock the temperature was down to 48 degrees. The weather through the day has been remarkably clear, and has also been quite warm. The evening at eight o’clock is fair or nearly so, the mercury stands at 64 degrees.

Read some in the morning and after breakfast went to work at my potatoes again, digging five bushels in the course of the forenoon. After dinner went out and covered up the potatoes, concluding not to dig any more today. Spent most of the afternoon reading and resting. Towards sundown went out in the meadow where Harvey and his hands were at work getting in hay and then went and drove up the cows. Sam here in the forenoon. Wife & Albert continue better. Amanda here in the afternoon.

Thursday, 3

Fourth day of full moon.

The morning at five o’clock was fair or nearly so, and the mercury denoted the temperature to be 53 degrees. The day has principally fair and quite warm, coming up to 88 degrees at noon. At about sun down there was a heavy thunder cloud passed north of us, not raining any here. The evening is considerably cloudy and very warm, the temperature at eight o’clock being 74 degrees.

Wife quite comfortable through the day, after a painful, restless night. Albert appears to be on the gain. Sam. called to night. Spent the morning as usual, and dug five bushels more of my potatoes in the course of the forenoon. Went into the field and picked a mess of peas for dinner besides. After dinner went up to the Centre, called at Theodore’s shop a spell, then went into the P.O. and got the Tribune and left a Courier directed to Dan. Bush. Spent remainder of day about the house.

Friday, 4

Fifth day of full moon.

The last night was very warm and there was a little rain towards day break. At five o’clock the morning was cloudy and the temperature was 69 degrees. Rained some in the morning, and after this the remainder of the day was partially fair & quite warm. The evening at eight o’clock is cloudy with mercury at 76.

Wife continues to be quite comfortable and Albert is improving. Remained in and about the house till some time after breakfast and then concluded to go a fishing. Went to the creek and fished down into Frank’s meadow and got a tolerably fair mess of small fish. Spent the afternoon reading until towards night, then went out & dug 2 ½ bushels potatoes which finished the piece, making 22 ½ bushels in all.

Saturday, 5

Sixth day of full moon.

The early morning was cloudy and rainy, and at five o’clock the mercury stood at 68 degrees. The rain soon ceased and the clouds broke away, leaving the day fair and warm. Grew some cooler toward the close, and at eight o’clock in the evening the mercury is down to 62 degrees and the weather fair.

Wife and Albert remain about the same as yesterday, each of them appearing to be comfortably sick. Sam came in to see them just at night. Got Harvey to go and take my potatoes up to Barclay today, to be left with Luman who has undertaken to sell them for me. Went to work after breakfast and picked up twenty bushels and put them in bags for that purpose, leaving out the smallest of them. After he had gone with them I picked up the small ones & brot them into the chamber. Went to P.O. & got Reporter, Courier, & Chronicle.

Sunday, 6

Seventh day of full moon.

The morning, at five o’clock was quite fair, and the temperature according to the thermometer, was 50 degrees. The weather, through the day continued fair, with the exception of some detached clouds in the afternoon and was quite warm. The evening is of like character with the exception only of a modification of the heat. At eight o’clock the mercury stands at 73 degrees.

Spent a portion of the morning reading, and at the proper time got ready and went up to the Centre to meeting, calling first at the P.O. & putting into the box a Courier directed to O. D. Bartlet of Towanda. Br. Levi Taylor delivered a discourse, & was assisted in the conduct of the meeting by Br. C. D. Ross. Returned immediately after the close in company with Alva.

Monday, 7

Last quarter at 11-28, even.

The morning opened fair and at five o’clock the temperature was 60 degrees. The day has been mostly fair until towards night and then began to be cloudy. It has also been very warm. The evening at eight o’clock is considerably cloudy and the warmest of the season, the mercury being up to 79 degrees.

Luman came late last night and departed soon after breakfast this morning. Wife continues better, Albert is not so well today; and Lizzie is quite unwell. Started away at nine o’clock in the morning a fishing. Went down to the old saw mill to begin and continued down the creek to Mr. Barns’, returning at five in the afternoon. Succeeded tolerably well but was very tired. Spent the remainder of the day in the house, and the garden.

Tuesday, 8

Second day of last quarter.

There was a shower between eleven and twelve last night attended with heavy thunder and lightning. The morning was cloudy and warm, the mercury being up to 70 degrees at 5 o’clock . The day has been partially fair with a fine thunder shower just at night. The evening at eight o’clock is mostly fair and the temperature is 72 degrees.

The baby is sick today, the rest of the sick folks appear to feel some better, Sam was here to see them. Have not engaged in any business of much consequence today, but have spent the principal portion of the time in the house with my books and newspapers. Went out in the field after breakfast and picked a mess of peas for dinner and in the afternoon went up to the post office and got the Tribune. At night Luman came down from Troy and brought Sara with him.

Wednesday, 9

Third day of last quarter.

A very beautiful morning, without any clouds, and with a temperature at five o’clock of 58 degrees. The day was fair or nearly so, there being some floating clouds, occasionally, in the afternoon. The weather has been more temperate, through the day. The evening is without clouds, and at eight o’clock the mercury is down to 60 degrees.

Eliza is considerably better today, and the others on the sick list appear to be no worse. Sam was here to see them towards night. Luman bought of Taylor and Manly, this morning, thirty-five head of cattle and started away with twenty of them. Dug some potatoes and brought up some water for the women after breakfast, and then started off to catch some fish. Went up the creek to the head of Taylor’s race and fished down a little ways & got a good mess.

