Harriet’s Posts ~ 1868

Harriet Worden

Thursday, December 31

Another lovely day.

Departure

Mrs. Baker’s brother seems to be pleased with his visit. They (he and his wife) left at 6 o’clock this evening.

I forgot to mention that Theodore read the inventory last evening.

Mr. Noyes has just finished his “Positivist” article for the World. Daniel Bailey is copying it & tomorrow it is going to be read to the whole family at ten o’clock, and at noon mailed to New York.

The children continue the ordinance of coming to this house after supper. Mrs. Skinner talks to them after their frolic. She says something interesting every time.

And so winds up 1868!

Come on New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 30

A beautiful day; bright and sunny.

G.N.M’s return

George Miller returned from his late trip.

Ralph Hobert’s Visit

Mr. Ralph Hobert & wife called at supper time. He is brother of Mrs. Catherine Baker.
The children took a sleigh ride this forenoon.

Lecture

An interesting lecture at 7 o’clock, by Mr. F.W. Smith. Subject – Germany.

Tuesday, December 29

Short Visit

A gentleman called last evening, and staid over night with us. He left to-day. He was a
sober looking man.

Myron was busy now-a-days in fixing the new wash-room.

Monday, December 28

Not unpleasant.

Work

On account of an unpleasant odor, the cooking could not be done by steam today.  However, the spoolers and winders went to work as usual, and the washers found no trouble in rubbing clothes.

Brewster Calls Leaves Soon

Mr. Brewster of “Modern Times” made us a call. He came for advice. Mr. Cragin being called upon to entertain him, after having his experience during the past summer, finally told him sincerely what he thought of him, as well as giving him to understand that the Community as a whole did not fellowship him. He also advised him to curtail his visit, and afterwards took him to Oneida. He got what he came for vis. – Advice.

Left

Mrs. Sarah Gibbs, daughter & niece left after dinner – having had a pleasant visit.

Letter from Uncle Horace

Mr. Burt had a letter from Uncle Horace this evening. It was dated at Schenectady. Said he left without purse or script – without two coats & two pairs of shoes. Whither bound or what his plans are not plain. He is far from being in his right mind.

Sunday, December 27

Weather mild.

Engine Put Up

The engine was put up and ready to use by two o’clock. So we can easily do our printing as usual. All right!

Uncle Horace Missing

Uncle Horace is missing. Has not been seen since sometime Friday – has not slept in his room for two nights. He has been a little strange lately, talking about his wife, & c. However, Mr. Noyes advises us not to make much ___ about it, and not to run around much to find him.

John Sear’s Visit

Last evening John Sears gave quite a report of his visit to New Haven, Boston, etc., interesting.

Lectures to the Children by H.S.S

Mother Skinner has begun a course of lectures to the children, on the “Providence of God.” She gave the first last evening. The children pay quite good attention and appear to understand what she says. To-night the children sang and marched.

Meeting out, and we had several songs.

Saturday, December 26

Gone for Engine

Our man started at 8 o’clock this morning for Utica, to get the steam engine, which we hear is finished.

Horses in the Pond

One of our hired men, going across the Willow Place pond with a load of stone, broke in to the ice. Nothing serious occurred. The horses were soon extricated.

All Right

At four o’clock the engine was seen coming over the hill, near Mud Creek, and in a few moments, it was in the building. Ready hands placed it in the engine room, and it is said that by a strenuous effort, it can be put in readiness for use tomorrow. Good luck has thus far attended it.

A Visit

Mr. Leet’s daughter Sarah with her little girl & niece came to day over Sunday.

Friday, December 25

Quite a cold “Merry Christmas,” – however, very merry.

Return

George Allen and John Sears returned from abroad.

The Children’s Hour

Mr. Noyes proposed an entertainment for the children. So a nice supper consisting of bread, butter, frosted cakes, nuts, raisins, & c. was gotten up. And a long table was set in the upper sitting room. Many busy hands prepared it, so that at the return of the bathers, all was ready. At the appointed time, the little ones were brought over. It was a surprise, evidently, from the exclamations of Oh! Oh! as they saw so generous a display. They were soon seated, and ate their supper while nearly the whole family were looking on. The corridor was crowded. Father Noyes looked on approvingly. It was a beautiful sight, and the children all behaved beautifully. While they were seated, a group of company (who came to the “concert” as they said) happened in to look at them.

A lecture at 7 o’clock, by W.G. Kelly: subject, Turkey.

Thursday, December 24

The weather much cooler, might be called cold.  Still a sleigh comes to the door every afternoon at four o’clock, and takes over the “Close Communionists”.

Wednesday, December 23

Repairs on the Engine

The steam engine has gone to Utica.

Myron is making excellent plans for the new washroom. Nearly every one seems much absorbed now-a-days in taking inventory – both private & public.

Children’s Hour

The children’s hour seems more and more natural. Mr. Noyes remarked this evening after they went home that they were good children; that in all the time they had been over here, he had not heard a whimper or seen anything quarrelsome. He speaks very approvingly of their behavior.

Letter read in meeting from Mr. Buchanan to Mr. Noyes. It was very gasey, calling himself the “Pioneer of pioneers” &c. &c.

Tuesday, December 22

Steam–engine sent to Utica

The steam engine was found to be out of repair, and a gentleman came today & examined it. It was found necessary to take it apart; and tomorrow morning it will be sent to Utica. So silk room, washing & cooking will have to hold up a few days; however, I guess the kitchen mothers will keep us in bread & butter without steam.

Mr. Noyes is busy writing these days – besides his “Muck Heap” articles, he is digging away at his article on “Positivism”, for the World.

Monday, December 21

Rain and snow.

Changes

Mrs. Whitfield and Mrs. Hatch change places. The former has lived at W.P. since the Commune was first started.

Folks are very busy now taking inventories.

Atwood Knowles’ financial condition

Mr. Atwood [Knowles] has written an appealing letter to Mr. Noyes, about his financial condition. He seems to think the Community have abused him. At least he is quite willing to bring up the objections that are brought up by his worldly neighbors. Our people have decided to send him the full interest of his money. But we are sure he is under a dark, unbelieving spirit.

The children were on hand again tonight and quiet and edifying. They sang their comic song before they left.

Discussion about Atwood Knowles.

Sunday, December 20

Something like an ice storm and yet the wind indicates a thaw.

Decision about the Washing

The Business Board decided to have the washing moved as soon as possible.

The paper out in good season.

The Children’s Hour with Father Noyes

Willow Place family all home today. The children at the time appointed came over “to see Father Noyes,” as they said. The upper sitting room was filled with persons of all ages. The children formed a pleasant circle around the stove, and as Mr. Cragin put questions to them, they replied promptly. Mr. Noyes set them all to counting the doors on the corridor and sitting room together. They all scampered upstairs and were down again in a moment. And their answers were as various as could be imagined. After numerous exercises of this kind, they passed into the Hall, where was an entertainment of another kind.

The Play

Two choruses sung, by a large choir. Then the “Spiritualist” entertained the family. There was “Alexander Longley,” Quack Doctor,” “Olympia Brown,” “Dr. Lazarus,” “Warren Chase,” Two “Berlin Heights sisters,” “Miss Olympia Brown,” “Mrs. Dr. Lazarus,” and “Mrs. Relbourn, the angel Euphenia.” It is said that performance was very amusing.

Saturday, December 19

A clear, cold, sunshiney day.

Return of Agents

Mr. H.R. Perry & G.W. Hamilton have returned from their late trips.

A Tip-over

At o’clock Mr. Hawley took the children a sleigh ride and before they got home, he tipped them over. But none were hurt and they came home in high glee.

How to Make a Home

Father Noyes has made some remarks today about making a complete home. And his proposal is to bring all our children over to this house every evening at 7 o’clock, and letting them soak in the family spirit (the great Community heart) for an hour. He says he shall always be present and the whole family can have a chance to see the children. The parents to mix in with the rest, but must not step in between the children and the Community.

Friday, December 18

Cold and unpleasant.

Committee on washing

A committee met to talk about moving the washing to the brick building across the creek. Left to be decided in Business meeting.

Departure H.G.A.

The trunk of presents packed and sent at noon. And H.G. Allen left at 6 o’clock this evening, for W.C. and N.Y.

Presents for the Children Ormond’s Birthday

Mr. Edwin & Miss Harriet showed their presents to the children on the occasion of Master Ormond’s birthday. There were several very handsome books, with fine engravings. A case of fine pictures. A little wagon. A train of cars. Some dissection pictures & some toy houses. And at evening they had quite a display of a magic lantern. It is needless to say they were overjoyed; and it is likely Orny will long remember this his fifth birthday.

Thursday, December 17

Cold and a South wind blowing indicating a thaw.

Buying Toys

E.S. Burnham and H.G. Allen went to the depot to trade for the children.

Presents for Christmas

O.C. is quite busy getting presents for W.C.’s Christmas tree.

A Project

Discussion this evening about letting a New York man come in here and take the fruit business under our supervision &c. Not decided.

Wednesday, December 16

A little colder.

New edition of Trapper’s Guide

Henry Allen brings word from a firm in New York who are now ready to publish the fourth edition of the “Trapper’s Guide.” Mr. Noyes is in favor of it, as we are nearly out of copies.

A “bee” to crack butternuts and walnuts this afternoon in the bakery. Lily Bailey took her first lesson in spooling this afternoon.

Lecture at 7 o’clock by Victor Hawley on Entomology.

Tuesday, December 15

Sleighing better – weather more moderate.

Departure Kellys

Mr. & Mrs. Kelly left this noon. They have enjoyed their visit very much.

At about midnight Henry Allen and Sarah Johnson arrived from W.C.

