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1873 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’s Diary

Granville Centre, Penna.

Bot of Newman & Parsons

Troy Penn’a., December 31, 1872

Part Two

May

Thursday, 1

Sixth day of the New Moon / Moon does not set today. South 4-15. / Sun rises 4-55, sets 6-59, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____

There was a little frost in the morning and a tolerable clear sky, but it was partially obscured by floating clouds at different periods of the day, and towards it became considerably cloudy. The temperature has been mild but not very warm. The evening is cloudy all around the horizon and there are but few stars to be seen.

Arose in the morning in pretty good season, had an early breakfast, went about town a spell and as soon as my spectacles were mended took them and leaving the village, started towards home. Called a little while at Amanda’s and then went over to Azor’s where I remained an hour or two and took dinner. Azor planted his potatoes today. Departed soon after dinner and started homewards, and on arriving at East Troy concluded to go over to Benjamin’s and stop with them another night.

Friday, 2

Seventh day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 0-20 morn. and south 5-7. / Sun rises 4-54, sets 7-0, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____ At sunset 54

The morning was cloudy at the first with the wind from the south and a rain commencing to fall, but abating soon after. Recommenced at about eight o’clock and continued about an hour, then ceased again there was a little more rain in the forenoon, and in the middle of the day there was a little sunshine. The afternoon was cloudy but not rainy. The evening remains cloudy.

Arose as soon as any of the family were up and remained with them until after breakfast and then pulled out for home. Got some wet on the way but did not stop until I got to the Centre and then only called at the post office but found nothing there. Came on home and found a letter from Mary Wells. Went up to the Center again afer dinner, calling to see Levi, got the Reporter & a paper from Daniel Bush, & a letter for Lizzie, stopped a while with Lydia and came home.

Saturday, 3

Eighth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 1-4 morn, and south 5-57. / Sun rises 4-52, sets 7-1, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 44, and at sunset 40.

The morning at the dawn was very cloudy and a little rainy. As the morning progressed the rain increased, and, continuing almost incessantly through the day, produced another great flood in the creek. There has been but very little wind, and the weather has continued to be quite mild and favorable for the growth of grass but not for cultivating the ground. The evening continues to be cloudy.

Arose in the morning at half past four o’clock, and after attending to all the affairs of my room, including a spell at reading, joined the family in the kitchen, and soon after at the breakfast table in the dining room. After this took the old clock in hand and put in two new cords, and set it to running again in the dining room. Spent the remainder of the day about the house reading some, and dozing some, and doing several other things but nothing in particular.

Sunday, 4

First Quarter 7-49 in the morning. / Moon sets 1-39 morn. and south 6-43 / Sun rises 4-51, sets 7-3, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 35, and at sunset 49.

The morning was cloudy at the dawn but became fair very soon afterward, and continued so until the middle of the day. In the afternoon the sky was partially overcast with floating clouds, but the day has been quite pleasant and the weather warm and temperate. The evening is remarkable fair and pleasant, the moon and the stars shining brightly.

Arose in the morning at a little before five o’clock and spent the time in the usual manner. After breakfast read a portion of the time until towards eleven o’clock and then made preparation for my attendence at meeting. Albert went to meeting with me for the first time. We stopped on the way to see Levi; he thinks he is not any better. Br. Greenlaw spoke at the meeting, delivering a very good discourse. Albert remained with me until the meeting closed, behaving very well.

Monday, 5

Second day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 209, morn. and south 7-27. / Sun rises 4-50, sets 7-4. and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 37, and at sunset 52.

The morning at the dawn was quite fair but soon after sunrise it became considerably cloudy. The forenoon remained partially cloudy and was also quite windy. The afternoon was more calm and fair. The weather has been quite mild and agreeable. The evening is considerably fair, and the moon is shining brightly. It has a halo around it.

Arose before five o’clock and attended to the regular business of the morning. Read a spell after breakfast and attended to some minor matters, and started out a fishing on the flat near home. Was gone but a short time and caught a small mess. In the afternoon went up to the store and bought letter paper, and called a spell at Charles Kenyon’s shop on the way home. Spent remainder of the day about the house.

Tuesday, 6

Third day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 2-34 morn. and south 8-9. / Sun rises 4-49, sets 7-5, and fast 4 min / Temp. at sunrise 30, and at sunset 51.

The morning was fair and there was also a white frost. The day continued fair or nearly so all the way through, there being none but detached or floating clouds. There was a little wind in the fore part of the day but the afternoon has been quite calm. The evening is fair overhead but is considerably cloudy around the horizon.

Arose at half past four and attended to my morning matters and then read a spell before joining the family. After breakfast spent some time in the library & then with Albert went up to the funeral of Mrs. Monroe, stopping with Lydia until it began. Afternoon went up there again with Lizzie & Albert to attend another for a grandchild of C. D. Ross. Lane spoke at the first, & Delmott at the other. Called at the P.O. & got letter from J. K. Pelton. Luman here in morning.

Wednesday, 7

Fourth day of the First Quarter of Moon. / Moon sets 2-55 morn. and south 8-50. / Sun rises 4-47, sets 7-6, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 34, and at sunset 54.

The morning at the dawning was mostly fair and without frost. Soon after the sun arose clouds came over and the entire day has been cloudy. There has been but little wind and no rain. The weather has been quite mild, and is gradually becoming warmer. The evening is quite cloudy with a prospect of rain soon.

Arose between the hours of four and five and spent the morning in the usual manner. Went to work in the garden soon after breakfast and made a bed for strawberries along the eastern border and set out one hundred and thirty eight plants before dinner. After dinner spent some time in the library and then got ready & went down to Julius’ to attend a birthday party, Sally having arrived to the age of 76 yrs. Wife rode down with Harvey, and back with Isaac.

Thursday, 8

Fifth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 3-15 morn. and south 9-31. / Sun rises 4-46, sets 7-7, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 42, and at sunset 42.

The morning opened quite cloudy & there was a rain storm in moderate progress, and a moderate wind. The rain continued through the day and is another northeast storm. It was quite moderate in the forenoon but in the afternoon was more copious. The wind has been moderately active through the day but not in any way boisterous. The evening continues to be cloudy and rainy.

Arose in the morning at about five o’clock. Attended to my bath and other matters and then sat down to reading. Attended to various matters in the course of the day and among them read considerable and wrote some. About the time for the mail started to go up to the post office, but meeting Harvey on the road who gave me the Courier, came back to the house and read it.

Friday, 9

Sixth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 3-35 morn. and south 10-13. / Sun rises 4-43, sets 7-8, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 42, and at sunset 50.

The rain storm continued through the night and was still in progress when the morning dawned, the wind remaining in the northeast. The rain continued moderately through the day, abating at night, and the wind changing from the northeast to the southeast, and the weather growing some warmer in the latter part of the day. The evening remains quite cloudy but the rainstorm appears to have closed.

Left the bed at the usual time in the morning and attended to the usual business. Spent the forenoon and a portion of the afternoon making a map or draft of the southwestern portion of our county with adjoining territory from other counties to be sent in a letter to A. M. Bailey. After this was completed spent some time reading and writing, and at night cut and brought in some wood.

Saturday, 10

Seventh day of First Quarter of the Moon / Moon sets 3-56 morn. and south 10-56? / Sun rises 4-44, sets 7-9, and fast 4 min / Temp. at sunrise 48, and at sunset 52?

The morning remained quite but the rain had ceased. At about nine o’clock the clouds began to break and the forenoon became partially fair. The afternoon was quite fair and warm the mercury being up to 70 at two o’clock, and there was considerable wind. The evening is quite fair and pleasant.

Arose a little after five o’clock, and attended to the bath and other matters, and then sat down to the writing table to finish a letter and the copy, the letter being written to A. M. Bailey. Finished it in the course of the forenoon and carried it up to the post office in the afternoon and got the Reporter and the Courier. Came home and after looking over the papers a little while, took my tackle and down to the creek to fish a little while. Did not make out much, and did not stay a great while. Read a spell after returning, and did my chores.

Sunday, 11

Eighth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 4-20 morn. and south 11-43. / Sun rises 4-43, sets 7-10, and fast 4 min. / Temp at sunrise 51, and at sunset 46.

At the morning dawn it was very cloudy and it was raining quite smartly, with the wind in the south, but which soon changed to the north-west. The day continued cloudy until late in the afternoon, and then cleared off. The rain ceased in the morning soon after sunrise, but in the afternoon there was a shower just before the clouds broke away. The evening continues fair, and the weather is cooler.

Spent the early morning in the usual manner. After breakfast spent some time reading and tending baby, and then went into the garden and picked some asparagus for dinner, getting a very good mess. After this got ready and went up to the Centre to meeting, Albert going with me again. There was a pretty good audience, Br Delmot being the speaker according to appointment. On our way home called at Levi’s a few minutes and found him better. Spent the rest of the day about the house.

Monday, 12

Full Moon at 6-34 in the morning / Moon will rise tomorrow. South morn? / Sun rises 4-41, sets 7-11, and fast 4 min / Temp. at sunrise 32, and at sunset 50.

The morning was fair and there probably a frost in some places but none to be seen at the house. The day continued fair all the way through with the exception some detached, floating clouds which obstructed the rays of the sun now and then, for a short time only. The weather was quite temperate growing warmer in the afternoon. The evening is very fair and pleasant.

Arose early according to my custom and gave my first attention to the established order for the morning. After breakfast returned to the library, and resuming my reading attended to that a spell, and then devoted some time to the care of little Ruby who is quite unwell, having considerable fever. Spent the entire day about the house and in the library, reading some, writing some, and tending baby some. At night chopped a little wood.

Tuesday, 13

Second day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 8-54 eve. and south 0-34. / Sun rises 4-40, sets 7-12, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 53, and at sunset 44.

There was considerable wind through the night. The morning was quite cloudy and there was a brisk wind coming from the west. The clouds soon cleared away after the sun was up and the forenoon was mostly fair until towards noon, and then the clouds came up and there was a pretty smart shower of rain attended with thunder and heavy wind. The afternoon was considerably fair, but the weather became cooler. The evening is quite fair and calm.

After attending to the morning matters and the breakfast resumed my place at the writing table and spent a considerable portion of the day writing and copying a long letter to Ellen F. Buell of West Springfield Mass. Spent a portion of the time taking care of Ruby who continues unwell. Towards the close of the day went out and chopped and split some wood for use in the library and brought it in to the closet.

Wednesday, 14

Third day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 10-4 eve. and south 1-29. / Sun rises 4-39, sets 7-13, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 32, and at sunset 46.

The morning was fair and calm, and pleasant, but there was a little frost to begin with. With the sun, a cold northwest wind arose and and continued moderately through the day. There was at times some floating clouds, but the day has been mostly fair. The temperature has been considerably lower than for several preceeding days. The evening is clear and cool.

Spent the early morning in the usual manner. After breakfast carried my letter up to the post office and delivered it in the box, the office not being open. Saw Daniel who was at his father’s with his pedlar’s waggon. Came home and commenced to write a letter to Mr. Atkins, but feeling not very well, made but little progress and gave it up for the time. Picked a mess of asparagus for dinner. At night Dan brot his wagon down here & put out his horse.

Thursday, 15

Fourth day of Full Moon. / Moon rises 11-7, eve. and south 2-29. / Sun rises 4-38, sets 7-14, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 28, and at sunset 50.

The morning was quite clear and calm, and it was also considerable frosty. The forenoon continued quite fair, and the afternoon was fair also with the exception of some floating clouds. The was considerable wind in the course of the day, it being pretty brisk a part of the time. The weather has been only moderately warm at the best, but has begun to be a little drier. The evening is quite fair and seems a little warmer.

Arose at my usual early hour and after attending to the morning order seated at the writing table and resumed my letter to Mr. Atkins. Spent a considerable portion of the day, writing at intervals, finishing the letter but not the copy, the letter being a very long one. In the afternoon went a fishing a little while along the creek near home but none but small ones. Elon was here a short time in the morning. Traded with Dan.

Friday, 16

Fifth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises tomorrow morn. South 3-27. / Sun rises 4-37, sets 7-15, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 43, and at sunset 48.

The morning was quite cloudy, with the wind in the northwest, but it was quite calm. In the course of the morning the clouds passed away and the weather became considerably fair, remaining so until the close of the day. The temperature has not been very high, there having a cool northwest wind prevailing through the day in a moderate style. The evening was clear overhead but cloudy in the horizon.