Thursday, 10

Fourth day of last quarter.

Another beautiful morning, without clouds but somewhat smokey. Temperature at five o’clock was 50 degrees. The day was pretty warm and continued cloudless and very smoky. The evening. The evening is of the same character except that it is some cooler, the mercury, at seven o’clock standing at 58 degrees.

The sick folks all continue better except Eliza; who is not as well as she was yesterday. Sam called twice in the course of the day. Picked a mess of peas in the forenoon and spent some time reading. Read a spell after dinner and then went up to the Post Office and got the Tribune and the Chronicle, and after calling a few minutes on Lydia, came home and read a spell and then went to work in the garden, hoeing out the cabbage again.

Friday, 11

Fifth day of last quarter.

The morning was somewhat smoky again, but was otherwise fair. The temperature at five o’clock was 48 degrees. The weather through the day continued fair and smoky, and was also quite warm. The same sort of weather continues in the evening, and at seven o’clock the mercury stands at the point which indicates 74 degrees.

Our sick folks appear to be gaining a little, and are all about the house except the little one. Sam made two calls. Went to work in the forenoon, and dug the remainder of the early york potatoes in the upper garden. There were nine bushels of them. Put them in the cellar for the use of the family. Afternoon went up to the Post Office and got the Reporter and made another call on Lydia. Spent the remainder of the day with my reading.

Saturday, 12

Sixth day of last quarter.

The morning was considerably cloudy as well as being smoky, and at five o’clock the mercury stood at the point of 63 degrees. The forenoon continued cloudy and smoky. In the course of the afternoon the clouds were a little broken so that the sun made its appearance. The evening is partially fair at seven o’clock and the temperature is 65 degrees.

Wife feels better today than any time before since she was sick. Albert is not so well, Eliza no better (her case is disentery), and Lizzie does not complain any more now. Sam came in the forenoon and staid till after dinner. Spent some time in the library reading after breakfast, and then went out in the field and picked a mess of peas for dinner. Spent the remainder of the time with Sam until he went away. Harvey finished his haying. John Corcoran quit his employ.

Sunday, 13

Seventh day of last quarter.

Another cloudy morning but there was but little smoke. The temperature was 56 degrees at five o’clock. The day has been mostly fair and the weather considerably warm and smoky. The evening is partially cloudy and quite warm the mercury, at seven o’clock, being up to 72 degrees.

There does not appear to be much change in the condition of our sick folks; wife and Albert are about the same and Lizzie and the baby not so well as yesterday. Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon, Br. Greenlaw, being present did the preaching, being assisted in the exercises by Br. Hubbell who was also there. At the close Br. Hubbell came home with me and took dinner. He went up with me and heard Br. Greenlaw again in the afternoon, and at the conclusion of the meeting came home with me and staid over night.

Monday, 14

Eighth day of last quarter.

The morning was considerably cloudy and at five o’clock the thermometer indicated a temperature of 64 degrees. The day has been mostly fair and continues smoky. The weather has been very warm. At seven o’clock in the evening there is not much abatement of the heat the mercury standing at 76 degrees and the weather is partially cloudy.

Br. Hubbell departed after breakfast. Our sick folks remain about the same as yesterday. Sam came to see them in the morning, and again at night. At the request of Br. Levi Taylor, Attended at his house with Mr. Bunyan for the purpose of assisting him to arrange his affairs and make his will. Spent the day there, making some progress and left it to be concluded another time. Called at P.O. but got nothing.

Tuesday, 15

Ninth day of last quarter.

The night was quite warm, and the morning at five o’clock was quite clear, with the mercury standing at 66 degrees. The day mostly fair and extremely warm, the mercury in the afternoon being up to 92. The evening is also very warm, the temperature at seven o’clock being 84 degrees, and now, one hour later, there is a thunder shower in progress.

The sick are generally a little better. Sam made two calls today, one in the morning and one towards night. Went into the garden in the morning and picked the cucumbers for pickling. Spent some time in the forepart of the day reading and also some time with Br. Taylor’s matters in order to frame a Will. Harvey brot from the Post Office the Tribune and the Courier and I devoted some time to them. Lurenda and her little girl came just at night and staid with us.

Wednesday, 16

New moon at 2-6, morn.

Shower last night continued till nine with very heavy lightning and thunder. Morning cooler and very foggy. At five o’clock the mercury stood at 65 degrees. The forenoon was fair and weather very warm, the mercury being up to 91 at noon. There were thunder showers in the afternoon on every side of us, but it rained but little here. The evening is cloudy and the temperature at seven is 74 degrees.

Albert’s case seems to be growing worse, and Eliza appears to be some better. Lurenda has continued her stay with us, and Amanda with Lelia are here tonight. Sam called in the morning. Amanda his wife came with him and staid till afternoon. Spent some time in the forenoon fixing up some spectacles for Lurenda and wife. Picked some peas for supper, and picked the cucumbers and the squases in the garden. Spent some time reading.

Thursday, 17

Second day of new moon.

The morning at five o’clock was considerably cloudy and the temperature lower than it has been of late, the mercury being down to 60 degrees. The day has been fair and the weather quite temperate. At seven in the evening the weather continues fair and the temperature is down to 67 degrees.

Albert appears some better today and Eliza about the same as yesterday. Sam called in the morning to see them and again in the evening. Went down on the flat & drove Harvey’s cattle off Elon’s meadow, and with Elon’s help fixed up the fence. He invited me to ride with him up to Minnequa for the purpose of seeing the place. Concluding to go, we started soon afternoon, calling and getting the Tribune at the post office on the way. Went up by way of Free Will Baptist Meeting House, & returned by John Bush’s. Lurenda went home in the morning, & Amanda this afternoon. Luman came this evening.

