Harriet’s Posts ~ 1869

Harriet Worden

Tuesday, May 4th

Cold & rain. Not as rainy as before.

Outdoor work thriving.

The carpenters are fitting up the future Academy; others are digging the great ditch. It is too wet to work in the cellar.

Mrs. Tobey’s half-sister left.

Order in the Kitchen

Sarah Johnson & Elizabeth Hutchins have been arranging the closet down in the kitchen for company dishes – it looks very elegant.

The last washing done in the Tontine to-day.

Began reading a book of travel at 7 o’clock last evening.

Monday, May 3rd

Raining all day.

F. Norton

F. Norton left for W.C.

Began to hire in washing

Hired Hannah Thomas & George Ayers in the washing department.


Homer Barron is overseeing the job of digging a deep ditch for a sewer. It is to be laid with large tile.


H.M. Worden leaves the printing office – Consuelo takes her place. Miss Mallory also takes Mrs. H. Kinsley’s place in the washing. Mrs. Tobey’s half-sister called.

Sunday, May 2nd

The paper corrected & printed early.

Sewing bee

A large sewing bee at ½ past two for the children.

A gentleman & lady called – she quite a singer – nothing remarkable.

Ballet dancing

A dance in the evening – repletion of our former one – this time by request.

Criticism of Mr. Easton & Smith

Mr. Hamilton alluded to Mr. Easton’s & Smith’s articles – Mr. E’s last, he did not like – thought it coarse &c.

Saturday, May 1st


Commenced raining.

Archway demolished

The men will be hindered about digging the cellar.  Today they have knocked to pieces what was the arch to our “arched way.”


During this month, many things have transpired unrecounted in this journal.


Several persons have gone to Wallingford – Jaime Vail & Martha Hawley & Marion Burnham — and some there have returned: Tryphena Seymour, Susan Worden & Arabelle Woolworth. Miss Susie took up her residence at W. Place, where she now remains. Mr. Abram Burt lives at W. Place.

Children’s last session until autumn

The 16th of this month closed the daily evening gathering at this house with the children. Mr. Noyes thought as well to drop them in the summer, but resume again in the fall. Occasionally he sends for them to come over here, and they have a jolly time. They are all very well.

H.H.S.’s visit & return

Mrs. Skinner has recently made a visit at Wallingford, and returned and after a fortnight, accompanied by Mr. Skinner.

Fidelia in Silk Business

Fidelia Burt has gone to W.P. to learn the silk business, and her place is filled by Elizabeth Hutchins & Sarah Johnson. Mrs. Skinner, Cornelia Worden, Consuelo & C.M. Leonard have taken up their abode in the “back parlor,” with Mrs. Miller.

Moved the Middle House, Digging Cellar

The “middle house” or old children’s house has been moved down across the road, and is to be fitted up for a Seminary. And now Mr. Kinsley is overseeing the job of having the cellar dug for the new children’s house. Trees have been cut down in the “Tontine yard”, and other changes made, everything must bend this year for the new house; and next year perhaps we shall put up the new dining room.

Mr. Noyes has gone back to his room in the Tower.

Consuelo’s new trade

Consuelo has gone into the printing office, and is to learn the art of overseeing the business of setting the paper. H.M. Worden has just been relieved.


Mrs. Dunn is in the children’s school.

New Wash house

Myron has been putting up the new wash house and it is nearly ready to begin operations. We all look forward to the day. We have had two exhibitions of ballet dancing within three weeks by T.C. Miller. Ella Underwood. Minerva Barron & H.M. Worden – first for the children and second by request for Mrs. Skinner who was at W.C. upon the first occasion.

Russian No. 1 & No. 2

A Russian who came to work for us last summer seemed to win our favor, in so much that Mr. Noyes at last proposed Mr. Herrick teach him our language, has studied here quite faithfully since. He has within a week returned to Russia. He had scarcely left when another Russian came & got into our service. The latter is a younger man – a printer by trade – rather better acquainted with the English language than the former. Curious how the Russians are attracted toward us.

Mr. Noyes has not yet completed American Socialism.

Stirpiculture News

During the month it has been discovered & decided that E. Mallory was not enceinte. Also Mr. H.R. Perry confessed that Mrs. Perry was again in that condition.  Stirpiculture is in statuque, excepting C.M.L., who is “so.”

Mr. Freeman

We have had some talks lately on petting spirit. A while since John Freeman’s father came here & purchased silk of us, & is now trying his luck at retailing our silk.


The tontine spooling room is heated by steam pipes. The upper sitting room has different carpet down (not perfectly new, however), a good looking ___, some new green, damask curtains, the rocking chair covered over new and new frames for the classical group – besides a new mirror – upon the whole, looks well.

Wednesday, March 24

A robin seen and heard today.

Some talk in our evening meeting about the good & bad taste of wearing shawls so much; thought it looked rather effeminate to see our women wear them so much as they do.

Tuesday, March 23

Some acquaintances of Uncle Jack called – they did not know of his death; before.

Mr. George Campbell is to be the “father” at the children’s house.

Mr. Worden is stoker for the present in James Vail’s place.

Monday, March 22

Mr. McIntosh left quite suddenly. Some think he felt a little disappointed. H.W.B. gone on another peddling tour.

Edwin & George Miller left for Wallingford. Great times trying to decide upon a new father for the children. A number have been suggested.

Sunday, March 21

An entertainment this evening for the family: Mr. McIntosh gave us some fine elocution pieces.  This was interspersed with songs by our club & a violin solo.  Very pleasurable on the whole.

Saturday, March 20

Mr. D.M. Kelly cut off the end of his finger in the new planing machine.

George Henry goes into the bakery to take Mr. Bristol’s place.

Mr. McIntosh, the Elocutionist, arrived.

Friday, March 19

Our men began digging the cellar for the middle house to set on by and by.

Thursday, March 18

(G.W. Noyes arrived.)

For the fifth or sixth time the bathers tipped over!

Ormond over to the New House this evening without any cap on his head, and his face looking smooth & well. Mr. Noyes was very much pleased. We all think it a perfect miracle, and consider the rapid cure the result of Mr. Noyes’s true instinct about it a week since. All the external application seemed to take effect with marvelous speed.

Give God the Glory!!

Wednesday, March 17

There has not been much to write about of late.

Mr. Hamilton reported in our meeting that it was decided that two of our young men should go to Yale College.  And George Miller & Edwin Burnham were proposed.

(Heartily voted upon.)

Sunday, March 14th

Bought a beautiful new bookcase for the upper sitting room – cost $70. Made of black walnut.

Saturday, March 13

George Miller returned from the Northern trip.  Looks bright.

Friday, March 12

The same

Thursday, March 11

Not much to report.

Wednesday, March 10

Rainy day.

133 dozen traps ordered and 120 of these from the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Mr. Chesboro here on a visit. The Russians attended meeting.

