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Selections from the Diary of “D. M. Valentine Fontanelle
Adair Co. Iowa”

“January SATURDAY 1 1859”

At home – Pleasant Weather – Went to a dance at Miller’s at night -- a pleasant time &c.

January SUNDAY 2 1859

Got up about 9 O’clock Warm – &c.

January 3-5 – blank

January THURSDAY 6 1859

Cold and Stormy

January FRIDAY 7 1859

At Home – very cold thermometer 15 below zero. coldest day

January SATURDAY 8 1859

At Home got a Warrant for $250.00 from county Filed J. M. Moores claim

January SUNDAY 9 1859

at home

January MONDAY 10 1859

Took a notion to go to Winterset on Wednesday 12 th & to Pikes Peake Sonora or Cincinnatti in the Spring go to Pikes Peake to dig gold, or get gold Somother way or get Some office &c. To Sonora to buy cheap Spanish claims supposing it will Sometime be annex[ed] to the U.S. & to Cincinnati to Study law &c.

January TUESDAY 11 1859

blank

January WEDNESDAY 12 1859

Very warm & Pleasant at home – took degree of Fellow Craft Mason --

January THURSDAY 13 1859

Paid John Vawter $3.50 00 for J.G. Vawter Warm & damp weather

January FRIDAY 14 1859

at home – wrote letters to Rebecca & Wm Valentine to Stephen Cunningham & J. G. Vawter Wether [sic] Pleasant

January SATURDAY 15 1859

At Home – Pikes Peak meeting – Weather fine – Rec’d letter from Vawter by Kendig to D. K. Valentine &c.

January SUNDAY 16 1859

Went to Meeting – cold and windy – two very illiterate Preachers Preached

January MONDAY 17 1859

Very Pleasant Weather commenced reading 4 th Vol. Blackstones commentaries

January TUESDAY 18 1859

Weather very warm and fine – Reading Blackstone

January WEDNESDAY 19 1859

At Home – got letter from J.G. Vawter concerning note, ox, and money, I sent him

Attended meeting of Masons

January THURSDAY 20 1859

At Home – Weather Rather cold – Reading &c. nude [?] &c.

January FRIDAY 21 1859

At Home – Very cold -- weather – Reading 4 th Blackstone

January SATURDAY 22 1859

Weather very cold Thermometer about sun rise 17 0 below zero At home –

January SUNDAY 23 1859

At home – warmer -- finished reading 4 th Black

January MONDAY 24 1859

Went to old man Roots – ground ax – got Comstocks Elocution took a replevin Suit for T.M. Ewing – Jake Eby Started to Keokuk to get goods & my trunk &c.

January TUESDAY 25 1859

Writing and loafing – fine weather – Reading.

January WEDNESDAY 26 1859

got up very late -- Free Mason Meeting at night – A. Rutt initiated

January THURSDAY 27 1859

At home

January FRIDAY 28 1859

At Home – commenced T.M. Ewings Suit against Isaac Gift. Wrote letter to Horace Greely & Co. – did not sleep much

January SATURDAY 29 1859

At Home – Weather Pleasant & rather cool – Marion Ammon and Irelands Trial – A.J. Ross attachment Suit vs. R.E. Ewing – McPherson up – Got up late in the morning –

January SUNDAY 30 1859

At home – went up to the court house -- exercising in masonry

January MONDAY 31 1859

At home -- warm & pleasant at the court house -- played Eucher -- Snow going off Sent for Shoes by hall to Winterset

February TUESDAY 1 1859

A very beautiful day -- Pat. Haughs land two 40 s sold to different persons one 40 to Fox & one to Somers neither deed recorded when a judgment rendered in favor of Summers (Somers) & a mortgage back of both deeds to Frink not Satisfied. Somers 40 paid him for the Same note on which the judgment was rendered -- went to Brainards – Played cards

February WEDNESDAY 2 1859

At home – cold & very windy – thought Some of taking grocery & groceries &c. to Pikes Peak

February THURSDAY 3 1859

Cold – Richard Lee all night at my house – Abe Lee was to Start for Pikes Peak on the 19 th Jan. 1859

February FRIDAY 4 1859

Cold -- Played chess -- & loafing not done much for a week or more Paid Stephen Cunningham’s tax $6.25 Dist tax yet due $6.73 Balance to be sent by Mr. C. $4.98

February SATURDAY 5 1859

Windy cold & Stormy in the morning -- cleared of towards night -- Attended to T. M. Ewings lawsuit against Isaac Gift -- my Sixth lawsuit gained it. Fourth suit that I have gained –

February SUNDAY 6 1859

At Home all day -- Rather cold Reading & Writing

February MONDAY 7 1859

at Home – Pleasant day Attend to Law Suit John M. Moore vs. J. J. Standley and J. J. Leeper Ex pr, Estate of Harris Standley Deceased talked a great deal talked nearly all day. gained the Suit. the biggest lawsuit I ever attended to as Att’y about 17 witnesses amt of Judgement $15.00 for coffin minus $2.73 for beef equal to $12.27

February TUESDAY 8 1859

cold -- at home -- feel a little tired & Sleepy loafed & Played chess 2 games wrote a letter to Stephen Cunningham & paid his tax for 1858 -- $6.25

February WEDNESDAY 9 1859

Very cold Thermometer 11 0 below zero -- went over to Vawter’s East and Surveyed it & looked where Clark’s & others cut timber -- went to Brainards of at night -- wrote

February THURSDAY 10 1859

At home -- Snowy & Stormy -- made checker board

February FRIDAY 11 1859

at home – & Loafing

February SATURDAY 12 1859

At home – loafing wrote letter to G.G. Evans Philadel J.K. Valentine executed Power of Att’y to Rebecca Valentine – wrote letter to Sarah I. Valentine-----------
Evans & Co. 677 Broadway New York City. Publishers Sends catalogues of 60. 800 pages free of Postage, gift concern –

February SUNDAY 13 1859

At home -- met at court house & practised a little on Masonry -- went to A. Platts at night

February MONDAY 14 1859

At home -- Went to Nichols at night. Staid till 11 O’Clock -- Jake Eby & Ammon got back from Keokuk, Brought my trunk

February TUESDAY 15 1859

At home -- Fred Somers at Fontanell -- went to Crittenden’s at night. Staid till ten o’clock -- wrote letter to Derby & Jas Jackson N.Y. (119 st) A very beautiful day

February WEDNESDAY 16 1859

At home – a very fine day – Raise to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason –

February THURSDAY 17 1859

At home – fine weather Loafing &c.—went to meeting Mr. Roberts Preached Episcopanlian

February FRIDAY 18 1859

At home -- loafed & Played chess -- very warm & fine weather but rather muddy—went to meeting

February SATURDAY 19 1859

A little colder -- Stormy in the evening – went to meeting –

February SUNDAY 20 1859

fine morning, but cool -- went to meeting twice -- pleasant weather –

February MONDAY 21 1859

At home -- got 12 ½ bushels corn of D M Crane

February TUESDAY 22 1859

At home. Pleasant weather

February WEDNESDAY 23 1859

At home – pleasant wrote letters to J. P. Mendum Boston Mass. & Banks & Brothers 14.4 Nassau Street New York

February THURSDAY 24 1859

At home – cloudy and Stormy in the afternoon wrote deeds for Ammon & J.K.V.

