December 8, 2008

Final entry: April 1801

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February to April 1801

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January to Februay 1801

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November to December 1800

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August to October 1800

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August 1800

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July to August 1800

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June to July 1800

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June 1800

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May to June 1800

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April to May 1800

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December 6, 2008

November 1799 to April 1800

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August to September 1799

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July 1799 (part three)

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July 1799 (part two)

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March to July 1799

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December 1798 to February 1799

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October to December 1798

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August to October 1798

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December 5, 2008

April to August 1798

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June to December 1797

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December 4, 2008

October 1794 to April 1797

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September to October 1794

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December 3, 2008

June to September 1794

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May to June 1794

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Introduction

My ancestors on my mother's side were mostly English Quakers (also known as the Society of friends) who settled in southeastern Pennsylvania in the early 1700's. The diary that I will be reproducing was handed down over several generations, and is well preserved.

Unfortunately I have no idea of the name of the diarist other than he had to have been a young male. He never signed his name anywhere on what is a 50 page, 3 1/2 inch by 6 inch booklet. My grandparents, who may have known the name also never recorded it, so it's sadly lost forever.

He likely lived on a farm at the time, somewhere in what is now Chester County, PA. He must have been well educated as the writing is very "Shakespearean" in style as seen from the current day. He was very religious, as the diary mainly is a record of his thoughts regarding the many Quaker Meetings (church services) he attended.

Despite being a young male who was no doubt experiencing an "adult biological awakening", to put it coyly, he never mentions an interest in young women as far as I can see, even ones with whom he must have been introduced to at various Quaker social gatherings. I have to conclude that he was so devoted to his faith that he must have turned his youthful desires inward, and directed them towards a love of Jesus, and his faith. His writings show a deep passion at times that seems "over the top" today.

I will try to upload scanned images of the pages, but it's difficult to do as the spine is old and brittle, and I don't want to damage the diary needlessly. So for anyone who loves early American History, or wonders what life may have been like then, this blog is for you.