After the morning matters had been attended to and after reading a short time resumed my place at the writing table and continued there most of the time until I finished the copy of my long letter to Mr. Atkins. In the afternoon went up to the Centre, carrying my letter to the post office and getting the Reporter which I brought home and spent some time reading and then attended to my chores.

Saturday, 17

Sixth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 0-1 morn. and south 4-29. / Sun rises 4-36, sets 7-16, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 30, and at sunset 48.

The morning was quite fair and calm & there was a little frost to be found but it was not general. Clouds came over before noon, and the afternoon was considerably cloudy. The temperature has been mild, but not very warm. There has been but little wind and not any storm. The evening is partially fair, the clouds seem to be moving away to the southeast.

The order of the morning occupied my first attention and then concluding to write a letter to Mrs. Cook, took my seat at the writing table for that purpose and made a beginning. Spent a considerable portion of the forenoon writing, but in the afternoon did but little. Finished my letter in the evening and the copy also. Mrs. Savage called in the middle of the day, canvassing for the sale of pictures. She took dinner with us and staid some time afterward. Attended to my chores at night.

Sunday, 18

Seventh day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 0-45 morn. and south 5-27. / Sun rises 4-35, sets 7-17, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 32, and at sunset 50.

The morning was quite and calm & and there was also a little frost to be found but it was only partial. After sunrise there were clouds to be seen and the forenoon became partially cloudy but the afternoon was considerably fair. There has been but little wind discoverable and the weather was only moderately warm. The evening is somewhat hazy otherwise it is fair.

Spent the morning according to my custom. Commenced a letter to J. K. Pelton. At the hour for meeting attended at the meeting house and heard a discourse by Br. Greenlaw. Lizzie and Albert attended also. Came home after meeting and resumed my letter to Mr. Pelton and completed it and the copy before sunset. Burton and Mary were here and also Ben. and Anna, in the afternoon departing towards night.

Monday, 19

Last Quarter of the Moon 6-16 morn. / Moon rises 1-20 morn. and south 6-22. / Sun rises 4-34, sets 7-18, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 32 and at sunset 54.

The morning was quite fair and was also very calm. There was another partial frost the weather continuing cool. The forenoon continued fair and calm, the afternoon was a little hazy and a little windy and the weather was a little warmer than common. The evening is quite fair and considerably warm.

After breakfast took my letter to the post office, and received the Courier, and a little box containing two packages of envelopes, with directions printed for returning to my address if not delivered within 10 days, supposed to come from Alfred Bailey. Left my cane and fire shovel at Arnold’s shop for repairs. Went on up to Luther’s and staid there until after dinner then started homewards, stopping a little while to fish on the way, in the woods above Valentine’s but did not succeed very well. Called at Bruce’s, & went to the shop and got my cane, the shovel not being mended.

Tuesday, 20

Second day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 1-49 morn. and south 7-14. / Sun rises 4-34, Sets 7-19, and fast 4 min / Temp. at sunrise 34, and at sunset 51.

The morning was quite fair but before noon it became quite cloudy and there was a boisterous wind. In the afternoon there was a little rain and after this the clouds broke away and the sun shone a spell towards night, and the wind abated. The evening was considerably cloudy but there were some of the stars remaining in sight.

After the first business of the morning had been dispatched, went out in the garden and picked the asparagus, and then took my seat at the writing table to write a letter to Mary Wells. Spent the principal portion of my time during the day at the letter and the copying – it being a long one – taking frequent intervals of rest as is my custom. At night attended to my chores about the house & finished my letter by candlelight.

Wednesday, 21

Third day Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 2-14, morn. and south 8-3. / Sun rises 4-33, sets 7-20, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 50, and at sunset 50.

There was very heavy wind in the night, and the morning was very cloudy with considerable wind coming from the south. Before six o’clock rain began to fall. It did not rain a great deal in the early part of the forenoon, but in the afternoon there was considerable rain; and the day has been quite windy besides. The evening continues cloudy and a little rainy.

Read a spell in the morning and after the breakfast went to work at hoing the lower strawberry bed. Hoed about half of it, and then came in to rest a spell, but before I got ready to go at it again it began to rain harder, and Amanda and Eliza came, having come from Troy on the morning train of cars, and then walked all the way from the Summit down here. Immediately after breakfast carried my letter to Mary up to the post office. After dinner Amanda went over to Lucella’s, but Eliza remained with us to tarry over the night.

Thursday, 22

Fourth day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 2-37 morn. and south 8-51. / Sun rises 4-32, sets 7-21, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 52, and at sunset 60.

The morning was cloudy and they were moving from the south. The south wind and cloudy weather continued thru the day, but there was not any storm; and for a cloudy day the weather has been considerably warm, but the ground dries very slowly. The evening continues cloudy with the wind from the south west.

Read a spell in the morning, and then joined the family a little while before breakfast. Read some in the course of the forenoon, but spent most of the time with Eliza and the family. Before noon Luther and Sally came, and after dinner Amanda and Lucella and Mrs. Bailey came and spent the afternoon. Towards night Luther and Sally started for their home, and took Amanda and Eliza along who were going to the Summit to proceed to Troy on the evening train.

Friday, 23

Fifth day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 3-2 morn. and south 9-39. / Sun rises 4-31, sets 7-22, and fast 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 59, and at sunset 68.

The morning at the dawn was considerably cloudy, the wind remaining southwest, and as the morning advanced changing to the west. The clouds became a little broken and the middle of the day was partially fair, with a pretty lively wind with continued in the southwest through the day. The afternoon has been quite fair and tolerably warm. The evening is fair, and there is also a pretty lively breeze of wind.

Spent the morning as usual. After breakfast tinkered the old clock a little and after that repaired the maps that hang in the hall. Having done this went into the garden & picked the asparagus for dinner. Afternoon went up to the post office and got the Reporter and the Towanda journal. Brought them home and spent some time reading and dozing and then went out and finished hoing the lower strawberry bed and commenced the upper one. At night chopped & brought in a little wood.

Saturday, 24

Sixth day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 3-27 morn. and south 10-24? / Sun rises 4-30, Sets 7-23, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 62, and at sunset 68.

The morning at the dawn was quite fair and with very little wind stirring. The weather continued through the day with a moderate breeze of wind most of the time, it having shifted into the west or northwest. The ground has dried considerably in the course of the day. The evening also is quite fair and pleasant.

Spent the early morning in my room according to custom. After breakfast returned to the library and read some time. After that went out and worked the remainder of the forenoon at hoing strawberries on the upper bed. After went into the library and remained some time reading and sleeping, and then went to hoing strawberries again a spell after which went up to the Centre, stopping a spell at Mr. Bruce’s and then going into the post office got the Courier & brought it home & read it.

Sunday, 25

Seventh day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 3-56 morn. and south 11-20. / Sun rises 4-29, sets 7-24, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 46, and at sunset 64.

The morning was quite fair and the weather was a little cooler again. Fair weather continued through the day, and it became considerably warm after the sun came up. The wind has been in the north but has not been very active. It was a little more lively towards night. The evening is fair.

Arose with the sun, and spent the early morning according to my common practice when at home. Read a spell before breakfast, and resumed the book again after it for an hour or two. After this went into the garden and gathered the asparagus for dinner. At the proper time got ready and went up to the Centre to meeting, Albert going with me. There was a pretty good attendence. Br. Taylor delivered a discourse, and was assisted in the conduct of the meeting by Br. Ross. Spent remainder of the day at home.

Monday, 26

New Moon at 4-36 in the morning / Moon will set tomorrow. South eve. / Sun rises 4-28, sets 7-25, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 45, and at sunset 71.

The morning at the dawn was mostly fair, there being a few light clouds in the eastern horizon only in sight. These soon passed off to the south and and disappeared. The forenoon was quite fair, and the afternoon became quite cloudy, the wind, having changed to the southwest, blowing pretty briskly most of the time through the day. The evening is cloudy, without much wind and is considerably warm.

Read a spell in the morning after breakfast, and at about eight o’clock started off a fishing. Commenced on our flat and fished down the creek as far as on to Orrin Allen’s lot, making out a pretty good mess of fish, some of them being of pretty good size, and returned before three in the afternoon. Rested a spell, read a spell and then went out and hoed strawberries a little while.

Tuesday, 27

Second day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-12 eve. and south 1-8. / Sun rises 4-28, sets 7-26, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 64, and at sunset 74.

The morning at the dawn was considerably cloudy, the wind remaining in the southwest, and moderately active. It continued in the same quarter through the day. The clouds broke away after the sun came up, and the forenoon was partially fair. The afternoon was considerably fair except some rain clouds that passed over, but they left but a few drops of rain. The wind has blown considerably. The evening is fair, wind continues, thunder off south.

Read a little while in the morning and after breakfast went into the garden and picked the asparagus again. After this sat down to read a spell, and becoming sleepy lay down and slept a spell, and before dinner went out and hoed the strawberries a spell. In the afternoon spent some time reading, finished the strawberry bed, went over on the south hill, met surveyors on the flat & rec’d. letter from Fremont.

Wednesday, 28

Third day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 10-10 eve. and south 2-3. / Sun rises 4-28, sets 7-27, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 65, and at sunset 66.

The morning was mostly cloudy at the dawn, the wind, which continued in the southwest, being quite calm, and the same kind of weather continued through the forenoon. The afternoon was mostly fair, the wind, having shifted into the west, became a little more active. The ground is getting to be considerably drier than at any time before this spring. The evening is considerably cloudy and quite calm.

Spent some time in the morning in the library reading both before and after breakfast, and then went into the garden and worked some time at filling up the furrows along by the side of the asparagus bed and the strawberry border for the purpose of making allies there. In the afternoon went a fishing a spell along the creek near home & caught a few only. Spent remainder of the day in the house.

Thursday, 29

Fourth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 10-58 eve. and south 2-57. / Sun rises 4-27, sets 7-28, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 52, and at sunset 64.

The morning at the dawn was mostly fair, there being but few clouds in sight, the wind remaining in the west. The wind was pretty still during the day. The forenoon was considerably cloudy part of the time, and the afternoon was mostly fair. Towards the close there were some rain clouds that passed over, but they afforded us but a few drops of rain. The evening is partially cloudy.

Read a spell in the morning before I joined the family, and after breakfast went into the garden and gathered the asparagus, getting a pretty large mess. After this went to work in the garden and finished those two broad allies that were begun, then made a border bed along the terrace wall and another broad ally by the side of it, working nearly all the forenoon, and a considerable portion of the afternoon.

Friday, 30

Fifth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 11-37 eve. and south 3-48. / Sun rises 4-26, sets 7-28, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 52, and at sunset 45.

Rained a little in the night and the morning was very cloudy, and the weather a little cooler. The wind was in the northwest and was quite calm. As the day advanced the clouds broke away and dispersed and the sun appeared. The afternoon was mostly fair, but the weather had become considerably cooler, the wind continuing in the northwest. The evening is fair and calm, and there is a prospect of frost.

Spent the morning reading as usual, and then went to work in the garden at laying it out and preparing the ground. Worked until nearly noon and then coming in to the house found Tyrus Bailey’s wife and his sister Phebe who is out on a visit from the west. Visited with them until about two o’clock & then they went away & I went to the post office & got the Reporter & read it & then went to work in the garden again.

Saturday, 31

Sixth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets tomorrow morn. South 4-37. / Sun rises 4-26, sets 7-29, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 27, noon 60, sunset 49.

There was a pretty general frost in the morning, and the weather was quite fair and calm as well as cool. The weather continued fair and calm and cool through the entire day, with the appearance of the wind being in the northeast in the morning, and continuing there. The evening, too, continues quite fair and still, and there is another first rate prospect for a frost.

Spent the morning indoors until a little while after breakfast as usual, and then went out in the garden to work again, continuing to work until nearly noon and having completed all the broad allies. After dinner lay down a spell, and then went up to the post office and got the Courier, and spent some time reading it, and went back into the garden and worked a spell at preparing a plat to plant some popcorn.

June

Sunday, 1

Seventh day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 0-9 morn. and south 5-22. / Sun rises 4-25, sets 7-30, and fast 2 min / Temp. at sunrise 30, noon 76, sunset 60.