Friday, 18

Third day of new moon.

The morning was fair and very pleasant, and the mercury at five o’clock was down to 46 degrees. The day has been principally fair, and only moderately warm. The evening does not appear to be cloudy but is quite dark and the mercury at seven o’clock is down to 69 degrees.

The children appear to be quite sick yet. Sam called to see them in the morning and in the evening. Luman went started back to Barclay again after breakfast. Mary and her little girl were here this afternoon. Elon made a call. Went down on the flat and caught a few fish this forenoon. Worked this afternoon at drafting Br. Levi Taylor’s Will. Towards night went up to the post office and got the Reporter and the Chronicle. Spent some time looking them over.

Saturday, 19

Fourth day of new moon.

The morning was hazy and cool, the mercury at five o’clock being down to 44 degrees. The day has been hazy and smoky, but otherwise fair; and the weather has been comfortably cool. The cool hazy weather continues in the evening, the thermometer, at seven o’clock, indicating only 56 degrees.

Our sick children both appear to be improving a little today. Sam. called to see them in the morning and also again in the evening. Spent a considerable portion of the forenoon at Br. Levi Taylor’s will, and towards noon went up to his house to get some further instructions concerning it. Went on from his house to the post office and got the Courier and then came directly home. Missing my gold spectacles which I had carried with me, I returned immediately & sought but came home again without success, but had the good fortune to find them in a pocket I had overlooked. Went to work at the will again & finished it. Azor and Eliza came this evening & staid over.

Sunday, 20

Fifth day of new moon.

The morning was a little hazy but otherwise fair, and at five o’clock the mercury was down to 40 degrees. The weather thro the day has been cool and windy and smoky and a part of the forenoon was a little cloudy. There has been so little rain of late that the ground has become very dry and the streams quite low. The weather in the evening remains about the same except that it is some cooler, the mercury at seven o’clock indicating a temperature of 67 degrees.

The children continue about the same as they were yesterday. Sam was here to see them this afternoon. Azor and Eliza remained until towards night, and soon after they went away. Burton and Mary made a call. Did not attend meeting today on account of Azor and Eliza being here. Spent a portion of the time reading, but the greatest portion of it was devoted to conversation with the family. Luman came late in the evening.

Monday, 21

Sixth day of new moon.

The morning appeared with a few clouds which dispersed at the rising of the sun. The temperature at five o’clock was 57 degrees. The day has been cloudy at intervals all the way through, but especially the afternoon. The evening is considerably cloudy, and at seven o’clock the mercury is at 69 degrees.

The sick children continue about as they have been for two days past. Sam made no call today. Luman went away to Barclay again soon after breakfast. About nine o’clock went up to Br. Taylor’s and left with him a draft of a Will which I had made for him and then went down to Theodore’s and then went over and spent some time with Lydia then went back to Br. Taylor’s and attended the signing and declaration of the Will, Isaac and Mr. Larcom signing as witnesses. I then went back to the Post Office and got the Tribune and came directly home with it. Spent the afternoon, a portion of it reading the papers and then commenced a letter to Ellen F. Buell.

Tuesday, 22

Seventh day of new moon.

The morning was quite cloudy with wind in the south and the weather some warmer. At five o’clock the mercury marked 65 degrees. The forenoon continued quite but in the afternoon there was some sunshine but of only small amount. The evening at seven o’clock was partially fair and the mercury was up to 72 degrees.

The sick children both appear to be gaining slowly, but Albert is considerably bloated yet, although he is about the house. Sam called in the forenoon. Spent a portion of the time in the library reading and also a considerable portion of it about the house and grounds with Albert in order to pacify and please Albert who required considerable of my time and attention today. Mr. Bunyan called in the afternoon and spent two or three hours with me. The remainder of my time was mostly spent on a long letter which I have begun to write to Ellen F. Buell.

Wednesday, 23

First quarter at 6-39, morn.

There were some clouds at the opening of the morning and at the hour of five the temperature was about 61 degrees. The forenoon was partially cloudy and the afternoon was mostly fair. The evening is quite cloudy and warm, the thermometer indicating 73 degrees at seven o’clock.

Albert remains about as yesterday but Eliza is very much better of her complaint. Sam called to see them sometime in the course of the forenoon. Spent a portion of my time with the children, gave some attention to my books and newspapers, and most of the remainder was devoted helping the women by bringing up water from the cellar and splitting some stovewood, and at my writing table where I finished a long letter comprising twelve pages, to Miss. Ellen F. Buell of Springfield, Mass. and and also copied a considerable portion of the same. Luman came from Barclay arriving here in the evening.

Thursday, 24

Second day of first quarter.

The early morning was quite cloudy wind in the south west. At five o’clock the mercury stood at 67 degrees. The forenoon was mostly cloudy, the middle of the day was partially fair, and the afternoon and evening showery with thunder and lightning. At seven o’clock temperature was 69 degrees.

Albert continues bloated and feels quite poorly. Eliza appears to be quite well. Finished copying my long letter and after dinner started off up the road. Called a spell to see Levi who is now confined to the bed, then went on to the post office, bought some stamps, delivered my letter to Ellen, and got the Tribune and the Chronicle, made a short call at Mr. Bruce’s, and then went on over to Mr. Bunyan’s where I spent the afternoon and on account of the rain did not leave till about dark, riding down to the tannery with Hewit on a load of bark. Luman left in the morning for Troy.