February FRIDAY 25 1859

At home -- J.K. Valentine & Ammon traded farms Snow on the ground

February SATURDAY 26 1859

Went to old Man Roots in the evening -- played checkers or Drafts with Phebe McDougal -- Rather Pleasant weather –

February SUNDAY 27 1859

At Roots -- went home -- commenced to read Bentons 30 years view –

February MONDAY 28 1859

At home -- School house contract at Joneses let -- George Bixby Played chess with me at night -- Reading Bentons 30 years view

March TUESDAY 1 1859

At home -- reading Bentons 30 years view – J.K. Valentine moving up

March WEDNESDAY 2 1859

At home – rainy – Paid the Balance of Slepen Cunningham’s tax & wrote letter to him

March THURSDAY 3 1859

At home – windy

March FRIDAY 4 1859

At home – Lyttle Faurote up to Fontanelle – Played chess and checker with W.B. Hall at night – Pleasant – Rec’d a letter and note, from Sarah Valentine and catalogue of Books from Derby & Jackson 117 Nassau St. New York

March SATURDAY 5 1859

At Home -- very windy got Some corn & hay

March SUNDAY 6 1859

At home -- warn & cloudy & rainy --

March MONDAY 7 1859

At home -- cloudy & Rainy

March TUESDAY 8 1859

At home -- cloudy & foggy

March WEDNESDAY 9 1859

At home – Pleasant Weather – wrote letter to Evans & co. 677 Broadway N.Y. city

March THURSDAY 10 1859

At home Cloudy & Raining in the morning but cleared of nice – Rev T. M. Goodfellow and other Persons went throug going to Pikes Peak –

March FRIDAY 11 1859

Very Snowy Stormy & windy

March SATURDAY 12 1859

A beautiful morning -- Went to meeting at night A Methodist Preached

March SUNDAY 13 1859

Rather nice day

March MONDAY 14 1859

A very Stormy windy Snowy day, almot worse than any during the winter -- Election day for School district Township officers, warm time in the morning but cooled off before night

March TUESDAY 15 1859

fine day clear warm & nice -- A company of Pikes Peak emigrants Faurote, Crandalls, Wilcox & others Stoped at the grove & Staid all night

February WEDNESDAY 16 1859

At home – A company of Pikes Peak emigrants Faurote, Crandalls, Wilcox & others Stoped at the grove & Staid all night – fine day – Brainard & Abe Rutt took the third degree of Masonry

March THURSDAYhursday 17 1859

At home – Weather cool and Snowed a little

March FRIDAY 18 1859

At home – received letters from Banks & Brothers – Rec’d $5.00 from W.R. Hendricks

March SATURDAY 19 1859

At home -- Sub School -- District Election for Director Cal Ballard elected -- pleasant day –

March SUNDAY 20 1859

At home -- Hillman’s meeting -- windy -- burnt up about 220 letters --

March MONDAY 21 1859

At home -- Loafing

March TUESDAY 22 1859

Loafing -- went to John Ireland’s -- talked with Stewart &c—

March WEDNESDAY 23 1859


At home – S.S. Beal Started to move – very Pleasant day – learned what G.J. investigating committee had done from Armstrong

March THURSDAY 24 1859

At home – cold & windy – Received catalogue of Books & 4 copys of Boston Investigator from J.P. Mendum No. 45 Cornhill, Boston, Massachusetts 4 of us Masons meet for instruction

3 took Secret Monitors degree

March FRIDAY 25 1859

At home – Thos. N. Johnson Wanted me to take a Suit for him – Ireland got my horse “Sam” – went to Dr. M. Mosne’s at night – fine day –

March SATURDAY 26 1859

At home – Beautiful day – three hand cart men went throug going to Pikes Peak. F.H. Whitney Back – went to Old man Roots, Staid all night -- Faurote going to Pikes Peak to buy cattle cheap took about $4,000.00 – All money made out of Peoples – whims or caprices, ignorance, necessity or excitement & the energy & foresight & luck of the one that makes it – Ballard Started to Pikes Peak Cincinnati to buy goods

March SUNDAY 27 1859

Went home -- rather cold --

March MONDAY 28 1859

At home -- cold, Stormy, & Snowy

March TUESDAY 29 1859

At home -- fine day John Shreeves Staid all night at my house -- Played chess with Charles Jones -- cold -- Ammon Brought Potatoes --

March WEDNESDAY 30 1859

At home -- a little Stormy --

March THURSDAY 31 1859

At home -- wrote letter to John J. Cason

April FRIDAY 1 1859

At home -- rather cold a very Stormy windy & Snowy night -- Martha at Gibbs’—

April SATURDAY 2 1859

At home -- cold Snowy windy rainy Sleety & Stormy to day & night before almost as bad & any day during the winter

April SUNDAY 3 1859

At home -- cold -- Rec’d Pictures of W m Margy & Liz & Letter from Evans & co. 677 Broadway N.Y. –

April MONDAY 4 1859

At home -- getting warmer Rather Pleasant day -- very cold in the Evening -- Played two games of checker’s or draughts with R.W. Champlin

April TUESDAY 5 1859

At home -- Rec’d Patent –office Report (Agriculture) from Hon. S.R. Curtis M.C. filed John Cears Bond fee.

April WEDNESDAY 6 1859

At home -- ????? to attend court at Winterset G. M. Holaday vs the County of Adair -- wrote letter to James D. Kelley

April THURSDAY 7 1859

At home -- rather cold in the evening

April FRIDAY 8 1859

At home -- Loafing & Playing chess & reading

April SATURDAYsaturday 9 1859

At home -- very fine day -- D. L. Smith moved to Town -- wrote notice for John Cears to Jones’es

April SUNDAY 10 1859

Went to Winterset -- got as far as Drakes -- Rained nearly all day -- Took dinner at Elliots -- Jim & Ell Started to Winterset

April MONDAY 11 1859

Went to Winterset -- Roads very muddy -- Stopped at Jackson Adkisons -- Court met -- got new pants Boots hat &c. Suits (appealed) affirmed when cl’k’s fees not Paid

April TUESDAY 12 1859

At Winterset – Attended Court -- Sold ox to J. G. Vawter -- Rainy in the morning -- muddy
-- Mogg’s Whiskey trial dis-missed -- Rained in the morning -- Bryan vs. Rhynox, Porter Suit on Attachment Bond Leonard & Mott—McPherson & Elliot – Judg’ for Defft -- Judgment by Defendt rendered in the afternoon

April WEDNESDAY 13 1859

At Winterset -- Attended Court -- Snowy & Stormy in the Evening -- Sypher vs. Baxter on letter of credit 2 Lenard & Mott -- McPherson & Cassaday Judg for Plff. -- Keith vs. Surber “Hog” Replevin --McPherson Elliott -- Leonard Mott & Roberts

April THURSDAY 14 1859

Attended court [in Winterset] – Cold attended Temperance meeting at night. Jewet & Judge Gray Speakers . . .

April FRIDAY 15 1859

Attended court -- Holaday’s & county’s Suit continued -- bought sugar & tea at Vawters.

