“Pleasant. Have been in bathing this morning enjoyed it very much. went to a clam bake this afternoon John and I took a walk together which I enjoyed more than any thing since I left home..” – Hattie E.F. D.
“Not very pleasant. took a walk down to the beach being alone I did not enjoy it very much. John and I took tea with Mrs Bandcroft. passed the evening at Mr William Macombers cottage. passed quite a pleasant evening..” – Hattie E.F. D.
“Pleasant. Arived (sic) at Camp Meeting this morning John met me at the landing reached here about 12 oclock. took dinner at Mr Williams cottage took a walk down to the beach have not enjoyed myself very much during the day passed the night at Mr Williams cottage. have not passed a very pleasant night.” – Hattie E. F. D.
Notes: See links below for more on the 19th c revivalist camp meetings. The family later had a cottage in Oak Bluffs (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) which makes me think that they may have attended the camp meetings in that location, which had a large annual event. See Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association:
“John returned to Camp Meeting went up to the depot with me. went up to Mrs Chace Lizzie and I went to the green.” – Hattie E.F. D.
Notes: I don’t know where John traveled for the camp meeting, but see links below for more on the 19th c Revivalist camp meetings. The family later had a cottage in Oak Bluffs (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) and so it is possible that John attended the meeting in that location, which had a large annual event. See Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association:
“Pleasant. Have been up to the depot met John. but how changed my feelings when I found after nearly a weeks separation he had a desire to be with those he left and found it hard to tear himself from them but the ties of love are strong.. John passed the evening with me.. have I judged him right time will determine..” – Hattie E.F. D.
Notes: John is Hattie’s betrothed
Portrait from family album; reverse side
“Pleasant. went to the green this morning.. Called on Mrs Charles Drew and Augusta.. Another lonely evening has passed. as I have been siting (sic) here this evening alone I have thought much of me which is dearer to me than life and if he but knew how hard this separation is I flater (sic) myself with the thought that he would sacrifice what he enjoys and return to me” – Hattie E.F. D.