April 29, 1866

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“Pleasant. Attended sabbath school and the afternoon services. Mother went to Bridgewater  John waited upon me to the evening prayer meeting  passed a few pleasant hours with me after meeting  It was most a lovely evening.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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April 27, 1866

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“…as the time draws nearer when we are to separate only brings him nearer to my heart.”

“Pleasant. remained at home during the day. a lovely evening  I long to see and be with John who is dearer to me than life itself and as the time draws nearer when we are to separate only brings him nearer to my heart  may God prepare me for the separation.”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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April 25, 1866

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“Pleasant, Addressed a letter to Mary Ingell, attended singing school the last evening. John waited upon me home…”  – Hattie E.F. D.

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April 24, 1866

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“Pleasant  Showery and very windy. Aunt Jane called. attended the evening prayer meeting but a few present  John waited upon me home and passed a short time with me..”  –  Hattie E.F. D.

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Readers!….

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….I’d love to know your thoughts on the ethics of (blog) publishing Hattie’s diary – that is to say, the diary of a 20 yr old woman in the Victorian era, an era which contrasts sharply from our current one in its value of discretion and modesty? I haven’t included her last name in the posts, and 150 years have passed since the diary’s writing…which makes ME feel better about publishing someone’s diary in a blog without their consent. But it’s always a question in the back of my mind.
What would Hattie think if she knew, for instance, that on a recent day, readers on four continents had read from her diary?? I am not going to stop or interrupt the postings, but I think the question is worth exploring. Also, I have a breakup letter from John to Hattie, in which he states explicitly that she should destroy the letter after reading it so that no one else would read it. His explicit statement has kept me from publishing the letter (which was written in 1865, the year before this diary of Hattie’s)….which is unfair, perhaps, as the same intention is implicit in Hattie’s diary, DIARY being synonymous with PRIVATE.
If you’re so inclined, a thoughtful discussion on the matter can be found at “the ethics of posthumous publishing:” http://mirandacelestehale.net/2011/10/13/the-ethics-of-posthumous-publishing/

If you feel like weighing in on this, please do. I’m interested to hear what you think.
Thank you,
Amy

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April 21, 1866

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“Pleasant. Flora Dean passed the day here  Uncle Addison called. Old Mrs Standish is buried.”           – Hattie E.F. D.

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