Note from Mr. McIntosh: he proposes making us another visit. He was here 10 years ago & recited Burns to us. We shall be pleased to hear him again.

Mr. Noyes said to H. Worden (privately) that he thought it was time that Ormond’s difficulty about his head & face were cured. Said he thought it a nuisance. A few weeks since his head apparently recovered; but right away his face became very sore & his feet the same. It is so now. Mr. N. said that H. would unite with him he thought we could cure it – he thought a good criticism of Ormond & his parents would do good. Upon this H. Worden asked for help in the meeting. And after meeting called a committee and reported Mr. Noyes’ remarks about the case. The result was the Truth had a good time and we expect the practical effect will be good on Ormond.

Library Committee began to act.

Tuesday, March 9

Yesterday the things in the old showcase were taken out and transferred to the new one.

Father Noyes weighs 203 lbs. Pretty well!

Our men have just purchased another span of horses. Paid $600.

Lots of letters read this evening from our silk customers, commending our silk.

Some talk about the library – a committee appointed consisting of Alfred Barron, Mr. Underwood, Mr. Cragin, Mr. Herrick, Mrs. Thayer, Mrs. Miller & Mrs. Skinner.

Monday, March 8

More snow. But not cold.


The “colored people” of last night look very clean today – unusually so – probably the effects of copious soap sudsing.

W.G. Kelley left

W.G. Kelley left on a peddling trip – he goes West.

Harley’s birthday – he is eight years old.


Out of 350 loads of sand, only 164 loads have been drawn as yet, and still we think we have quite a mountain already.


Mr. Cragin showed the children the power of attraction in a magnet – they were all interested & chattered like blackbirds.

Mr. Shelley &c. Mr. O’Conner Mr. Noyes’ letter &c.

Letter from Mr. Shelley offering to present the O.C. with a lathe. Also from Mr. P.M. about Mr. O’Conner who wrote Feb. 6th. Mr. Noyes had written an answer which also was read. Then followed some conversation about Mr. Shelley and his gift – no decision.

Lamp chimneys
Also the great and important subject of lamp chimneys thoroughly canvassed & meeting was closed.

Joel goes

Joel Higgins left for New York on business.

Sunday, March 7

Very blustering night, but more quiet this morning.


A display of genius in the shape of a picture pasted in the bulletin today – black figures cut out of paper by M.J.N.


At 7 o’clock we had an entertainment: this time of minstrels – blacked-up! The company were: H.W. Burnham, A.L. Burt, G.W. Hamilton, G.D. Allen, C.C. Hatch, J.R. Lord, Charles Van Velzer, James Hatch, F.W. Smith, G.E. Cragin, C.A. Burt, E.P. Inslee, E.S. Burnham, R.S. Delatre & H.M. Worden.

It consisted of an overture, several songs, a Polka dance by J.R.L. & H.M.W. & a grand hymn by the whole company, and jokes and an oration.

Meeting followed, which was refreshing.

A 9 o’clock a bee for folding papers.

D.M. Kelley & wife & L. A. Thayer returned.

Saturday, March 6

Sleigh rides

Beautiful weather and good sleighing.

A company went to Durhamville glass-works

How to tell time

Edwin Burnham is just teaching the younger children how to tell time by the hands of a clock. He has an exaggerated picture of a clock pasted on the wall at the children’s house.

A visit to New Hartford

Mr. Daniel Kelley & wife accompanied by Mrs. L.A. Thayer took a ride to New Hartford, some fourteen miles distant; occasion – Mrs. Kelley has an Aunt living there. They will probably return to-morrow.

The Printing office finished setting up the papers today, and had six columns too much.

Mr. Noyes’ throat some better now.

Another long rehearsal tonight. Quite like old times.

Lots of letters these days from subscribers to Circular.

Mr. Leets and daughter Mary here.

I forgot to mention that H.R. Perry is Willow Place kitchen man instead of O.C. kitchenman

Friday, March 5

Another cold, though very bright and sunny day.

Workmen drawing sand and lumber and a heap of stones is gradually piling up across the road.


Another mason took dinner with us – a Mr. Crawford.

Fine copy of Shakespeare

When Mr. Cragin returned from his visit to New York, he brought a beautiful copy of Shakespearean Concordance; and last evening Mr. Herrick brought into the Upper Sitting Room his beautifully bound eight volumes of Shakespeare; so the two books match each other exactly.

Letter from Albert Ackley

Mrs. Ackley received a letter from Albert to-day.


Another lecture by Theodore Noyes at 7 o’clock – the same subject as before, applying science to Community life. Very clear and interesting.

Some conversation in reference to temptations some have had about by the Water privilege at W.C. Theodore said at Willow Place that he thought every member should make up their mind if the Community goes to destruction we will all go with it.

Thursday, March 4

Cold and colder all day.

Workmen here

Several strangers here to dinner; mostly working people – two tinmen – two or three house movers and a mason.

H.G.A. & C.C. left

Henry Allen & Charles Cragin left for W.C.

All the invalids much better. E. Mallory better again – her case very doubtful; so some think; (but I don’t think there is room for a doubt.)

A grand rehearsal in the Hall, from ¼ past 6 to ¼ past 8. Shan’t tell what —-

Wednesday, March 3

A pleasant day.

The workmen drawing sand.


Two tinmen here; doing some work on the new washroom, down to the other County.

The whole Willow Place family here this evening.

Mrs. Bushnell’s stories

Mrs. Bushnell entertained the children this evening; she told them “how dogs could help the Community.” She has a happy fault of arresting the attention of even the smallest one; and then she seems to give a good religious tone to all she says.


At 7 o’clock, we had a most interesting, but unique lecture by Mr. Frederick Norton, on the subject of the dental profession.

Proposal to buy at W.C.

Two proposals subjected to the evening meeting. One, that Wallingford Community should buy a new Campbell’s printing press. And the other, that we should buy a large water-privilege at Wallingford – eventually to start the silk business there. Both questions decided in the affirmative by votes. And it also decided that Charles Cragin should go to W.C. to reconnoiter &c.

Tuesday, March 2

Another Tip-over

Another day of good sleighing. However, when the Willow Place bathers went over tonight, “they fell out by the way”, as Mr. Herrick expressed it.

Charles Worden arrived – short stay

Mr. Charles Worden, of Manlius Station, called, on the business of the grave stones; besides had quite a pleasant visit with those relatives who waited upon him; left at ½ past 1.

H.G. Allen comes

Henry Allen arrived, and this evening entertained the children; afterwards Mr. Herrick talked to them very prettily.

Ormond ‘s head better

Master Ormond (who has worn an oil silk cap for the last three or four months, on account of his head) today began leaving it off. His head looks nicely, but Theodore  says it may not entirely get well till warm weather. Miss H. E. Allen has tended very faithfully all winter.

First day drawing sand

Workmen began drawing sand today for the new Children’s House.