April SATURDAY 16 1859

Started home -- Mariah Faroute went home with me Stoped at Dick Lee’s -- very cold – cloudy –

April SUNDAY 17 1859

Went home -- fine day rather cold --

April MONDAY 18 1859

At home -- took ????? Suits for James Campbell -- wrote letter to P Gad Bryan -- fine day --

April TUESDAY 19 1859

At home -- Reading & writing law -- fine day -- Armstrong told me that Pallard told him that he Paid between $15,000 & $16,000 to Com

April WEDNESDAY 20 1859

At home -- Jim & Ell got home at night a pleasant day -- Vawter & Toyay come up to make Stage Station –

April THURSDAY 21 1859

At home -- rather cold wrote notice for T.H. McClure J.E. Chapman vs. Playe checker with Halls beat them –

April FRIDAY 22 1859

At home – a little cold Sent to Winterset for provisions by Burris Martin & Vawter

April SATURDAY 23 1859

At home – wrote notice for Thomas N. Johnson vs James Standley $2.00

April SUNDAY 24 1859

went to old man Roots to get Straw then to Cears’s --

April MONDAY 25 1859

Court day -- at court not much done -- Five Lawyers from Freemont Co. 1 from Adams 1 from Cass 1 from Polk 1 from Warren (???) & 4 from Madison & 4 from this Co. 17 in all

April TUESDAY 26 1859

attending court – a big trial for forgery from Fremont county tried – Deft. acquitted --

April WEDNESDAY 27 1859

Attending court – made my first Speach that I ever made in the District Court – White vs. Jones – My first trial in Dist court I had 7 Suits in court lost five gained 2

April THURSDAY 28 1859

Pleasant day -- court Adjourned -- Marion Ammon’s trial agains [sic] Standleys estate -- received money from T. M. Ewing, T.H. McClure and for Bording.

April FRIDAY 29 1859

At Home -- rather fine day -- tired & Sore –

April SATURDAY 30 1859

At home -- very fine day -- Played chess with Kilborn -- beat him --

May SUNDAY 1 1859

Went down to A. Platts & to the Saw mill – rained a little – had fish –

May MONDAY 2 1859

At home – rainy day – making calculations about going to Kansas

May TUESDAY 3 1859

At home – cloudy – cleared off at night – wrote bond for A.W. Rouze and Abr. Raitt

May WEDNESDAY 4 1859

At home –

May THURSDAY 5 1859

At home – Reading 4 th Blackstone – W. H. Brainard Started to move

May FRIDAY 6 1859

Went to Winterset – rained—got money from Illinois at Vawters $514.00 -- took Martha with me –

May SATURDAY 7 1859

At Winterset – Rainy day – Settled with Vawter McNight & Printing office – Paid off all demands – got Harness fixed –

May SUNDAY 8 1859

Went home – fine day – took dinner at Dick Lee’s

May MONDAY 9 1859

At Home – fine day Money on hands $457.83 oweing [sic] Chapman 7.00 leaves $450.83 – from close calculations I find that it costs me $550.00 a year or / $1.50 per day / to live and live very economically too

May TUESDAY 10 1859

At home – fine day Played marble in the forenoon – G. M. Holaday over to settle with Grand Jury committee –

May WEDNESDAY 11 1859

At home -- G.M. Holaday Settled with the county of Adair $5.00 behind -- read. the first Grand Jury committee report -- fine day --

May THURSDAY 12 1859

At home – fine day Played marble in the forenoon – G. M. Holaday over to Settle with Grand Jury committee –
At home -- fine day cool in the evening -- Some of Ballards goods came --

May FRIDAY 13 1859

At home -- rather cool day -- went to a dance at Millers

May SATURDAY 14 1859

At Home – cold day – Settled with J. K. Valentine paid him $58.30 – wrote letter to Vawter

May SUNDAY 15 1859

At home – very rainy day –

May MONDAY 16 1859

At home – fine day The Fontanelle company Started for Pikes Peak – G. V. Rider & J. M. Moore Whipped John Cears – Prepared an information and Warrant at night for G. V. Rider and John M. Moore at the request of John Cears

May TUESDAY 17 1859

At Home – fine day had attended to a trial The State of Iowa vs. G. V. Rider and John M. Moore. lost it I was on the Side of the State. John Cears. Prosecuting witness. The 14 th law – Suit that I have attended to lost 7 gained 7. This was one of my first criminal lawsuit

May WEDNESDAY 18 1859

At Home -- Rather cold Wrote letter to D. B. Cook & co. Vawter & Connable of Keokuk in Town –

May THURSDAY 19 1859

At home -- Pleasant day -- let Vawter have $400.00 -- Connable in Fontanelle -- wrote letter to W. P. Warren -- It has cost me just one and one half dollars per day to live for the last 243 days that is $365.00 for 243 days or $365 for eight months and I have lived extremely economical from close calculations I find that it has cost me on the average more than $1.50 per day to live ever Since I was married. by a timer [?] I finish I have Spent $322 in 8 months, or about $1.33 a day -- Received circular from Livingston

May FRIDAY 20 1859

At Home -- Rainy day -- good many Pikes Peake teams returning -- Reding [sic] & c. Kanas Herald –

May SATURDAY 21 1859

At Home -- Pleasant day -- Reading Tribune &c.

May SUNDAY 22 1859

At Home -- fine day Went to meeting -- went to old man Roots -- 40.35 left 10.00

May MONDAY 23 1859

At Home -- Rec’d letter from J.E. Chapman & circular from Hon. S.R. Curtis -- Paid Dr. Moore Seven dollars for Chapman --- Started for Kansas -- left four dollars with Martha and took $40.35 along -- took dinner at Cranes -- rained on me & I stopped at Chaplins -- Stayed all night at Neals Quincy -- Saw Watters, Davis, Treasurer & Clk -- talked Politics with Watters castor oil 15 cents -- Slept in same room with A.B. Moore -- dried my clothes

May TUESDAY 24 1859

At Quincy – got Bart King to shoe my horse -- Lodging $1.00 & horse shoing $0.75 Staid all night ten miles South of Hawlyville & 28 from Maryville

May WEDNESDAY 25 1859

At Taylor County -- very cool morning -- cold & cloudy all day. Lodging 50 cents – Staid all night at Bakers. ½ mile north of White Cloud

May THURSDAY 26 1859

At Mr. Bakers Nodaway Co. Mo. 16 Mi. from Savanah & 14 Miles from Maryville -- a very rainy day -- talked Politics &c. -- I catched a very bad cold -- Startedon my road about 2 O’clock Staid all night at a tavern 1 ½ miles north of Savannah the old site of Whitehall the old co. seat nights lodging 1.00 extremely cold in the afternoon -- met Abe Rutt -- extremely bad roads --

May FRIDAY 27 1859

At Whitehall Taven -- Sun Shining -- nights lodging $1.00 -- went on through St. Joseph -- St. Joseph Build up a hollow &c -- Staid all night at slave-holders by the name of Ross 20 miles from St Joseph & 8 miles from Weston & 15 miles from Leavenworth Fine day -- extremely very bad roads

May SATURDAY 28 1859

At Ross’es – Fine day went on through Weston & to Leavenworth – nights lodging $1.25 ferriage $0.58 – Stopped at Mansion House kept by Kiser & Insley – 20cts for collars – went to the Political meeting – heard Thos Ewing Jun. & others speak – 172 or 175 miles from Fontanelle to Leavenworth & 25 to Quincy, 25 to Hawleyville, 40 to Maryville, 30 to Savanah, 17 to St. Joseph, 35 to Leavenworth