Croly’s Letter

A letter received from Mr. Croly to Mr. Noyes, opening the columns of the World for him to reply to the “Positivists.”

A letter read from Mr. Bush about that contrary wife of his.

Monday, December 14

Weather moderate.

The “Muck heap” nearly copied.

The washers are not going to get up before breakfast to start their washing hereafter. Theodore thinks it too much drain on life.

H.J. Seymour has not felt well since his lecture threatened us with a fever. The children are all well, and play outdoors a good deal.

Mr. & Mrs. Kelly seem to be deriving much good from their visit with. They both gave good testimony in our meeting to-night.

The tone of the meeting serious – earnest.

Sunday, December 13

Quite pleasant.

Drill

At 3 o’clock a large company of singers met in the Hall, and sang two Choruses.

Children’s theatricals

The children got up a little theatrical of their own at 2 o’clock. Occasion – Temple’s birthday.

Willow Place family all over here. Mr. Easton and Theodore are recovering from their wounds.

No performances to-night.

At eight, a stirring talk read from Mr. Noyes, on “dress.” It was delivered this afternoon in Mrs. Skinner’s room.

Dress once More

He shows up the “dress spirit” in a different light from what I ever before thought of it. I feel sure it will stir us all up to overcome it.

Saturday, December 12

It has been snowing steadily the whole day and yet it is not very cold.

Entry

An enclosed entrance is being put on to the portico of the New House.

Lawson’s Apology

Mr. Lawson writes to Mr. Noyes apologizing for his answer to his criticism, saying he did it from courtesy, supposing it to be our custom. Very polite. Evidently meant no disrespect.

Langdon’s Pamphlet

Mr. Langdon’s pamphlet about health, read, he has discovered the secret of longevity. This led to amusing discussion. Mr. Cragin could not forget that Mr. L. once disappointed & deceived him about paying us 500 dollars for the Printing Office at W.C. &c, &c.

Friday, December 11

New Sleds

A very mild day. Sleighing quite passable. Children begin playing with sleds again. Mr. Thacker has just made them a lot of sleds.

Lecture

A lecture at 7 o’clock by Henry J. Seymour, upon Roman History.

A good loyal letter read from Frances Hillerman. She is busy with good testimony for the Truth.

Thursday, December 10

Quite a moderate day compared with yesterday.

Mr. Easton & Theodore better.

Tipped Over

The “Close Communionist” tipped over at W.P.

Letter from G.D.A.

Wednesday, December 9

The Snow

Such a day! Not cold, but snowing and blowing the whole time. The whole surface of the ground covered with more than two feet of snow and drifts six feet high and more, in every direction. The snow is soft and feathery and it is delightful to tumble into it. Some again eat it like candy. The men go to take their accustomed plunge and the girls bundle up and try wading in the snow, and we heard of an instance where two females plunged into a snow bank in a state of nudity.

Two Accidents

Two accidents occurred at Willow Place to-day. Mr. Easton stumbled and fell head- forward on to some gearing – it cut his head and face some, but not seriously — it also jarred him considerably. And while in bathing this evening, Theodore cut a small gash in his forehead. The Willow Place family came over to-night, excepting the two above named gentlemen.

Lecture

A lecture at 7 o’clock by D.E.S. – continuation from last Friday, on the same subject.

E. Mallory

At our evening meeting we had read a good note from Elizabeth Mallory.

Inventory for Individuals

Then a proposition from Mr. Noyes that we take an inventory of the labor of each individual during past year.

Confession by a Spiritualist Woman

And then the confession of the past life of Miss Augusta Story (a spiritualist) read. It gives an insight into the free love practices at Berlin Heights &c. She, herself, seems to have become disgusted with it. Mr. Noyes says we had a true instinct to shut our doors upon this class of people. And in a note to the family, he suggests that hereafter we do not allow such friends as Clara Wait & Miss Story to visit us. They may mean well, but the fact of their having been mixed up with this stuff, effectively separates us from them. We are not strong enough as yet to digest them.

Tuesday, December 8

Another terrible day. If two men and a boy should shovel all day, they could not keep a path between the house and the store. For all this, the “Union Baptists” took their accustomed bath.

Sleeping Arrangements

Some changes in sleeping arrangements to-day. E.S.B is to sleep at the children’s house with Temple. Mrs. Marks to take little Horace Perry and May to go in with Virginia. Florence Clarke to go back into the tent room. Beulah to move in with Aunt Delight. Phoebe to come over to the new house. Aunt Eliza to move down in “old parlor bedroom.” Carrie Macknet to go into North Garret.

The Kelly’s Visit

Mr. W. Kelly’s Father and Mother arrived and will stay the night &c.

Mr. Bessier’s Letter

Letter from Mr. Bessier, the Frenchman who came with Brisbane a few months since. The two are to start a Community; it is to keep “more in rapport with the genius of the age,” than the O.C., and of course ignore religion entirely. The main portion of his letter, however, (written in French) was about fish ponds in France.

Copying

Every body may be seen copying the “Muck Heap” now-a-days.

Meeting

After reading of a letter, a desultory conversation on Fourierism and Communities in general; we can too easily prophesy the termination of this experiment.

Poor Child

It was reported that a poor neglected child, named Wilson, slept in our bathhouse at W.P.  She had both feet frozen.  She is to be pitied.

Monday, December 7

A real winter day: bluster, snow and blow.

Late

Miss H.E. Allen says her children slept later than usual this morning; and I guess the same is true of a good many older children.

Logic

Temple says if you call shakers Shakers because they make shaker bonnets, he should think they would call Indians baskets, because they make baskets. Logic!

Cold

The “Union Baptists” were obliged to go to W.P. in a sleigh on account of the inclement weather; however they enjoyed their bath as usual and were home for supper.

Talk about chimneys – lamp chimneys.

Shall we use gas for lighting the new wing?

Also Mr. Hamilton made some remarks afterwards on religious subject.

Incidental G.D.A’s trip

G.D.A. left for his eastern route.

Sunday, December 6

Cold and clear.

Changes

Changes to-day: Mrs. Hatch & Carrie Macknet leave the kitchen, and M.D. Pomeroy & Eliza Burt to be the mothers. Fedelia & Mrs. Smith also go in. Elizabeth Kellogg comes out of the washing, and Virtue takes her place. Ann Eliza to assist in sewing for the children.

The Baptists

At supper Mr. Noyes, Mr. Hamilton, Woolworth, Herrick, Edwin Burnham & George Henry made quite a sensation by marching into the dining room single file.

Music

At eight o’clock, we had a family gathering and were entertained by first a duet on piano by Tirzah and Ella. Second, by a song from the club. Third, a song by the children “one finger, one thumb keeps moving,” sang in good tune and time. Fourth, a solo by H.W.B, “the little fatman.” Fifth, another piece on the piano. (And sixth, a practical illustration of Shaker life, by L. R., Mr. Burt, V. Hawley, H.J.S., Mr. Ellis and Lorenzo the men, and Mrs. Newhouse, Mrs. Bolles, Mrs. Langstaff, Florence, Virtue, & M.L.P. the women, with H.M.W. as musician. All dressed in costume.)

Shaker Scenes

They all march in solemn style, the gentlemen on one side and the ladies the other. The elder (Theodore) brother Aminadale, with sanctimonious air proposes a “Union meeting – they draw their chairs up closer, and after a long and solemn silence, (Mr. Burt) brother Jonathan says “Sister Ruth we had a fine dinner to-day.” And she (Miss M.L.P.) replies “Yea, brother Jonathan it was very fine.” (Mrs. Newhouse) the eldress then says “brother Aminadale, we had a grand time making sausages to-day; how didst thou relish them for thy dinner?” And he, “Excellently; they were truly good. Sausages are so satisfying.” (Mrs. Bolles) Sister Lanier then asks, “Brother Eber, didn’t not thou relish the dinner we had last week Friday?” He (H.J. S.) replies, “Yea, sister Lanier it was exceeding good. These sausages went to my very heart so.” And she, “And those onions – they filled my heart with thankfulness so that I cannot think of them without weeping.” (cries) Brother Aminadale asks, “Sister Virtue, knowest thou the brother who salted the last barrel of beef?” And she, “Was it brother Solomon?” And he, “Yes, I believe it was. He is a good brother and much to be commended.” Then Sister Margaret asks, Brother Victor, how didst thou like the Johnny cake we had for breakfast?” And he, “Very much, Sister Margaret.” And she, “I thought them too sweet.” And he, “But brother Marquis thought them excellent.” And she, “Brother Marquis must beware of giving way to the flesh in this thing.” Here sister Ruth says in a solemn manner, “I have noticed that brother Marquis has a tendency to like good things to eat.” And (Florence) sister Temperance, remarks, “Yea, and he often wants his Johnny cakes cold for supper.” And here brother Aminadale comes to the rescue with, “Brother and sisters do not condemn brother Marquis. He is a brother. ‘Tis an amiable fault.” Her brother (Lorenzo) Joshua asks, “Sister Temperance how didst thou relish the hash for breakfast?” And she “Right well, brother Joshua.” (After this truly solemn meeting, brother Aminadale proposes that they worship the Lord in a dance.) In a moment they were ready, and as H.M.W. struck up a monotonous sing-song, they all began to dance in the same style. This done, brother Aminadale asks if any feel the spirit move? Upon this, Sister Temperance & Ruth with the singer, begin to whirl round with the Shaker zeal. Then H.M.W. whispers a message from Mother Ann to the elders, which is, that Indians (spirits) are at the window, and desire to be admitted. After this announcement, brother Aminadale proposes to invite them in. All beckon them in. Once in, the Indian spirit became rampant and they all began hooting & yelling, the men and women mingling very freely. At this, the elder and eldress become alarmed, and separate them, by saying “You Indians must separate from your squaws, if you wish to be good Shakers.” Then brother Aminadale proposes all go to the fountain with instruments of music. At this each one plays an instrument and a tune of their own, which results in some hideous sounds. After this they all go to the fountain and wash and exit.

