November 28, 1866

 

“…this night is long to be remembered.”

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“Pleasant. Have been at home during the day  Augusta took tea with us. attended singing school   John waited upon me home. he presented me a set of jewelry. Twenty years of my life has passed and the year that has passed has been one which will long be remembered. many happy hours have I enjoyed (?) and many unhappy ones but this night is long to be remembered.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: John C. Chace, Hattie’s betrothed at the time of her 1866 diary, was a member of the GAR. The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) “was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic
Local advertisement from the GAR Benefit Program Book (year unspecified).

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Dear Readers…

“The pocket diary of Hattie E.F. D. Taunton, MA 1866” went on hiatus after the posting of November 25,1866, a drastic change in my schedule being the reason. Yesterday I posted the November 26, 1866  entry and am going to post the remainder of the diary on a daily basis (or almost daily, as time allows) to its completion. Upcoming features include photographic portraits of Hattie and John from a later time, images of the family gravestones (located after some sleuthing with family this summer), and an exploration of John Chace’s wallet and its contents. Stay tuned and feel free to comment.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for following Hattie!

Amy

November 27, 1866

 

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“Pleasant. remained at home during the day. John passed the evening with me.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: “John” is Hattie’s betrothed, John C. Chace.
Local advertisement from the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Benefit Program Book (year unspecified). See previous post (Nov 26, 1866) for more information on GAR.

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November 26, 1866

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“Pleasant. Mother and I have been to the green this morning. Passed the afternoon and evening at home.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: The green Hattie refers to is Taunton Green, the center of town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton_Green_Historic_District

Photo: Program from a GAR benefit held at the Wm. H. Bartlett (Veterans) Post on Patriots Day, April 19 (year unspecified).  “The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War for the Northern/Federal forces.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Army_of_the_Republic

John C. Chace, Hattie’s betrothed at the time of her 1866 diary, was a member of the GAR.

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November 25, 1866

“I ask myself many times does he enjoy his visits as much as I do?

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“Pleasant. Attended the afternoon services. John accompanied me home and took tea with us. we also passed a very pleasant evening together  it seemed so pleasant to be again with him  I ask myself many times does he enjoy his visits as much as I do?” – Hattie E.F. D.

Advertisement from the Taunton Directory, 1850.

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November 22, 1866

“..it is more than love…it is idolatry.”

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“Not very pleasant during the day, and quite cold. Returned home this afternoon. I find that I cannot be separated from John even for a night without its causeing (sic) unhappy feelings. why is it? he thinks that I do not love him then why is it so hard to be away from him? it is more than love  it is idolatry. and am I living the (?) which I profess. Oh that I may be trace my affections more on (?) things. Myra Dean passed a part of the day here. Augusta called.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Portrait from family album.

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