Monday, March 1st

Sleigh rides abroad & at home

A nice day for sleigh rides. A number of sleigh loads (outsiders) stopped here, and went about the house. In the afternoon, the children took a nice long sleigh ride – the longest they have had this winter, when to the Depot and all around.

M.L.W. teamster pro tem

Mr. Worden (my father) has been driving the team between here and Willow Place today, for “Black Charley”, as we call him.


Some changes as between here and Willow Place – Ann Bailey has come home. Elizabeth Kellogg & Jane A. Kinsley gone over to W.P. to spend a few weeks, and Elizabeth Hutchins is going to live over here, but continues her work in the silk factory as usual; the reason of this change is that she wishes to mingle with the family at a whole more; as her work all day is with outsiders.

Little Walter goes into the Children’s house

Mrs. Perry put her little boy Walter into the children’s house today, and now every child we have is in that department.

Sunday, February 28


The coldest morning we have had in a long time – thermometer five degrees below zero.

Return of G.W.H.

George Hamilton arrived this morning.

Back parlor cleared

Fidelia, L.K.D. and others, cleaned the back parlor to-day and Mrs. Miller will go back there to room again.

Symptoms a scare

Elizabeth Mallory not as well as usual today – her case supposed to be doubtful; and yet, I do not see why it should be. It seems to me a clear case.

Willow Placites here again; it is so pleasant when we all meet together – the hall seems so much fuller – and oh! how glorious to have all at home.

New Showcase

John Leonard has just completed a large and handsome showcase of black walnut, and today it was placed in the vestibule. It is handsome of itself – to be hoped we shall have curiosities to fill it.

Children’s Hour

The children were all decked out quite prettily in paper caps, and came marching in when they came over. They did excellently well too. After they performed awhile, their benches were brought in, and the “Puellery Club” sang three songs to them; followed by an extempore company of men and women, who performed “Johnny Schmoker” for their benefit.

Earth Closets

At 7 o’clock Mr. Hamilton explained the new Earth Closets or Commodes as they are called.

Letter from Mrs. Reeves

A letter read from Mrs. Martha Reeves, of Cleveland. She seems earnest to keep in our fellowship.

Report of Agents &c., &c.

George Hamilton & H.R. Perry reported themselves: it seems they one night lodged at the same hotel, and did not know it till the next day; and then G.W.H. had departed.

Mr. Herrick filled out the time reading over a list of free lovers &c.

Saturday, February 27

All the invalids better today, but Mr. Woolworth taken down with a cold. He was not in our evening meeting.

Events in Stirpiculture

The most notable event of today is no event but simply the astonishing proposal of Mr. Noyes that John Homer Barron & Ann Eliza Van Velzer should have a child. It was proposed for the purpose of helping Ann Eliza & John Cragin to clear themselves of special love – Mr. N. thinks it will be effectual cure. He had quite a free, jolly talk in the upper sitting room this afternoon on Stirpiculture in general. Says he feels very enthusiastic about it; means we shall build our new children’s house & will fill it too & c. The above proposal brought before the meeting this evening, and generally liked.

Return of G.D.A. & H.R.P.

G.D. Allen & Horace Perry returned from their late peddling trip.

Parsons’ bad luck

Our neighbor, Mr. Parsons is having bad luck – it is said he is twenty-five thousand dollars in debt, and is going to sell out & go to California.


(It might here be stated that the above proposal caused H.B. some severe trial at first; also Mrs. Barron; but Mr. Barron & Alfred seemed to take it quite philosophically. But Homer is going to have a good spirit about it now.)

Friday, February 26

Seems some like a thaw.

S.B.C. some what lame of late, taken to crutches to-day. But Mrs. Baker is much better now.

Some revival of music these days. J.H.N. occasionally practices drumming; F.W. Smith & C. Van Velzer the violin; T.C.M. & Ella Underwood, Piano – H.M.H, Alice A. & others singing with piano. And of late, the old “Pullery Club,” of 1860 notoriety, have met and practiced. So it goes.

There was an extemporaneous kind of entertainment of the children this evening, which ended in different ones saying a verse – Rose, Mabel, Jessie, and finally George Easton & Harold Burnham & Temple. Maud came out, but too embarrassed, retired. Fanny Easton said a verse, and Cassette sang a solo. Ormond made one short speech, and afterward tried another, but forgot the fourth line – this caused the folks to laugh, but undaunted he ran to get Ranson to assist his memory, and then went back and tried it again, but he began to feel very much embarrassed, and finally took his seat. It was all quiet funny and amusing.

At 7 o’clock Theodore read from Yeoman’s Chemistry; upon science; and then made remarks upon our position in regard to science. That we should consider ourselves in a school for developing the highest kind of science, and we should all be willing to regard ourselves subjects for experimenting for this object &c, &c.

Some talk about the young men in meeting – Manly Aiken, Charles Marks and George Henry gave excellent testimony. The rest said nothing.

Thursday, February 25

Colder. But a bright sun in the afternoon.

Mrs. Sears Visit

Mrs. Sears really started this morning for Prescott, as her mother-in-law is sick. Day before yesterday when she went to the Depot she had to come back, as the cars were behind hand[?]: but she has finally gone.

Piano tuned

A gentleman from Oneida called and tuned the piano – his name unknown – excellent at his trade.

Mr. Bristol who has been poorly for a few days, is now better….And so are the other sick ones.

A walk

A.E. Van Velzer & H.M. Worden walked over to Willow Place with five of the larger children. Had a fine time.  Mr. Cragin talked with the children to-night also.

Closed the French Class

Mr. Herrick closed his French class this evening after meeting regularly for over three months. For my part, I can say I have learned a great deal, as (I never studied it at all before) and I think he has been very patient with us – especially us stupider ones.

Document read from J.H.N.

A document read in the meeting from Mr. Noyes in relation to our treatment of friends outside, especially those who were once free-lovers. He wants to encourage them to separate themselves from Spiritualism &c. – keep tight to us, but not ask to come in, until we had conquered the principality.

Plan H. Wilson &c.

Mr. Newhouse then reported on a matter of business – that of inviting Mr. Henry Wilson to take our fruit business, and supplying our customers. Mr. Wilson himself is pleased with the idea, as well as our people. Probably it will be carried out this year.

Wednesday, February 24

Quite a sunny forenoon.


The gentleman left to-day, who called yesterday – his name was Mr. Elwane.


We had a real old-fashioned funeral for Uncle Jack. Some of the neighbors were informed, but only Mr. Hubbard and wife came. We all went to see Uncle Jack for the last time, and then at 11 o’clock two or three sleigh loads of people followed his body to the grave. Aunt Jane behaves well about it.

Our other invalids are better.

Mr. C’s return

Mr. Cragin returned from New York about noon and he gave a glowing account of his adventures to an admiring group in the Upper Sitting room who listened attentively.

