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Diary 1864 Noyes Teacher Slaves St Helena South Carolina For Sale
Diary 1864 Noyes Teacher Slaves St Helena South Carolina This is a wonderful and important 20 page handwritten diary from Catherine Noyes a young woman who went to South Carolina in 1864 to teach freed slaves.The first half of the diary is from 1864 in South Carolina and the second half is from 1866 when she was back home in Massachusetts.It is in very good condition with great content throughout.It says in part,Up at4:30, Mary and I got breakfast as Dick had not appeared and started off for Tripp Point where we were take the steamer for Beaufort. It was warm and pleasant when we started out by the time we reached the point a cold wing had sprung up…William and Mr Folsom went to Beaufort this morning so Molly and I had the school. I am teaching them how doth the little and they can nearly say the first verse. I had Archy and Rufus come and stand before me with folded arms and say it. Rufus is a very sentimental looking child and she and she and Archy carried on a great flirtation…Hope Place was remarkably pleasant today and it was a real pleasure to teach them. They insisted the name of the island they lived on was the United States and that Boston was the capital of SC…I rode up to the nigger house and inquired if Mr Allen was there and they said he had been there and had gone. I thought it was very strange and perhaps they did not know who I meant so asked for Mr William and received the same answer. I asked where had gone to and they said and I then divined that they meant Mr William Alden. I asked why the children did not come to school and found a great many of them had the small pox. They pointed out one child in the circle round me who had it…he informed me that he thought he was going to have it for he had got one bump now. I wanted to get away from them as soon as I could so said I would drive towards Mulberry Hill and meet Mr Allen…Paris came to William for an explanation of some remarks he heard I had made about his marriage, such as saying it was not clean etc. In the PM while I was quietly hearing my class a lot of women came up on the piazza, Eliza foremost among them demanding satisfaction for things I had said about them. That they did not live clean, did not wear clean underclothes. They were very angry and I was frightened and did not leave my seat. William went out and talked with them and after a while they went off somewhat pacified. Eliza lead the retreat as the lead the attack jumping off the steps onto her crutches and shouting I ? come on boys. Towards the end of the scold I went out to them for they said it did not look well that I who was the principle and concerned should stay in the house. I feel very badly indeed about it. The stories seem to have come from Phoebe.I went down to the quarters to see Phoebe about the stories we hear she has been telling. I felt a little sorry to being on so unpleasant a subject so made some remarks about indifferent things before I told her what I had come for, she says she never said such things…Never heard the ladies say a harmless word about a person on this plantation. I hear Miss Katie say Billy a very pretty boy and Miss Mary say yes she being fond of Billy he put her in mind of one of her own brothers…The people at the Baptist church today had a fright, some black soldiers came up from Land’s End to attend service and the men thought they had come to catch them so nearly all of them ran off…Mr Folsom went to Beaufort to get my pass and inquire about the time of the steamer sailing. I packed my things Molsy came up to see me and helped me pack my big bag…Charley Ware came with him and they met with an accident and both of them got hurt. The bolt that holds the wagon on the front wheels slipped out and let them down…There was a darkey festival in the evening and thought I would ask Rufe to take me just to see what he would say, so after I was dressed for the party as I sat in the front yard he passed through and I said I wished he would take me. He said he would go if I would come home by ten, of course I was not in earnest so after taking a few minutes he went off but came back…
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