There was another frost in the morning, but not as severe as that of yesterday. The morning was fair and still, and was also a little smoky. The weather continued fair through the entire day – it being remarkably free from clouds but was a little smoky especially in the afternoon. It is growing warmer again, and the ground is becoming very dry. The evening remains as the day has been – free from clouds, and decidedly warmer than the last evening.

Spent the fore part of the day in my room and about the house, reading some, and taking care of little Ruby. At the proper time, got ready and went up to the Centre to meeting, Lizzie, and Albert, and little Eliza going with me. Br. Greenlaw was in attendence and delivered a discourse. Picked a mess of asparagus in the morning.

Monday, 2

Eighth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 0-36 morn. and south 6-5. / Sun rises 4-25, sets 7-31, and fast 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 38, noon 80, sunset 61.

There was no frost in the morning, and it opened quite fair and pleasant with the exception of being a little hazy around the horizon. The day continued fair until towards night and then it began to be a little cloudy. There has been no wind of any consequence, the weather has been considerably warm and a little smoky. The evening is partially cloudy and is quite warm.

Read a spell in the morning and immediately after breakfast went in the garden to work. Mr. Gilman had let me have five papers of sage seed, and went to sowing the border bed on the south end of the garden. Finished sowing that bed, and having one half of the seed left, concluded to make another bed by the side of it which I finished in the afternoon and commenced to sow it.

Tuesday, 3

First Quarter of the Moon 1-35 morning. / Moon sets 0-59 morn. and south 6-46. / Sun rises 4-25, sets 7-31, and fast 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 46, noon 83, sunset 64.

The morning was quite smoky and considerably cloudy, and yet there was a heavy dew. The wind was continuing in the northwest but was quite calm. The forenoon became partially fair and was very smoky. The afternoon was very fair, except the smoke, and there was a pretty lively wind which appeared to come from the southwest. The evening is considerably hazy around the horizon, but otherwise is fair.

Spent but little time reading today. Went to work in the garden before breakfast, and made that the business of the day. Finished planting the other sage bed and then picked the asparagus. After dinner planted the popcorn, and spent the remainder of the afternoon preparing beds for the parsnips and beets, taking occasional intervals for rest.

Wednesday, 4

Second day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 1?-19 morn. and south 7-26. / Sun rises 4-24, sets 7-32, and fast 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 46, noon 88, sunset 66.

The morning was fair, except the smoky atmosphere, and the hazy atmosphere, the horizon; the wind appeared to have changed back to the northwest and was quite calm. There was no dew of any consequence. Wind pretty lively in the middle of the day & continued so until four o’clock and then there was a shower, with considerable rain and a large amount of thunder and lightning. The evening is considerably cloudy and a little rainy.

Read a little while in the morning and then went into the garden to work again before breakfast, making that the business of the day as usual. Prepared the ground, and planted the winter squashes, and the parsnips, and some beans; and began to plant the beets but was driven off by the shower. Luman came at night from Barclay and remained over(?).

Thursday, 5

Third day of First Quarter of the moon. / Moon sets 1-39 morn. and south 8-0?? / Sun rises 4-24, sets 7-33, and fast 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, noon 78, sunset 61.

There was but little rain in the night, & the morning was partially fair at the dawn. After the sun came up the clouds dispersed, and the weather became quite fair with a gentle breeze from the west. The day continued fair until the close; and the wind ceasing, the latter part was quite calm. The evening continues very fair, with the exception of a little haze in the eastern horizon.

Immediately after breakfast went into the garden to work, and found the ground in much better order than it was before the shower last night. Planted the beets, & the cucumbers & the summer squashes, & finished planting the beans. Benjamin and Lurenda came up from Franklin in the course of the forenoon. He went home towards night & she remained. Luman left for Alba after breakfast.

Friday, 6

Fourth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 1-59 morn. and south 8-49. / Sun rises 4-24, sets 7-33, and fast 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 50, and at sunset 60.

The morning at the dawn was a little cloudy, the wind, remaining in the northwest was quite calm, and the weather was some cooler, again. It became quite cloudy after the sun had risen and broke away again before noon. The afternoon was mostly fair, with occasional rain clouds passing over, leaving a few drops of rain. The evening is considerably fair.

Worked in the garden most of the time during the forenoon. Luman called a little while on his return from Alba. Mr. Litchard, who is an agent for the sale of "Hitchcock’s Analysis of the Bible," & who has been stopping with Azor, came down here with Jenny, & wishing to stop with us & have me assist him in canvassing this township; I went out with him after dinner going up to Mr. Bunyan’s first, & thence across to Br. Churchill’s and back by way of the Centre home We obtained four subscribers including myself.

Saturday, 7

Fifth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 2-20 morn. and south 9-34. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-34, and fast 1 min / Temp. at sunrise 51, Afterwards not observed.

The morning was a little hazy but was otherwise quite fair, at the opening, and there was a gentle breeze of wind from the west. There were some clouds to be seen in the course of the day but the weather was mainly fair all the way through until the close. The wind, continuing until towards night, kept the atmosphere temperately cool. The evening is quite fair.

After breakfast I went away with Mr. Litchard again, going up the road as far as Luther’s, returning by the other road, over the hill. We succeeded in getting five subscribers for the book. After dinner Mr. Litchard and Jenny returned to Azor’s in Troy, and I got ready and walked over to Leroy to attend the quarterly meeting. Called on Electa to tea and attended the evening meeting. Br. Delmot was the speaker. Staid with Br. Harvey Holcomb.

Sunday, 8

Sixth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 2-45 morn. and south 10-23. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-35, and fast 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____. At sunset 59.

The morning was fair and pleasant, at the opening, and was pretty cool also, but there was not any frost. With the sun there came up a gentle, western breeze, which kept the temperature down to a temperate point through the day, the weather continuing fair until the close. The evening is remarkably fair and calm – there being scarcely anything in the shape of a cloud to be seen, or breath of air stirring.

Arose in good season in the morning, and remained with Harvey’s family to breakfast, and until the hour for meeting, and then went down and gave my attendence at the meeting house. Br. Delmott was the speaker and the audience was very large. Directly after the session closed I started for home, declining several invitations to supper, and took supper with wife, Harvey’s folks being away.

Monday, 9

Seventh day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 3-46 morn. and south 11-17. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-35, and fast 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 42, and at sunset 56.

The morning was very fair and calm, and the temperature was somewhat lower than it has been of late. The weather through the day remained fair, with the exception of occasional floating clouds passing over. The middle of the day was considerably warm, and the ground becoming very dry. The evening is quite fair except a little hazy and the moon is shining brightly.

The morning before breakfast was spent in the usual way. After breakfast went to work in the garden and spent the forenoon there, planting the carrots and the radishes, which completed the planting. Mr. Litchard came down from Azor’s, and after dinner we started out canvassing. Went up to the Centre, & thence onto Churchill hill, returning by way of the Corners. Obtained four subscribers.

Tuesday, 10

Full Moon at 5-17 in the afternoon. / Moon will rise tomorrow. South morn. / Sun rises 4-22, Sets 7-36, and fast 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 44, noon 90, sunset 58.

The morning was quite calm at the opening and was not quite fair, there being some light clouds that partially veiled the sky. The forenoon was partially cloudy, and in the middle of the wind – which had changed to the southwest – blew up quite briskly. The afternoon has been more or less cloudy, & the latter part has been somewhat rainy. The evening is quite cloudy and has the appearance of affording more rain.

Immediately after breakfast started out with Mr. Litchard on his business, & went down the road as far as Allen Woodin’s, and then up to Geo. Johnson’s by way of S??? mill, & from Johnson’s came home to dinner. Afternoon went up to Uriah Baxter’s, & thence around to Leonard’s, and then came home by way of the Centre. He obtained, today, subscribers for four copies only.

Wednesday, 11

Second day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 8-56 eve. and south 0-16. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-36, and fast 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise, 64, and at sunset 64.

The night was rainy, and the morning was very cloudy at the opening, raining a little and considerably warm, with the wind in the west. The rain ceased, but the forenoon continued cloudy. The afternoon was partially fair. The evening is considerably cloudy, with a prospect of more rain at no distant period, which is very much needed.

Started out with Mr. Litchard again directly after breakfast, went on to Sayles hill, & then traversing the hill westward came around to Luther Clark’s to dinner. Went back by way of Merritt’s(?) to the Summit, thence out to McNaught’s(?) & back around to Bill Shumacher’s, & from thence we came home at night, arriving in season for supper. We obtained in the course of the day, eight subscribers.

Thursday, 12

Third day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 9-55 eve. and south 1-18. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-37, and all right. / Temp. at sunrise 44, and at sunset 54.

The clouds having cleared away in the night, the morning was remarkably clear, and there being a gentle, western breeze, the weather was somewhat cooler. The day continued very clear, there having been nothing in the shape of a cloud to be seen. The breeze from the west became pretty brisk in the afternoon, and the weather has been not very warm. The evening continues clear and cool.

Did not go out with Mr. Litchard today, he having some business at Franklin went down there alone, returning before noon, and after dinner he went to Troy intending to leave his horse at Azor’s and go to his home in Allegany co. N. Y. tomorrow, on the cars, and return next week. I started off down the creek fishing, returning home towards night, with a mess of little fish.

Friday, 13

Fourth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 10-42 eve. and south 2-20. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-37, and no variation. / Temp. at sunrise 31, noon 79, sunset 57.

There was a partial frost in the morning early, and the sky was clear and cloudless, the same as yesterday. There was no wind to be perceived at first, but as the morning advanced it revived and became considerably active. The forenoon continued clear, but in the afternoon there were a few small floating clouds to be seen. The evening is fair and quite calm and the temperature is rather cool.

Read a spell in the morning, and worked some in the garden at clearing out the allies. Spent the forenoon working in the garden, and tending little Ruby and in the library. Cut a small mess of asparagus before dinner and then took a nap on the bed. After dinner went up to the post office and got the Reporter and spent some time reading it. After this worked in the garden a spell, and then afterward to matters about the house.

Saturday, 14

Fifth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 11-21 eve. and south 3-21. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-38, and all right. / Temp. at sunrise 52, and at sunset 66.

The morning was nearly cloudless, but considerably hazy and void of dew. There was also a pretty brisk breeze of wind which still came from the west. The forenoon was quite fair, there were some clouds in the afternoon, and towards night the sky had become overcast with clouds which appeared to come from the west as usual. The evening cloudy and warmer than last night.

Finished a letter to Rhoda which was begun yesterday, and the copy too, and before the hour for the mail to go out carried it up to the post office to be mailed. Called in to Mr. Bruce’s and spent some time and then came home and went to work in the garden. After dinner rested a spell and then went to work in the garden again, sending Albert up to the post office. He brought the Courier & I then spent some time reading.

Sunday, 15

Sixth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 11-53 eve and south 4-18. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-38, and does not vary / Temp. at sunrise 58, noon 80, at sunset 71.

The morning at the dawn was considerably cloudy, the wind remained in the west and there was no dew. The clouds broke away when the sun came up & it became partially fair, continuing so through the forepart of the day. The afternoon was more fair and pretty warm. There was a little wind towards night and some clouds. There has been a few drops of rain in the evening, & the prospect of more.

Spent most of the time during the morning, reading, and at the proper time got ready and went up to the Center to meeting, Albert going with me as is his custom of late. Br. Greenlaw was in attendence and delivered a discourse to a pretty full audience. Came home directly after the close. Spent the afternoon about the house reading most of the time.

Monday, 16

Seventh day of the Full Moon. / Moon will rise tomorrow. South 5-11. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-38, and is all right. / Temp. at sunrise 36, noon 90, sunset 72.

The night was warm but no rain, the morning opened a little cloudy and with a little dew. It soon came off fair, and continued so until some time in the afternoon and then there were shower clouds that came up from the west but they passed around us, north and south, and did not rain any here. The weather has been very warm, but there was a breeze of wind in the afternoon that mitigated the heat in some degree. The evening is very clear, and very warm.

Spent the morning in the usual manner, and after breakfast went in to the garden to work at raking off the ground and clearing out the allies. Continued my work until I was called to dinner. After dinner rested two or three hours, and then returning to my work continued until after sundown, only leaving off for supper.

Tuesday, 17

Last Quarter of the Moon 10-48 morn. / Moon rises 0-20 morn. and south 6-1. / Sun rises 4-22, sets 7-39, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 52, noon 79, sunset 62.