Alice Ackley’s birthday – she received many presents from the family at Willow Place.

Drumming by J.H.N.

Mr. Cragin told the children of his seeing the city children & c. It seemed to interest them a good deal. Then Mr. Noyes drummed to them awhile, which they received in high glee.


At 7 o’clock John Sears gave a very scientific lecture on the “Spectroscope.” Interesting.


Quite interesting letters read from subscribers nowadays. A Mr. Pinkham wrote to-night expressing his great appreciation of “Male Continence.” And a Mr. Cookingham is very enthusiastic on the “Trapper’s Guide.”

Mr. Cragin’s Report

Mr. Cragin then gave a long and glowing account of his visit to New York – his call on Mr. Croly, Mr. Ripley, Mr. Wells, Mr. Brainnard, attending Positivist Meeting &c., &c. – all of which is fully reported by Daniel Bailey. (See report of Evening Meeting)

Tuesday, February 23

Mr. J. Kinsley died

At about 5 o’clock this morning, Uncle Jack died – his death seemed sudden, as he has not been sick more than a week; but Theodore calls his disease lung fever, and it is always quite dangerous to such elderly people. Mr. Kinsley, or “Uncle Jack”, as we all love to call him, had a presentment when first taken, that he should not live. We shall all miss him, for he was dearly loved by all.

Great Fast-day

Fast day! No dinner was got & of course no breakfast; those who chose, or got very hungry, took a cracker at noon; our Willow Place friends did likewise. Every one seemed to enjoy it, although the whole day has had a very old fashioned Sunday feeling – a certain something lacking all the time. The children had each a slice of bread and a drink of water for breakfast, and for dinner a piece of bread and butter. Now and then an adult was seen strolling down to the kitchen for a “bit of cracker”; but generally the fast was well kept, until it was suddenly announced that we were to have a “regular supper”. Very welcome to all, and especially to the children, who hopped up and down when they heard of it. Coffee, toast, grape sauce and nutcakes were what we found for supper. It is needless to say they were well relished – no one was dainty or unthankful. And when the “children’s hour” arrived, grown folks and children seemed unusually lively. Mrs. Miller related to them how the children who used to live at the children’s house used to fare, showing the contrast between those times and the present. For meeting, a number related their experience in reference to the fast. Harriet Allen thought the children got along well; reported that Harley said, “he liked raw bread.” And another reported that Ormond asked, “if the fast would go away tomorrow.” The rest of the meeting taken up with talk about Prof. Huxley, science &c.


A gentleman here, acquaintance of Mr. Bolles.

Monday, February 22

Pleasant weather – very.

Visitor left

Mr. Wesley left quite early this morning.

A Proposal

The children are all better of their colds now. But some of the grown folks feel pretty poorly. Father Noyes said this morning he did not know but the devil took advantage of our good living to bring on these colds, and perhaps we might outwit him by having a judicious fast. It was mentioned in meeting this evening, and a fast proposed for tomorrow. Liked by all the family.

Popular notices in two city papers

The Phrenological Journal came today containing the cut of the “final shoe”, and appropriate commendation of it; commends the O.C. for setting so good an example. Also Sunday’s N.Y. World has a long extract from “American Socialism” and a very neat little editorial headed “A Successful Community.” Mr. Noyes thinks it quite significant that both these notices should come out so near the 20th of February.

Sunday, February 21

Weather mild. Willow Place family at home. Mrs. Bradley is going over to W.P. to live.


Mr. Wesley here still – he is quite a reminder of two individuals viz, Mr. Lawton & Mr. Blood. Therefore, not the most agreeable that could be imagined.


Some invalids recovering. Mr. Smith went to the “bee” tonight mailing papers. But Miss Mary Jones has had a severe attack of hysteria today; she is some better tonight.

A large gathering in to see the children – while Mr. Underwood related quite a thrilling little story of “when he was a little boy,” – setting a house a fire &c. After this the children sang &c.

Bee at P.O.

A brisk bee for mailing papers – it was made doubly lively by grand race between T.R.N. & F.W.S. at the machine, and H.M. Worden & the girls at the table pasting single wrappers. Usually the machine gets done a long time first, but tonight single wrappers were the victors. It made quite a little sensation for the time.

Meeting devoted to good testimony, especially on the subject of health – a good many have had real faith experience with resisting colds. Soon after meeting a general rumpus in the lower hall, until the Willow Placites really depart, and then all quiet as usually.

Saturday, February 20

A Ride

The weather somewhat milder. The school girls, after several attempts and disappointments, took a ride to the glass works at Durhamville. They started at 9 o’clock and returned at 1 o’clock.

A visitor

Gentleman called from Philadelphia – named Wesley.

Mr. Worden & Mr. Abbott finished weighing and measuring. D.E.Smith better. Mr. Bristol attacked to-day with a severe cold. Mrs. Marks & Mary Whatley quite poorly. Uncle Jack remains the same – some indications of lung fever in his case.

Letters from N. York

Letter from Mr. Croly, and Mr. Cragin to Mr. Noyes

Friday, February 19

Big snowflakes fell for half an hour this forenoon, but it all ended in fine snow, a blow, a little sunshine and then as usual.

Invalids better

The invalids some better.

Y.M.’s school

Since Tuesday, the young men have had no school – there will probably be a vacation for awhile – at least until Orin & Ernest get into a more satisfactory state. Also the girls are having Mrs. S.B.C. for teacher pro temp until Portia recovers.

Speech of Prof. Huxley

Today’s World contains a long speech from Professor Huxley – it is considered profound.

The silk winder is thronged now-a-days with learners – today it was found necessary to take turns.


Mr. Easton took supper with us – amused the children after supper with pretty stories, and at 7 o’clock gave the family a lecture upon the characteristics of the Duke of Wellington.

Letter from Alcandar Longley – sends respects to Mr. Noyes &c. Ostensible reason for writing, to get a Circular.

Thursday, February 18

Windy & disagreeable day.

Mr. Cragin goes to N.Y.

Mr. Cragin left for New York at four o’clock this morning. Mr. Hamilton went to Syracuse & to Rome on a matter of business: saw Mr. Little-John in the cars, and held quite a little conversation with him about the Midland &c.

Uncle Jack no better today; has moved into the back parlor for the present; Portia some better; D. Edson Smith not so well – moved into “No. 9”. The children are not sick, and yet they feel rather disagreeable generally. Frederick Marks some under the weather.

My father & Mr. Abbott have engaged themselves weighing and measuring children & adults today.

Mr. Burt talked to the children this evening. Mrs. Bradley gone to W.P. to assist in the silk works.

Wednesday, February 17

Slippery weather.


Uncle Jack quite poorly last night. He is not well today. Miss Portia is suffering from the same influenza. And Harriet Allen says nearly all the children have more or less headaches, &c. D. Edson Smith is not well yet. So much for the shady side. The rest of us are well — very!!!