Friday, 25

Third day of first quarter.

The night having a little rainy the morning was cloudy, and at five o’clock the temperature was 64 degrees. The day continued cloudy all the way through, and most of the time a little rainy, especially the afternoon. The evening is cloudy too, and also a little rainy. At seven o’clock the mercury stood at 63 degrees.

Albert does not appear to improve much if any. He is about the house some but appears to feel quite poorly. Sam was here to see him in the morning, and called again in the evening. After breakfast in the morning went in to the garden and pulled up all the pea brush and carried them off so that when there is an opportunity the ground can be plowed. Spent the remainder of the day about the house, attending to the children some, and reading some, and sleeping some. Elon called in the forenoon.

Saturday, 26

Fourth day of first quarter.

Cloudy, wet weather continued through the night and prevailed through the morning also. At five o’clock the mercury stood at 60 degrees. The forenoon was considerably rainy until near the middle of the day, and at noon the sun was shining brightly. The afternoon has been partially fair with thunder clouds at night and in the evening but no rain here. Quite warm, at seven o’clock the mercury stands at 73 degrees.

Spent the morning and forenoon about the house with my books and newspapers mostly, and afternoon went up to the Centre, calling first to see Br. Levi who continues comfortable on his bed, and then down and attended the primary election for the choice of delegates to county convention at Towanda. Albert appears a very little better today. Sam was here in the forenoon to see him.

Sunday, 27

Fifth day of first quarter.

The morning cloudy and warm with southwesterly wind. At five o’clock the mercury was at 73 degrees, the same point that was indicated last evening at seven. The forenoon remained cloudy and there was a little rain. The afternoon was very rainy, continuing so until nearly night. The evening at seven o’clock is cloudy but they appear to be breaking away and clearing off. The temperature is 65 degrees.

Spent the morning reading and making preparation to attend meeting. At the proper time went up to the Centre and gave my attendence at the meeting house. Br. Greenlaw was present and delivered an excellent discourse. At the conclusion he gave an invitation and Mrs. Martin and Calphurnia House came forward and made confession of faith. A meeting was appointed for the afternoon. Came home, calling a few moments to see Br. Levi on the way and finding him remaining comfortable. Afternoon attended again in the rain and witnessed the immersion of those two candidates.

Monday, 28

Sixth day of first quarter.

A fair night and fair morning after it with fog along the valley and the weather cooler at five o’clock the mercury was down to 55 degrees. The day has been partially cloudy but mostly fair and was also quite warm. The evening is considerably cloudy and is much warmer than the morning.

Soon after breakfast Harvey informed me that he was going to Troy and that I could ride with him if I wished. Concluded to go and made preparation. Arrived at Azor’s before dinner, and after dinner we we went on to the village. I bought a hat and some other articles that I wanted at the stores and Mrs. Perkins book, "Early times on the Susquehanna", of Mr. Paine. After waiting a spell for Harvey, I left my things for him to carry, and walked back to Azor’s. Harvey called there for me, but having concluded to stay with them over night, he went on home and left me.

Tuesday, 29

Seventh day of first quarter.

A warm night and a morning considerably cloudy and with some rain. The weather continues quite warm. The morning clouds disappeared and the day has been mostly fair. There were some thunder showers with heavy wind towards night. The evening is considerably cloudy again but the heat is not much abated.

Arose pretty early in the morning and spent my time reading until I was called to breakfast. After breakfast I read a spell longer. Azor invited me to ride into town with him, but concluding to travel the other way, I set off on foot towards Benjamin’s, arriving there a little before noon. Found him more comfortable than I expected, but he cannot use his arm yet. Spent the remainder of the day there and concluded to stay with them over night. Occupied a portion of the time with the Tribune, & spent the rest visiting.

Wednesday, 30

Full moon at 1-25, morn.

The morning was partially fair at the opening and was clear and cloudy alternately through the day. There were thunder clouds in the afternoon and but little sunshine. There was a light shower of rain just at night after which the clouds disappeared. The evening is fair and pleasant and is also a little cooler. At seven o’clock the mercury marks 62 degrees.

Remained at Benjamin’s a short time after breakfast, and then took my cane and my departure for home. Turned off my course and went to the little creek on Br. Streetor’s farm and fished along down a piece, but caught only one trout. Gave up fishing and came along home, calling on Lydia a few minutes on the way. Found Albert apparently better than I left him last Monday morning. Spent the remainder of the day about the house.

Thursday, 31

Second day of full moon. The morning was remarkably fair and pleasant and the temperature is lower than it has been of late. At five o’clock the mercury was down to 52 degrees. At eight it was quite cloudy and continued so through the day. There were two or three sprinklings of rain. The evening at seven o’clock is partially fair and the mercury stands at 56 degrees.

Read a spell after breakfast & then started off a fishing. Began at the old saw mill and went down the creek to Orren Allen’s. Got a pretty good mess of fish and gathered a pretty good mess of mushrooms. Towards night went up to the Centre, calling to see Levi on the way. Went to the Post Office and got the Tribune and the Chronicle, and also got a letter from Mrs. Brigham inclosing photographs. Luman & Orville called in the afternoon. They were driving cattle to Barclay. Mr. Arnold called in the evening.

September

Friday, 1

Third day of full moon.

Another fair morning at the opening with the weather pretty cool. At six o’clock the mercury was down to 42 degrees. The weather became partially cloudy soon after and continued so through the day. The evening is mostly fair and a little cool, the mercury at six o’clock being only up to 58 degrees.