Mr. Noyes pleased with the above play: says it is the best we have had. After meeting a smart bee folded and pasted the papers. It went off very pleasantly.

Saturday, December 5

Quite a change in the weather, and it has been snowing steadily all day. Bids fair for some sleighing.

A Rabbit

The children were all alive this morning when they saw a large wild rabbit caught by Erastus Van Velzer down in the woods. After due attention and admiration, it was sent over to W.P. to C.C. Hatch, who administered chloroform &c. &c. &c.

A talk was read in our evening meeting, given by Theodore to the Willow Place family. It was about our young people, especially the young women. It is true that some spirit had hindered any of them from coming out and living a real religious life. A talk given by Mr. Noyes at the W.P. last evening was also read. This was also read. Mr. Noyes says that ere long God will give him young people who are devoted to serving God with all their heart.

Our meeting was taken up by conversation on this point. There certainly seems to be a strong desire on the part of most of the young women to do right. But the devil is always on hand to frustrate all good intentions; and it will take a mountain of earnestness to ignore his attempts, and turn our backs upon them all, every One!! What a grand chance for a revival.

Friday, December 4

Weather the same as yesterday.

Moving

Alice Ackley moves from rooming at the children’s house, over to the new house with S.K. Dunn. And Miss Florence Clark takes her place.

Short Call

A gentleman called on business from New York – name, Wilson. Acquainted with Mr. Herrick. Did not stay long.

Walking Out

Every day someone calls at Willow Place & visa versa. Harriet Allen & Fidelia walked over and spent the afternoon. By the way, it is getting to be quite a fashion for our women to walk out for their health. C.A. Miller & Elizabeth Mallory make a regular ordinance of it daily.

Copying the “Muck-heap”

To-day Mr. Noyes proposed that the whole pile of manuscripts, denominated “Macdonald’s Muck Heap,” be copied; as it is very valuable, and the copy we now have is a borrowed one, and may be called for. He left the business to Mr. Herrick, who had distributed portions of it to more than twenty different persons. There are in all, over a thousand pages. Looks as though there might be some writing done for a while, at least.

Neatness

The kitchen looks neater & neater every day – don’t know what it will get to be yet.

Lecture

At 7 o’clock D. Edison Smith gave us a lecture upon Constantinople.

Meeting

Talk about love of God, and surrendering ourselves entirely to him. Mr. Hamilton made excellent remarks, which Daniel Bailey has reported elsewhere. One thing he said, that it would be good for us all to isolate ourselves more in our daily life. Carry the spirit of earnestness from our evening meetings, to every day life. Our conversation needs to be more sober and serious, &c. &c.

Thursday, December 3

A pleasant day. No sunshine, neither wind, snow or rain.

Departure of Annie Hatch

At eleven o’clock this A.M. Mr. Horace Perry & Miss Annie Hatch left for Wallingford. The former for a business trip; the latter for the benefit of her neck, (as she has a troublesome goiter.) H.M. Worden takes charge in the office, in her place – W.G.K. goes in the kitchen.

The spiritual atmosphere is clearing. Sincerity is working in quite a number of cases.

Read the Circular Our Fellowships

Mr. Woolworth reported some of Mr. N’s remarks about the general neglect of reading the Circular. And it was suggested the article on “Law of Fellowships” be read.  After the reading of it, many testified to their belief in the principles and their desire to sustain it.

Wednesday, December 2

Middling cold. Some snow fell. But no sleighing.

Cheese

Mr. M.L. Worden has just purchased a lot of cheese for family use.

Bathing

Mr. Noyes, Woolworth, Theodore, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Herrick and I don’t know how many others take a bath in the pond at W.P. every day. While Mr. Cragin with a smaller company goes down under the old mill and take a shower bath only.

Willow Place family all home to-night – it is pleasant to have them here.

Lecture

Lecture at 7 by Mr. Underwood. Continuation from last Friday. Letter read from Mrs. Howard, (Harriet Howard’s Mother) Letter read from Mr. Warn of Bath.

G. Miller’s Last Trip

George Miller related by invitation, the late taken by himself & Charles Van, Quite interesting.

Mr. Herrick reported some remarks by Mr. Noyes in the upper-sitting room to-day, about Owen, the Rappiles, free-love, etc. This led to quite an easy conversation by the family on these subjects.

Tuesday, December 1

The Sleds

Genuine snow on the ground this morning, consequently the children have been out the greater portion of the day with their sleds, “a sliding down hill.” Even Ormond and Ranson steered their sleds quite well.

Remarks in the Upper Sitting Room by J.H.N

Mr. Noyes made a few remarks in the Upper Sitting room this morning, something like this: “It would be a very un-artistic thing for a person while playing (in) the Orchestra, during the performance of an Overture, to strike upon his own hook and play, “Yankee Doodle.” So it is just as bad a discord for persons to carry on special love, while about public duty & amusements that the Community has set them about. I have in my mind subjects for our amusements so that we might have an enjoyable time every Sunday night; if this discordant element of special love does not get in and break it up. It is deceiving too; it is trying to pass for more than you are worth. While the Community are considering you on public duty, you are carrying on this side operation to please yourself. I say, and I say truly, if this poison gets in, it will block up all improvement, impede all industry, and break up all your amusements. I do not think it has got in much yet, but it has a little and we need to be on the alert to guard against it.

Quiet a sober day for a good many, and the necessity felt for more earnestness.

Lamps Removed

The lamp business was removed several days since, to the Company Dining Room. And the kitchen looks better.

Woman’s Sin

Tirzah came out in meeting and exposed a spirit she had discovered in herself, which although she had freed herself from special love long since, she herself was a tempter to others. It was a subtle spirit, and she had hardly seen it herself until she came to know the condemnation it brought. Others may plead guilty to the same, for it is truly Eve herself, and many of her daughters have inherited the same. (Oh, my God, give me strength to see, conquer it and hate it. It is this that separates me from righteousness.)

Monday, November 30

Decidedly snowing.

A Ride to Morrisville

Mrs. Burt, Alice Ackley & Eliz Burt started soon after 7 o’clock this morning for Morrisville. They went in a covered peddling wagon. The girls consulted Mr. Noyes about it yesterday. He told them if it should storm, they had best not go. They promised they would not. But it was snowing when they left. When Mr. N. heard they were gone, he was displeased; and thought the girls had not been sincere in asking his advice. Thought it was pleasure seeking. Going into the world for amusement. He said that was one idea he had in getting up amusements – to make home attractive.  They returned before reading time; the springs to their wagon broke before they reached Morrisville, but they stopped to get it mended. They were glad to get home.

Reading at 7 o’clock.

Letters from Mrs. Grey, Mrs. Blood, Mr. Olds & Mr. Lawson and his comments on his criticism

Letter read from H.A. Hall – From a stranger, a Mrs. Grey, who sends a photograph and wishes to make a visit. From Mrs. Blood. Mr. Blood has ceased abusing her and the O.C. for the present, and has taken to reading the Circular. From G.E.C. & L.F.D. to Mr. Noyes. From Mr. Olds to Mr. Hamilton, describing his journey, and Frank’s reception at home. Her father genial, and not bitter to the O.C. She in a soft state. Letter from Mr. Lawson; he has received his criticism, and sends us his comments of the different once; also asks leave to publish our criticism of him. On the whole rather saucy. (Must answer him – saying if he wishes to publish it he can, but if he adds his comments to it, it will not be a fair sample of our way of giving & receiving criticisms.)

Mr. Hamilton mentions that Mr. Noyes suggests that when we have our amusements, it will be better not to spend the next day in talking it over. That will lead to dissipation, and the amusements will soon run out. He also brought up the affair of the ride. And some criticism followed of that, and a considerable of Eliza. Especially about her seeing her Aunt Sarah. Her insincerity in this affair mentioned. Exhortation to more earnestness given to Alice.

Sunday, November 29

A little snow fell during the forenoon; on the whole a failure, as it all melted by dinner time.

More changes in the Women’s Work

Mrs. Dunn and Fidelia have made the following changes in the work: Mrs. Sears goes into the washing. Eliza Burt and M.D. Pomeroy go into the kitchen. Virtue [?] & Mrs. Bristol come out & take their respective places. Emma Jones goes to W.P. & Charlotte Reid returns. S.B.C. goes into the school and Olive Ann into the business office.

Chemistry

Theodore has a class in Chemistry between 1 & 2 o’clock every Sunday. Any one can attend if they like; as it is really a kind of lecture.

Evening’s Entertainment

At 7 o’clock we had quite a successful and very pleasant entertainment. First, Charles Van Velzer and Tirzah gave a duet for violin & piano. Second, the children appear on the stage (with Father Edwin & Mother Harriet) short scene between John Lord, Temple Noyes & George E. The other children all looking on. Very pleasing. Third, the good old “Overture to the Caliphs of Bagdad”. Then an original “silk dealers” scene by H.R. Perry, G.D. Allen, E.S. Burham, E. Burt & D.E. Smith. Fourth, “Cookoo Solo” by C. Van. And “Ka-Fir-Lellum” by Harriet Worden. Fifth, a company of ten or twelve on the stage who in turn mimicked a goodly number of personages of the O.C. Some parts of which were true to the very life. James Hatch & Ernest succeeded vey well. Sixth, A short promenade by E.A. Macknet, showing off the “Grecian Bend.”