Mr. Porter called

Mr. Porter (our former tailor) here today. He has been to Munnsville to get work; it seems he has had bad luck – burned out &c. Lost three hundred dollars.


Lecture at 7 by H.W. Burnham, telling how a “preacher became a practical man.” Very interesting. He ended by singing “I love the banging hammer.”

A good many letters from outsiders expressing appreciation of the Circular &c.

Tuesday, February 16

Windy, but not very cold.

Since Daniel Abbott went to W.C. (a week ago), James Vail has had charge of the furnaces, and the house seems very warm – too warm.

Cupboard in Hall

Homer Barron & Charles Burt fitted a cupboard or kind of a closet under the stage, where we can all put our music books.

Frederick Marks is here now – he came from W.C. last Friday.

Read from some account this evening, about the World and Mr. Marble its editor.

When the children were over this evening, Charles Van played the violin and they had a grand gregarious dance, in which Mr. Noyes & Mr. Cragin mingled freely. Much enjoyed by all.

An allusion made to the young men – they are exhorted to cultivate the faithfulness to resolutions as set forth by Mr. Noyes.

Monday, February 15

Unpleasant, still.

Letters, one from Wells &c.

Lots of letters read this evening. From Hildebrandt of Minnesota, Samuel Willard & Mr. Wells of the Phrenological Journal, in answer to a number of questions. He invites Mr. C. to come and see him; which Mr. Noyes favored. So I suppose Mr. Cragin will go down to New York some day this week.

We were all so sleepy that Mr. Woolworth closed the meeting.

Sunday, February 14

Disagreeable weather, very.


Many afflicted with colds and headache. Nothing unusual has occurred today.  Theodore talked with the children this evening.

Saturday, February 13

Very warm & sunny. The sleighing nearly spoiled.

Quite a time for colds, although no one is very sick.

Dr. Noyes wrote a long document on faithfulness to resolutions, which was read in meeting this evening.

The children took turns in criticism this evening, Master Ormond, Cossette, Temple & Harley.

Friday, February 12

Another pleasant day.


Theodore & Charles Cragin returned this morning. They have been gone just a fortnight.


Theodore has seen E. Mallory and says nothing certain can be pronounced as to her condition for at least six weeks; still he thinks probably she is enceinte.

Mrs. Baker has not been well since Sunday, she was then taken with a kind of fainting fit, dizziness, &c; but she is doing better now.

Mr. Noyes’ throat is quite painful of late – he does not talk at all, only as he whispers. Still he takes his daily bath and continues to make his home in the upper sitting room. He seems always to enjoy the “children’s hour”, and is generally cheerful.


Willow Place family over here this evening. At 7 o’clock, Mr. Herrick gave quite an informal lecture upon the Darwinian theory; although he left the “theory” until he wound up his remarks.

T.R.N.’s report

Theodore gave a full report of his (and Charles) late business trip. A full report will be given else where I suppose, though it is interesting to know that we have bought new machinery for furthering the silk trade. The name of the machine they bought is called a “steam stretcher”. Also some negotiations have taken place by which we shall be enabled to become weavers of silk, &c. Signs of money, I suppose.

Frederick Marks arrived.

Thursday, February 11

Warmish weather — today the sun has shone, it has snowed and it has rained.

The men who worked at the ice yesterday have been resting today; the young men had no school.

Oyster dinner

Oysters for dinner!!


Considerable excitement on the subject of Stirpiculture these days, especially since last night’s meeting. And too, now it is found that Elizabeth Mallory is enceinte instead of half dead with dyspepsia as at first supposed. Great changes! Wonderful time! Letters read from several outsiders in reference to the Circular.

Faith testimony followed.

Wednesday, February 10

The men finished getting in ice today.

Mrs. Lynde was buried at 10 o’clock.

Ormond had a fall & cut his head — will not be serious.

Lecture ~ Stirpiculture ~ Vote taken ~ J.R.L. & G.J.S.

The discussion for this evening’s meeting was Stirpiculture! Mr. Woolworth & Mr. Hamilton introduced the subject very delicately, and at last ventured to announce that Mr. Noyes had expressed a desire that John Lord might become a father. As to the mother, it was proposed to decide that by vote. So a bit of paper was handed round, and after each one had written thereon a name, they were recalled and counted. It was then announced that for Miss Georgiana Sears & there were eighty-seven votes! Loud cheering.  John & Georgia each expressed their thankfulness to follow the wishes of the Community in this matter and meeting closed.

Tuesday, February 9

L.B. Lynde died

Mrs. Lynde died at nine o’clock this morning.

Getting Ice

At last our men are able to get in ice. And over sixty loads have been brought in today. The children were over to see them cut ice this afternoon.

Monday, February 8

H.R. Perry leaves

H.R. Perry leaves on another trip. Mr. Bolles takes his place in the kitchen.

A Plan
Another letter read from Mr. Easton to Mr. Noyes. Proposes to renew subscription to the “Y.M.C.A.” paying up the fifteen dollar arrears, so as to give him the most influence. He thinks the time will come when that body will be willing to start a branch of their Association in connection with our manufacturing and fruit raising &c. On reading his letter Mr. Noyes said, “I say that those who surround us shall stick to marriage, and we want those around us who have been faithful in marriage. It would not disturb my theory of Socialism to go among the folks we employ and advise them to marry and be faithful to marriage. We don’t want any half-way measures. The only way out of marriage is into Communism. We must study what we may call secondary Stirpiculture, as well as primary.  That is, we need to encourage religious people to have children and crowd out the Irish. The Malthusian doctrine is that ease of obtaining a living encourages production of children; and difficulty in obtaining a living discourages the production of children. Manufacturers have a chance to direct & control propagation. They can say who shall have children and who shall not. If the leading manufacturers of the country are moral people, they can say those who do not fear God shall not have children. Let manufacturers understand their powere. Here in Mass., the leading manufacturing State of the Union, and the Irish children have crowded their children out of the factories, to such an extent, that they are murdering their infants by the wholesale, while the Irish are multiplying.

Mrs. Lynde, who has been sick more than a year, fails every day. It is thought she can not live many more days more.

Sunday, February 7


Quite a pleasant entertainment this evening.

