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1892-1893 Handwritten Diary Journal - Wealthy Boston Young Man, Enters Harvard For Sale
This is a very enjoyable diary written by a young man with many diverse interests.Unfortunately, hedid not write his name anywhere in the diary, but he wasfrom a very wealthy Boston family. He worked on occasion in a store which belonged to his father.He turned 19 years old during the writing of the diary, andgraduated fromwhat I think was a military prep school. He wrote in the beginning ofattending the sword squad, company drills, inspections, and requesting permission to wear his uniform to social events. He took exams at Harvardof which he failed several, but in 1893 was accepted at Harvardbased onthe recommendation of a family friend. His family was obviously quite influential. The young man played the violin and had a true love of music.He belonged to the orchestra, and often attendedBoston concerts with his friends. He also loved sailing and during the two summersthat this diary covers, he sailed the coast of Maine, with stops at places like Boothbay Harbor, Samoset, Southport. He also sailed to some of the islands off the Maine coast such as Monhegan andhe oftenvisitedBath and a few other Maine towns. The author had quite a social life and wrote of severalyoung ladies with whom he was involved. While at Harvard, he was spoken to about having young women in his room. In addition to formal dances and social events, the young manwent often to the beach, and in the winter spent quite a bit of time coasting and skating. The authoroften mentioned current and interesting events, especially those happening in Boston and the surrounding area.There are a few entries about someBoston fires. One of these entries was about the famous Boston fire of March 10, 1893: Mar 10..........Big fire started at a little after 4 oclock, Essex and Lincoln Sts. Burned a great area south and west. Largest fire yet due mostly to large area of open stores. Many killed- jumping from the tops of stores or falling brick. 2 engines abandoned to flames. Many millions lost......He alsowrote about fatal rail accidents, a bad horse injury, a woman killed in a fire and noted some incidents far less important but closer to Jan 27...........Very cold and windy. Skated at Franklin Park. Played Polo, got very lame. Last week, Mr came out to pay Papa a bill and demanded money back and showed a revolver.Arrested paid the bill and was Aug 11...........Mr Clancy was helping Miss Hadley with the boat and she fell back and pulled him into the with her. They walked out hand in hand and she jokedafterwards. Said something about breaking the engagement on that Mar 25..........Worked in the store. Printed pictures. Papa and mama had abig quarrel about his being at club so the young author wrote of world andnational Jan 20...........Went in town, got some music. Don't like it very well. Chilian affairs look dark. Ships went think England or Germany will arbitrate and bring about peace. Jan 23............The great Bishop Phillip Brooks died this morning of diphtheria or something of the sort. He was all worn out. All denominations mourn for him.They are agitating (sic) putting his statue in 27............All the great men are dying. First Jay Gould, then Ben Batley (?),ex-President Brooks, and now James G Blaine......In May of 1893, the author's Grandfather began to fail, and passed away on May 10. The author described the 14...........Made cross and wreath of passion flowers for Grandpa. Carriages came at 12. Went to and then to church.Grandpa looked beautiful, very natural but very thin. Grandma is tired but calm and somewhat confused by so many people. She did not remember their names. said she was growing old, poor dear Grandma. The church was very crowded and there some beautiful flowers. In the churchwere Mrs George Washburn, Coolidge who made a touching address.....Everybody knew and loved Grandpa and came to pay the last tribute the good man. He was buried in the tomb in the North Cemetery on Stoughton.....What ashameit is that the author of this diary did not write his name in the book.An inscriptionon the first page reads "Roger from Percy", so at least his first name is known. It is likely that he wasa member of a prominent Boston family since there is a family tomb in the North Burying Ground at Stoughton. The diary measures 6" x 3 1/2".The year 1892 is written in the allotteddaily spaces, the year 1893 is written in the cash account section.Written in penciland in a small script, the diary can be difficult to read inplaces, but well worth the trouble. In very good condition.Buyer pays 4.00 S&H via First Class
On Sep-22-13 at 07:48:59 PDT, seller added the following information:
A very kind er has informed me that the Grandfather that the author wrote about may have been David Clapp. David Clapp, a Boston publisher, died on May 10, 1893 and was buried in the Dorchester North Burying Ground.
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1892-1893 Handwritten Diary Journal - Wealthy Boston Young Man, Enters Harvard : $297