there was no February 29 in 1866

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February 28, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. remained at home during the day. attended singing school in the evening.  Snow. John went to the fair at Assonet. I came home alone.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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February 27, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. went to the green in the morning, Snow. Mother passed the P.M. with Ann Maria at Ruth Ann Paull’s. attended the evening prayer meeting. John waited upon me home and passed a few hours with me  had a very pleasant time.”   – 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

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February 26, 1866

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“Pleasant but cold. Mrs Alfred Balcomb was buried  from the church went to the green  had my dress cut. passed the evening at home  Annie J. Wright passed a part of the evening with us.”    – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: See entries from February 21 to 24 for recent Balcom(b) family history.
The “green” Hattie refers to is Taunton Green, the center of town.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton_Green_Historic_District

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February 25, 1866

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“Pleasant, attended sabbath school and the afternoon services. called on Mrs James Presbrey after meeting. quite cold. had Johns company to the evening prayer meeting  after meeting we passed a few hours together. very pleasant time.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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February 24, 1866

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“Called on Augusta. John returned from Portsmouth  passed the night here. we passed a very pleasant evening. it was very pleasant to was very pleasant to again enjoy his presence. Mrs Alfred Balcomb died  she was loved by a large circle of friends and I trust her image will ever occupy a place in our hearts.”    – Hattie E.F. D.
Mrs Balcom death
Notes: Image of ledger registering the death of Mrs. Alfred Balcom(b) (courtesy of Ancestry.com):
No. 51 – Elvira Balcom (Walker) – (no age listed) – cause of death: Phthisis
Phthisis def: a progressively wasting or consumptive condition; especially pulmonary tuberculosis
Mrs Balcomb’s 24-day old infant died three days ago (see entry for Wednesday, February 21).
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February 23, 1866

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“Pleasant. remained at home during the day.  went to the green. called on Mrs Balcomb. Alice Wilbar and Emily called  Lizzie went to Bridgewater with them  attended singing school in the evening, not many present.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: Yesterday, Mrs Balcomb buried her 24-day-old infant, who died the day before. See entry for Wednesday, February 21.
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February 22, 1866

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“Pleasant. Remained at home during the day  in the evening I attended the fair, Mr Henry Paull waited upon me home, Mrs Gordon Godfrey called  Mrs Alfred Balcomb’s child was buried.”             – Hattie E.F. D.

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February 21, 1866

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“Pleasant. Mother and I went to the green. bought me a dress. went to fair of the sons of temperance. a large number present  enjoyed myself as well as could be expected without Johns company. Mrs Alfred Balcomb’s child died.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sons_of_Temperance

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-Image of Hattie’s ledger in the back of her diary listing, among other purchases, the dress she mentions in this entry.
Balcom
-Image of ledger registering the death of Mrs. Alfred Balcom(b)’s child (courtesy of Ancestry.com):
No. 8 – Harriet Eliza Balcom – 24 days old – cause of death: Spasms
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February 20, 1866

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“Pleasant. I went to the green. Ann Eliza and Myra passed the day here. Mary Abby called. Augusta called. Edward Padelford called. attended the evening prayer meeting. Mary A. and Henry P__ waited upon me home.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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