F.W. Smith played “Carnival of Venice”, which was loudly applauded and encored until he repeated; he did play it very well indeed. Two songs were sung by the “club”, only Charlotte sang instead of Alice.  Mr. Herrick rehearsed the “Frenchman & the Rats.”  He entered into it like a true Frenchman, and amused us all exceedingly.  H.W.B. sang “Man the Life Boat”.  Mr. Cragin then made a little introductory speech explaining the coming performance; then G.D.A. and some others wished to practice some gymnastics for the amusement of the children particularly and had concluded to rehearse on the stage. At this George Miller, Edwin Burnham and John Lord entered dressed like “paddies”.  They began swaggering about the stage remarking to each other that they were tired of working all day in the dirt for a living and they were not going to touch a shovel again, if the old Midland Railroad never got built.  After lounging about for some time, it occurred to one that they had to do something or starve. “That’s so,” said another. “I shouldn’t like to starve. Another says, “I will start a show!” “You know we have got considerable musical talent”; and each began to brag what he could do.  G.D.A. said his forte was in whistling, “a gift of nature, got by hand practice,” and then illustrated by giving a few rare passages from “La Barnbinnella.””  They pretended to be rehearsing and every few moments they would decide where to have their audience.  In a few moments, they began undressing on stage, all the time looking anxiously round as if fearful of being seen.  Their coats all off and their pants!  The audience fairly screamed.  They all stood in their nightgowns, but upon dropping these off, behold the transformation!  From coarse, rough Irishmen, we saw a few moments before, we now saw them handsomely arranged in the tight-fitting dress of the gymnast.  George was dressed in blue, John in Orange & red trimming, and Edwin in crimson.  Their gymnastic performances were fine indeed.  John represented a clown, though his bows were exceedingly graceful.  George & Edwin were exceedingly lithe.

Saturday, February 6

O’Conner’s letter

Letter received today from a Mr. O’Conner of New York – has half a million dollars which he wishes to invest in some good cause. Some of our folks seem to be a little suspicious about the matter; think perhaps it is a hoax!!

Friday, February 5

Gentlemen call

Two gentlemen called – one from New York and the other from Philadelphia, both representing Morris & Tasker, manufacturers of water, gas pipes and fixtures for heating by steam.  I believe they were brothers and named Pancoat.

Thursday, February 4

A letter read from Mrs. Atwell of Naples N.Y. She wants to join the Community – has $15.00 to put in. A boy living with her wishes to join if she does. She would like an immediate reply. It is said that she is a niece to Jeanima Mckinson.  Also a letter read from Mr. Easton, giving some ideas he has been having about the class of hired help we ought to employ, or gradually work into our manufacturing business.  He thinks a better class than we now have, can be found through the agency of the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Mr. Noyes talked in the Upper Sitting to-day about polarity.

Wednesday, February 3

A cold, bleak day. For the second time, the men have been obliged to postpone drawing ice.


Several changes have been made today. Cornelia has returned from Willow Place and Beulah takes her place. Charlotte Leonard takes her place at the children’s house. S.B. Campbell leaves the school and Consuela takes her place.

Young Men go to ride

The young men’s school accompanied by their teachers, as well as Mr. Herrick, Leonard & John Sears went to the Durhamville Glass Works this afternoon. The particular occasion of their going just at this time, they had just finished the chapter in Chemistry, on the subject of glass & pottery and thought it would be interesting to see glass made &c.

Tuesday, February 2

Mabel in the Printing Office

Mabel Joslyn is going to learn the printing business. In time all her class will serve a time at it, but upon drawing lots it fell upon her first.

Monday, February 1

No ice

Cold weather. Yet we get no ice. What a short month January was!

Sunday, January 31

Had no exercises or amusements this evening. The children came over. Mr. Inslee talked to them and sang, and Charlotte Leonard & H.W.B. sang. Little Ormond cried – seemed to be a little sentimental.

A fine bee for doing up the papers.

Saturday, January 30

D. Edson Smith is not very well these days.

Friday, January 29

Purchase of a Farm

The farm has been purchased to-day, and this afternoon Mr. Noyes, Woolworth, Hamilton & Otis Kellogg went to the Depot to sign the deed.

T.R.N. & C.A.C.

Theodore and Charles Cragin left at five o’clock this morning for Willimantic. They intend to obtain some knowledge in the dying business. The children continue their evening visits with unabated interest.

Thursday, January 28

Pleasant weather. Just snow enough on the ground to make the best sleighing.

Uncle Horace is very quiet and industrious and has been ever since his return from Schenectady.

Company left

Mr. Smith’s cousins left to-day.

Sliding Down Hill

Mr. Olds, Mr. Hatch & Mr. Bradley with their three hand sleds, went over the west hill today to have an old fashioned ride down hill. They report having a grand time. One man came along and remarked, “Why, I didn’t know an old grey-headed men rode downhill before. I thought that sport was for boys.” They told him that they were boys.

New Plan

Reported in meeting that a plan had been proposed of buying Mr. Wilson’s farm. Rather sudden and the price will be $20,000.

Wednesday, January 27

Snow ice

When the men undertook to get ice, they found it was snow ice, so that job will have to be postponed till next week.


Four large loads of lumber drawn today for the new building. It is excellent sleighing.


Another letter about silk &c, appears in the World from Belding & brothers.

H.G.A. Departed

Henry Allen left for New York at 4 o’clock this morning. He has had a pleasant visit.


Five persons, two men & three women came up with Otis to-night. They are cousins of D. Edson Smith’s.


A lecture at 7 o’clock by John H. Cragin — subject “John H. Miller”. Interesting to all who remember Mr. Miller, as well as to strangers.


Eclipse of the moon. After we all spent fifteen minutes in looking at it, Tirzah played “H Balenor” on the piano and the “Club” sang.

Tuesday, January 26

Getting Ice

Quite a cold day. Men preparing to get ice.

A drawing

George Miller has just made a drawing of the “Afternoon Services” at Willow Place. Very comical.


Mr. D. Edson Smith not well to-day.


A good letter read from Mr. Reeves, read this evening.

More about Silk

Saturday World contained a letter from Wm. Watson & sons, silk dealers, in answer to the charges in Thursday’s World – they seem to prove that they are honest; have been in business two years only, and have never tried to defraud their customers & c. Still they admit there may be some carelessness on one occasion. It is very likely the exposure given in last Thursday’s World, may stir up a rumpus.

Adin Ballon &c, &c.

Sunday evening H.W. Burnham gave a lengthy report of his late call upon Mr. Adin Ballon. Mr. Noyes seems to be interested in Mr. Ballon’s life & general course.

The office company has disposed of the pie.


There was mention in the meeting, that there was slight tendency on the part of some of the young men to extravagance in dress; though they needed more of the consulting spirit about getting new clothes.

Monday, January 25

A week! In that time, Mr. Hamilton, H.W. Burnham, John Lord and Mr. Kelly have returned; beside Henry Allen is here from New York.

Silk fraud exposed

Also the silk fraud was exposed in last Thursday’s World; in which it appears that the Oneida Community are honest in their business dealings.


And in the last week, changes have taken place in our local affairs. Ann Bailey has left the counting room & gone to live at Willow Place: Carrie Macknet taking her place.  Minerva & Ellen Nash have come home & some has taken their places.

Repeated Last Sunday’s Concert

Last Sunday evening’s performances were reproduced last evening, and everything done very much better than before. The dancing was superb. The dresses fine. The military was a fine part of the evening’s entertainment.