The morning was very clear, and with but very little dew. There were some floating clouds in the forenoon, and a pretty brisk breeze of wind from the northwest. The afternoon was pretty fair, and pretty warm and very dry, and did not afford any signs of showers. The evening is very clear and is quite calm.

On joining the family in the morning, found Luman in the sitting room, who had come all the way from Barclay, having started very early. He went up to the Windfall, and called again in the afternoon on his way back to Barclay. Spent the day working in the garden and finished cleaning out the alleys before dinner. Afternoon pulled some weeds and towards night carried & applied several pails of water to assist the plants to come up.

Wednesday, 18

Second day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 0-44, morn. and wouth 6-49. / Sun rises 4-22, Sets 7-39, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 39, and at sunset 73.

The morning was very clear except that there was a very dense fog along the valley, but it disappeared soon after the sun was up. The temperature was pretty well down at first, and became pretty warm before the day closed. The atmosphere continued very clear until some time in the afternoon and then a few small clouds appeared. The evening is clear, no clouds being in sight, and it is also very warm.

Spent the morning indoors till after breakfast, and then went out in to the garden to work. Finding nothing else that I could do to advantage I went to work at removing a bank of earth from the entrance at the cellar way and carrying it on the wheelbarrow to the western border near the bridge. Mr. Litchard came towards night, to resume his business tomorrow.

Thursday, 19

Third day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 107, morn. and south 7-36. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-39, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 64, and at sunset 81.

The morning at the dawn was fair except some very slight clouds that appeared mostly around the horizon, and was also quite warm after a very warm night. There was no dew, and many other indications of rain, but they all failed. The day was very hot and mostly fair. The evening is quite fair and very warm.

Read a little in the morning, & got ready to go out with Mr. Litchard again, starting directly after breakfast for the Windfall. We went up by way of the Summit, thence around to blacksmith shop, and thence back to Packard’s and then by the old Hafflet place around to L. Andrews’(?) and took dinner there, thence by direct road to Catlin’s and up to Charles Ross’, then came home by way of Seth came on home leaving buggy at the Centre to have tire set.

Friday, 20

Fourth day of Last Quarter of the moon. / Moon rises 1-31 morn. and south 8-24. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-40, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 72, and at sunset 68.

The morning at the dawn was very warm, wind northwest and mostly fair. At 5 o’clock it was densely cloudy and a few drops of rain fell. Immediately after this the clouds broke away and the day became cloudless most of the time till night. Wind continued in the northwest and was very active thro the day. The air has become very smoky. The evening is without clouds, but plenty of smoke.

Got ready in the morning to g out with Mr. Litchard again, and started directly after breakfast. We went, by way of John Bush’s, into the southwestern portion of the township, canvassing very closely and went to Wm. Bates’ to dinner. After this we returned to our business, and working through to the Summit, we returned home, calling at the post office and getting the Reporter, and a card of invitation from Col Wilson to his Silver Wedding.

Saturday, 21

Fifth day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 1-57 morn, and south 9-14. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-40, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise 50, and at sunset 70.

The morning was cloudless and also quite calm and without dew. The atmosphere continued quite smoky and the drouth very oppressive. The forenoon was not very warm, there being a cold northwestern breeze; the afternoon was considerably warmer. A few small clouds passed over in the course of the day, but towards night the sky became overspread with them. The evening is calm and smoky, and is also considerably cloudy.

Having completed his canvass of this township, Mr. Litchard departed this morning after breakfast to return to Troy. I remained about the house through the day, except to go up to the post office and get the Courier which I read in the afternoon a little. Did not undertake to do any work.

Sunday, 22

Sixth day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 2-27 morn. and south 10-5. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-40, and slow 2 min. / Temp at sunrise 56, noon 76, sunset 60.

The morning at the opening was partially cloudy, and was dewless and quite calm, the wind yet remaining in the northwest. It was also quite smoky, and soon became quite cloudy giving us occasionally a few drops of rain, which in the aggregate did not amount to so much as a dew. In the middle of the day the clouds were a little broken, but they soon closed up again, making out a cloudy day. There were several slight sprinklings of rain in the afternoon, and the evening is quite cloudy and a little inclined to afford us some rain.

Read some in the morning, and at the proper time got ready and with Albert went up to meeting at the Centre according to my custom. Br. Levi Taylor directed the meeting and delivered a discourse. We returned immediately after the close, Picked a dish of strawberries for supper, and spent most of the afternoon reading.

Monday, 23

Seventh day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 3-3, morn. and south 10-58. / Sun rises 4-23, sets 7-40, and slow 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, noon 85, sunset 64.

The morning at the dawn was quite cloudy and the atmosphere continued smoky. There had been no rain in the night of any account. The wind was quiet and remained in the northwest. There was a few drops of rain in the course of the morning then the clouds broke away & the middle of the day was partially fair. The afternoon was mostly cloudy, especially towards night. There was an undercurrent of wind from the south in the afternoon. The evening continues cloudy, with indications of rain.

Remained about the house until after breakfast and then went into the garden to work at hoeing and weeding the asparagus beds, working at intervals, and completed one of them in the course of the day. Spent some time reading, and visited an hour or two with Mr. Chattle who called to see me & took dinner with us.

Tuesday, 24

New Moon today, at 4-28 afternoon. / Moon rises 3-48 morn. and south 11-53. / Sun rises 4-24, sets 7-40, and slow 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 60, noon 70, sunset 60.

There was a fine shower at midnight attended with some thunder and lightning and from it a moderate rain continued, and was in progress at the opening of the morning, with the wind from the southwest. The forenoon was rainy and then the ceased a few hours, commencing again in the afternoon and continuing moderately until night. The evening is cloudy and rainy, with the wind moderately active.

Was much delighted in the morning to find the rain falling and spent some time in the course of the forenoon pulling up weeds in the garden, and picking some strawberries for dinner. Luman came in the middle of the day & was here to dinner. He paid me $5.00, took a cow he had bought of Harvey and returned to Barclay. Mr. Chattle called again this afternoon on his way to Troy.

Wednesday, 25

Second day of the New Moon. / Moon will set tomorrow. South evening. / Sun rises 4-24, sets 7-40, and slow 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise 53, noon 76, sunset 63.

The morning at the dawn was fair with the exception of some very light clouds. These soon became quite dense, and before 9 o’clock disappeared, so that the sky became quite clear, with a brisk breeze from an easterly direction. Afternoon was remarkable fair; with wind appearing to be in the south east, and continued so till night. The evening is quite(?) fair & with a gentle breeze.

Spent the early morning in the usual manner and after breakfast went into the garden and ???? around pulling a few weeds, and then, concluding to go a fishing a little while, got ready and went down to the creek a spell but returned before noon with only a few little fish. Afternoon did nothing but read and picked a mess of strawberries for supper. Mr. Gilman brought me from the post office, a letter from my old friend Pelton in Massachusetts.

Thursday, 26

Third day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-38 eve. and south 1-40. / Sun rises 4-24, sets 7-40, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 44, noon 79, sunset 64.

The morning was fair at the opening and was very calm. There was also considerable dew, the weather being some cooler. The day continued quite fair all the way through there being a few small clouds only in sight, at different periods. There was a pretty brisk breeze of wind, apparently from the south, most of the time, especially in the afternoon. The evening continues very clear and is quite calm.

???? a spell in the morning and then went into the garden and pulled some weeds, returning to the house? in a short time where I spent most of the time during the morning reading some, and writing some and dozing some and doing nothing in particular most of the time. After dinner read and [dozed a spell]? and then? went out and picked a fine dish of strawberries for supper, off from the lower bed. After this spent the remainder of the afternoon about the house and most of the time in the library.

Friday, 27

Fourth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 10-8, eve. and south 2-30. / Sun rises 4-25, sets 7-40, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 48, noon 90, sunset 74.

The morning at the opening was very clear, – not a cloud in sight – and it was also very calm. In the course of the forenoon it became quite cloudy and very soon cleared off again. The afternoon was quite fair and very warm, and at night it became very cloudy and commenced to rain some. The evening is very cloudy and very dark an it is raining fiercely.

After the preliminaries of the morning sat down to my table to finish a letter I had begun yesterday to my friend Pelton. Spent a considerable portion of the forenoon at the letter and the copy and completed them. After dinner went out and picked about a couple quarts of strawberries or more for supper and then carried my letter & 2 newspapers for A. M. Bailey, to the post office, calling a spell at Mr. Bruce’s. Came home & spent remainder of the day reading.

Saturday, 28

Fifth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 10-37 eve. and south 3-16. / Sun rises 4-25, sets 7-40, and 3 min slow. / Temp. at sunrise 65, noon 96, sunset 66.

The rain last evening ceased at bedtime. The morning was quite fair at the opening and calm, with the wind from the northwest. The morning weather was very warm and continued so until afternoon. The forenoon became considerably cloudy, and early in the afternoon it began to rain and continued to fall gently most of the time till night. There was some thunder and lightning with it. Evening cloudy and calm and clearing off.

After breakfast worked a spell at weeding the asparagus, and until visitors came Ty. Bailey’s wife came with him, and he came to work for Harvey. Mr. Bruce and Lydia came next, and then Luman and Mr. Bunyan came. They were all here to dinner. Had strawberries which I picked in the morning. They all went away in the course of the afternoon. Spent the remainder of the time about the house and reading some.

Sunday, 29

Sixth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 11-1 eve. and south 4-0. / Sun rises 4-26, sets 7-40, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, and at sunset 75.

The morning at the dawn, was a little hazy in the eastern horizon, and was considerably foggy, but was otherwise fair. The day continued fair all the way through, with the exception of some detatched clouds at different periods of its progress, and has been extremely warm. The evening is also quite fair excepting some clouds in the eastern and western horizon and remains very warm.

Spent a considerable portion of the morning(?) reading, then after breakfast, went out and picked a dish of strawberries, and at the proper time got ready and went up to the Centre to meeting. Lizzie also went with Albert and Eliza. Br. Greenlaw being present was the speaker. After meeting John & Emilina Edwards came home & staid until towards night.

Monday, 30

Seventh day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 11-22 eve. and south 4-42. / Sun rises 4-26, sets 7-40, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise 70, noon 88, sunset ____.

Clouded over and rained some in the course of the night the weather continuing quite warm. The morning was quite cloudy and there was a pretty brisk wind from the south. The afternoon was a little more broken, but was mostly cloudy, and the weather was mostly quite warm. The evening was became very cloudy, and a rainstorm commenced before bed-time.

Spent the morning reading, and then went into the garden and worked some time at hoeing, and finished dressing out the asparagus beds. Picked another dish of strawberries for dinner. After dinner read a spell, and then made preparation and started off on foot for Troy. Called at the post office & got a letter from Mary Wells, made a call at Bruce’s, rode with Isaac up the hill, called at Jacin’s(?), and came on to Azor’s and stopped for the night.

July

Tuesday, 1

Eighth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 11-42 eve. and south 5-21. / Sun rises 4-27, sets 7-40, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise ____ at sunset 72.

The rain continued through the night, and was still in progress in the morning, with the wind from an easterly direction. The rain ceased at an early hour, but the forenoon remained cloudy. The afternoon has been fair & warm. There are some clouds in the evening which appear to be moving from the northwest.

Started in the morning after breakfast for the village calling on the way at Amanda’s. Went to Grant’s to get my watch chain repaired, and then to Pickard & Newberry’s and bought some leather of Manville amounting to 36.50. Paid $20.00 and gave note for the balance. Started homewards, called at Amanda’s to dinner, and went over to Azor’s, then down to ???? & got a chance to ride with Br. Streetor to the Summit ???? ????, and then walked ????.

Wednesday, 2

First Quarter of the Moon 6-26 afternoon. / Moon will set tomorrow morn. South 6-1. / Sun rises 4-27, sets 7-40, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 59, noon 93, sunset 76.

The morning was principally fair at the dawn but was considerably cloudy not long afterwards. The entire day has been more or less cloudy, and in the afternoon there was a few drops of rain and considerable wind from the southwest?. The evening is considerably cloudy and is also very warm.

After reading a spell in the morning went out in the garden to work and after spending some time there went out and picked [a mess]? of strawberries, having first helped Harvey to grind a scythe with which to mow the dooryard. Spread out [???]? after he had mowed it and began to rake it ???? before dinner. After dinner finished the raking, and then, [????]? Harvey loaded it [??]? Spent some time after dinner [resting and reading]? and then went to hoing in the garden again.