Meeting from 12 past 8 until 9 o’clock.

A Plan

Talk of removing the washing department down to the packing house and hiring it done. A committee appointed to decide the matter.

Saturday, November 28

Pleasant forenoon, but cloudy afternoon.

Hoops

The little boys are out rolling their hoops.

Shoe Reform

Harriet Allen & Fidelia spent a good share of the forenoon cutting down the children’s shoes; and Mrs. Higgins finds her time pretty well occupied these days cutting down and binding women’s shoes. The reform is getting to be more & more thorough; and Mr. Van Velzer is studying out improvement for the future.

Accident

A little negro boy ground off his thumb this forenoon at the trap shop. George E. was at hand, and tended it.

Stove in Tontine

Some improvement and enlargement in the spooling room. Mr. Thacker is getting up an arrangement in the Tontine Attic, whereby all the rooms may be heated by one stove.

A New Hat

Mr. Noyes has got a new hat. Looks pretty swell.

Evening Meeting

Uncle Horace testified that he had been somewhat tempted to feel in a straight jacket as to giving testimony in our evening meetings. Mr. Hamilton & Mr. Woolworth told him he must try the spirits, and see if they were of God. There were bad spirits hovering about us, and we must know the difference. Mr. Hamilton told him he thought what he had just said sounded like the utterances of an unbelieving insubordinate spirit. Others joined then. And Uncle Horace did too. Said he had the temptation a few days ago and thought he had put it down. Now it came up again and he spit it out. He seemed at once to take a different view of the matter, and showed a meek and humble spirit. Mrs. Skinner commended him for the self-control he had exercised in regard to testimony. Then followed testimony & confessions of Christ by nearly the whole family. The good, faith spirit predominated, and when meeting closed a closer spirit of unity than ever prevailed.

Friday, November 27

No Snow

No snow yet and not very cold. Just think Geo. Miller & Charles Van Velzer, who have just been to Vermont, report that they have fine sleighing up there.

Improvements

Mr. Bradley is making a good many improvements these days in the kitchen. To-day he put up some new shelves and a cupboard on the south side of the room.

Fun in the Dye Room

Theodore, who takes care of the medicine chest and who is open to calls from invalids from 12 past 9 to 10; must have been quite surprised this forenoon when a crowd of twenty girls, each armed with an empty bottle, rushed into the room. “Please give me some essence of writer-goes.” And another, “some camphor”, another “gin” &c., until in self-defense he started up and besprinkled them with some odorous liquid, which caused them all to flee. But they returned again and remained until the fun was out.

Off Again

Geo. Hamilton only stopped over night, and was off again this morning. “O.C.” was on his route, so he called.

Call from a Spiritualist

A gentleman called, quite an inventor in photography. Took dinner and probably would have been invited to stay the night with us had it not leaked out in his conversation with Mr. Herrick that he was a Spiritualist. That was sufficient – it was soon found “inconvenient” for him to lodge with us.

Change

Elizabeth Mallory not very well – leaves P. Office. H. Worden goes in again.

Lecture

Mr. Herrick reported some remarks Mr. Noyes made this morning in the Upper Sitting room upon history, Stirpiculture, &c. That is a topic of much talk & thought these days. Mr. Noyes talks about it ever so much. And the rest of us reflect upon his remarks.

Thursday, November 26

Rainy, but warm still.

Fine Dinner and A Surprise

Thanksgiving Day! And celebrated in this wise: All the Willow Place family over here to partake of the very splendid dinner of roast turkey &c. This passed off well. And at two o’clock a great surprise was on foot for the “parents”; for in a few moments the content of the whole children’s department were distributed around to individuals in olden times called “their mothers.” The new house seemed more alive than usual. Mr. Easton had a great game with them all in the upper sitting room before supper. The mothers enjoyed their little ones & the little ones their mothers more than formerly. It was a pleasant occasion. A good spirit seemed to pervade all. And when it came time to go home, the children all seemed willing to go; no whimpering or grumbling. This is the first time since last May that the children have been sent to their mothers.

Ladies meeting at 6 o’clock – talk about shoes.

Return

George Miller & Charles Van Velzer returned from their trip, which they report was pleasant. G. Hamilton is at home again to-night.
Criticism of Mr. Whitney.

Wednesday, November 25

fine day, quite warm.

Over to W.P.

George Easton & Harold Burnham spent the night at W.P. and returned this morning in season for school.

Good Spirit
The boys and young men are improving; they seem docile and at the same time in earnest to become reliable men.

Great preparation going on down cellar for tomorrow.

Lecture

At 7 o’clock, another interesting lecture. Subject – “The Greeks and Persians”. Given by H.R. Perry.

More talk about shoes. Left now to “air’, and get settled. Committee appointed. Particulars reported by Daniel, elsewhere.

Tuesday, November 24

Quite pleasant, but cold.

The New Science for the Women to Study

Mr. Noyes is interested in “Stirpiculture” these days; he said this forenoon that the women & girls must take hold now, and study the science of “Stirpiculture” – get to be professors of it. Until the science is thoroughly understood, we are not fit to become mothers. Let us enter into this; and say that we will put aside all motives of self- gratification in the matter but make up our minds that we want to raise up children that will be acceptable to the Community & to God. Put aside __ now personal feelings and in a real scientific spirit make up our minds to master the subject. C’s sufferings was not for herself, but intended as a warning to all, to give up the idea of pleasing themselves in the matter, but abandon themselves to science and truth. It was the true office for the women. He said too that he could tell the world that was the benefit of Communism – the only real superiority of – first, as means of furthering the revival spirit, and second for the theoretical & practical study of “Stirpiculture” &c.

Departure of F. Hillerman

Just before dinner Frances Hillerman left. She was well fitted out, and presented with $100 – taking $25 now, & the rest to be sent to her when she wishes it. She left in a soft spirit toward the Community, and I am quite sure we all felt tender towards her, although she is now under a curious spirit. Mr. Noyes told her the door would be left open for her to return. Mr. Olds accompanied her home, as it is on his route West.

Mr. H.W. Burnham takes Mr. Olds place as steward, during his absence. Continuation of criticism of shoe shop & Mr. Van Velzer. He was also commended.

Monday, November 23

As usual – cold & unpleasant. No snow. G.W.H. leaves George Hamilton started out for another Western trip.

Changes

Last Saturday Frank Hillerman returned from Willow Place. Ellen Hutchins takes her place. Miss Portia leaves W.P. also & Mary Bolles goes there to live for the winter.

Girl’s School

Portia is to teach school for Alice Nash & Virtues class for girls. They commences to- day at 2 o’clock.

F. Hillerman’s decision to leave O.C. &c.

As for Miss Frances Hillerman, she has been in quite a singular state for some time past. It was thought if she could go to W.P. & get away from old associations, she might get back into her usual cheerful frame of mind; but so far it has done no good. She seems to have got into a morbid way of thinking. She now feels desirous to go to her worldly friends; thinks it her duty. So today quite a large “bee” was called to sew for her. It has been whispered by some, today that the beginning of her troubles was her love for Homer Barron. How true I know not. I am sorry for France’s decision, for I have had times of loving her a good deal. I think she’s seems insane.

Mr. Herrick went to Willow Place at 7 o’clock, to give the family there a lecture by invitation.

A. Kent’s Letter

A good letter read this evening from a Mr. Kent, who made us a visit a year or two since.

Shoemaking

Mr. Van Velzer gave quite a discourse on shoes, shoemaking, &c. In part, quite a defense of himself. It led to quite a public talk & criticism of him & the old style generally. Mr. Noyes is in favor of new fashions. Lower shoes & lower heels. Mr. Van Velzer has worked a great many years at the business, and has been faithful – perhaps he has got into old habits, that it needs the whole Community for him to overcome.

Return

Mrs. Van Velzer and Mrs. B. Campbell returned from their visit to-day. They found Mrs. Robinson quite poorly; but she, as well as other believers in that place was glad to see them.

Sunday, November 22

Weather cold; not unpleasant.

At 7 o’clock, reading as usual. Meeting as usual till half past 8. Mr. Woolworth reported Mr. Noyes’ remarks about coloring silk, weaving dresses, butterfly regiments & c.

Entertainment

“Johnny Shmoker” sung with a new addition of lady singers. Mr. Hamilton then called up “Mr. Episcapusie” (Mr. Herrick) to read the stanzas to “A good time Coming”, before each verse. He was dressed in very dignified style, and read the first line very solemnly, but the next was too much; he, with his audience, fell to laughing most uproarishly. It was sometime before he gained composure enough to go on in ministerial style; and when he did, the four singers (Mr. Burnham, A.L. Burt, Edward) were so overcome they could hardly sing, but they finally got through it all right.

In a moment in walked a very fairy princess of a lady and quickly following an equally fantastic prince. The lady had on a water-colored silk looped up in festoons, just below her knees; the whole dress was gaily trimmed with ribbon & lace. A jaunty hat richly trimmed sat on her head. Her arms were bare and dazzlingly white. Her whole attire was lovely, and harmonized beautifully. The prince however was so bedecked with feathers & finery that his appearance fairly ___ description. He speaks to her & calls her a “butterfly”, while he takes from the table a large & orange bracelet (skin of silk) and places it on her arm; and a ___ necklace (another skin of silk) and places around her neck. And she returns his courtesy by telling him like a “fly-a-way jack” and asks him to take off his “frizzle top”, while she gives him a necklace. Upon this they take hold of hands, & he speaks saying, “Now we shall do to call on Walworth.” Before we had time to take it all in, they were gone. The whole scene lasted perhaps five minutes. It was fanciful, gay, and very flitting. We were all waiting for another scene when it was announced, “That’s All,” and we realized the meaning of this fairy–like visitor.

