November 25, 1866

“I ask myself many times does he enjoy his visits as much as I do?

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“Pleasant. Attended the afternoon services. John accompanied me home and took tea with us. we also passed a very pleasant evening together  it seemed so pleasant to be again with him  I ask myself many times does he enjoy his visits as much as I do?” – Hattie E.F. D.

Advertisement from the Taunton Directory, 1850.

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November 22, 1866

“..it is more than love…it is idolatry.”

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“Not very pleasant during the day, and quite cold. Returned home this afternoon. I find that I cannot be separated from John even for a night without its causeing (sic) unhappy feelings. why is it? he thinks that I do not love him then why is it so hard to be away from him? it is more than love  it is idolatry. and am I living the (?) which I profess. Oh that I may be trace my affections more on (?) things. Myra Dean passed a part of the day here. Augusta called.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Portrait from family album.

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November 20, 1866

“I now realize that I am alone in this wide world…”

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“John passed the evening with me. I now realize that I am alone in this wide world  I had felt that I had one in whom I could place all confidence but I am alone  never again can I rest in his loving embrace.  or a friend to sympathize with me in my sorrow  nothing to live for  the happy hours are all past and may they be forgotten.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Portrait from family album.

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November 18, 1866

“Oh that the time may come when I can prove to him the worth of this love.”

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“Pleasant. John returned home this morning. attended the afternoon services. John accompanied me home and took tea with me. He has not that confidence in me which he should have  Oh that the time may come when I can prove to him the worth of this love. he passed a part of the evening.” – Hattie E.F. D.

Portrait from family album; reverse side.

 

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November 17, 1866

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“Pleasant. Have been to the green this afternoon  Mother and Otis went to Bridgewater this evening  John passed the evening and night here  Oh the happy hours which we are permitted to enjoy they are appreciated in trust.” – 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
Otis is Hattie’s younger brother (James Otis).
Portrait from family album. Reverse side. “Otis Chace” is Hattie’s son, though his last name is misspelled (should be Chace). The photograph appears to be a Christmas gift judging by the date of 25 December.

 

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