After reading some time in the morning, and putting things in order in the library, commenced to write a letter to Mrs. Amy Brigham who is now in Xenia, Ohio. Finished the letter and copied it and then enclosed with it pictures of myself and wife and going up to the Centre towards night, delivered it at the post office for mailing, and got the Reporter and came home without making any other call. Elon made a call in the forenoon and chatted with me some time.

Saturday, 2

Fourth day of full moon.

The morning was considerably clear and the temperature was pretty low, the mercury being down to 41 degrees at six o’clock. The day continued fair &, as it progressed, grew warmer. The evening is very clear and at six o’clock the temperature, as indicated by the thermometer is 60 degrees.

Spent the time this morning before breakfast reading, and also some time afterward. After this commenced a long letter to my old friend Joseph H. Pelton of VanDeusenville, Mass. Spent a part of the time with the little children but finished the letter and copied it, & also put a wrapper on the last Reporter directing it also to him, to be carried to the Post Office before the mail goes out Monday morning. Luman came from Barclay and stopped here a spell this afternoon, and then started away again intending to go to Troy.

Sunday, 3

Fifth day of full moon.

The morning was fair, with a little fog along the valley. The temperature was low, at six o’clock, the mercury being down to 41 degrees. The day has been fair and pleasant and the weather agreeable. The evening is very clear and at six o’clock the mercury was standing at 65 degrees.

Spent the morning reading and with the children. At the proper time got ready for meeting and went up to the Centre calling first to see Br. Taylor and finding him on the bed but continuing to feel comfortable and then I went to the post office and deposited in the box my letter & newspaper in the box after which I attended the meeting. Br. Darias Ross being present was the principal speaker. Sisters Martin and Calphurnia House were received into the church by Br. Charles Ross.

Monday, 4

Sixth day of full moon.

The morning was considerably foggy but otherwise fair and the temperature at six o’clock was 45 degrees. The day has been quite fair and the pretty warm. The evening is a little cloudy and is also warm the mercury at six o’clock indicating about 71 degrees.

After reading a spell in the morning sat down to my table and finished my letter to Rhoda which I began yesterday and also wrote and copied another to Mr. Atkins. Did not go to the post office today, but Harvey brought from it the Tribune and the last week’s Courier, and Burton and Mary being here this evening I sent my letters up up to the office by him. Luman and Orville called and were here to dinner, being on their way to Barclay with cattle. Spent some time with the children and especially with Albert who insists on having a considerable share of my attention. Amanda and Lucella were here this afternoon.

Tuesday, 5

Seventh day of full moon.

There were some clouds in the morning, and at six o’clock the mercury indicated a temperature of 53 degrees. The day has been mostly fair and the weather tolerably warm. The evening is very clear, and with a temperature of about 69 degrees at six o’clock.

Spent a part of the morning in my room reading, and after this sat down at the table and commenced to write a long letter to my cousin, Lydia Caywood, in Michigan. Worked at it by spells until about noon and then took my fishing rod and went down to the creek. Proceeded down into Franklin’s? meadow and then returned to the house with a very good mess of fish. Resumed my writing but did not quite finish my letter but commenced the copy. Samuel called just at night, took supper with us and remained here chatting until about eight o’clock. Eliza is quite unwell again with a diarhea.

Wednesday, 6

Last quarter at 5-14, even.

The morning was a little foggy but was otherwise fair. It was also pretty warm the mercury at six o’clock being up to 66 degrees. The day has been fair and warm all the way through, but was a little smoky in the afternoon. The weather this evening is of the same character that has prevailed through the day and the mercury was up to 74 degrees at six o’clock.

Immediately after breakfast went to work at my letter again and finished it and also finished the copying also in the course of the forenoon. After dinner I concluded to go a fishing again and took rod and started off up the creek. Went up as far as the head of Taylor’s race to begin, and fishing down to the head of the mill pond I quit and came home with a pretty good mess of fish, but most of them were small. Carried my letter along and deposited it in the letter box at the post office. Read some after I got home.

Thursday, 7

Second day of last quarter.

A pretty warm night succeded by a cloudy morning, with the mercury, at six o’clock, standing at 58 degrees, but the temperature became lower some, as the morning advanced. The clouds broke away and the day has been mostly fair but has grown cooler in its progress. The evening is remarkably clear, and there are very brilliant northern lights extending to the zenith, and with some very bright streaks of light in the eastern horizon. Mercury at six o’clock was down to about 52 degrees.

Wrote a letter to Br. Wells today and copied it and this evening sent it to the post office by Theodore and Esther who were here. Luman came with Miss Hillis in the forenoon & at about 11 o’clock I went with him up to the Centre and stopping at the post office I got the Tribune and a letter from Mrs. Mary Andrus, giving information of Benham’s low condition.

Friday, 8

Third day of last quarter.

A very fair morning after a very cool night. The temperature this morning at six o’clock was but a little above the freezing point, the mercury being down to 34 degrees. The weather has continued very fair and pleasant through the day. The evening is also fair, and at six o’clock the mercury indicates only 59 degrees.

Read a little before breakfast, in the morning, and immediately after breakfast I seated myself at my table in the library to commence writing a letter to Mrs. Mary Andrus in answer to the one I received from her yesterday. Was busily employed through the forenoon at writing and copying the letter, and having finished it I carried it after dinner up to the post office and took from my box the Chronicle, then made a call of an hour or so at Mr. Bruce’s to chat with Lydia and Helen whom I found there , then went in and talked with Esther and Sara Gilman who was stopping with her, then came on and called on brother Levi and made a considerable stay & then came home, it being most night.