Saturday, November 21

Not pleasant weather.

A Visit
Mrs. Van Velzer & S.B. Campbell gone to Baldwinsville, to spend a few days, as Mrs. Robinson is not very well.

Fireside Gossip
Mr. Noyes sits in the upper sitting room a great deal now-a-days, and has a large circle gather around the fire.  He frequently makes remarks of interest to all of us.  These remarks get repeated from one to another all about the house.

Success in dyeing
Theodore has just found the science of dying orange. Mr. N. said (as he triumphantly exhibited a hank of silk) when we could dye all colors and learn to weave our silk into ribbons, each of the girls should have a silk dress & ribbons to spare.  We might form a ‘butterfly regiment” & march down to Woolworth’s to display ourselves.

School again

Young men commenced school again.

Friday, November 20

Not very pleasant today – no rain however.

Mr. Kinsley talks with the Irishman

Mr. Kinsley called for the Irishman again and this time found him. He began to apologize for the affair, when the fellow said he was “tight” and was great deal to blame and seemed glad enough to call it all straight. We are glad too and James most of all, who had evidently learned a good lesson by his part of the experience.

The two little girls returned from W.P.

A birthday celebration and pleasant termination

It being Cornelia’s birthday, it was celebrated in rather singular style; namely – a large party of Misses from O.C. accompanied by Mrs. Miller & Mrs. Dunn, jumped into the Omnibus, and whirled through the mud to W.P. where they found Miss Cornelia in waiting. In a moment, the whole flock (with the exception of those named individuals) rushed to the bathing place – undressed – took one desperate, resolute dive in the pond, and were out and dressed in no time. They said it was nice – but cold! So putting on their things, they conclude to foot it back to O.C. “on account of the very bad going,” as they alleged; but to get warm, we imagine. However, four of the original party had a very animated ride in the back. The last that was seen of Miss Cornelia, she was standing in the middle of a mud puddle, with some consternation, depicted on her countenance. She inadvertently stepped from the Omnibus into the mud.

Arrangements
The Hall is being re-arranged by Mr. Hamilton, Mrs. Skinner & others. The experiment is to be tried of using the stage for family gatherings.

Lecture
At 7 o’clock Mr. Herrick gave a lecture on Egypt.

Geo. Henry’s Note
Quite a sincere meeting. A good note read from Geo. Henry, in which he says, he has been hard; and has said & done things to make the boys laugh, even going so far as to swear at times. He now wishes to give this all up and commence anew & become a good Community.
The seats arranged so that a party sit on the stage now. Looks quite home-like.

Thursday, November 19

An unpleasant ending of a fair day; although at night a bright starlight.

Meeting of Young Men

Instead of having a school, the young men had a meeting with Theodore. Theodore & Edwin Burnham meeting them. I understand they are to continue for a few days.

Mr. Kinsley talks with Marcelles

Mr. Kinsley saw Mr. Marcelles this morning (the railroad contractor who employs the Irishmen for the Midland) & told him about the collision between his men & our folks.

Mr. M. told him his men had all gone to work regular today, except the four or five who were drunk yesterday and these had not got out of their beds yet. But he said we should not be likely to hear anything more about the affair from them, unless he brought it up himself; for he said they would all be ashamed of their conduct when they got sober.

Traps ordered today, 80 dozen. Silk billed & shipped today, $628.17 – all OC Twist except $40.22. (The above from S.R.J’S journal ~ Sydney Y. Joslyn?)

Little May Perry & Virginia Hinds gone to spend the afternoon & night at Willow Place.

Trading &c.

Mr. Woolworth made some remarks, reporting what Mr. Noyes had said about the young men. That is was an important time with them, and should be very earnestly exhorted to seek the Ascending Fellowship – and warned against running with each other. Mr. Hamilton then reported some revelations made by Orrin Wright & Ernest to Theodore, relating to their trading experience. As an illustration of the way things have been going on, Ernest gave Theodore a note from Joslyn, (the one that works for us) & this note was originally given by Johnson’s son for $16. The note was not yet due. Ernest holds the note, but Milford and one or two others has an interest in it.
After Mr. Hamilton reported the above, criticism followed of the trading spirit, & also of the spirit of ownership in watches, as well as elsewhere.

Frederick Marks was mentioned as one who had in the past taken quite a prominent part in trading with outsiders. It was thought best to send the criticism to him at W.P.

Mr. Conant was mentioned, but he explained that only with our own people he had made exchanges. Mr. Newhouse was mentioned, and he reported that he was all right, putting all his results into the treasury: (it appeared well).

A proposal to change seats

Just before the close of the meeting, Mr. Hamilton made some remarks relative to changing the seats in the Hall, so as to avoid routine & it might cut across the spirit of ownership to some extent. He hoped everyone would be willing to make changes. All said they were ready & willing.

I should have mentioned, that at the beginning of the meeting, two notes were read; one from Charles Marks, the other from James Vail. They both expressed a soft-heart & a spirit of repentance. Charles related the experience he had at Wallingford, the beginning of his bad experience; when he and Milford used to go to town unbeknownst to the family. He now wishes to begin anew & become a true Community man.

Wednesday, November 18

Snow and drizzle. The children eat the snow as they pass to school.

Drawing for New House

A handsome drawing of the new children’s house was hung in the upper sitting room today. It is much admired by all.

Oyster Supper
We had a surprise supper tonight: four tables were set in the cellar, and the Willow Place family was invited over to partake of the “Oyster Supper.” Cider & cranberry sauce completed the banquet; which was truly acceptable.

Lecture by A.B.
At 7 o’clock we listened to a lecture by Mr. Alfred Barron on “Babylon & N___” His remarks were appropriate & suggestive of thought.

A letter read form Mrs. Otis. And one form Geo. W. Noyes to J.H.N. about his call on Mr. Fesseriden and Mr. F’s call at the Commune. The matter of selling still in suspense.

An Affair with an Irishman and Criticism of Young Men
Quite a serious affair occurred this evening between our boys & an Irishman while returning from Willow Place. The Irishman challenged them to walk, and said he could “beat a Community man.” He was drunk and excited. At last he seized hold of James Vail, and to defend himself, James struck him. And George Henry was coming to the rescue with a club & c. The drunken fellow came into the store afterwards and was yelling & ___ with anger — said he would be revenged & c. Finally, his companions took him away. Besides this affair, another Irishman got quite angry in the store today and finally struck Mr. Bolles. He was soon appeased however. He was also drunk.

These two incidents led to a serious meeting, and a sincere talk to that class of young men. It was said that horizontal relationship was their besetting sin. They were advised to give up their private speculations with each other, and with outsiders. And as to this matter, Mr. Hamilton said he thought they little realized what a dangerous thing it would be to bring on a collision between us & the Irish. We should consider their disadvantages and our great advantages. We must see to it that the Irish spirit of _____ is cleared out of our boys. James Vail seemed soft & promised to go with Mr. Kinsley & tell Mr. Marcelles that he was sorry for this affair.

The criticism of the whole class of boys was to the point. But Charles Marks, with all his quiet ways & outward obedience, was said to be the leader & exerts a bad influence. He is hard – coarse & very independent; shows little interest in Community Doctrines. Has strong intellectual ambition. Is proud.

Theodore, who has lately started a fine school for these young men, does not wish to go on with it until he sees signs of improvement. Erastus Van Velzer & James Vail were thought to be softhearted. Theodore says he shall judge their repentance by their obedience in keeping away from each other. This was endorsed by all.

Tuesday, November 17

No sun – cloudy – cold – rainy.

A Short Call

Two gentlemen called, took dinner & left soon after. A Mr. Underwood from the Mohawk & Mr. J.R. Jones of Boston.

A Freak

Mrs. Perry has shown some uneasiness about the management of her children for a few days and today she evidently had a bad spirit. Mr. Hamilton had a sincere talk with her; she the while upish & independent. It will not last long.

Agents
Geo. Miller started for a short peddling trip yesterday. H.W. Burnham returned from one to-night.

Letters

Letters from W.P. and W.C., or journals. Letter from a German, named Hoffman, showed a good spirit, but quite an ignorance of our language. It was written to Mr. Bolles.

Mrs. Smith writes a legal letter

A letter too from Mrs. D. Edson Smith, written to her parents was read. It was a very loyal letter expressing confidence in the Community, and thankfulness for her child’s condition &c.

H.W. Burnham reported some things he saw while absent, and told some faith experience.

In an few remarks made by J.H.N., he said he thought John Leonard had shown a good spirit lately; and love was expressed for him by the whole family.

Letter from Eastman’s Nephew

Mr. Cragin read a letter from Charles Joslyn to Mr. Noyes, which enclosed one that he had received from a young man in Fayetteville, Wyndham County, Vermont, named Morris Norton Miller. It was a friendly letter; he is a musician, and wishing to obtain certain music, offered to exchange some Cornet music, for copies of violin music. Ends by saying that we are fifty or seventy-five years ahead of the times, but believes we are right. Expresses a wish to correspond with some of our people. He is a nephew of Mr. Eastman, who once opposed Mr. Noyes. Mr. Miller says he was taught to oppose us, but feels at liberty to think for himself now.

About the Petticoats
Mr. Hamilton remarked there was a little matter he wished to speak of, which was that the spirit about the “dancer’s petticoats” was unpleasant to him.