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May SUNDAY 29 1859

SUNDAY May 29 1859

At the Mansion House Leavenworth Kiser & Insley Proprietors – fine morning & day – went to hear John O cane [sic, O’Cane] Prea ch – Boot Black 10

May MONDAY 30 1859

At Mansion House – fine warm day – Attended court – Saw Judge Pettit, Lecompte, Jas. H. Lane & others – Hunted to find out how houses rents &c.
1. 16 x 32, 4 rooms $16.00
1.. 16 x 28 2 rooms $20.00
1 16 x 20.2 rooms $12.00
Herald $.05
1 16 x 30. 3 rooms $18.00
went to hear O’Cane Preach at night

May TUESDAY 31 1859

At Mansion House – gloves $.25 hat $1.00 Horse shod 80 – left Leavenworth at ten o’clock A.M. Started home – hot day Took dinner at Weston – better houses in Weston than in Leavenworth – Ferriage .50 dinner $1.00 Staid all night at Bohannon’s 1 ½ miles north of Bloomington –

June WEDNESDAY 1 1859

At Bohannons -- fine windy day -- took dinner 7 miles from St Jos & 6 miles from Savannah -- nights loging [sic] $1.00 dinner $0.50. Staid all night at Davis’ near White Cloud

June THURSDAY 2 1859

At Davis’es -- cool morning warm & windy towards the middle of the day -- night lodging .60 dinner &c. 40 -- Stoped for dinner at Litz -- Staid all night at Winninger’s a place where I stopt as I went down 4 miles from Buchannan –

June FRIDAY 3 1859

At Winninger’s – very cold & rather windy day nights lodging .60 dinner 10 got dinner at Perregrine’s -- a Poor Campbellite Preacher Staid all night at Neals tavern Quincy

June Saturday 4 1859

At Quincy – went home to Fontanelle – fine day – nights lodging $1.00 – total expenses to Leavenworth & back $14.57 going down $.65 while there $2.40 coming back $5.70 lost $0.35 – Money now on hands $25.78

June SUNDAY 5 1859

At Home -- cool day meeting in Town I did not go --

June MONDAY 6 1859

At Home -- fine day J.K. Valentine moved -- Vawter up to Fontanelle

June TUESDAY 7 1859

At Home -- warm day --

June WEDNESDAY 8 1859

At home -- Fine day -- paid John Cronans tax -- waited to see Hendricks --

June THURSDAY 9 1859

At Home -- fine day -- went to Winterset -- took dinner at Frinks old Place --

June FRIDAY 10 1859

At Winterset -- fine day -- talked Politics &c. with Cummings Foster & Talbott -- got draft of Vawter met with Masons at Winterset Recd $150 of Vawter. -- examined records in Recorders office & found that Wm M. Concannon owns Lot 1 Block 7 Pitzer & Knights addition to Winterset, Said lot mortgaged to M.C. Mungerr for $50.00

June SATURDAY 11 1859

At Winterset -- fine day -- went home -- wrote letter to G.G. Evans 439 Chestnut St. Phil’a. Pa. -- took dinner at Dick Lee’s -- Sent draft $47.20 to G.G. Evans for books –

June SUNDAY 12 1859

At home -- very warm day -- Old man Root over --

June MONDAY 13 1859

At Home -- fine day Hendricks in Town He promised to pay the Saunders not Soon --

June TUESDAY 14 1859

At home -- Warm day Rained in the Evening -- Platt up to Town --

June WEDNESDAY 15 1859

At Home – fine day Wrote letter to D.B. Cook &co. 111 Lake St. Chicago for Law Books Sent $75.00 Sent it By McPherson to J G Vawter to have him Send it by express – Capt. F.C. Nichols got home from St. Jospeh Mo. –

June THURSDAY 16 1859

At Home – cool day Rainy – Jacob Bruce Staid all night at my House –

June FRIDAY 17 1859

At Home -- went down to Leeper’s & Ammons & Settled with Ammon & give deed to Judge Leeper to have corrected --

June SATURDAY 18 1859

At Home -- Rained in the morning -- Dr. Lowe at Fontanelle -- Nichols Started to move --

June SUNDAY 19 1859

At Home -- cloudy day Meeting in Town did not go -- in the last nine months I have Spent $411.75 -- at that rate I Spend $549.00 a year $45.75 a month $1.50.4 per day :16.3 per hour & 1 mill per minute $10.52 per week

June MONDAY 20 1859

At Home -- fine day J.E. Chapman came to Town to Settle with County Judge I gave him his note --

June TUESDAY 21 1859

At home -- Fine day Chapman here -- went to old man Roots

June WEDNESDAY 22 1859

Went down to Plats Irelands & J. J. Leepers -- got deed from Leeper -- got money for J.K.V. Rained on me & I Stopped at Irelands

June THURSDAY 23 1859

At Home -- fine day -- got money from Ballard & Rutt for Vawters checks -- $285.94 on hands

June FRIDAY 24 1859

At Home -- Fine day

June SATURDAY 25 1859

At Home -- Rainy morning & cool -- J.J. Leeper up to Town –

June SUNDAY 26 1859

At Home -- fine day but very windy --

June MONDAY 27 1859

At Home -- very rainy warm day

June TUESDAY 28 1859

At Home -- fine day -- loaded up my Furniture -- went over to old man Roots

June WEDNESDAY 29 1859

Warm day -- at Roots -- Went to Fontanelle -- Served with notice Adair Co. vs. J.E. Chapman et al

June THURSDAY 30 1859

At Roots -- Wrote letters to Rebecca Valentine (& Sent Power Att’y) & Davies & Talbott -- gave J.C. Gibbs three notes for collection -- Started to Kansas -- Staid all night at Ammons -- on hands $287.81 gave Ammons Rect for $3.00

July FRIDAY 1 1859

At Ammons -- went through Quincy -- Staid all night 2.5 miles from Quincy -- warm day

July SATURDAY 2 1859

Very hot day -- Broke my Buggy -- Staid all night at Maryville night’s lodging $1.25

July SUNDAY 3 1859

At Maryville -- cool morning but warm day -- Broke my Buggy Shaft nights lodging 2.25 -- Stoped for dinner & Staid all night at Davises

July MONDAY 4 1859

At Davises -- got my Buggy fixed & hose Shod -- nights lodging 1.25 Buggy & horse Shoeing &c 60 & dinner at Pibyers 75 -- Staid all night at F.C. Nichols in St Joseph –

July TUESDAY 5 1859

At Nichols – took dinner at Bloomington corn .35 Dinner &c. 1.50 – Staid all night at Weston –

July WEDNESDAY 6 1859

At Weston – at St. George Hotel. G W Dye Proprietor Nights lodging 450 ferriage 60 – total expense from Fontanelle to Leavenworth $13.05 lost $1.05 = $14.10 money on hand when I arrived at Leavenworth $273.71 – Stoped at Mansion House – rented house & paid $20.00 for it one month

July THURSDAY 7 1859

At the Mansion House – Jake Ely Brought my things & I moved – Spent in Leavenworth $39.25 – Moved on to Main St. between Osage and Pottawattamie Streets the third house from each street –

July FRIDAY 8 1859

At Home -- warm day Buying furniture &c. -- Spent $23.90 -- on hands 210.56

July SATURDAY 9 1859

At Home -- Bying furniture &c -- 14.60 -- 195.96 – very warm day --

July SUNDAY 10 1859

At Home -- fine day -- Sam Kiser & wife visited us --

July MONDAY 11 1859

At Home – warm day my Books came from D. B. Cooke & Co. & from G. G. Evans -- I spent to day 210.50 & last my Pocket Book with $33.00 in it & Some papers –