Thursday, 3

Second day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 0-2 morn. and south 6-42. / Sun rises 4-28, sets 7-40, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 69, noon 87, sunset 74.

The morning was partially fair and quite warm, and it was also destitute of dew. It soon became quite cloudy, and the clouds mostly disappeared in the forenoon became fair. The afternoon was quite fair & warm. The wind has been in the northwest through the day, and in the middle of the day and in the afternoon it was quite active. The evening is very clear and the wind has ceased.

Employed some time in the morning reading and then went out into the garden to work and spent most of the time during the forenoon at hoing and pulling weeds. Spent most of the afternoon in the ??? resting [??]?, and giving a portion of the time to sleep(?) Towards night went out in the garden to ???? a spell, continuing until almost sundown.

Friday, 4

Third day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 0-23 morn, and south 7-25. / Sun rises 4-28, sets 7-40, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 66, noon 84, sunset 73.

The morning was considerably cloudy at the opening, and the wind was from the southwest. After a little the clouds dispersed and the forenoon became quite fair. There were some cloudy spells in the afternoon, and one little shower of rain, the day closing quite fair & warm. The evening too is very fair and warm, and is also very calm, there having been scarcely any wind in the course of the day.

After reading a spell in the morning went to work in the garden and sowed some turnips where the summer squash failed & then went out and picked some strawberries. Azor & Eliza came to see us, remaining until towards night. After they departed went up to the post office and got a letter from Ellen Buell. Made a call at Mr. Bruce’s and then came home.
 
 

Saturday, 5

Fourth day of First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets at 0-46 morn. and south 8-12. / Sun rises 4-28, sets 7-40, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 62, noon 95, sunset 75.

The morning was a little cloudy at the first with the wind from the southwest, but it was quite calm. The clouds became more dense and then, in the course of the morning, disappearing left the day quite fair. The weather has been extremely warm, especially in the afternoon. The wind, having remained in the northwest, was pretty brisk towards night. The evening is quite fair and remains warm.

After reading a spell in the morning, went out and worked in the garden a little while. After this went up to Mr. Bunyan’s and found him in the field returned with him to the house and staid with him till after dinner. Albert went with me as far as B?’s. Returning, cut a bundle of wythes & brot along, & got the Courier at P.O. Did nothing but read after that I came home.

Sunday, 6

Fifth day of the First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets at 1-12, morn, & south 9-3 / Sun rises 4-29, sets 7-39, & is slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise 54 and at sunset 56.

The morning was quite fair at the dawn but soon became considerably cloudy and remained so through the fore part of the day. The afternoon was more fair, but the temperature through the day has been quite cool, especially in the afternoon. There was some wind in the middle of the day but it became quite calm toward the close. The evening is very clear and bright, except a line of clouds in the southern horizon.

Spent the morning in the library reading and in the kitchen with the family until the hour for meeting, & then Laythan Andrews called with his mother Brigham. I rode up to meeting with him & Albert too – and she walked up with Lizzie. Br. Levi Taylor carried on the meeting, and at the close Laythan went to his home, and sister Brigham came home with us and remained over.

Monday, 7

Sixth day of the first Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets at 1-46, and south 9-59. / Sun rises at 4-30, sets 7-39, & is slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise 36, noon 72, sunset 64.

The night was quite cool, the morning was remarkably clear and still, and it continued so through the forenoon. There were a few clouds in the afternoon, and sometimes a slight breeze of wind. The weather becoming quite warm. The evening is partially cloudy and is also considerably warm.

Spent most of the time in the morning before breakfast, in the kitchen by the stove. After breakfast read a little while and then went out into the garden to work. Hoed out the sage beds and the strawberry border in the forenoon, and in the afternoon hoed the cucumbers and a portion of the allies, besides taking a considerable portion of the time for reading at different intervals in the course of the day. Amy remains with us and went with wife to make a visit at Volney’s in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 8

Seventh day of the First Quarter of Moon. / Moon sets at 2-30, morn. and south 11-0. / Sun rises 4-31, sets 7-38, and is slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, at noon 65, sunset 63.

The morning at the morning at the dawn was quite cloudy with the wind southwest, and at the time of sunrise it commenced to rain quite moderately at first, but increasing as it progressed, it became a pretty heavy rain, & continued, with little abatement, through the day. The evening too is quite rainy, with the wind directly from the south.

Remained about the house in the morning until after breakfast, spending a considerable portion of the time in the library reading, but went out to the garden a little while and hoed the popcorn. The remainder of the day was mostly spent in the house and much of it in the library with a book, or at the writing table with a pen or pencil, going out occasionally when the rain abated and pulled a few weeds in the garden. Amy went up to Isaac’s, but returned.

Wednesday, 9

Eighth day of the First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets at 3-27, and is not south today. / Sun rises at 4-31, sets at 7-38, & is slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, noon 80, sunset 60.

The morning was partially fair, the wind having shifted to the north some time in the night the rain ceases. The forenoon continued partially cloudy but in the afternoon there was more sunshine and it became quite clear before night. The evening is considerably cooler than the afternoon has been, and is also quite fair and calm.

Read a spell in the morning and then joined the family in the kitchen. After breakfast went out to the garden and weeded out one of the sage beds, and after this went to work and fixed up the fence on the north side of the garden and after dinner went up to the post office and got a Postal Card from Middlesex Bailey, announcing his intention to send a letter soon. Spent the remainder of the afternoon about the house reading a part of the time and doing nothing in particular. Amy and Lizzie went down to Allen Woodin’s for a visit, returning at night.

Thursday, 10

Full moon today at 1-5 in the morning. / Moon rises tomorrow, & is south 0-4 morn. / Sun rises at 4-32, sets at 7-38, & is slow 5 m. / Temp. at sunrise 48, noon 86, sunset 64.

The morning was a little cloudy at the opening, and was also very foggy along the valley. The forenoon was mostly fair, and in the middle of the day there was a pretty brisk breeze of wind from the west. The afternoon was a little more cloudy and was also showery, with considerable thunder and lightning at a distance. The evening is cloudy and there is another shower going on.

Remained about the house during the morning, spending a part of the time reading; and after breakfast went into the garden, and having prepared the ground, sowed a few more turnips on the northern border, in the course of the forenoon. After dinner read a spell and then, returning to the garden, hoed out the winter squashes. Towards night made preparations to go away with wife to attend Br. Wilson’s Silver Wedding tomorrow. Mr. Bunyan came with waggon & took us to his house in evening.

Friday, 11

Second day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises at 9-18, & is south 1-7 m. / Sun rises at 4-33, sets at 7-37, & slow 5 m. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____ & sunset 57.

There was another shower in the night, and the morning was quite cloudy and cool, with the wind northwest. The forenoon remained considerably cloudy but the afternoon was more fair, the weather continuing quite cool through the day. The evening has become quite clear and calm.

We spent the morning with Mr. Bunyan & his family until after breakfast, and at nine o’clock we all started in his waggon for Alba and going by the way of Dewart’s, we arrived at Wilson’s at eleven, meeting a small company which in a few hours increased to a large one. We spent our time very agreeably there during our stay, meeting many old acquaintances & forming some new ones. Partook of an excellent dinner, and towards night we started for home, Mr. Bunyan & his wife coming down & leaving us at our door.

Saturday, 12

Third day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises at 9-54, & is south at 2-07 m. / Sun rises at 4-34; sets at 7-37, & 5 m. slow. / Temp. at sunrise 45, noon 78, sunset 60.

The morning was fair with slight exceptions, the wind remaining in the northwest was quite calm. The forenoon continued mostly fair, the afternoon was very nearly like it but there were some more clouds until towards night, and then it became quite fair. The temperature through the day has been rather below the average. The evening has become quite clear and calm, and is also considerably cool for midsummer.

Spent the morning about the house in my usual manner. After breakfast went out and took a look at the garden but did not undertake to do anything, not feeling very smart today. Spent most of the time in the house, trying to read some but sleeping more. After dinner went up to the post office and got the Courier, and read it considerably in the course of the afternoon. Towards night Amy returned here from the Centre and tarries with us.

Sunday, 13

Fourth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises at 10-22, & south 3-4 morn. / Sun rises at 4-35, sets 7-36, & slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise 52, noon 88, _____

The morning opened quite fair, and pleasant, and calm, but after a little the wind which continued in the north west, became a little more active, and at some periods of the afternoon was considerably so. The afternoon was more cloudy, and there was a prospect of showers, but they failed to come. The closing of the day was some cooler, but the evening is fair & is some warmer again.

Spent the morning reading & with the family as usual, and at the proper time got ready and went up to the meeting at the Centre. Br. Greenlaw was present and delivered a discourse according to appointment. Returned home at the close, and pretty soon afterward started with wife & Amy for Azor’s, Harvey coming up with his team & returning. We remain.

Monday, 14

Fifth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises at 10-47, and south 3-57 m. / Sun rises at 4-35, sets 7-35, & is slow 6. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____ _____

The morning was considerably fair and was quite calm. It was also tolerably warm at the beginning but grew warmer rapidly as the middle of the day approached. There were thunder showers in the afternoon passing around us, but there was but little rain here in Troy. The evening is mostly fair and is also quite calm. The weather continues quite warm.

Spent the morning about the house with the women, and a short time after the breakfast went out into the field and picked a large pail full of peas for Eliza to cook for dinner. After this continued about the house through the remainder of the forenoon trying to read some but sleeping more. In the afternoon before the shower went out into the meadow a little while where Azor had commenced his mowing. Remain with him tonight.

Tuesday, 15

Sixth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises at 11-11, & is south 4-46 morn. / Sun rises at 4-36, sets at 7-35, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____ _____

The morning at the beginning was a little cloudy, and soon became much more so, but after this they dispersed so that the forenoon was quite fair. The afternoon much of the time was considerably cloudy, and the weather through the day has been very warm the afternoon especially. The evening is cooler & is very fair.

Remained about the house until after breakfast, and then concluded to take a walk over the hill and visit the village. Called a short time on Fremont – Amanda being in Granville – and then went over and viewed the works of the "Enterprise Company" that are now in progress of creation in the south part of the town. Called at Samuel’s, & then went down & took dinner at Afton’s. Did a little trading & then returning, we remain at Azor’s.

Wednesday, 16

Seventh day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 11-34, and south 5-34 morn. / Sun rises 4-37, sets 7-34, & is slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____ _____

The morning was quite cloudy at the first, with the wind northwest and considerable dew. Before nine o’clock the main body of the clouds dispersed and the forenoon came off tolerably fair. The day continued mostly fair until towards night and then became quite cloudy, and the weather has continued very warm. The evening is partially fair.

Spent the morning at Azor’s until after breakfast and then drove his wagon, with wife and Amy down to the village, and leaving them at Samuel’s returned to Azor’s with the team and then walking back to town spent some time at Delos’ office reading "S. Taylor’s Beacon Light". Took dinner at Samuel’s, and spent the afternoon mostly there. Eliza came there in the afternoon and Br. Silas E. came in. Called at the printing office and subscribed for the Gazette. Took tea at Sam’s, & in the evening we all returned to Azor’s, in his wagon, & remain with him again.

Thursday, 17

Second day of the Last Quarter of the Moon / Moon rises Tomorrow. South 6-22 morn. / Sun rises 4-38, sets 7-33, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____ _____

There were some clouds in the early morning and considerable fog. The weather was calm and considerably warm. When the fog dispelled the clouds were more dense, and between eight and nine o’clock it began to rain, continuing an hour or two. After this the day was clear and cloudy by turns and there was a pretty lively wind from the southwest and the weather very warm. The evening is warm and mostly fair.

Went out after breakfast and picked some peas, and got considerably wetted by the rain. As soon as it had cleared Azor brought us all down to Benjamin’s, he and Eliza and Amy returning directly after dinner, & wife & I remaining, intending to return home after our visit here. Spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting, and reading, & taking comfort in any manner that we could find it. We remain over.

Friday, 18

Third day of the Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 0-0, & South 7-11 morn. / Sun rises 4-39, sets 7-38, and is slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise _____ _____ _____

Heavy rain and thunder in the night. The morning was partially at first fair at first but it became more cloudy soon after and then cleared off. Before 10 o’clock it clouded over again and began to rain, continuing until afternoon, with some thunder. The afternoon was clear and cloudy by turns, and the weather continued very warm notwithstanding the clouds, and rain, and an active breeze of wind. The evening is much the same as the day has been.