Remarks by J.H.N.
He read a few remarks made by Mr. Noyes on the same subject. “The Community seems to be very free from the “tomahawk way of criticizing”, which used to be so common when anything was attempted on the stage. I didn’t know but there might be some unpleasant remarks about the way the girls’ skirts flew up in the dance. But I don’t think there was the least harm in it. I didn’t care about it at all. Men like to see up there, and it is right they should some time; do let them. It was a pleasant sight. I liked it very much. There is no need of being at all squeamish about it. It wasn’t near as bad as what is going on the stage in the world all the time. I like to see women’s bottoms once in a while; it is one of the legitimate sight. But there was no real exposure about it, and if anybody criticized it, everybody laughed and that was all.”

Monday, November 16

Cold, but a sunny day.

Changes in the Work

Miss Emma Jones & Miss Mary Bolles come out of the kitchen & Mrs. Hatch & Carrie Macknet take their places as Mothers. Ellen Hutchins leaves the dairy: Mrs. Allen takes her place. Mrs. Newhouse gets _____ visitors’ meals. Mrs. Longstaff takes care of Mrs. Lynde & Mrs. Harriet Kinsley goes into the washing. Minerva goes to Willow Place, & Martha takes her place in the washing. Ellen takes Mrs. Longstaff’s work.

French Class

Mr. Herrick has just started a class in French. It meets at 6 o’clock.

Departure

The two gentlemen left, seemingly well pleased.

Criticism

Mrs. Easton had a private criticism to-day.

Meeting

A letter read from Mr. Bolles to Alfred Barron, criticizing their past relations & tendencies to intellectual dissections of foundation truths. Much liked. Also a good letter from John Leonard to the family.

Sunday, November 15

A clear, bright, cold day.

Willow Place family came over to dinner. It always seems pleasant when we are all together.

Erection of Monument

The monument was put up to Mrs. Cragin’s & Miss Allen’s grave today. George Miller has just been re-lettering it & that is the reason it was not erected before. It looks very well from the house and better still from the Midland.

Criticism of Lawson

A committee met to criticize Mr. Lawson – by his request. Preparations going on for a “Soiree”, or a little entertainment this evening. The children ___ the fine weather, and take a nice long ride in the Omnibus.

“Soiree”

At 7 o’clock, we all assembled. Frank & Tirzah played two pieces. Followed by singing by different persons. We had an illustration of “Lively Times” by Mr. Easton, Tirzah, Lily & Harley. And “Dreadful Dull Times” by quite a large company of men & women who ended by an appropriate song & waltz. It all went off well indeed, unless the display of petticoats in the waltz might be considered a drawback. The two visitors (from South America) being present.
In meeting, Mr. Woolworth reported the remarks of the Spanish gentlemen. He never saw anything like our Community, and never saw a people where the passions were subdued & civilized as here and that was the secret of happiness.

Saturday, November 14

Meteoric showers are reported to have been seen in the night & the morning. Quite a splendid display.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids

This followed by a beautiful day.

A letter received from George Noyes, stating that a man from town, by the name of Morse, offers $25,000 for it – will pay $1000 down & the rest at a stated time. At least this is what Mr. Mansfield reported to our people. If it is so, it is suspected that Mr. Hatch, Fessender’s friend has a hand in it. Well, we await the results. Mr. Noyes sent word to ask Fessender $35,000, but anyone else more.

Arrival from South America
Two men arrived just at night. One is a South American & the other a New Yorker. The S.A. man remarked he should like to start just such a Community as this in South America.

Little Ormond has been invited to stay the night at Willow Place. Overjoyed to go. Moonlight & Starlight.

Friday, November 13

A bright sunny day.

A “Bee”

A ladies meeting, combined with a sewing bee at three o’clock.

Lecture

Victor Hawley gave us a lecture at 7 o’clock on insects. He understood his subject well and gave us a very interesting lecture.

More talk on Owenism.

Thursday, November 12

A blustering morning & a very little snow to be seen.

Ideas

Mr. Noyes is now more in favor of building up the Wallingford Commune, in case we cannot sell Mr. Fessender.  We can expand there & start the publishing business.  A report of his ideas on the subject read this evening in our evening meeting.

Owenism

A criticism of Owenism followed.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owenis)

Wednesday, November 11

Wet Weather

It rained very hard all night, and the result is the meadows are covered with water – almost a freshet.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshet)  The children are all delighted with it, and all went to bridge before school to get a nearer view.

Theodore gets home &c.

Theodore arrived during the night from Wallingford.  He saw Victor; reports that his health is much improved and is quite himself again.  He seemed pleased to see Theodore and to hear about the Community.

Doubtful Plans

The sale of the W.C. farm remains in suspense.  Mr. Fessender likes the place, but not the price.  However, he is to call at the Commune Monday next, and then it will probably be decided.  In the evening meeting Theodore made this report and our folks quite unanimously decided not to come down on the price.

Changes

Alfred Barron has taken Sydney’s place in the fruit business.

At dark it began to snow quite briskly.

J.H.N.’s letter

Mr. Noyes writes an able to letter to Mr. Buchanan, and invites him to call at any time &c.

Tuesday, November 10

Rainy and dark.  Washing day – clothes all dried in the house – most laborious.

Arrival

A gentleman arrived from the West – his name is D. Cummins.  He is not prepossing, but we must not judge.

More Changes

Mr. Julius Hawley leaves the horse barn today & Mr. Clark takes his place.  Mr. N. goes to the buzz saw.  Mr. Albert Kinsley works in the Silk Room, winding.

At two o’clock a “bee” in the Hall, sewing for different ones.

Letter from Buchanan

Mr. Noyes received a letter from Mr. Buchanan, of N.Y. City, in reference to his “Muck Heap”.  He asks the author’s name – considers it a very ably written article – says if Mr. N. Is the author he would be pleased to correspond with him hereafter.  He saw the article in the Sunday number of the “World”.  It is very evident those articles on Associations are going to “tell” in the world.  I think Mr. N. is inspired to write them just at this time.

Mr. Cummins was called upon to speak in our evening meeting & he had very little to say, only that he was surprised at all they say, especially to see us all looking so cheerful.  Mr. Buchanan’s letter was read, which furnished quite a topic for conversation.  Nothing special.

Monday, November 9

Very unpleasant weather.

Changes

Homer Barron moved from Willow Place; he is going to work at the Carpenter Shop.  Mr. Herrick assists in the washing.

Silk Business

The Silk business is in a very prosperous condition.  I understand it is difficult to fill all the orders that are pouring in.  The business will of necessity be enlarged.  It is a growing, thriving trade.

Not much of importance to-day.

The evening meeting spent as usual.  Good testimony given by a member.  Consuelo related some of her experience & victory over unbelief.  There was a good revival tone to the testimony.

Sunday, November 8

Weather very unpleasant.

Return

John Lord returned from his purchasing trip, yesterday.  I might state that he goes to New York occasionally, to purchase goods for the store.

New carpet in the North garret.

The maidens who room in the North Garret, have been putting down a new rug carpet to-day.  We called upon them this evening, & by lamp-light their apartment was resplendent – quite a palace!

A Change

Mr. Easton is going over to Willow Place to-night – he is to make it his home, and to work in the trap-shop.  We shall miss him in our evenings, to say the least.

A Grand Time

Mr. Hamilton & Mr. Noyes got up an entertainment for the family.  At 8 o’clock we gathered in the Hall.  At first C. Lawelyan (Charlotte Leonard, perhaps?) & Miss T.C. Miller gave us a quadrille on piano & violin.  The N.Y. Club sang “Hail Smiling Mom.”  The children sang, “Johnny Sands” & a trio. “Sparkling Little Fountain” sung by an extempore club.  Then the N.Y. Club sang “See the conquering hero comes.”   And “Johnny Comes Marching Home” sung by a large company of maidens, with new words by Mr. Hamilton. The third verse is altered in the chorus to “We’ll all feel gay, when all our folks come home.”  The fifth verse begins:

“There’s Mother Noyes, sisters dear, Hurrah, Hurrah

George Noyes’ voice again we’ll hear, Hurrah, Hurrah

There’s LL. Pitt & Joslyn tall, He’ll greet them warmly one & all

And we’ll all feel gay, when they all come marching home.”

6th Verse

“Our boys at Yale will be home soon, Hurrah, Hurrah

Mother O.C. will give them room, Hurrah, Hurrah

Our Victor shall have a place

And joy shall light up every face

We shall feel so gay, when they all are safe at home.”

Introductory Remarks by E.H.H. and Funeral of Bag Business &c.

Then Mr. Hamilton made some introductory remarks:

“I ask your patience while I make a few remarks explanatory of the exercises which follows:

“We are a business sort of people, paying but little attention to Sunday and funerals.  In fact, the solemn institution of funerals has been very much neglected among us; but lately the attention of the Community has been turned to this subject, with its usual enterprise and thoroughness, and this institution is being placed on a respectable footing.  A new site for a cemetery has been selected – evergreens planted with prospective ___ walks – a monument, summer house & all that sort of thing.  While this has been going on, some kind-hearted individuals have been moved to think themselves that our old bag business had become defunct, and that its remains were lying around in out-of-the-way places to this day, without any of the usual rites of _____.  The remainder of the evening will be devoted to the ceremonies suitable to such an occasion.  Mr. George Hamilton will sing a suitable requiem.  It is hoped and expected that the audience will get themselves into a suitable frame of mind; and that a free and conspicuous use will be made of pocket handkerchiefs.”