July TUESDAY 12 1859

At home – Rained a little fine day – bought chairs & carpet – 21.80 – 131.96

July WEDNESDAY 13 1859

At Home -- took Frank to pasture -- hot day 70 -- commenced to Read Greeleaf Evidence

July THURSDAY 14 1859

At Home -- hot day -- Sam Kisers folks here & he started to Indiana

July FRIDAY 15 1859

At Home -- very hot day -- wrote letter to Az. Root

July SATIRDAY 16 1859

At home -- hot day -- 130.96

July SUNDAY 17 1859

At Home -- Hot day Reading &c. –

July MONDAY 18 1859

Hot day -- At home went out to Mr. Pauls to See how my horse was doing -- for Stationary $7.00

July TUESDAY 19 1859

At Home -- reading &-- hot day --

July WEDNESDAY 20 1859

At Home -- How Weather -- Recd $12.00 more for “Johns” Paid $8 for feed

July THURSDAY 21 1859

At Home -- hot day

July FRIDAY 22 1859

At Home -- A little cooler --

July SATURDAY 23 1859

At Home -- Rained in the afternoon -- Paid $5.00 to Send for laws

July SUNDAY 24 1859

At Home -- finished Greenleaf first vol. Ev.--- Some cooler to day --

July MONDAY 25 1859

At Home -- cloudy went to Kisers --

July TUESDAY 26 1859

At Home -- rained last night and this morning -- cloudy -- $149.46 -- 6.50

July WEDNESDAY 27 1859

At Home -- cooler day -- wrote letters to J. K. Valentine & Joiner & Blades

July THURSDAY 28 1859

At Home --

July FRIDAY 29 1859

At home --

July SATURDAY 30 1859

At home -- rained in the morning -- went to a Rail Road meeting in the afternoon -- have bad Diarrhea -- slept but little last night

July SUNDAY 31 1859

At Home -- looking for a house -- Attended the Dist. Court

August MONDAY 1 1859

At Home -- looking for a house -- Attended court -- Played checkers --

August TUESDAY 2 1859

At Home -- Rained -- at court

August WEDNESDAY 3 1859

At home -- rained hard last night -- buy aged Sign

August THURSDAY 4 1859

At Home – Rained – at court – rented house – moved -- Bought fire wood – got copy of Laws of Kansas & sign

August FRIDAY 5 1859

At Home – moved – cost [??] Bought fire wood got another sign cheaper – First month expired to day & Provisions of last month cost $18.25 –

August SATURDAY 6 1859

At Home Hot day -- Buying Provisions &c. -- I have already ----- Bought $9.45 Spent since the 1 st August $30.56 & on hands 148.84 $118.25 --

August SUNDay 7 1859

At Home -- hot day -- Windy &c Chapman & co. case --

August MONDAY 8 1859

At home. hot day At court --

August TUESDAY 9 1859

At home - hot day At court -- Received a letter from Joiner & Blades --

August WEDNESDAY 10 1859

At Home – hot day got cupboard --

August THURSDAY 11 1859

At Home – Hot day Admitted to the Bar to Practice Law – Wrote Letters to J.E. Gibbs and J.G. Vawter

August FRIDAY 12 1859

At Home all day -- took Salts -- Rained a little

August SATURDAY 13 1859

At home -- wrote letter to Cal. Ballard -- Rained in the Morning -- Rec’d a Letter from J.K. Valentine

August SUNDAY 14 1859

At Home writing -- wrote Letter yesterday & to day to J.K. Valentine --

August MONDAY 15 1859

At Home -- fixed up my compass -- Went to Hear J.H. Lane Speak at night -- M. F. Conway also Spoke –

August TUESDAY 16 1859

At Home -- reading Scoured drafting instruments

August WEDNESDAY 17 1859

At home -- Attended Court -- Reading &c. –

August THURSDAY 18 1859

At Home -- cooler -- went out to Pauls to see my horse –

August FRIDAY 19 1859

At Home -- cool morning -- Attended court

August SATURDAY 20 1859

At Home – Rec’d letter from J.K. Valentine – Attended court – Bought Leavenworth Directory – Attended Democratic Ratification mass meeting –

August SUNDAY 21 1859

At Home – warmer – It takes two minutes to read one page of common Legal cap – An hours Speech would contain 30 pages or 7 ½ Sheets

August MONDAY 22 1859

At Home – Pleasant day Bought foolscap Paper & Copy of City ordinances – Attended court – Wrote letter to D.B. Cooke & Co. – commenced taking Leavenworth Times --

August TUESDAY 23 1859

At home – fine day – wrote letters to J. K. Valentine & Cal. Ballard – got wood –

August WEDNESDAY 24 1859

At Home -- fine day -- fixing up Letter head & card --

August THURSDAY 25 1859

At Home -- not very well Bad cold -- Received Draft $75.00 from Vawter & Joiner & Blades

August FRIDAY 26 1859

At home -- warm & cloudy Sold draft for $73.50 -- Money on hand $176.46 -- Sent 5 Papers to Davies & Talbott Winterset -- Rained a little in the evening --

August SATURDAY 27 1859

At Home -- Rainy day -- very muddy -- at court -- attended Republican city convention --

August SUNDAY 28 1859

At Home -- Reading &c. – Wrote Letters to J.G. Vawter & Joiiner & Blades dated 29 Cloudy --

August MONDAY 29 1859

At Home -- fine day -- at court --

August TUESDAY 31 1859

At Home -- fine day -- at court -- tried two persons for Stealing a tarpaulin --

August WEDNESDAY 31 1859

At Home -- cloudy -- Rainy & Muddy -- At court -- Demmurness [?] argued --

September THURSDAY 1 1859

At Home – fine cool day – got Chittys Pleading & Kents Com’ys from D.B. Cooke & co. – went to Democratic Meeting. O.B. Holman Dr. Davis and others Spoke –

September FRIDAY 2 1859

At Home – cool morning At court –

September SATURDAY 3 1859

At Home – cool morning (P’d. for times) – Dist court adjourned – hot times – one months Lease expired – great deal of confusion in Court – went to Republican & Democrat meetings. Democrats & Republicans had a riot and a fight

September SUNDAY 4 1859

At Home – cool morning -- Wrote letter to J.E. Chapman Rebecca Valentine & A. Root – very cool in the evening

September MONDAY 5 1859

At Home – cool morning Muciple Election day – Both Parties worked hard – got Some quinine for Martha –

September TUESDAY 6 1859

At Home – fine day Rented office on Shawnee bet. Main and 2 – just two months since I got to Leavenworth. – engaged table 500 cards & ½ ream letter heads –

September WEDNESDAY 7 1859

At Home – fine day – Received letter from Az. Root. –

September THURSDAY 8 1859

At Home – cloudy day – engaged boards for Book case – got 500 business cards –

September FRIDAY 9 1859

At Home – Cloudy & Windy – got Table (office) – Employed Dr. O’brien to Doctor Martha – Made Book case – Paid O’neal $8.00 one months rent –

September SATURDAY 10 1859

At home – windy & warm day – moved my Books &c. into my office – got ½ ream letter heads –

September SUNDAY 11 1859

At Home all day -- Pleasant day --

September MONDAY 12 1859

At Home -- cool morning but warm day -- Received a letter from J.K. Valentine

September TUESDAY 13 1859

At Home -- cool morning hot day -- wrote letter to J.K. Valentine --

September WEDNESDAY 14 1859

At Home -- Pleasant day At court -- Mrs. O brien at my house --

September THURSDAY 15 1859

At Home -- at court in afternoon --

September FRIDAY 16 1859

At home & at court -- warm day --

September SATURDAY 17 1859

At Home -- Reading &c. -- at my office -- The first time -- [????] -- my wife, getting well. -- Warmer day -- washed off -- $2.50 [?]