Harriet Sibley puts her child in the children’s house

Today Miss Harriet Sibley puts her babe (Bertha) into the children’s house. Miss Harriet Olds comes out of the printing office, goes into the kitchen. Ellen Nash takes her place. Martha Hawley leaves the children’s house, and is going to learn to set type. Abby Burnham goes into the children’s house.

Big “Pie”

The printing office department found a delightful “PIE”, when they went to distribute this morning. It will take several days to digest it.


George Miller gave a delightful lecture last Wednesday evening (20th) – upon “Aristides the Just.”


We found we had a copy of the Present in the house, and when Henry Allen came, he brought a copy, borrowed of Dana, editor of the Sun.

Monday, January 18


Edgar’s reply in the World

An article in the World from Mr. Edgar – a partial reply to Mr. Noyes – very feeble indeed!!

Sunday, January 17

Pleasant day.

Quite a company took a sleigh ride – kitchen department.

We had some doings this evening, singing, dancing, & c. It was a pretty fine intention, but failed in some respect.

Saturday, January 16

Pleasant day.

Mrs. Hall of Pine Bush

We received a letter from Mrs. Hall of Pine Bush, yesterday, in which she offered the Community some anatomical charts, as a gift. Mr. Noyes thought some one might go to receive them; and so T.R. Noyes & H.M. Worden did so. She is needy and they gave her two dollars.

Mary Leet returns

Mary Leet finished her visit; quite a number of our folks went home with her. We all liked her better than usual.

Friday, January 15

A splendid day.


On account of so many hired men who have all summer worked under Mr. Conant, Mr. Woolworth & others informed them of his death. And at ½ past 10, it was decided to have a regular funeral. Mr. Bolles preached the sermon. His extracts from the Berean were very appropriate and the whole subject inspiring. At the close, he remarked that Mr. Conant was a good brother, and in many respects a great man. He remarked upon the great resemblance he bears to Mr. Finney, the great Revivalist preacher. The Resurrection Hymn was sung, and the ceremonies were closed. Several of the hired men were observed to weep during his discourse. David Conant did not come.


At two o’clock the children took a sleigh ride. They had a grand time, as the sleighing is fine.


At 7 o’clock, Alfred Barron gave an interesting lecture on Phoenicia &c.

A Pledge

After meeting the young women met in the front parlor and offered themselves en mass to the Community and in order to further Stirpiculture. A paper drawn up by Tirzah and signed by all.

Thursday, January 14

Thawing today.

Mr. Conant Died

At a little after 7 o’clock this morning, Mr. Conant very quietly breathed his last. He heard the bell ring for breakfast and remarked, “I wish the bell would ring for me.” And  when Mr. R. asked him if he wished to go, he said, he did. His son, David has been informed, but has not come yet.

Mr. Wells’ Letter

Letter from Mr. Wells of the Phrenological Journal, expressing his approbation of our “model shoe” & asking for the cut for his own use. It has been forwarded to him.

Wednesday, January 13

The Panic

Folks are telling funny stories about Mrs. Harriet Hall’s having something of a panic in the night. She had been in the habit of sleeping with cotton in her ears; but last night it got in, and she was very much frightened. Leonard Dunn styled the scenes as a “shirttail episode in three parts.” (But this morning she is all right.)

A.L. Burt gone to Syracuse on business.

Criticism of the children

Tonight the exercise with the children was varied a little. When they were all seated, Mr. Cragin placed chairs in front of them, and invited eight persons to sit in them. And when all was still, he called upon them in turn to criticize them. The children received some hurts, which they bore well. It proved edifying. Father Noyes seemed pleased and amused at their submissive attitude.


At 7 o’clock Edwin Burnham gave a lecture on the Metric System.

Tuesday, January 12


When we got out of bed this morning, we found more than two feet of snow on the ground. The children all went out to play – wading knee deep.

Mr. Conant remains the same.

Mr. Noyes’ throat is better today.

Dinner at W.P.

Quite a company from ”O.C.”, took dinner at Willow Place – occasion, Elizabeth Hutchinson’s birthday. It is said to have been very pleasant, and quite a surprise to Libbie.

Accident Good Results

Mrs. Malllory hurt her hand yesterday in the washing machine, and it has felt ratherbadly to-day. Harriet Kinsley has officiated to-day, but Mrs. Mallory does not “give up the ship,” so easily.

Letter from H.G.A.

Mr. Noyes got a letter from Henry Allen. He called on the editor of the Evening Post, and he wishes for a file of the Circular – is interested in Mr. N’s history of Socialism. Henry also called on Mr. Ripley of the Tribune. He seems to have read his article with interest. Says we have the only complete file of the “Harbinger” extant. Thinks Mr. N. mistaken in thinking Brook Farm influenced by Swedenborg &c.

Uncle Horace

A letter read from Uncle Horace in which he says he is sorry for his course – thinks he has done wrong, and means to repent of it.

Religious Experience

Afterward, we were edified to hear the experience of many of the members, as they related the circumstances of their first conversion to religion.

Mr. Bolles talks to the Children

Mr. Bolles talked to the children and they say he succeeded unusually well in arresting their attention.

Monday, January 11

A little more like winter.

Departure of H.W.B & E.H.H

Mr. H.W. Burnham left this morning on his usual route. After supper (about 6 o’clock) Mr. Hamilton started for Wallingford, taking with him drawings of the “new children’s house.”

Uncle Horace comes home

Just about supper time, who should we see but Uncle Horace; said he had made out his visit & thought he would come home. It was thought by Mr. Noyes, that we better not make much demonstration about receiving him again, until we find out his state of mind.

Mr. Conant remains the same. He has watchers every night.


Mary Leet also came on a visit.

Mr. Noyes’ throat sore, cause.

Mr. Noyes’ throat has not been well for a few days. He says the reason is, he is now in a spiritual clinch with Emerson & that ___; in writing up Socialism, he has come in contact with him, and he finds his spirit full of poison – worse than Positivism.

After supper, the children had their usual frolic, and then Mrs. Skinner talked with them about prayer; they sat stiller than usual & seemed to take in what she said. Mrs. Smith confessed her separation from unbelief; and Mr. Woolworth remarked that probably she had been a little poisoned by her contact with the world and advised her to make it an occasion to separate her spirit from her worldly relatives. She seems to be in earnest to do so.

A young man named Hamilton, from Conn., spent a portion of the day here. He was waited upon by Mr. Woolworth & Mr. Bolles. He looked modest & innocent.

Sunday, January 10

A little cooler.

Work Day

As usual a busy day. Mrs. Dunn & Fidelia making changes. Mrs. Skinner, Tirzah, Mr. Noyes, S.R. Leonard and Theodore engaged reading proof; and afterwards the office corps busy correcting it. We have two pages of Inventory this week, Theodore’s production. Got to printing about four o’clock.