Up rose the curtain and there displayed on the stage was a row of chairs – a table – a broken umbrella, a pile of antiquated bags – and a large but ancient notice, “Bag Bee at 3 o’clock – reading by Mother Noyes.”  And in a moment entered the mourners dressed in deep mourning – they came in couples representing the veterans who served & led in the service in years gone by.  Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Whittfiled – Mr. Noyes & Eliza Burt – Edwin Burnham  & Helen Noyes – Edwin Nash & Fidelia Burt – Mr. Bolles & ____.  They marched around the stage in truly solemn manner while a requiem was played by G. Van (Most likely Charles Van Velzer) and F. Smith (Frank Wayland-Smith).  They then took their seats, while the spokesman (Henry Seymour) made some very pathetic remarks.  This followed by another requiem sung by Mr. Geo. Hamilton.  I will copy it.

The Elegy

The Bagman’s Lament

An Elegy

Written in a deserted Bag shop

1

Where are those bags I used to sew?

Those bottoms, frames and side?

Where they have gone, none now can know;

Those bags were all my pride.

2

How oft I plied my needle brisk,

At morning, at noon, at night!

How gladly by the hours did whisk –

For bags were my delight.

3

But now, alas!  They’re gone, and stirred

My heart is with the thought

O, gone! How touching is the word!

With what sad meaning fraught.

4

In dusty nooks, where darkness dwells,

Forgotten something lie,

And skeletons of old umbrellas

Like molding bones pass by.

5

Gone, gone, those bags, so wide & deep

Those satchels great & small;

Friend, drop a tear, Help me weep,

Gone, gone, are one and all!

6

Ye Gods! What memories I recall,

Of bees, of love tales read,

Of bright-eyed maidens short & tall

Who lined and stitched and bled!

7

But words are weak, they cannot tell

One half my heartfelt grief

My speaking tears in torrents fall,

Where is my handkerchief?

The manner in which this was rendered the sad countenances of the mourners, especially Mr. Noyes, brought down the house.

Then followed a little scene in which Mr. Kelly as an agent offers the “handbook” of two thousand pages to his customers.  He goes out and in comes John Lord & George Allen; each carrying a large leather bag & to all appearances very heavy – and upon setting them down out comes, what do you think – two children, Harold & Temple!  They each exclaimed, “Hurrah for Scientific Propagation!”  and the curtain fell.

A very pleasant entertainment.

Saturday, November 7

Very sunny and bright.

Changes

Henry Seymour takes George Kellogg’s place in the kitchen to-day.  I understand that George is to work in the trap-shop.  Another change is to take place.  Mr. Conant is to leave the farm, and go into the trap-shop to work.

Children’s Amusements

Good Mr. Ellis is constantly planning some amusement for our children.  The last invention was set of hoops.  So this morning the whole little fry down to Horace, were to be seen rolling their hoops & running after them in high glee.

State of Health

The children are all well and in excellent spirits.  And furthermore, the whole family is exceedingly well.  With the exception of Mrs. Lynde, and L.F. Dunn, all are able to go to their meals.  Miss Pomeroy & Mr. Herrick are recovering from their afflictions with boils & c.

Tent-room Improvements

The old tent room has been quite altered of late – new carpet, new table spreads, and everything in fine style, and tastefully arranged.  The occupants are not all elderly people as they were a year since; but a large number of young ladies have moved in, so that they are quite “gay & festive.”

42 dozen traps today.

Move from P.P.

Someone has sent us a copy of “The Pajaronian” to-day.  It contains a flat article from “P.P.”  A reply to Mr. Noyes’ article some months since.

Sydney’s Confession

Evening Meeting.  The article from “The Pajaronian” read.  A communication read from Sydney Joslyn – it ran as follows:

“I know not how to relate my experience & do justice to the truth, only by beginning at the first symptoms of an evil spirit, which began to creep in last winter.  Being under considerable criticism at the time, I found it easy to associate with Homer Barron, going hunting occasionally, talking nonsense.

“Previous to this, I felt a growing interest in the Community principles, and was lead to study the New Testament, and Berean, and was interested in saving my soul.  I felt near to God and felt as if he heard and answered my prayer.  But after this spirit came upon me, a spirit of evil-thinking and unbelief, I began to feel unhappy and left off my study, and instead of seeking for improvement, I preferred light reading and nonsense.  Although not having but little personal intercourse with Homer, I am confident I took on a spirit of darkness, that has hung over one ever since, which has obstructed my testimony, in meeting.

“Shortly after this, the Spring’s work commenced, I had but little to do with the hired men until after Frederick went to Wallingford.  Afterwards I kept their time and gave them work, and felt responsible in a great measure, for the Horticultural Department.

“Here came in another temptation, that of trading with them (hired men).  They were full of the trading spirit & were trading watches and the like.  I might say that when I first began was the year before, and I think that Homer had something to do with that, he being watch committee, and telling me to go ahead and get me a good watch.  I did so.  After this, the spirit died out for a while, and in the spring, I resumed trading again, and I was more or less mixed up with the spirit until Theodore stopped it.  There are people here who have asked me to trade their watch for a better one, I paying the difference, and they making it right with me.  In most instances, I have refused, in some I yielded.  I believe what Theodore said to me true, that this spirit is the most detrimental to the Community spirit of any, and that a person cannot be saved with it.  I hate it and desire to be saved from it.  I know I have done wrong and have deviated from the right way.

“I was asked to take the hired men to Oneida to go to a Circus and when there, they insisted upon my going in.  I told them I did not want to go in – they bought me a ticket, and I went.  This poisoned my spirit, and I went on two other occasions during the summer.  I felt at the time I was doing wrong and felt ashamed, but a spirit of pride, prevented my saying anything about it.

“There is another thing that has been a source of trial to me, and had darkened my spirit.  I have felt hard toward Mr. Cragin.  Something he said last winter about the Joslyn Family I considered false.  I thought nothing about it for about four months, when it came over me one day that what he said was really false, and it worked in my mind, so that I had no peace, and quite recently have found myself talking about him in a hard spirit.  I don’t believe this is right, and I ask Mr. Cragin’s forgiveness.  I desire now more than all things a soft heart, and one that will be sensitive to good.  I believe it is as easy to serve God as the devil; and as easy to do good as evil.  I feel as if my example had been hard for those younger than I, and I want to change my course, and vote for Christ, and swear my allegiance to God and Mr. Noyes, which I feel binds me to the Community forever.  This spirit of hardness is the most wicked, diabolical spirit I ever had to contend with and is so subtle that it is difficult to strike an effectual blow at it.  I want to help rid myself of such bad spirits, and pray for a soft broken heart and a spirit of forgiveness.  I know I have had a hard heart and (I) have influenced others – and now I feel like making war on all evil spirits, and having no peace until my heart is soft & receptive to the Spirit of Truth, so that the love of God will shine through & purify it.  I confess a good spirit, and a spirit of true repentance.

Sydney”

Considerable criticism followed this note.  It was thought his contact with outsiders was very bad for him indeed.  It was stated that Mr. Thayer once entered a circus, and he was exhorted to examine his relations to his hired men.  Both need to “go home” & live home.

Friday, November 6

Snow A Change

The faintest sign of snow to be seen on the west hills, and finally we had a little benefit, but it was not long duration, and soon melted.

Myron Kinsley comes into the washing to-day; he is to take Manly Aiken’s place.  Myron shows a very humble spirit.  I have concluded to copy Homer Barron’s confession, read last evening.  It runs as follows:  (Written from Willow Place)

Homer’s Confession

“To the Community — I accept the advice of George Hamilton & others, to make one final confession of evil, and there cease to testify for the devil, but for Christ.  I have had pride in being able to make a good honest confession of evil experience.  About three years ago, I gave up to the temptation that I should sooner or later have to desert; that I could not come up to the Community standard of righteousness.  Mr. Noyes was a man of great will & moral courage, and every round (rung) he gained on the ladder, he raised the standard so much higher, so that all the time it was getting more and more hopeless for me.  If there was not some easier way of salvation I should never attain to it.  Theodore had good parents – mine had very imperfect religious tendencies.  So it was not fair to measure me by the same rule that he is measured by.

“About two years ago, I had an experience that I called good; I felt that God came near to me, and made me feel his presence.  I acknowledged it then, as well & honestly as I could; but I was conscious that I did not yield to Mr. Noyes; I was willing God should control me, but not man; I mean now to make him my friend, and put an end to this alienation.  Thirteen years ago I told someone that I could die for Mr. Noyes without a moment’s hesitation.  I believe I can return to that confidence I had then.  After the experience of two years ago, I was advised to put myself into communication with some of the best women of the Community; I had been tempted to think that my good experience perhaps was something else than religious, after all.  It may have been hypocritical or something of the kind.  So as I thought of the advice, this was whispered in my ear: “there is a chance for a good time,” if you have to run away after that.  I can see now, that I only made use of my partial conversion to gain power and influence for myself; but did not use it for any good purpose.  This summer, since my criticism, I have had most of the temptation that I have had.