September SUNDAY 18 1859

At Home -- wrote letter to Sarah Valentine -- Reading -- Rainy day --

September MONDAY 19 1859

At Home -- At court Cool day -- Trial of Zebriska et al against Sam l Fernandez, Dickerson interpleader, long trial --

September TUESDAY 20 1859

At home -- very cool morning -- Pleasant day

September WEDNESDAY 21 1859

At Home -- Peasant day --

September THURSDAY 22 1859

At home & at court -- tried Spencer for aiding & assisting Charley Fisher to Escape -- Frank Wilcox married --

September FRIDAY 23 1859

At home and at court – Tried Wicked Jenny for assault &c. in Recorders court –

September SATURDAY 24 1859

At Home & at my office Reading – Went to hear Fred P. Stanton Speak on the constitution, he made a pretty good speech – warm day –

September SUNDAY 25 1859

At home -- cloudy -- Reading -- rained a little --

September MONDAY 26 1859

At home not very well

September TUESDAY 27 1859

At home -- at court -- fine day

September WEDNESDAY 28 1859

At home -- beautiful morning

September THURSDAY 29 1859

At Home – Pleasant day rained at night hard

September FRIDAY 30 1859

At Home – Beautiful day – Went at night & heard the Hon. Anson B. Burlinghame make a Speech at Stoctons hall. – he was eloquent. a Speech consists more in the Language used & the manner of using it than anything else. he told very little that was new to me yet but few men could have told it so eloquently – he is so eloquent but not fluent he often had to pause for words. But when the words came they were beautiful – he was like Goodfellow he used eloquent passages such as found in the Poets & Poetic Speeches

October SATURDAY 1 1859

At Home -- fine day -- Heard Thos Ewing & Chas Robinson Speak at night –

October SUNDAY 2 1859

At Home -- fine day -- wrote letter to A. Root -- At home all day --

October MONDAY 3 1859

At Home – fine warm day – heard Marcus J. Parrott & S.W. Johnston speak at night at corner Shawnee and 2 nd St. about 1500 2000 persons out –

October TUESDAY 4 1859

At Home – very windy – Election day to vote on the Wyandotte constitution –

October WEDNESDAY 5 1859

At home – a most beautiful day – Indian Summer – DeKostal at my office – wrote letter to J.K. Valentine

October THURSDAY 6 1859

At home – cool but very fine day – Horses Sold at auction very cheap – 3 months since I moved to Schillys house – Politicians on the corners electioneering – At a Republican meeting at the Mozart house They had a hot time. A part were for H.P. Johnson delegates & a part for H.J. Adams delegates – Meeting Adjourned until tomorrow. – Johnson got a majority Because Shotwell & Adams Friends wanted cheat the People & have a appointed to say who the people should vote for.

October FRIDAY 7 1859

At Home – Pleasant day – warm – went to the Theater at night Play of the French Spy – Adams got the majority this time because Some one of Johnson’s Friends Stuffed the Ballot Box last night

October SATURDAY 8 1859

At Home – very cool day But still Indian Summer – At county Republican Convention fight nominally between Johnson & Adams but really between Johnson & Office Seekers who expect Some petty offices provided they give the office of Governor to Topeka or Some other place. The convention adjourned without doing anything –

October SUNDAY 9 1859

At Home fine day -- Reading &c.—

October MONDAY 10 1859

At home -- fine warm & beautiful day -- At Recorders court. Mrs. Bangor & Mary McCoy fined. Stahl & others fined -- Reading &c. -- bought load of wood ready chopped Sawed & Split –

October TUESDAY 11 1859

At Home -- fine day.

October WEDNESDAY 12 1859

At Home -- fine day cloudy -- took a walk at night -- tired reading --

October THURSDAY 13 1859

At Home – warm & cloudy and Smoky. Indian Summer – got a letter from J.K. Valentine –

October FRIDAY 14 1859

At Home – very Pleasant day – got acquainted with old Mr. Cozzens – Paid B. Cranston $5.00 office rent – finished Reading 1 st Parsons Contracts –

October SATURDAY 15 1859

At Home – very fine day – making out some legal forms –

October SUNDAY 16 1859

At Home – Rainy day – not doing much –

October MONDAY 17 1859

At home -- cold & rainy --- Attended Recorders court -- got Letter from Rebecca Valentine –

October TUESDAY 18 1859

At Home -- cool but very fine day -- reading & writing -- At Recorders court -- J.P. Mitchel Spread himself -- Mary McCoy and Alice Barbor fined -- commenced Reading 2 Parsons contracts

October WEDNESDAY 19 1859

At Home -- Reading -- very fine day --

October THURSDAY 20 1859

Got out of bed about 4 O’Clock A.M. & went to See the fire -- A great fire on main St. between Delaware & Shawnee Sts.

October FRIDAY 21 1859

At home -- very fine day -- not doing much -- came very near rooming with Mr. Cozzens -- Attended King Solomons Lodge No. 10 for the first time that I Attended a lodge of Masons in Leavenworth

October SATURDAY 22 1859

At home. Very fine & warm day -- wrote letter to R. G. Tileston -- Received a letter from J. K. Valentine -- Attended a Republican convention to nominate county officers for Territorial Election –

October SUNDAY 23 1859

At home -- very fine day – writing --

October MONDAY 24 1859

At home -- very fine day -- writing an address -- Indian Summer -- At Recorders court Mrs Omstead, Mrs. Anna Bennett and Ann Smith fined --

October TUESDAY 25 1859

At Home -- very fine day. Indian Summer -- bought two cords of Wood -- Paid $8.50 -- A.M. Sawyer asked me to Support him for District Judge in Rep convention &c. –

October WEDNESDAY 26 1859

At home – windy day & a little cooler -- At Records court – went out to Mr. Pauls and got my horse [Frank] & buggy -- Pasturage 9 dollars –

October THURSDAY 27 1859

At home very cool day -- running around Town -- Young Mens Christian Association was to meet I went but did not see many there at 7 O’clock --

October FRIDAY 28 1859

At Home -- cool day -- moved into Oneils Shanty -- A.M. Sawyer moved his books &c. -- Cranston Says that he has Sawyer has been in Leavenworth about two years & has had no practice of any consequence –

October SATURDAY 29 1859

At home – cool day – Went at night to hear Old Gov. Sam. Medary make a Speech at Stockton’s Hall he is not a very good Speaker. his mind is probably impaired somewhat by age, he had little to Say about first principles, it was principles concerning the events of the day of the times & in favor of himself

October SUNDAY 30 1859

At home – cool day – Reading – & thinking about writing an address on liberty –

October MONDAY 31 1859

At Home -- Bought Patent office Report -- fine day -- got 2 bu corn for Frank -- and got Some hay for Frank

