February 19, 1866

20160219_092742“Rain. Passed the day with Mrs Alex Presbrey. John returned to Portsmouth  another week of loneliness is to be passed for without him there is nothing enjoyed, if he realized this I should be far happier than I am at the present time.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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February 18, 1866

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“Pleasant. Did not attend sabbath school and the morning services  attended the afternoon services. Mr Philbrook addressed us. had an interesting sermon. Evening. William Padelford and Uncle Albert Forbes called  John passed the evening with me  did not attend the evening prayer meeting  Rain.”    – Hattie E.F. D.

 

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February 17, 1866

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“Pleasant but cold. Mrs William Burns gave me a call. Mrs Gustavus Thomas called. I called on Miss Addie Blood. went to the depot with Fannie. rode up to the green depot with her. John returned from portsmouth  passed the night here. we passed a very pleasant evening.” -Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: John is Hattie’s betrothed (see entry from January 18). They will marry two years later in 1868.
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February 16, 1866

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“Pleasant. but very cold. passed the day with Mrs Shirtlief. passed a very pleasant day.  Josey ? Presbrey has a surprise party this evening. Lizzie and Otis not being very well did not attend.”        – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: Lizzie and Otis are Hattie’s younger siblings.
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February 14, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. remained at home during the day. did not attend singing school. finished Fannie’s toilett sett (sic). Rain. Otis is at home sick.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: Otis is Hattie’s brother James Otis, 4 years younger than she.
– “toilett sett” is probably ‘toilet set,’ a set of grooming items, such as mirror, brush, and comb.
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February 13, 1866

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“It is a lovely morning. went up to the green in the afternoon. Mary Abby accompanied me. attended the evening prayer meeting  had a very interesting meeting as there was quite a number present.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

Notes: The “green” Hattie refers to here is Taunton Green, a park at the center of town.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton_Green_Historic_District
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February 11, 1866

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“A lovely day but very muddy  attended sabbath school  also the afternoon services. called on Aunt Jane after the afternoon services. Did not attend the evening prayer meeting  John passed the evening with me. another pleasant evening has passed.”   – Hattie E.F. D.

 

 

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February 10, 1866

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“Not very pleasant. went up to the depot  called on Mrs Alex Presbrey. John came home. he passed the night here  I trust that the evening we passed will long be remembered by both us with other pleasant evenings that we have passed together.”   -Hattie E.F. D.

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