“After some persons had failed, as George R. or John Cragin, I often have said to myself, “their sins are nothing to my own.”  I have said to some of the young men since my criticism, “it is nothing to be the wickedest man in New York, to what it is to be a Northern Vermonter, and the coarsest and wickedest man in America!”  I did not sympathize with the criticism of Helen Noyes, although I saw that some of it was true, but I ignored that; and sought ways to comfort her, and let her feel that I was on her side.  I dreaded the arrival of the family from Wallingford, (Tirzah’s arrival?) for I saw that it would be an end of my influence and freedom.  While I was steward, I told only a part of the truth to one man.  And when I next saw him, he had found me out.  I had to make the best case of it I could.  To another when I found myself in a corner, I had to choose between a lie and a half-dollar.  I told the lie!  I have obtained favor of both men & women of the Community by sly kinds of flattery.  I have always avoided those things that were likely to hurt my egotism — it has been my greatest care to not hurt that.  I have thought evil of Mr. Woolworth for discharging me from office with so little ceremony.  When I was sent over here, I called it my banishment, or exile.  At one time since I have been here, I resolved to repent – return to God, and my loyalty; there I thought I had made a great noise about one conversion, this time I would say nothing, but let my deeds show my improvement.  By this means, I reserved my tongue for the devil, & God has had nothing from me.  In conversation yesterday with Mrs. Ackley she said, “if you want to be saved.”  I asked myself if I did.  I could not feel that I did.  I was not conscious of the least desire.  I got up, went out doors, asking myself why it was that I did not feel the desire.  Was I responsible for the lack?  There I thought how much easier it would have been for me to gain repentance a year ago, or three months ago, than now.  Every turn I make, I swing further and further from the center.  I could but see where I should certainly land.  With this thought, course and intense desire to be saved, such as I had never known.  My next thought was follow good impulses, and resist evil ones.  I looked up and saw Mr. Hamilton coming to the house, and resolved then to follow that purpose forever, and ask him and God once more for help.  I believe in the power of God to save me from the power of the devil.  I pray for grace to undo the evil I have done and be a faithful witness for Christ.  I desire to humble myself before Mr. Noyes and the church.  I will thank anyone that can pray for me.

Homer Barron”

Evening Meeting

Mr. Hamilton alluded to this confession in our evening gathering, and said what Homer said about being a “Northern Vermonter” & the “wickedest man in America,” did not please him exactly.  Thought it showed he had not taken the criticism given to the Northern Vermonters a year ago, by Mr. Noyes.  But we could now see that was true.  Alfred said he accepted it at the time it was given & thought it all true.  While we received a great deal of good from Northern Vermonters, It is true, we have had trouble with a hard, unbelieving spirit in some of the members coming from there.  Joel & Roswell were spoken of as members who are harmonious and true men.

Mr. Leete, & c.

Mr. Woolworth spoke of Mr. Leete as not sympathizing with the late criticism of the Barron family.  Mr. Leete then explained his feelings, and says he sympathizes with all Community moves, though it was unlooked for & unexpected to hear such things about Mr. Barron & Homer.  Mr. Woolworth mentioned a conversation he had with Sidney:  he can easily trace his getting off track to Homer’s influence.

Another Accident

I hear that Mrs. Higgins, while at Willow Place this afternoon, fell, and hurt her lame limb: not serious, but it pained her considerably, and she did not feel able to return to-night.

Work on the Railroad

The Midland Railroad men are working in the woods, and digging in water above their knees.  The hands complain of the contractors & superintendents.

Thursday, November 5

Weather warm, but quite unpleasant.

Arrival from Wallingford

H.J. Seymour & Mrs. Bolles arrived in the night from Wallingford.  Mrs. B. spent several days at W.C., as she never had been there before.

Departures

Sydney went to Rochester yesterday, on business tour & H.W. Burnham started out on his route.

Ornamenting the Graveyard

Alfred Barron is at present engaged in ornamenting the graveyard. Mr. Noyes wishes it to be made a lovely place.  Alfred says he has done nearly all he can for this season.

Return

Sydney returned from Rochester to-night.

Politics

Evening Meeting — Mr. Hamilton stated that in the political field, out of thirty-four states, only nine voted for a Democratic President.  New York State went five thousand majority for the democratic party.  It is probable that Grant is elected President; but this State has chosen democratic Governor Hoffman, instead of Governor Griswold as reported at first.

Letter read from Mr. Franks, referring to his late visit, and the encouragement it gave him, to consider himself an outside member.

J. Norton’s tobacco temptation

A Wallingford & Willow Place journal read.  The latter referred to John Norton’s case.  He has once more fallen into his old temptations about tobacco.  He feels the sinfulness of it, and is tempted to discouragement; but is exhorted not to think the temptation almighty.

Confession of Homer, & c.

Also, Homer Barron wrote a confession of his faults – evil thinking, insincerity & c., and then he wishes to join Mr. Noyes in a way he never has.  He said heretofore he had thought the higher & more moral Mr. N’s standard, the more useless for him to try to attain to it.

Sydney

Sydney was spoken of as one under the influence of Homer’s unbelief.  And he was exhorted to examine himself sincerely.  Being called upon it was found he had gone to bed.

Then followed testimony and confessions of loyalty to Mr. Noyes.

Wednesday, November 4

Sunny & pleasant.

We hear that Grant is elected President & Griswold, Governor of the State.

Mr. Kelly reported some incidents of his late peddling tour.  Conversed with a Mr. Sage an acquaintance of Brook Farm & its members.  Saw a large bon-fire on Lake Erie; consisted of petroleum.  He passed through Ithaca – heard Agassi.  Saw Mr. Lawson at the station & he remarked, “I think your people to (be) most interesting people I ever saw in my life – I think they are the most so of any people in the world.”

Tuesday, November 3

Cool, but clear and pleasant.

Homer & Myron

Quiet a serious forenoon.  Homer Barron made some confessions to Mr. Albert Kinsley, which shows that he had poisoned Myron’s mind.  They had planned to go away, and had said if the Community should be reluctant to give them the money they should ask for, they would go to Connecticut and enter a trap shop there & set up in competition with us.  Myron seemed to be under a great pressure, so much so, that he thought of leaving at once.  But after talking with Mr. Hamilton & Mr. Noyes, he thought better of it.  He is still sober & thoughtful.  Eliza Burt suffering on Myron’s account.

Mr. Daniel Nash was buried between 10 & 11 o’clock this forenoon.  Mr. Noyes went to see the corpse, and it looked pleasant, that he wanted everyone to see it.  So his body was placed over to the new house.  He did look pleasant & handsome.  Harriet Olds took school while Olive was gone.  There is no sadness nor feeling of death connected with it.  He has been a faithful servant to the Church & he has now joined our friends in Hades.

175 dozen traps ordered.

An Accident

One of the hired men, busy unloading canned fruit this afternoon, met with a little accident; the horse took fright, started, threw the man out backward; scattered the cans like snowflakes; this frightened him (the horse) the more and consequently he ran the faster – turned the wagon upside down, and ran out to the portico with madness; the wagon hit the column & moved it several inches out of place; and finding himself free he rushed on, and as all expected under the butternut tree; but fortunately he was arrested at the lamppost.  We all look upon this as one evidence of God’s care of our little ones, for at the time, Miss Jane Abbott had them all out under the butternut tree, and nothing could have saved them if the horse (called “crazy John”) had pursued them in his fury.  But God took care of them.

Heads of Departments

Present company engaged in the kitchen; Miss Jane A. Kinsley, consulting mother — Miss Emma Jones & Miss Mary Bolles, acting mothers.  Mr. Horace Perry & Mr. Geo. Kellogg assist in this department.

Washing – Miss Mallory has charge.  Dye room – Mrs. Conant assisted by T.R. Noyes.  Silk room – Miss Helen Noyes & Miss Mary Prindle.  Printing Office – Miss Annie Hatch.  Diary – Miss Ellen Hutchins.  Office or Counting Room – Ann S. Bailey, assisted by tow or three others.  Store – Geo. Allen & Mr. Leet, also Mr. Bolles.  Willow Place Silk Works – Charles Cragin & Elizabeth Hutchins, assisted by Miss Cornelia.  Father and Mother of the Community – W.H. Hamilton & S.K. Dunn.  Of Willow Place – T.R. Noyes, Mr. Ackley & Elizabeth Hutchins.  Head Financier – Theodore.  School – Olive Ann Nash.

Sydney Joselyn & Mr. Thayer have had charge of garden and farm work.  Charles Burt & Erastus Van have charge of the Carpenter shop.  Abram Burt takes charge of the foundry works, and is also making drawings for the new Children’s House.

Mop-wringer

John Leonard sent in a long explanation of the new mop wringer, which is really quite a success.  That is all for today, only it is election day!

Monday, November 2

Still cold and cloudy.

D.P. Nash’s death

Between five & six o’clock this morning, Mr. D.P. Nash called Mr. Jones (in the next room), he told Mr. J. he was out of breath; Mr. J. hastened at once to find Mr. Seymour Nash.  When Mr. S.W. Nash arrived, he found his brother unconscious.  Theodore was called – it was not easy to decide – but it appeared like death.  Mr. Nash had a second paralytic shock when at New Haven, nearly two years since.  He has never had the use of his left arm since, and did not walk natural.  His death being so sudden, Theodore thinks he had another shock, and died in consequence.  He has had a good spirit of late & we had hoped that he would in time recover himself, but it is all for the best.

Our visitor, Mr. Lawson, left at 11 o’clock.  He seemed pleased with all he saw and heard.

Theodore goes to W.C. on Joseph’s account.

Theodore having received a letter from Joseph this noon, referring to some physical difficulty which required surgery; so Theodore started off directly for Wallingford, on the four o’clock train.

90 dozen traps ordered.

Mr. Reynolds’ lecture.

At 7 o’clock, Mr. Reynolds commenced an account of his religious history.

Correspondence of G.W. Noyes & J.H.N. with Thos. Fessiden.

The letter from G.W. Noyes to Mr. Thomas Fessiden in reference to the sale of the Wallingford farm, was read; also one from Mr. J.H. Noyes to the same person.  Both letters were interesting.  Mr. G.W.N. offers him the farm for $35,000.

Criticism of H. Barron & Myron.

The Willow Place family all over here again.  Mr. Hamilton explained the cause.  He had a sincere meeting.  Homer Barron & Myron Kinsley who have not been in a Community spirit & had gone so far as to talk of leaving, offered themselves for criticism and received the truth.

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1 Comment

  1. November 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Excellent & fascinating.


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