Remained at Benjamin’s continuing our visit until some time in the afternoon and then with Lurenda and their children he came with his wagon and brought us to our house, arriving at night and they remaining over. I called at the post office on the way and found two letters in my box, one from Mr. Atkins and the other from Mrs. Rhoda A. Cook. I also found the Troy paper July 17 the first of my subscription.

Saturday, 19

Fourth day of the Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 0-29, and south 8-1 morn. / Sun rises 4-39, sets 7-32, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 63, at noon 83, sunset 65

The morning was considerably cloudy and was calm. After a little the clouds broke away and the forenoon was partially fair and there was a pretty lively breeze of wind from the southwest and the weather more temperate. A portion of the afternoon was considerably fair and pretty warm, but towards night there were many clouds and a brisk breeze of wind reducing the temperature considerably. The evening is partially cloudy and ????

Being at home once more resumed the practice of my morning bathing. Spent the morning and the forenoon about the house doing nothing in particular. After dinner went up to the post office & got the Courier and made a call at Mr. Bruce’s. [Came back]? & spent remainder of day reading most of the time. Benjamin & Lurenda went home after breakfast.

Sunday, 20

Fifth day of Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 1-3, and south 8-53 morn. / Sun rises 4-40, sets 7-31, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 53, noon 75, sunset 66.

The morning was partially cloudy, and there was a gentle breeze of wind from the west. The clouds and wind continued through the forenoon, and the afternoon was still more cloudy with the breeze continuing. The temperature through the day has been some lower than it has been for some time past. The evening continues partially cloudy and has become quite calm.

Joined the family in the kitchen some time before breakfast, and found Luman there who had called here at an early hour. He departed soon after breakfast. Spent some time reading and at the proper time got ready and went up to the Centre and attended meeting there, Albert and Eliza going with me and Lizzie coming afterward. Br. Levi Taylor conducted the meeting and delivered a discourse. Amanda made a call towards night & returned to Dorr’s.

Monday, 21

Sixth day of last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 1-42, & south 9-47 morn. / Sun rises 4-42, sets 7-30, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 43, noon 73, sunset 60.

The morning was partially cloudy at the first, and was quite calm with the wind in the west. The weather was considerably cool but grew warmer as the day advanced. The clouds dispersed in the course of the morning so that the remainder of the day has been quite fair. The evening is very clear there being no clouds in sight.

In the morning spent the principal part of the time with the family in the kitchen until the breakfast call. After this read a spell and then went into the garden to work. Spent most of the forenoon weeding out the sage and hoing up the weeds in the allies. After dinner returned to the garden and worked an hour or two and then went over onto the south hill and picked some raspberries with Lizzie. Came home very tired.

Tuesday, 22

Seventh day of Last Quarter of Moon. / Moon rises 2-33, & south 10-41 morn. / Sun rises 4-42, sets 7-29, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 50, noon 82, sunset 67.

The morning was partially cloudy and quite calm with the wind northwest. After a little the clouds disappeared and the forenoon became quite fair. There was a gentle breeze of wind in the middle of the day. The afternoon continued very fair and pleasant, and the ground is getting to be quite dry again. The evening continues very fair, and is also quite calm.

[Spent the morning]? in the usual manner, ????? ?????some and with the family? – until after breakfast, and [then after reading an hour or more repaired]? ???? ???? entered upon the bu?? ?? Hoed and pulled weeds ???? ???? ???? nearly noon and then returned to the house. Rested a spell after dinner, then went down to the barn to see how Harvey is getting along with the wall, then returned to the garden again.

Wednesday, 23

Eighth day of the Last Quarter of Moon / Moon rises 3-29, and south 11-34 morn. / Sun rises 4-43, sets 7-29, & slow 6 min / Temp. at sunrise 48, noon 84, sunset 72.

The morning was very clear and calm. There was a little fog along the creek but no clouds in sight. The forenoon continued fair, and in the middle of the day there was a gentle breeze of wind. There were some clouds in the afternoon moving from the west, and the temperature was of a very high order it being up to 91 degrees at four o’clock. The evening remains quite fair and calm.

After reading a spell in the morning went into the kitchen and sat until breakfast was ready, and on leaving the table returned to the library and read a spell longer. After this went into the garden to work and spent the forenoon at hoing and pulling up weeds. Spent some time in the afternoon at the barn where Dorr & Harvey were laying wall. Luman called at the barn in forenoon.

Thursday, 24

New Moon today at 5-50 morn. / Moon sets at 8-39, and south eve. / Sun rises 4-44, sets 7-28, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 64, noon 88, sunset 75.

There were some clouds and a little wind at the opening of the morning, the wind continuing in the west. The forenoon was a little cloudy and quite warm, there were more clouds & more wind in the afternoon, and a higher temperature also, the mercury standing at 90 degrees at three o’clock. There were several small shower clouds passing over, but there were only a few drops of rain. The evening is a little cloudy, quite calm, and very warm.

Spent the morning about the house in the usual way, and a part of the forenoon in the garden at the old business hoing and trying to kill the weeds. Helped wife to clean the bedstead and scald the bedbugs, & spent the remainder of the day about the hosue and barn. At night Luman came here with Sara, and they remain.

Friday, 25

Second day of the New Moon. / Moon rises sets 8-39, and south 1-12 / Sun rises 4-45, sets 7-27, and slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, noon 91, sunset 76.

The morning was fair except a little fog that was mostly along the creek which increased for an hour or two and then disappeared. The entire day has been quite fair, and the wind has been considerably active most of the time, especially in the early part of the afternoon, and the weather was very warm and dry. The evening is quite fair and calm.

Spent the morning about the house as usual, with the family most of the time. In the course of the forenoon went into the garden and hoed an hour or two, and made several short visits to the barn. In the afternoon went up to the post office and got the Gazette and a letter from A. M. Bailey. Spent much of the afternoon reading. Luman went out in the morning & gathered some cattle & then with Sara started for Barclay.

Saturday, 26

Third day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-4, & is south 1-57. / Sun rises 4-46, sets 7-26, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 60, noon ___ sunset 68.

The morning at the dawn was quite fair but clouds soon began to appear, and before six o’clock it became quite cloudy, with the wind from the southwest, and before 9 it began to rain. There were a succession of showers with considerable thunder in the course of the forenoon and in the middle of the day, and a gentle rain much of the time in the afternoon. The evening remains quite cloudy, raining a little.

Spent the morning about the house devoting a part of the time to reading and to the care of little Ruby, but the greater portion to writing a letter to Miss Mary K. Wells of Minnineaque, Mass. Afternoon went up to the post office and got the Courier, and after spending some time at Mr. Bruce’s, came home and read my paper a spell and then commenced to copy my letter which I finished in the evening, and got ready for the mail.

Sunday, 27

Fourth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-26, & south 2-39. / Sun rises 4-47, sets 7-25, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 65, noon 90, sunset 70.

Rained some in the night and the morning at the dawn was quite cloudy and wet, with the wind remaining southwest. Clouds soon broke away and in a short time were succeeded by others but without rain. Sunshine in the middle of the day and temperature very high, mercury being up to 94 degrees at one o’clock & at night it was partially fair. The evening is very fair and bright.

Spent the morning with my reading and the family and a little before the hour of meeting, got ready, and with Albert went up to the Centre, carrying along my letter which Albert deposited in the letter box. We then returned to the Meeting House and Br. Greenlaw, being in attendence, delivered a very good discourse on the subject of charity or love. Towards night Calpurnia House came here and remains.

Monday, 28

Fifth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-46, & south 3-19. / Sun rises 4-48, sets 7-24, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 64, noon 85, sunset 75.

The morning at the time of sunrise was quite cloudy again, the wind remaining in the southwest. It soon became partially fair & very foggy. After a while the fog disappeared but clouds succeeded it, making the forenoon quite cloudy. There was more sunshine in the afternoon but there were many clouds and a very little rain. The wind is southerly & is considerably more active.

After attending to the morning preliminaries commenced to write a letter to Ellen Buell, and writing at intervals finished, in the course of the day a very long one and towards night commenced to copy it. Made several trips to the barn in the course of the day to see how the masons got along with the wall. Mrs. House came in the morning & left with Cal. in afternoon.

Tuesday, 29

Sixth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 10-5, & is south 3-58. / Sun rises 4-49, sets 7-23, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 68, noon 83, sunset 73?

Rained some in the night. The morning was considerably cloudy, the wind continuing in the southwest and blowing a gentle breeze. The forenoon was clear and cloudy by turns, and there was a little shower at noon. There were some other small showers in the early afternoon, the latter part being more fair. There has been considerable wind through the day. The evening is quite cloudy and rainy.

Worked all the morning until eight o’clock at copying my letter, and then carried it up to the post office to be mailed, but I was too late for the mail had gone out, and it had to lie over. – Brought up some water for Lizzie to wash with, and after dinner went a fishing but with indifferent success for I got more fatigue than fish. Did not try to do anything more.

Wednesday, 30

Seventh day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 10-25, and south 4-38. / Sun rises 4-50, sets 7-22, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 58, moon 83, sunset 68.

The morning at the time of sunrise was very clear and calm. In a short time afterward clouds began to appear and before seven o’clk it was quite cloudy. These within an hour or two began to give way and the day became mostly fair, continuing so all the way through. There has been no rain today, nor scarcly any wind, and the weather has continued pretty warm. The evening is quite fair, there being only a line of clouds low in the southern horizon.

Spent the early morning in the usual way, and after breakfast commenced to write a letter to Mr. Atkins. Worked at it and at copying it until some time in the afternoon and then carried it up to the Centre and delivered it at at the Post Office. Returned home directly without making any call. Went into the garden to see how it is coming on and pulled some weeds in different portions of it.

Thursday, 31

First Quarter of the Moon at 9-45 morn. / Moon sets 10-46, and south 5-20. / Sun rises 4-52, sets 7-20, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 53, noon 90, sunset 77.

The morning at the time of sunrise was pretty fair, there being a few detached clouds and a line of fog along the valley. The wind appeared to be in the west and was very calm. There were not many clouds in the forenoon, but more in the afternoon, and towards night it became quite cloudy; with the wind in the southwest again, and the temperature pretty well up. The evening is very cloudy and continues very warm, with a brisk breeze & rain.

The morning was spent according to the common routine, and after breakfast commenced to write a letter to Rhoda, and at intervals I finished the letter and the copy by the middle of the afternoon and sent it up to the Post Office by Albert who claimed the privilege of being my messenger on this occasion. Helped Lizzie clear out the cauldron and placed it under the eaves in anticipation of rain.

August

Friday, 1

First Quarter of the Moon at 9-45 morn. / Moon sets at 11-10, & south 6-3. / Sun rises 4-52, sets 7-19, & slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 67, noon 89, sunset 75.

There was considerable rain in the course of the night, attended with high wind, and the morning at the time of sunrise, was considerably cloudy. Much of the forenoon was cloudy, but little sunshine and a sprinkling of rain. There were more clouds in the afternoon, and some small showers. There has also been considerable wind, especially in the middle of the day. The evening is also considerably cloudy, and the weather quite warm.

After breakfast in the morning sat down to the writing table and was engaged an hour or two at a letter to A. M. Bailey of Connecticut, and then, concluding to go afishing, left the letter, took my tackle and went to the creek. Fished till noon, making out a pretty fair mess, and then returned to the house. After dinner went back to the creek & found my knife which I had lost, & then sat down to writing again and finished my letter. Copied it in the evening. Afternoon sent Albert to the Post Office, who brought the Gazette. Sat down & spent some time reading it.

Saturday, 2

Second day of the First Quarter of Moon / Moon sets 11-40, and south 6-51. / Sun rises at 4-53, sets 7-18, slow 6 m. / Temp. at sunrise 58, noon ___, sunset 74.

The morning at sunrise was a little cloudy but soon came of very clear and pleasant & continued so until the close of the day. There has been but very little motion of the air, and the weather has continued very warm, the mercury, in the afternoon, being up among the nineties. The evening is a little cloudy.