November TUESDAY 1 1859

At Home -- fine day cloudy -- Indian Summer -- At the Mansion house -- M. H. Insley & his Brothers fixing to Start to Indiana tomorrow --

November WEDNESDAY 2 1859

At Home – very fine day – At Recorders court A great deal of Business Before the Recorder –

November THURSDAY 3 1859

At Home – extremely windy and dusty – Went to hear the Rev. Alexander Campbell Preach,--he is an old man 71 years old White hair & beard, not eloquent, preaches with his arms folded a good part of the time, nose prominent & slightly roman. high cheek bones, forehead retreating, face not Broad but upper part prominent. uses good but not very flowery language -- Could excite a crowd, aims to convince by cumbrous facts,

November FRIDAY 4 1859

At home -- Went to Fort Leavenworth Cincinnati & South Leavenworth. Saw soldiers & officers at the Ft. A great many vacant houses in Cincinnati. -- took Frank & Buggy to Tackaberry & Fryer to have them Sold –

November SATURDAY 5 1859

At home -- fine day -- paid up for “Times” –

November SUNDAY 6 1859

At Home all day -- very fine day warm pleasant & Indian Summer -- 4 months since I arrived in the city --

November MONDAY 7 1859

At home -- very windy & dusty -- Reading &c. -- Went at night to a Democratic rally Dr. Davis, Judge Johnston, W. G. Matthias & Thos P. Fenlon Spoke. Fenlon is a very wordy rather Eloquent But I think not very deep Speaker. in eloquence he will favorably compare with the best Speakers of Leav-- but I think he lacks the mind that a great many of the others have. Matthias has a very earnest way of Speaking –

November TUESDAY 8 1859

At Home -- cloudy & windy Election day for Delegate & county officers &c. under the Territorial government, A great many “Split” tickets circulated by both Parties, Republicans had both bands, on one band wagon was “Freedom & Republicanism” on the other was “Democracy & Slavery”, very peaceable Election George Still & Some others had a little row, a Red Ticket circulated headed Know Nothing &c. M Moving -- Moved a part of our things -- Made Mrs. O’neal & Mrs. Linahen mad about dusting Some clothing -- fine afternoon

November WEDNESDAY 9 1859

At home -- cloudy -- cool morning -- rained a little in the Evening --

November THURSDAY 10 1859

At Home -- cool day but getting warmer -- Whittamore moved his office -- At Recorders Court, Umfried acquitted

November FRIDAY 11 1859

At home -- Rather Pleasant but cloudy morning turned cold very Suddenly about 3 O’Clock & a very cold evening -- went to Dr. Obriens & played Chess --

November SATURDAY 12 1859

At home -- cold Stormy & Snowy, first Snow this fall, a very Sudden change

November SUNDAY 13 1859

At Home -- Warmer to day, thawing -- getting to be pleasant -- finished Reading 2 nd Parsons Contracts.—Reading Chittys Pleading again --

November MONDAY 14 1859

At Home – Pleasant & warm, a quick change in the Weather – Reading &c. – Plastering falling from the ceiling overhead on to the carpet – wrote letter to H.L. Welck N.Y. city

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Mr. Stanton is not very eloquent – his language is good, it is his own. it is original. not quotations. He seems to be fair & candid in all he Says. His speech is argumentative. It is practical. He discusses Present issues & questions but in doing so he reverts back to the causes of those questions and differences of Opinions.

November TUESDAY 15 1859

At home – fine day – Took a walk through the city. Ladies with their wide spread hooped skirts promenading the Sts & Gentlemen & Lawyers out also enjoying the fine weather – went out to the Cincinnati track to the races, horse races, not many there. did not agree as to the fairness of the race – came back, offered my horse Frank and buggy at $110. horse 60 buggy 50 – Buggy Spoiled --very much one hubband off – Indian Summer – Went at night to hear the Hon. Fred. P. Stanton make a Speech (See opposite Page)

November WEDNESDAY 16 1859

At Home -- very windy & dusty, wind from the South, warm day -- Pleasant afternoon -- Paid $5.00 office rent --

November THURSDAY 17 1859

At Home -- cooler to day, gentle North Wind --

November FRIDAY 18 1859

At Home -- cool & cloudy -- Paid Rent to Dec. 4 th $7.55 -- got $50.00 for my horse Frank, a miserable low price, a contemptable Sum -- the auctioneer got $52.50 for him -- I have owned Eleven ten different Horses & I have not made anything on any of them but have lost money on nearly every one, I got my money back on Some of them but lost feed & time -- I have owned 7 different yoke of oxen & lost on all -- Bought Chequer Board & Men 85 cts –

November SATURDAY 19 1859

At Home -- cool frosty & foggy morning -- visited McLaughlins commercial college, McLaughlin is a perfect humbug But I think he is not competent to humbug many -- At Democrat County Convention. It was quiet & Peaceable –

November SUNDAY 20 1859

At home all day -- cloudy day Sometimes it rained a little -- Read -- Poetry &c.--

November MONDAY 21 1859

At home – cloudy but warm day -- unwell and dreamt all last night -- at Recorders Court -- Rev --- Kearney & complained on by Mr. Beebee -- got $42.75 for Buggy & harness, Auctioneer got $45.00 Money now on hand $125.85 -- At the Dem. Dist con. just as it adjourned, W. C. McDowell nominated --

November TUESDAY 22 1859

At Home -- Cloudy day --

November WEDNESDAY 23 1859

At Home -- cloudy day -- Bought Stove for my office --

November THURSDAY 24 1859

At Home -- Cloudy & Rainy but warm day -- Cranston Says that Garnbell was once an agent for an bogus insurance company That Matthias owes him yet for office rent, & That Allen Peirse owes him for house rent & that he ejected Peirse, That Delahay drinks. That Dr. Renick is hard up & broke up, Peirse was a defaulter at St. Paul, Minnesota,

November FRIDAY 25 1859

At Home -- cloudy Windy muddy & turned cool towards Evening, warm in the morning -- looking for houses to rent -- got acquainted with L. B. Williams Esq.

November SATURDAY 26 1859

At Home – Looking around for houses to rent -- A very beautiful day Sunshiny -- Went to hear M. F. Conway make a Speech at Stoctons Hall at night, He is not a very great Speaker, he answered complaints against him, that he was not a “Tool” for emigrant aid Society, in Favor of Jim Lane, and abolitionist, an insurrectionist, an adventurer, He was commonly dressed rather cheaply dressed, with a dark shirt & white collar, I think he has probably a good education, his language indicates it

November SUNDAY 27 1859

At Home -- Pleasant day -- Reading &c.

