August 30, 1866

“…went to a clambake this afternoon..”

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“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.

Notes: New England Clambake   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_clam_bake

 

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“Sea-side Sketches – A Clam-bake” Illustration by Winslow Homer, pub. Harper’s Weekly August 1873; Collection of Boston Public Library.
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August 29, 1866

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“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.

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August 28, 1866

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“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:
http://www.mvcma.org/history.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_meeting
Portrait from family album; reverse side

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August 27, 1866

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“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:
http://www.mvcma.org/history.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_meeting
The “green” Hattie refers to is Taunton Green, the center of town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taunton_Green_Historic_District
Portrait from family album

 

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August 26, 1866

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“Pleasant and quite warm.. being no services at our church.. I attended the freewill p(b)aptist at the green. took tea with Mrs Alex Presbrey  John passed the evening with me.”  – 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
Free Will Baptists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Will_Baptist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Taunton_Baptist_Church
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August 25, 1866

“…but the ties of love are strong..”

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“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
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August 24, 1866

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“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.

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August 22, 1866

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“Pleasant in the morning  showery in the afternoon. Mother and I passed the day at Uncle Silias Dean’s. passed a very pleasant day but a very lonely evening..” – Hattie E.F. D.

Portrait from family album

 

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