Saturday, 9

Fourth day of last quarter.

Another fine fair morning and is a little warmer again. At six o’clock the temperature is 42 degrees. The day continued fair to the close, and was temperately warm. The evening is also very clear and at six o’clock the temperature was shown to be 60 degrees.

Read a little while on the morning before breakfast, and immediately after started off on foot for Troy. Went up to Burton’s and finding Sara Gilman there, she walked with me over to Benjamin’s. I stopped there a little while and then went on up to Azor’s, riding part of the way with a stranger. Took dinner there and agreed to start with them for York state on the 19th of this month. Rode with Eliza back to Benjamin’s, and then walked back to Burton’s, Stopped there to tea & rode down to the Centre with Sam Rockwell got the Reporter at the P.O. and came home. Luman called in evening, & went to Troy.

Sunday, 10

Fifth day of last quarter.

The morning was fair at the opening and at six o’clock the temperature was 42. As the morning advanced it became quite smoky and cloudy, but began to clear up a little at about ten o’clock. The clouds returned and continued till night making the day quite dark. The evening continues very cloudy and at six o’clock the mercury indicates the temperature to be 57 degrees.

Read a little in the morning, and after breakfast spent an hour or two more at reading. After this got ready and went up to the Centre a little in advance of the hour for meeting, calling on and spending the interving time with Br. Levi Taylor. Found him not feeling quite as well as usual. At the ringing of the bell went down and attended the meeting. Br. C. D. Ross conducted the meeting but E. F. Larcom was the principal speaker. Came home immediately after the conclusion and spent the remainder of the day about the house, reading part of the time. Hollis Taylor called in the afternoon.

Monday, 11

Sixth day of last quarter.

The night was pretty cool the morning was fair and there was a little frost in some places at six o’clock the mercury stood at 34 degrees. The weather continued fair through the day and was also a little cool. The evening is a little cloudy and the weather continues coolish. At six o’clock the temperature was about 54 degrees.

Read in the morning a spell and after breakfast continued a while longer, and after this brought up a quantity of water from the well for Lizzie to do the washing with. Having done this, commenced the preparation of a new strawberry bed and worked at it until nearly noon and then went up to the post office and got the Tribune and the last week’s Courier and returned without making any call. Read a spell, and then went a fishing a little while, and came back and worked a little longer at the straw berry bed.

Tuesday, 12

Seventh day of last quarter.

The morning at the opening was both cloudy and smoky. At six o’clock the temperature was 46 degrees as indicated by the thermometer. The weather continued cloudy all day and there were two or three sprinklings of rain in the course of the forenoon. The evening is cloudy too and the temperature at six o’clock is 58 degrees.

In the morning, before breakfast, read a little, after breakfast went immediately to work at grading my new straw berry bed and putting it into shape with pick and shovel, hoe and wheelbarrow, worked hard till noon and then went in to dinner. Luman was here and let me have a twenty dollar bill. Valentine came here too and they both took dinner with us. Luman started for Barclay soon after but Valentine remained two or three hours. After he went away I resumed my work again and nearly finished the grading.

Wednesday, 13

Eighth day of last quarter.

Rained a little in the night and the morning is very cloudy. At six o’clock the mercury rested at 54 degrees. Rained a little about that time and afterward the clouds broke away and cleared off. The remainder of the day was quite fair but considerable smoky. The evening is fair but is very smoky and dark. At six o’clock the temperature was up to 60 degrees.

Read but little this morning but went out to work at my strawberry bed before breakfast. Finished raking it off after breakfast and Harvey put on a small load of manure. spent some time pulverizing the manure and preparing the surface, and then went to work at transplanting. Had to pull the weeks in the old bed in order to find the plants. Worked till nearly dark but did not quite finish the job, leaving two rows for tomorrow.

Thursday, 14

New moon at 2-13, even.

The morning was partially cloudy and considerably smoky at the opening, and the temperature at six o’clock was 38 degrees. The day was mostly fair, considerably smoky, and moderately warm. The evening too is fair with exception of the smoke, but on account of this condition of the atmosphere, is quite dark.

Read a little in the early morning. Immediately after breakfast went to work at my strawberry bed and finished the transplanting; and also finished weeding out the old bed and filled the vacancies with new plants. After dinner got ready and started for Canton to attend the yearly meeting there. Stopped a spell with Br. Levi, made a call at Theodore’s, finding wife there, went into the Post Office and got the Tribune, a number of the last Courier, sent by some unknown friend, and a letter from A. M. Bailey Esq., Middlefield, Conn. and then went on to Wm. Bates’ and stopped for the night.

Friday, 15

Second day of new moon.

The past night was moderately warm. The morning was cloudy and rainy at the opening and rained a very little most of the time, during the day. The weather has been moderately warm or temperate. The evening too is quite cloudy and is also very dark.

Spent the morning with Vesta and her family until some time after breakfast, and then started off for Canton by way of Minnequa, arriving at the house of Stephen Landon before noon. Stopped there until after dinner and then went in to the village calling a little while at Leander’s before meeting. Attended the meeting and heard a discourse by Br. Streator. Returned to Leander’s to supper, and and attended meeting again in the evening and heard a discourse delivered by Br. Dean. Returned again to Leander’s, and with some other company, tarried over night.

Saturday, 16

Third day of New Moon.

