Wednesday, January 31, 1866

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“…I trust the time is not far distant when my evening can be passed with one who is dearer to me than life itself…”

“Pleasant. Remained at home during the day. Mother passed the evening at Mrs E. Lincolns  Lizzie at Abby Dunbars. (sp?) it is a lovely evening. and I desire that my feelings may be as calm as nature (sp?). but I am to pass another lonely evening and I trust the time is not far distant when my evening can be passed with one who is dearer to me than life itself.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: Lizzie is Hattie’s younger sister, who would have been 13yrs old in 1866.
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Tuesday, January 30, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. Mary Abby called on me after school, Ann Maria called. attended the prayer meeting. Mary Abby came home with me. John has gone to the fair at Myricks. I hope he will pass a pleasant evening. and may he keep in mind the step he has taken, remembering that I have the seal of his faithfulness.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: The “fair” that John attended in Myricks, a nearby farming settlement, may have been the Bristol County Central Cattle Show and Fair, which was held annually from 1858-1876.
John is Hattie’s betrothed (see entry from January 18). They will marry two years later in 1868.
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Monday, January 29, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. called on Mrs. S.  Mrs P. and Ann Maria. Evening. have been alone during the evening. John has gone to a fair in Myricks.”  -Hattie E.F.D.

Notes: The fair that John attended in Myricks, a nearby farming settlement, may have been the Bristol County Central Cattle Show and Fair, which was held annually from 1858-1876.
John is Hattie’s betrothed (see entry Thursday, January 18, 1866). They will marry two years later in 1868.
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Sunday, January 28, 1866

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“Pleasant. Did not attend the morning services. attended sabbath school  also the afternoon services. had a very interesting sermon. (six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work.) was the text.  I had John’s company to the evening prayer meeting  had a full attendance  passed a few pleasant hours after meeting with him.”    – Hattie E.F. D.

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Saturday, January 27, 1866

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“Pleasant and very good sleighing. Mother returned from Bridgewater  Ella Forbes brought her home. Lizzie has gone a sleighride with David Padelford.  Evening. A lovely evening  the moon is shining brightly and the ringing of the sleighbells seem to tell us that they appreciate its beauty.
Mrs Alfred B___ (illegible) has a daughter.” 
– Hattie E.F. D.

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Friday, January 26, 1866

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“Snow. Another lonely day has passed. have not been out during the day. afternoon it has cleared away. quite pleasant the sleiging (sleighing) is pretty good they seem to be flying merrily this afternoon.  Evening. Chilly. Annie J. Wright passed the evening with Lizzie and I.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: Lizzie is Hattie’s younger sister, who would have been 13yrs old in 1866.
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Thursday, January 25, 1866

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“Snow. Mary has returned home left here about 6 1/2 in the morning. have been alone during the day. passed a very lonesome day. Evening. Rain. John passed the evening with me. had a very pleasant time.”                          – Hattie E.F. D.
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Tuesday, January 23, 1866

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“Pleasant. Mary and I went to the green. Called on Mrs. E. Brou. (sp?) Mary and myself attended the evening prayer meeting  John waited upon us home. Mother has gone to Bridgewater  Mr. Padelford carried her.”   – Hattie E.F. D.
Notes: The “green” Hattie refers to here is Taunton Green, a park at the center of town.
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