Spent the early morning in the usual way, and after breakfast got ready to go up the road and took my letter up to the Post Office to be mailed, waiting there till Isaac started and then got in and rode with him. Intended to go to Burton’s, but finding that he and Mary were away from home, went on up to Luther’s. After dinner came on home, stopping only at the Post Office but the Courier had not come. Afternoon pulled a few weeds in the garden & read some, wife & Lizzie being away.

Sunday, 3

Third day of the first Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets tomorrow, and south 7-44. / Sun rises 4-54, sets 7-17, and slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 67, noon 71, sunset 70.

The morning was quite fair at the time of sunrise, but very soon afterward it became quite cloudy. These did not entirely clear away during the forenoon and at noon, it had become densely cloudy again and rain commenced falling in a moderate way. Continued raining a little until some time in the afternoon, and then the clouds broke away again and the wind changed to the north west. The evening remains partially cloudy.

Spent the morning about the house, reading a portion of the time. At the time for the meeting went up with albert and gave attendence at the Meeting House as usual. Mr. Sawyer having failed to fill the appointment he had sent here, the meeting was conducted by Br. Levi Taylor who delivered a discourse. Returned immediately after the close and spent the remainder of the day at home, reading a part of the time. Towards night Azor called, having come down after Sara, who is up to Benjamin Saxton’s.

Monday, 4

Fourth day of the First Quarter of the Moon / Moon sets 0-17 morn, and south 8-42. / Sun rises 4-55, sets 7-16, and slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 52, noon ___ sunset 62.

The morning was very fair at the time of sunrise, and without any perceptible wind. After a little some clouds came over, and there were more or less in sight through the day, but the sunshine was but a little obstructed by them. The weather has been a little cooler, with the wind northwest. The evening is partially cloudy and is cooler.

Spent the morning about the house, and after breakfast sat down to my table to finish a letter that I began last evening, to John E. Andrus of Huron New York. Completed the letter and the copy and carried it up to the Post office and there received the Courier and a letter from Miss Mary K. Wells, in the afternoon, and called a spell at Mr. Bruce’s. Rode down with Dan. on his pedling wagon, who put out his horse here & took supper. Luman came here with two young Manley’s & took dinner. He paid me $50.00.

Tuesday, 5

Fifth day of the First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 1-4, and south 9-43. / Sun rises 4-56, sets 7-14, and slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 42, noon 74, sunset 59.

The night was clear and cool. The morning was cloudless and calm. The weather continued quite fair through the day, with very few clouds in sight at any time, and without any perceptible wind. It was quite warm in the afternoon, but considerably cool at night. The evening is quite clear, and calm, and pleasant, with the moon shining brightly.

Attended, in the morning to my matters about the house until breakfast, and after that read a spell and then went into the garden to work at hoing and pulling up the weeds from the asparagus, and in the allies, and also hoed some in other parts of the garden. Dug some potatoes for the women besides bringing up a quantity of water from the cellar for Lizzie to do the washing with. Did not try to do much in the afternoon. Took some care of little Ruby, and some of the time reading.

Wednesday, 6

Sixth day of the First Quarter of the Moon / Moon sets 2-4, and south 10-47. / Sun rises 4=57, sets 7-13, and slow 6 min. / Temp. at sunrise 44, noon 80, sunset 69.

The morning was very fair and also very calm at the time of sunrise, with a line of fog lying low along the valley. The forenoon continued fair and the afternoon was also tolerably fair, but the wind having changed to the southwest it brought forward some thin, floating clouds. The has been considerably warmer than it was yesterday. The evening remains fair.

Attended to indoor matters, in the morning until a short time after breakfast, and then went to work in the garden hoing up the weeds in the allies until Luther and Sally came, a little while before noon. Spent the time until towards noon visiting with them and then, they going away, spent the remainder of the day about the house reading some, amusing the children part of the time, and attending to various little matters that came in my way.

Thursday, 7

Seventh day of the First Quarter of the Moon. / Moon sets 3-16, and south 11-50. / Sun rises 4-58, sets 7-12, and 5 min. slow./ Temp. at sunrise 55, noon 90, sunset

The morning was fair but became a little cloudy soon after the sun came up, the wind blowing gently, and coming from the west. The forenoon was mostly fair and was quite warm. The afternoon was more cloudy, and there wa a gentle shower of rain. The day has been very warm, the afternoon especially. The evening is considerably cloudy and continues warm.

Remained in the house until after breakfast and then went into the garden and worked until nearly noon, and then went into the potato patch and dug some for dinner. Worked in the garden a spell after dinner and then went in to get ready to start on my way to Troy. Albert having been to the Post Office, brought me a letter from Ellen Buell. Started of on foot and went up to Burton’s, and then went on to Aaron’s where I called and remained to tea. After this I went along as far as Luther’ and calling, concluded to stay over night.

Friday, 8

Full moon today at 9-8 morn. / Moon will rise tomorrow. South then too. / Sun rises 4-59, sets 7-11, and slow 5 min. / Temp sunrise _____

The morning was was considerably cloudy after a warm night. and not long after sunrise there was a pretty heavy rain continuing an hour or two, and before noon the clouds passed away and the remainder of the day was fair. The weather was a little cooler than yesterday, and towards night it was considerably so. The evening remains fair and quite pleasant.

Remained at Luther’s until Isaac came along and then rode with him to the Summit, and from thence took the train for Troy. Did a little shopping there, paid Hooker for the Gazette, bought a hundred Postal Cards, & and then came up to Amanda’s, and after dinner, came with her over to Azor’s where she staid till night, and I remain over.

Saturday, 9

Second day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 8-21, and south 0-49 morn. / Sun rises 5-1, sets 7-9, and slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise pretty cool. _____

Spent The morning was considerably fair, but the temperature was not very high, continuing only moderately warm all the way through the day. There were some passing clouds, but the day was mostly fair and with but very little wind. The wind appeared to be from a southerly quarter. The evening is not quite so fair as the day has been, but is warmer than the last.

Spent the morning at Azor’s, reading most of the time, until about nine o’clock, and then rode over to the village with Azor, who attended a meeting of school directors there. Made several calls about town but did no particular business anywhere. Met Br. Shepard on the side walk and went with him to Samuel’s where we called an hour or so. After this went over to see the new foundry, and then went back with Azor, and consented to remain until tomorrow.

Sunday, 10

Third day of the Full Moon. / Moon 8-48, and south 1-45 morn. / Sun rises 5-2, sets 7-8, and slow 5 min. / Temp sunrise _____ _____ sunset 63.

There were some clouds in the morning but they passed off in the course of the forenoon and the remainder of the day has been considerably fair, and also tolerably warm. The evening at first had become quite cloudy, but they passing away before bedtime, it is now partially fair and the moon is shining brightly.

After Azor had done his chores he harnessed his horses and brought me, with Eliza and Miss Taylor and Jennie, down to our meeting at Granville Centre, and heard a discourse by Br. Greenlaw. After meeting Lizzie and Albert got in with us and we all rode down home to my house. After tea, and towards night Azor and his folks departed on their return. Found two letters on my table, one from A. M. Bailey, and the other from his sister Rhoda. Spent the evening reading some and writing some.

Monday, 11

Fourth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 9-13, and south 2-38, morn. / Sun rises 5-3, sets 7-7, and slow 5 min. / Temp. sunrise 43, _____ sunset 68.

The morning was a little cool and quite fair and calm. The forenoon remained fair but the afternoon was only partially so, and for a portion of the time it was quite cloudy. The wind became quite lively in the middle of the day and continued so through the afternoon. Towards night Thunder & a little rain, appearing to be from the south west. The evening at first was quite cloudy.

Did not bathe in the morning, not having water in my room. Finished and copied four Postal Cards, one to A. M. Bailey, one to Mary Wells, one to Ellen Buell, and one to Rhoda Cook, and after breakfast carried them up to the Post Office before the mail went out. Bought six pairs of cotton socks of Taylor, and having called a short time on Lydia, returned home. Spent the remainder of the day about the house, doing some chores, and making preparations to start on a tour to the east on Wednesday next, with Azor and Eliza.

Tuesday, 12

Fifth day of the Full Moon. / Moon rises 9-38, and south 3-28 morn. / Sun 5-4, sets 7-5, and slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise 64, noon 83, sunset 66.

The morning was quite cloudy at the time of sunrise and the clouds were coming pretty lively from the southwest. There was thunder in the morning but not any rain. The forenoon continued more or less cloudy, and the wind was pretty brisk. The afternoon has been considerably cloudy and the day has been quite windy most of the time. There was considerable thunder towards night, but only a few drops of rain. The evening is very cloudy, with a pretty active South wind, & rain is falling.

Spent the morning and the forenoon about the house, reading a part of the time, and in making preparations for my journey. Afternoon went up to the Centre and stopped an hour or so with Lydia and Mr. Bruce; and then went into the post office, but finding my box empty, came home directly and attended to my preparations for journey.

Wednesday, 13

Sixth day of The Full Moon. / Moon rises 10-4, and south 4-18 morn. / Sun rises 5-5, sets 7-4, and slow 5 min. / Temp. at sunrise 56, noon ___, sunset ___.

The morning was very rainy, the storm having continued through the night, the wind coming pretty briskly from the east. The clouds and wind continued through the day, and the storm has also been in continual progress, with only some slight exceptions. The evening too is very dark and rainy, without any good prospect of fair weather soon.

Walked up to the centre directly after breakfast, and from thence rode with Isaac up to the Summit. Waited two or three hours for the train & then went on it to Troy, rode from there with Hiram up to Azor’s, took dinner there, returned with him & Eliza in his waggon to the depot before 4 o’clock, waited a long time for the train which finally took us to Elmira, bought tickets there for Pittsfield, Mass., waited again some time for the eastern train which took us to Binghampton, took Albany train there and made ourselves as comfortable as we could for an all night ride.

Thursday, 14

Last Quarter of the Moon 11-57 eve. / Moon rises 10-32, and south 5-7 morn. / Sun rises 5-6, sets 7-2, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning at the opening was quite rainy after a rainy night. The wind continued eastwardly and in the afternoon was pretty brisk. The day was cloudy, and the rain continued to fall at intervals. The weather through the day has been only moderately warm. The evening is partially fair.

Proceeded on our journey through the night without accident, and at due time in the morning we found ourselves at the Boston depot in Albany, from whence we took our departure for Pittsfield, and from thence by way of the Housatonic R.R. to Barrington, and leaving the train at that place we walked down to George Harris’, we made a halt and commenced our visit with him and his wife. After tea I walked up town & called on Linda at the house of Mr. Snyder, her son-in-law.

Friday, 15

Second day of the Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rises 11-4, and south 5-58 morn. / Sun rises 5-7, sets 7-1, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise, noon ___ sunset 69.

The morning was quite cloudy but there was nothing rain of any consequence. The wind having changed to the north, the clouds began to break, and the afternoon was partially fair. The day has been moderately warm and with but little wind. The evening is considerably fair and warm.

Walked with Azor up town, found Lawrence Pattison, went with him and called on his brother Bazy a short time at his house. After this took the train with Azor & went to VanDeusenville & called at Mrs. Pelton’s, she being at the farm we walked over there and after an interview with her and Asa we proceeded up the mountain, meeting Geo. & his wife with Eliza there in his carriage we took a circuit around the triangle there to have a glympse of my native place & the neighborhood, & then returned, we spending the afternoon with Mrs. Pelton & Asa at VanDeusenville, & going back to town at night on the train we proceeded to Mr. Snyder’s where we are staying. {Written vertically along spine margin} Wrote message to wife in the eve.

Saturday, 16

Third day of the Last Quarter of the Moon / Moon rises 11-40, and south 6-50 morn. / Sun rises 5-8, sets 6-59, and slow 4 min / Temp. at sunrise 61, noon ___, sunset ___.

The morning at sunrise was quite cloudy, and there was a little rain falling. The wind was south, but the rain soon ceased, and after a while the clouds dispersed and the remainder of the day was quite fair until towards night, & then there were a few clouds & a sprinkling of rain. The evening is cloudy & quite warm.

We took an early breakfast with Mr. Snyder and his family, and then we took our leave of them and departed for the depot where we took a train for Pittsfield at six o’clock, and arriving there in due season we took a train for West Springfield and arrived there we stopped with Mrs. Wells where we found Mary in very poor health but very glad to see us. Found George in the paper mill, & after dinner he took us in to see it. Rode home with him to see his mother but walked to Mrs. Wells’ to tea and remained.