The Children

The children came marching into the sitting room after supper to music — Edward Inslee playing on the horn. They all had on military caps (of paper) down to little Deming – they kept excellent time. They sat down on the floor and heard Mr. Herrick tell stories.

Grand Bee and Molasses Candy

At ½ past 6, we had a “grand bee” for mailing papers. Had a good meeting: sang “Coronation”; and then passed around popcorn and molasses candy. Made
considerable fun.

Saturday, January 9

A real drizzly day.

Another letter from Mr. Croly

Mr. Noyes received another letter from Mr. Croly. He expressed delight that Mr. N is writing up socialism, but says he does not admire the heading, “Our Muck Heap.” Also, tells him how much Mr. Marble liked his article, and hints that he might reply to it &c.

J.H.N. Changes Heading

Mr. Noyes sent his “Muck Heap” to the Printing Office today, with a new heading, “American Socialism.”

A long inventory sent to the office, which makes good ___ matter. We set up over 29 columns this week.

C.A. Miller talks to the children

Mrs. Miller talked to the children this evening. Mr. Noyes was well pleased with it; said she had a real genius for it; she interested the children & knew how to adapt her language to them. They asked questions as though they were very much interested. Mr. Cragin, too, is improving in drilling them. Mr. Noyes seems very much delighted with all the exercises this evening. The children are growing orderly.

Mr. Conant is a very little better.

Friday, January 8

Still thawing. It is one January thaw.

Theodore talked to the children

Theodore talked to the children this evening. They all seemed interested. This hour is getting to be more and more enjoyable to both adults and children.


At 7 o’clock lecture, on England during Queen Elizabeth’s reign, by H.W. Burnham.  Very interesting, and delivered well.

Thursday, January 7

We are having quite a thaw.

Daniel Kelly Comes Home

Mr. Daniel Kelly arrived from Wallingford by way of New York. He with Henry Allen called at the “World” office; found Mr. Croly in and had quite a conversation with him. He expressed himself as greatly surprised at Mr. Noyes’ article – said he had no idea he had such a powerful mind. That Mr. Marble, the other editor, considered it the most able article that had ever been written on Positivism.  Mr. Kelly reports that little Harry’s eye has broken open again, and although he is well,  yet it will be necessary to keep a seat on in his eye for some time to come.

Mr. Conant Poorly

Mr. Conant is very poorly. Homer Barron & Mrs. Abbott take care of him. They find it necessary to fan him much of the time, in order that he may breathe.

Wednesday, January 6

Little cooler.

Return of D. Edson & wife

Mr. & Mrs. Smith returned from their visit. They were glad enough to get home, as their friends, especially Mrs. Smith’s mother, treated them very coolly. Very much opposed to the Community & c. In our evening meeting, Mr. Smith reported their visit. They did not take their child, and that gave great offense to their outside friends. But Mr. Hamilton commended them for such good sense, and was endorsed by all.

Call from Swartout & Wife

A Mr. & Mrs. Swartout of New York City called. He wished to see Mr. Noyes. They were invited to stay, but the lady would not. Her husband would have been glad to have done so, but she was obstinate, so our people took them to the station.

The children have grand time at the new house after supper. They improve in quietness.

About five days since the first lumber was drawn for the new house. The children know it, and are very much pleased about it.

Letters from John Lord. He had a talk with Wakert about our silk, and received a good order.


A lecture at 7 o’clock by Mr. Cragin. His subject was a history of cotton manufacture.

Tuesday, January 5

Visit of D. Edson & wife

Mr. & Mrs. Smith left yesterday to make a visit of a few days to their friends – her mother & sisters.

J.R. Lord

John Lord goes to New York on business.

J.H.N.’s Article in the “World”, also letter from D.G. Croly

The Monday’s “World” contains Mr. Noyes’ “Positivist” article in full on the first page, with sensation heading &c. Mr. Noyes also received a respectful letter from Mr. Croly, saying that the whole article was read Sunday evening before a assembly of positivists, and likely there would be a reply to his article.

At 8 o’clock the article on Positivist read again.

Monday, January 4

Still thawing.

Sent off Horace Burt’s clothes

Horace Burt’s clothes sent this morning.

Departure of Hutchinson

Mr. Hutchinson left this morning. He went east, so that Mr. H.W. Burnham had a chance to ride with him as far as Utica.  Mr. B. returned this evening, reporting quite a pleasant conversation with him. He thinks Mr. H. found something to think about while here.

At meeting Mr. B. reported his conversation with Mr. Hutchinson.

Sunday, January 3

Beginning to thaw.

Evening Entertainment Band Play and Hutchinson Sings

Nothing unusual occurred until evening, when after supper at 7 o’clock, we had an entertainment. The stage presented a very natural appearance.  In the center was the old music stand. And on each side was arranged the old music holders. In a moment the whole company entered amid loud cheering. The first piece “Oneida Quickstep,” was played with spirit, and to the astonishment of everyone, the band harmonized surprisingly, and kept time as was as ever. We expected the whole attempt would be burlesque, but as it proved the music was quite a success. Mr. Hutchinson our guest seemed to enjoy it with the rest. Afterwards he was invited to sing. He did so, accompanying himself with the harmonium. It is needless to say, we enjoyed his singing highly, especially Mr. Noyes, who said it was the sweetest singing he ever heard.  In our evening meeting, he expressed himself as pleased with the good providence that sent him here; said he thought that this Community was exerting a great influence throughout the country.

Saturday, January 2

Proposal about the Orchestra

Last evening Mr. Noyes proposed that Frank Smith and Abram get together all the musical instruments on the premises, and tomorrow night “the old band” will appear on the stage as if they had never stopped the habit.

Hutchinson Arrives

Mr. Joshua Hutchinson, one of the great singers around, arrived on the afternoon stage.  He was presented at the children’s gathering – heard them sing, and sang to them in return.

In our evening meeting a good letter read from a Mr. Hayworth & wife.  Also a letter read from Horace Burt, asking for his clothes, &c.  And a rather curious one  from Frank Hillerman,

Since Mr. Noyes sent off his “Positivist” article, he has written a good “muck-heap” article for The Circular.

Friday, January 1, 1869

Wish you happy New Year!

Reading of the Positivist article

At ten o’clock a meeting was called in the Hall, and Mr. Noyes’ “Positivist” article was read, it was very able, and infidelity received a good blow. After the reading, (11 o’clock) it was taken to Oneida and mailed to D.G. Croly of the N.Y. World.  Dinner postponed until 1 o’clock.  At that time, we met in the dining room to discuss chicken pie, chicken fry, &c.  A very nice dinner. Of course our Willow Place friends were in attendance.

Supper in the Hall

We were not hungry at suppertime, and so we had no supper. But at ½ past six, after “the children’s hour,” we had cake & wine passed round in the Hall.

Mr. Olds’ Return

Mr. Olds returned from peddling.


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