The morning was quite cloudy at the opening but was without rain. The clouds disappeared in the course of the forenoon and the remainder of the day was fair. The weather continues temperate. The evening is without clouds but is considerably dark on account of the atmosphere being quite smoky.

Spent a portion of the morning at Leander’s but walked about town some after breakfast, and at the proper hour for meeting attended there. Heard a great discourse of an hour and a quarter, delivered by Br. Orvis. After meeting called at Mr. Stockwell’s and took dinner with him. After dinner spent some in his office where he was trying some suits at law; and then attended the afternoon meeting, which was for business. Went to Leander’s to supper, after which attended the evening meeting and heard a very good discourse delivered by Br. Spencer. After the conclusion of the meeting I went down to Mr. Stockwell’s again and lodged there.

Sunday, 17

Fourth day of new moon.

The preceeding night was moderately warm; the morning opened fair but soon became partially cloudy, but clearing off soon, the remainder of the was quite fair and pleasant. The evening is clear, and at six o’clock the mercury stood at 54 degrees.

Arose before the family and walked out in the garden and to the barn, and after Stockwell had arisen went with him to an out lot to get his cows. Took breakfast there and then walked over to Leander’s, and then after spending an hour or more there attended the meeting and heard a discourse by Br. Streator, after the special exercises had conluded. After the close, called in to Leander’s, then walked over to Erastus’ and took dinner then rode homewards with Br. Orlando Streetor to H. Ross’, and with Sylvester from there down home.

Monday, 18

Fifth day of New Moon.

The morning was fair and frosty, but the frost was not very severe. The mercury at six o’clock was down to 31 degrees. The day continued fair and the afternoon was pretty warm. The evening continues fair but the weather has cooled off considerably.

Spent the morning and the forenoon at home and about the house, engaged a small portion of the time reading, but the principal part of it doing some writing and making preparations for starting off to Azor’s in order to set off, with them on our journey to Western New York tomorrow morning. Inclosed a picture of Daniel’s house to Clark Wilcox, Great Barrington. After Dinner left home on foot, called a little while to see Br. Levi, looked in to the post office & got the Tribune, walked up to Burton’s & he sent his buggy to take me over to East Troy, & then I walked up to Azor’s.

Tuesday, 19

Sixth day of New Moon.

The morning was quite cloudy and the wind was from the south with the weather some warmer. The day continued cloudy until the close and there was a little rain in the afternoon. The evening remains cloudy and is also moderately warm.

Started away from Azor’s immediately after an early breakfast and walked over to the village where I did a little shopping, and then I went to the Depot where I met Azor and Eliza. The train being late we had to wait two hours and did not leave until about ten o’clock. We arrived in Rochester between four and five p.m. & walked to Mr. Anderson’s where we stopped. After supper, went with Mr. Anderson & Azor to the Falls Field & attended the evening exhibition of Barnum’s Show.

Wednesday, 20

Seventh day of the New Moon.

The morning was cloudy at the opening, and the weather through the entire day was quite cloudy and was also considerably cool. The evening continues cloudy and cool.

Started out in the morning, immediately after breakfast, and walked down to the "Falls Field" alone, and after looking around there a spell I returned to Mr. Anderson’s and after a little started out again with Mr. & Mrs. Anderson, and Azor and Eliza and walked down to the Arcade on Main street where the women left us and we went on to the Depot and then returned. After dinner we walked over to the Genesee Valley Depot, and to the glass factory, and to Mount Hope cemetery, and to the nursery and flower garden adjacent, returning about sundown, and spent the evening & night with uncle Jo. again.

Thursday, 21

First quarter at 0-16, even.

The morning at the opening was partially fair and during its progress it became quite clear. The day has been fair and pleasant and the weather has been moderately warm. The evening is also fair and the weather has become considerably cool again.

Started out after breakfast and took my morning walk alone, going down on University Avenue where men were at work grading the streets. After this, went out on East Avenue an visited Vick’s celebrated gardens in company with Mr. Anderson and Azor and Jenny, returning by way of the university. After dinner, we went all hands to the Depot, and Azor and the women went off on the cars to visit Mr. Marvin, I remaining with Mr. Anderson. Went alone and visited the Iron Works, below the falls, & a book store in the Arcade building. Took supper, & staid with Mr. Anderson alone.

Birthday

Friday, 22

Second day of the First Quarter.

The morning opened fair with considerable frost. The day continued fair and was moderately warm. The evening is somewhat hazy around the horizon, but is otherwise fair, and with a southerly wind indicating a storm.

This day is the seventieth anniversary of my birth, and has brought me to the full period of three score years and ten! Took breakfast with Uncle Jo.; wrote a few lines giving directions to Azor and Eliza to follow me on Monday; and then walked to the depot and started at nine o’clock on a train for Clyde; arrived there, and at eleven started on foot for Wolcott; stopped at Roswell Marsh’s and took Dinner and heard of Benham’s death; and then proceeding on my journey, arrived at his late residence about sundown; having walked 12 miles, & carried my overcoat & baggage. Made a call on Hiram in the evening.

Saturday, 23

Third day of First Quarter.

The morning was mostly fair at the opening, and the temperature was moderately warm, the wind continuing in the south. As the morning advanced it grew more cloudy until the middle of the day, but the afternoon was mostly fair, the wind continuing south and the weather growing warmer. The evening is considerably hazy or smoky, but is otherwise fair.

Lay in bed until nearly the time for breakfast this morning and after that meal spent some time in conversation with the women. About the middle of the forenoon went down to Hiram’s and visited with Mary, Hiram being out in the woods at work. He came in at noon & I remained with them to dinner. Returned & spent the remainder of the day with Sally & Clarissa.