Sunday, 17

Fourth day of the Last Quarter of the Moon. Moon rises after midnight, & south 7-43 morn / Sun rises 5-9, sets 6-58, and slow 4 min. / Temp. at sunrise ___, noon ___, sunset ___.

The morning was quite fair at sunrise after a very warm night. The day continued fair and pleasant, the temperature continuing moderately warm, and quite agreeable. The day has been quite calm, there having been no perceptible motion of the wind. There are some clouds appearing this evening.

Spent the morning with Mrs. Wells and her family until near the meeting hour, & then, according to previous arrangement, Geo. came over with his carriage & took us over to his house, and from thence we walked with him & Ellen to the Congregationalist meeting. At the close we returned to his house, and soon afterward he conveyed us back to Mrs. Wells’, according to her request, whence we took our supper, and remain for the night. Wrote a Postal Card message to my wife in the morning. {Written vertically along spine margin} Sunday morn

Monday, 18

Fifth day of the Last Quarter of the Moon / Moon rises 0-29 morn, & south 8-37 morn / Sun rises 5-10, sets 6-56, and slow 4 m / Temp. at sunrise ___, noon ___, sunset ___.

The morning opened quite cloudy & and continued so through the forenoon and the entire day. In the middle of the day a rain storm was in progress and continued moderately through the afternoon. The evening too is quite rainy, the storm increasing, and without any signs of abatement.

In the morning took a walk over the Agawam bridge, and into the country southward a mile or so. Later in the forenoon our party, including Mrs. Wells, were conducted into, and throughout the large cotton factory there at Mittineaque, by Mr. Geo. Buell, and later in the day, after we had taken dinner with Mrs. Wells and Mary, he conveyed us to the house in West Springfield where he with his family, and his mother and sister Ellen reside. We spent the remainder of the day visiting with them, and we remain.

Tuesday, 19

Sixth day of the Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rose 1-22 morn., & south 9-30 morn. / Sun rises 5-11, sets 6-55, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise ___, noon ___, sunset ___.

The morning at the first was quite cloudy and wet, but there was not much rain falling. In the course of the forenoon the clouds broke away and the afternoon became considerably fair and pleasant. The weather was moderately warm and quite agreeable. The evening has become considerably cloudy again.

In the morning after breakfast, George harnesed his horse to his two seated carriage, & placing it in Azor’s charge, our party, including Ellen rode over into Springfield city, and after driving through the U. S. Armory grounds, & over several other sections of the city, we stopped at Mr. Garfield’s for a visit. After dinner, being joined by Lucy, we walked about the city, doing some shopping, and viewing such novelties as came in our way, among which was the process of manufacturing U. S. Postal Cards, after which we went back to tea, & at night returned to West Springfield by going around thru Agawam & Minneaque.

Wednesday, 20

Seventh day of the Last Quarter of the Moon / Moon rose 1-22, and south 10-21 morn / Sun rises 5-12, sets 6-553, and slow 3 min / Temp. at sunrise ___

The morning was considerably cloudy again and the wind which appeared to be from the south was quite calm. The clouds soon began to disappear, and before noon the sun was shining brightly. The latter part of the day was somewhat cloudy, but the evening is quite fair.

After breakfast Geore harnessed his horse to the carriage, and Ellen getting in with us, we rode up the river on the west side a few miles, and then crossing over into Chickopee, we came down on the other side into the city. We then recrossed, and proceeded up the Agawam to Mittineaque, and thence returned to George’s to dinner. Towards night George procuring another horse and carriage, we all including his family & his mother & Ellen, took an excursion around the northern part of the town. {Written vertically along spine margin} Wrote message to wife in afternoon and delivered it at Mitteneaque P.O.

Thursday, 21

Eighth day of the Last Quarter of the Moon. / Moon rose 3-24 morn., and south 11-9 morn. / Sun rises 5-13, sets 6-52, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise ___

The morning at the opening was very cloudy, and it was also raining pretty smartly. The rain continued to fall almost incessantly through the fornoon, abating a little in the afternoon but coming on again towards night. The evening continued cloudy and is a little rainy.

After breakfast we took our leave of our friends at West Springfield & Mittineaque, – receiving from George as a present a nice package of letter paper, – & with Ellen took a train for Boston, and thence a carriage to the Lowell depot where we entered a car for Woburn, arriving at the house of James Buell sometime before night. Wrote messages to wife, to A. M. Bailey, and to Rhoda A. Cook on Postal Cards, delivering them at the Post Office in the evening. On arrival found a letter from Rhoda & postal card from A. M.

Friday, 22

New Moon today, at 8-46 eve. / Moon will set tomorrow. South ___ / Sun rises 5-14, sets 6-50, and slow 3 m / Temp. at sunrise

The night continued cloudy and was also a little rainy. The morning too was rainy and wet, the rain continuing almost incessantly until towards night and then abated but the clouds continued. The evening is very cloudy and dark but is not rainy. The weather is moderately warm, and quite agreeable.

After breakfast our company and Mr. & Mrs. Buell got on to a train and went into Boston where we spent some time in looking over that portion of the city that had been burned, then visited the state house, and after this we spent some time in the museum. Bought a map of Boston, & returning to Woburn went with Mr. Buel & Azor to visit some of the tanneries. Ellen presented me for her mother with a nice pair of slippers.

Saturday, 23

Second day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 7-21, and South 0-37 afternoon. / Sun rises 5-15, sets 6-49, and slow 3 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was cloudy and quite foggy at first, but gradually clearing off the sun appeared and between seven and eight o’clock it was quite fair and quite warm, remaining so through the forenoon. There were several heavy showers in the afternoon. The evening is quite fair and more cool.

Mr. & Mrs. Buell went with our company to Boston again today, starting soon after breakfast. We visited the Navy Yard first, & then Mr. Buell leaving us, we went up to the Bunker Hill Monument, and Azor & Eliza went with me up into the top. After this we got some dinner and then went to the public garden which we visited between the showers and then to escape another we got into a street car and returned to the Lowell depot, and there we took a train and came back to Mr. Buell’s.

Sunday, 24

Third day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 7-53, and south 1-18 eve. / Sun rises 5-17, sets 6-47, and slow 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was quite clear and the weather was considerably cooler than it its had been for some time back. The wind was from the north west, blowing gently at first but becoming more active as the day advanced, was pretty lively in the afternoon, continuing till night. The evening is considerably windy, but is quite fair, and not very warm.

In the morning at half past ten, we all attended the Congregational meeting. The church have a very large house which is situated nearly opposite the residence of Mr. Buell. The minister’s name I have forgotten. At the evening service we all attended again at the same place and heard a lecture from the same man who spoke in the morning. After the meeting wrote a note on a Postal Card to wife & placed it in the post office box.

Monday, 25

Fourth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 8-11, and south 1-58 eve. / Sun rises 5-17, sets 6-46, and slow 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning at the dawning was considerably cool, but was calm and quite fair and pleasant. The weather continued very fair and calm, and pleasant through the day and the afternoon was quite warm. The evening too is very calm and fair, and the stars are shining brightly.

All our company and friends started off for Boston again soon after breakfast this morning, on the train, and there, going aboard the steamer, Rose Standish, we made an excursion down the coast to Nantasket beach where we spent five delightful hours viewing the ocean, and the raging surf, and the numerous persons bathing in it. Bought five stereoscopic views of the scenery there. At half past three we went aboard again and returned to the city, walked back to the depot, took the train for Woburn. Wrote a postal card to wife & put it in the post office.

Tuesday, 26

Fifth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 8-30, and south 2-37 eve. / Sun rises 5-19, sets 6-44, and slow 2 min. / Temp. at sunrise

There were some clouds in the morning at the dawning, but they disappeared as the sun arose, and the day became quite fair, continuing so until the close. There has been but little wind, and the weather has been moderately warm. The evening too is quite fair and pleasant.

We had an early breakfast, and taking leave of our friends we took a train for Boston and proceeding to another depot we took a train for Providence R. I., and after spending two or three hours there we took a train for Vernon on the Hartford and Providence railroad. Arriving at Vernon we found Mr. Cook there with a wagon waiting for us. He took us about a mile to his house where we found Rhoda was also waiting and very glad to see us. Not long after this Alfred and his wife & 2 little girls arrived according to our expectations and we all tarried with Rhoda.

Wednesday, 27

Sixth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 8-30, and south 3-17 eve. / Sun rises 5-20, sets 6-42, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was a little cloudy at the first, but the clouds were not of much account and soon disappeared almost entirely, leaving the day quite fair and pleasant. The weather has been quite calm, and continued pleasant and moderately warm until the close. The evening too is fair and pleasant.

In the morning soon after breakfast, I rode with Mr. Cook to North Manchester, who went there to get Mrs. Dickenson – formerly Mrs. Anna Skinner, who is wife’s cousin – to come to his house and visit with us, according to a plan of Rhoda’s. She returned & spent the day with us until in the afternoon, when Mr. Cook helped us back to the Vernon depot & we then took a train for Hartford, taking leave of cousin Anna in the car at Manchester. We went down the river on a train from Hartford to Middletown, & thence on the "Air Line" to Middlefield, & then in Bailey’s carriages to his house. {Written vertically along spine margin} Wrote Postal Card to wife & kept it over.

Thursday, 28

Seventh day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-13, and south 4-0 eve. / Sun rises 5-21, sets 6-41, and slow 1 m. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was considerably fair but was not very warm. The day was quite fair all the way through and the weather became moderately warm as the morning advanced. There has been some wind, but it was quite moderate. The evening continues fair, and is a little cool.

Our party – including Mr. & Mrs. Bailey & little girls – started on an early train for Willimantic, on the road from Providence to Hartford, near which a camp meeting is in progress. We travelled on the Air Line road, and from Willimantic went to the camp ground, when having remained a short time we returned to the village, and waited there until towards night for the returning train. We arrived at Middletown just before dark, and met at the depot there Thomas Atkins who had come to convey us to his father’s, where we went.

Friday, 29

Eighth day of the New Moon. / Moon sets 9-39, and south 4-45 eve. / Sun rises 5-22, sets 6-39, and slow 1 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was a little cloudy at the opening but the clouds disappeared soon after the sun arose and the day became, and continued, quite fair and pleasant. The weather has been only moderately warm, growing cooler towards night. The evening is very fair, but it is also considerably cool.

We spent the morning and the forenoon with Mr. Atkins and his household, and in the afternoon he took Azor and me in a buggy to the city where we spent some time looking around. I went into the Post Office and delivered a Postal Card with a message I had written to my wife before we started. I called with Mr. Atkins at the house where Delia and her mother reside, & saw the little boys, and conversed some time with Mr. Knowlton, but did not see Delia, she being too unwell.

Saturday, 30

First Quarter of the Moon, at 11-46 morn / Moon sets 10-12, and south 5-34 eve. / Sun rises 5-23, sets 6-37, and slow 0 min. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was quite rainy and wet, the storm having commenced some time in the night. The rain continued till about nine o’clock and then the clouds breaking away the sun made its appearance. After this the weather became quite fair and continued so through the day. The evening is quite fair and pleasant, and is also warm.

We remained with Mr. Atkins through the day, or until towards night talking of riding out somewhere but did not get started, and spent our time in conversation and visiting with him and his family. Towards night he brought Azor and me back to Baileyville, and Thomas and his wife came over in another buggy and brought Eliza. We stopped with A. M. Bailey, whose home we made our head quarters.

Sunday, 31

Second day of the First Quarter of the Moon. ‘ Moon sets 10-53, and south 6-28 eve. / Sun rises 5-24, sets 6-35, and no variation. / Temp. at sunrise

The morning was a little cloudy at the first but it soon became tolerably fair and, continued so through the forenoon. The afternoon has been quite cloudy and considerably rainy, with the weather very warm in the middle of the day, and the rain continuing, moderately, until the close. The evening was not rainy, and the clouds were a little broken at bed time.

Azor and I attended the Methodist meeting at Middlefield with Alfred and his boys in the forenoon and heard Mr. Lyon, after which I called at Mr. Hall’s and Azor went back with A. M. Afternoon we all attended at the same place & heard the presiding elder Mr. We returned with A. M. to our head quarters, and after tea we all made a call at the old homestead to see the old lady and William, and after spending a portion of the evening there returned with Alfred, to his hospitable house.
 

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