November MONDAY 28 1859

At Home -- Running around the City -- At Records court, Sally Johnson fined

November TUESDAY 29 1859

At Home -- Very fine day a most beautiful day -- bought Some flour &c. -- Went to hear Mr. A. D. Richardson Read a Lecture on “Out West.” He is nothing uncommon, The Lecture was in the conversational Style, It was in the main a true picture of Western life and of the causes that induce men to emigrate to the West -- Shields Guards marched to day --

November WEDNESDAY 30 1859

At Home – cloudy morning Warm day Rained a little in the evening –

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he had a few notes to look at, the first part of his Speech was historical to Show that the Fathers of the Republic thought Slavery very wrong, The most of his speech was in opposition to popular Sovereignty & those that think Slavery a matter of indifference

December THURSDAY 1 1859

At Home all day – Very cold, a very Sudden change in the weather last night – Reading Burns Poems –

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his hands, he is not Poetical, he States everything fairly. His forte is (after stating his opponents a views and arguments fairly & justly) to reduce those views & arguments to a palpable absurdity & to Show them in a ridiculous & Ludicrous light, The Points he touched on were as ably handled as I have ever heard or seen them handled. I think it as able a speech as I ever heard

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December FRIDAY 2 1859

At Home all day Reading – very cold day –

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man spoke 2 hours. It was a Sound deep & logical speech, he is not eloquent like Burlinghame, --his language is not so beautiful, his periods not so nicely turned his questions not so graceful, his hands were placed one on the other & both at his belly at the commencement, towards the conclusion he kept them on his groins or upper part of his thighs one on each thigh the most of the time, he occasionally made gestures with

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December SATURDAY 3 1859

At home in forenoon Reading – afternoon went down in Town – Jenny Cole & another promenading the Streets – Went to the Lincoln’s Reception at Mansion House – He is an Old man Tall Slim and awkward and farmer looking, Col. Vaughan made reception Speech and Lincoln Replyed in a few remarks. There were quite a number out perhaps 500 – Went at night to hear Hon. Abe Lincoln make a Speech. Stocktons Hall was crammed full, all parties out, the old

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December SUNDAY 4 1859

At Home all day Reading – River froze over froze up tight Saturday or Saturday night

December MONDAY 5 1859

At Home – At Recorder’s court – Mary Ann Adams, Sarah Thornton, Josephine Rhino, Amanda Wrong, Elizabeth Thayer, Lizzy Burch were fined – Went to Hear Hon. Abe Lincoln make another Speech – he has the actions of a Kentuckian he aims to Say Something funny but he does not try to use beautiful Language, he got off several good hits, his Language is his own & Original – Do all Kentucky orators try to Say Something funny? -- Dist court met organized and adjourned till Wednesday

December TUESDAY 6 1859

At Home -- very cold day, Thermometer 5 or 10 below zero -- Election day of State Officers &c. -- moved my office from Shawnee Street to S.E. Cor. Delaware & 2 nd Sts. With Esq. S.B. Williams -- Quite a Row at the Polls of 1 st Ward in the Evening. considerable confusion -- This is the Sixth Election Since I came to the city 2 R R 1 constitution 1 Municipal 1 Territorial 1 State

December WEDNESDAY 7 1859

At Home -- Cold day but getting warmer -- Sim. Eby, Old man Ira & Jerome Johnson at my house, they Staid all night -- Wrote letters to J.K. Valentine & Rebecca Valentine –

December THURSDAY 8 1859

At home – Pleasant day, getting warmer -- Johsons & Sim. Eby left. – At Dist. Court.—

December FRIDAY 9 1859

At Home -- Fine day -- wrote letter to Sarah Valentine -- At Mansion House for dinner -- played two games of chess --

December SATURDAY 10 1859

At Home -- At Dist Court. -- At my office -- A most beautiful day -- Bought Nash’s Pleading & Nashe’s [sic] Digest Ohio Reports of Col. Alexander. Paid him $7.00

December SUNDAY 11 1859

At Home all day -- fine day -- Reading &c. –

December MONDAY 12 1859

At Home -- fine day At Dist & Recorders Court Jenny Mason, Martha Walker & Martha Foster fined -- got a very bad cold -- eat no breakfast

December TUESDAY 13 1859

At Home -- At Dist. & Recorders Court -- Two Dist. Courts running at the Same time & hearing a Suit in vacation -- The great McLanathan Suit going off -- A contested Election Suit from Atchison County being tried -- J. M. Alexander at my office telling his N. York experience -- got an extremely bad cold -- Weather getting colder -- Lib. Watson & Lib. Berry fined

December WEDNESDAY 14 1859

At Home -- At Court Cool day -- Judge Means & O.B. Holman made Speeches on McLanathan Attachments Suit Judge Means a good Speaker, O.B. Holman an excellent Speaker. clear, lucid, Logical he takes up on point & disposes of it, then another & So on until he gets through, he does not repeat or recapitulate, he Seldom Says an unnecessary thing, he says a few words & then makes a pause & then Says a few more words & then makes another pause & then a few more words & then another pause . . . [continued on December 15 page]

December THURSDAY 15 1859

At Home -- fine day -- Bought Tribune & Herald (N.Y.)

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& the Pauses are each about 2 Seconds long, he tells one Straight forward continuous Story. he discusses only the difficult points he Says nothing or little about those points that he thinks every body knows. he uses a rather high loud monotonous tone all the way through, he uses tolerable good language, is I presume a good Scholar, & a good lawyer. his Style of Reasoning is excellent. he looks at all sides of a question, & raises intricate questions to be decided he makes few but Suitable gestures

December FRIDAY 16 1859

At Home -- At Dist Court -- A trial before Justice Williams -- fine day -- Reading N. Y. Herald (daily) --

December SATURDAY 17 1859

At home -- Reading &c --

December SUNDAY 18 1859

At Home -- Reading &c. -- Playing chequers -- cold day --

December MONDAY 19 1859

At Home -- Reading &c. -- cold day -- At Dist. Court -- McLanathan’s Assignees

December TUESDAY 20 1859

At home -- cold day At Dist. Court. –

December WEDNESDAY 21 1859

At Home -- cold Snowy & Stormy day -- Paid $8.00 house rent --

December THURSDAY 22 1859

At Home -- At Dist Court -- A very cold morning, Thermometer down 10 O below zero --

December FRIDAY 23 1859

At Home -- At Dist Court -- Cold morning & Snowy -- fine but cool evening -- Quite a number of dances balls festivals banquets. Soirees Suppers &c. and Gift enterprises Advertised for this & next week. –

December SATURDAY 24 1859

At Home -- Pleasant day -- At Dist Court, Dist. Court Adjourned -- The Judge & others making preparations to go to Washington as lobby members (I presume) to Congress

December SUNDAY 25 1859

At Home all day Reading N.Y. Tribune & Herald -- fine Warm & Plesant day

December MONDAY 26 1859

At Home -- fine Warm Pleasant day -- not very well -- Sore Mouth -- People taking their Christmas to day -- Paid for the Dispatch .50 cts -- Eliza Insley at my house -- No Daily papers issued to day evening or tomorrow morning --

December TUESDAY 27 1859

At Home -- Sleety but not cold -- Attended to Some business for a Negro. & did not get my pay. --- Mayer, Alexander & Williams quoting passages from Shakespeare -- commenced reading Whartons criminal Law -- Commenced Reading gre “Great Cities &c.” –

December WEDNESDAY 28 1859

At home -- not cold but cloudy day. -- Money extremely Scarce. Douglass trying to get Some & talked as though he would pay Williams five per cent per month -- Reading Shakespeare -- Mrs Williams visited my house -- paid for Milk 40 --

December THURSDAY 29 1859

At Home -- cold day

December FRIDAY 30 1859

At Home -- cold day -- Reading &c. -- Bought two cords of Wood & Paid $8.00 for it -- Douglass J. C. Started to Washington to lobby for a R.R. & for other things

December SATURDAY 31 1859

At home -- got up late in the morning -- A very cold day

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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