Sunday, 24

Fourth day of the First Quarter.

The morning was partially cloudy at the time of sun rising, and was also considerably smoky. Like yesterday the morning grew more cloudy till noon, and then clearing off, the afternoon was quite fair. The weather continues quite warm and agreeable but is also very dry; the wind having returned to the north and northeast. The evening is also fair and the weather is a little cooler.

Wishing to attend meeting with the Disciples at South Butler today John offered to go over there with his buggy and take me along. So after breakfast we got ready and proceeding to that place, I attended the meeting and he went to his uncle David Caywood’s in that village. At the meeting Br. Lathrop delivered an excellent discourse on the subject of a right heart, what it is, and its connexion with action. After meeting we came over into Rose &, I stopping at Roswell Marsh’s, he went home. Found Cornelius & his wife there & Mr. & Mrs. Saxton. Tarried with them overnight.

Monday, 25

Fifth day after the First Quarter.

The morning was mild and pleasant, but was some smoky and a little cloudy at first, especially around the horizon. The day was quite fair with the exception of smoke, and was considerably warm. The evening was warm and pleasant, it being fair with exception of the haze and smoke.

Started away from Roswell’s immediately after breakfast, on foot, to meet Azor and Eliza at Clyde. Arrived there at 9 o’clock and found them waiting for me at the Depot. We walked about the village and waited till 11 o’clock for John who came at that time with a team and took us to his home in Huron. After dinner walked with Azor and John over to Wolcott village and saw the new buildings that are in progress there returning about sundown. In the evening I went with Azor & Eliza to Hiram’s & at bed time I left them there & returned myself to Sally’s for lodging.

Tuesday, 26

Sixth day of the first Quarter.

The morning was quite cloudy and a very little rainy at the opening with the wind in the south. The clouds were a little broken in the middle of the day and in the afternoon, but there was but very little sunshine, and the weather was considerably cooler. The evening is also quite cloudy and the wind remains southerly.

Soon after breakfast, according to our programme, John harnessed his team and took us with his mother down to the lake shore where Azor and Eliza had an opportunity for the first time of viewing the grandeur of Lake Ontario, and a vessel of some size, under full canvass, gliding swiftly on its bosom. We spent an hour or more very agreeably on the beach and on a bluff contemplating the scene and then returned and all took dinner with Sally, & soon after this John hitched up again and we taking our leave of Sally, started with him for J. Ross’ on our homeward journey, & stopping with Roswell Marsh, John returned.

Wednesday, 27

Seventh day of First Quarter.

The morning was bright and fair, and the weather was somewhat cool, but the wind continued in a southerly quarter. As the day advanced the clouds appeared, so that the middle and latter part were considerably cloudy, and produced some sprinklings of rain in its progress. The weather was cool and the wind pretty brisk toward the close. The evening is also of about the same character the afternoon has been, cool and windy.

After breakfast went out with Azor and Eliza to show them certain localities and other objects of interest in the neighborhood and then returned and visited with the family until some time after dinner, and then bidding them good by, Roswell hitched up his team and brought us down to David Henry’s in Galen where we stopped for the night. Benham & Clarissa came and spent the evening.

Thursday, 28

Full moon at 0-48, even.

The morning was quite cloudy with some rain falling at the opening, which increased as the morning advanced, but towards noon it subsided. There was also some rain in the afternoon and the clouds continued through the day. There was considerable wind in the forenoon and the weather has continued cool. The evening too is very cloudy, with a moderate sprinkling of rain in progress.

We remained with Henry until after breakfast, and at about 9 o’clock Andrew harnessed the horses to a lumber wagon and carried us all back to the farm that young Benham has taken, except Henry himself, who remained to take care of the house. After we arrived at Benham’s, John came and brot his mother and Luman along. We took dinner there, and at three o’clock the boys hitched up & carried us to Clyde to take a train for Rochester on our homeward journey. We took our seats a little after four o’clock, and in due time arrived at Mr. Anderson’s in Rochester.

Friday, 29

Second day of Full Moon.

The morning was partially fair at the opening, the clouds dispersing early in the forenoon so that the remainder of the day was quite fair and pleasant. The weather was only moderately warm. The evening is also fair and quite beautiful, having the light of the full moon, but is a little cool.

Having made our arrangements to return to Pennsylvania today we started for the Genesee Valley Depot on Exchange street immediately after breakfast, Mr. Anderson going with us and bade us good by on the train. We proceeded to Avon, and changing cars there, we came on by way of Bath to Corning; and thence to Elmira, where we arrived before night, and at six o’clock we took a Northern Central train for Troy, arriving there at half past seven, and then we proceeded on foot up to Azor’s.

Saturday, 30

Third day of full Moon.

The morning was quite fair at the beginning and there was also considerable frost. The day has been quite fair and the temperature warm enough to be pleasant and agreeable, growing some cooler towards night. The evening continues fair except that it is a little smoky and somewhat hazy again around the horizon.

Remained at Azor’s until after breakfast and then intended to set out on foot for home but being informed that Azor and his folks were going down to Benjamin’s I concluded to wait and ride with them. We started towards noon arriving there in good season for dinner and found them in their usual health. I remained there some time after dinner and then started off on foot, with my baggage, footsore, arriving before night and found the family all well. Spent the remainder of the day with them. Elon called. Found a letter from Hiram Andrus’ wife.

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03 December 2010
By Joyce M. Tice
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