Ellen Wallace Diary, 1874-1879

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Dec Dec 23, Dear Alfred came home from colledge We were taken on surprise he arrived on the train Just before day. Julia knew his horse & flew down stairs in her night gown to open the door in the cold but she was so glad & excited that she did not feel it Alfred is very much improved & I do hope & pray he will be a good & useful man He had made a charming visit among his relations in northen Ky where I intend Julia shall visit this summer if nothing prevents 25 [stricken]Christmas[stricken] Christmas day Julia & Alfred attended service at the Episcopal church We had a fine turkey for dinner a present from dear Robert and a [not legible] Henry went to spend a few days at her [not legible] 28Julia & Alfred went to Roberts through the [not legible]

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January the 4 1875

The opening page of another year, Oh my Heavenly Father guide us in all our ways, Order in Love & mercy all our changes. Sustain us in all our conflicts with our inward & outward foes But before all, open our spiritual eyes that we may see our Saviour & hold blessed communion with Him

Dear Alfred left for George town on the, eleven Oel, train at night. It was a tearful parting But we commited him to the keeping & guidance of an all powerful God January, 20, at 4, Oel in the mor ning W John Wallace & bride accompanied by their daughter Corrie arrived off the train from La. Julia & I spent a restless night fearing they might come & find us all asleep, without light or fire as it was very cold gave the Bride a cordial welcome & a warm room She is an elegant interesting lady 27 Just received a letter from dear Alfred Is Febuary the 4 John & wife have been spending several day well my Julia returned home with them this eve, the day is extremely cold I fear they will suffer very much. James Wallace was burned yesterday John Wallace dined with us. I wrote to dear Alfred this eve March the 4 I had a slight hemorage of the lungg March, 28 Dear Robert sent us three nice smoked hams & three midlin, he is so goo to us I have been confined to the house all of this month with my lungg

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Oct the 4 1875 Clarra Moeker from Clarkbill arrived this eve to spend several weeks with us

Oct the 5 Mys Nora Groves & Mys. Amie Sheffer, from - Fayette City arrived in the morning train to make us a visit Todie who called to see then Mys Green N Carrol, Laura Wallace W Bush Mys Parker Mys Bettie Campbell & Mys [not legible] Mys Fanny Moore Oct the 12, Julia Clarra Moeker, Amie Sheffer, Nora Grove & Hattie Henry all left town to spend the week with [not legible] Robert & John W Gaufrys. Oct the 6 Mys Clark who came over from Clarksbill with the ex president, Jefferson Davis to attend the fair dined with us. She is a very pleasant lady, But I did not feel any desire to see the unfortunate president of the lost cause [not legible] Matild Wallace called to rent a house Oct 21 Alfred at the farm seeding wheat Clara [not legible] fixing for a party 22 Julia & Clara dined at [not legible] amy Henry & Alfred left town at sun rise to go to the farm to put in wheat for Alfred

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Oct 23 65 Clara returned from W L with Julia but went back to meet some company I tool a buggy ride from here with W Ware She is invited with others to a party at Mr Wheelers Friday Alfred & Henry dear boy are working putting in wheat poor A expects it will make him rich I feel exceedingly sad tonight my enemies seem to triumph over me. But I put my trust in God, Help us oh our God 25 Hattie Henry Clara Slaker & W Chambers dined here Robert called Looked over the [not legible] like ourselves thinks it Strange but we can only be still & trust in God 28 Took a drive with W Wallace to Hebren church 29 My heart is so troubled with the cares & perplexities of this life We have had company for a mon Mys Clara is still with us Oct the 3, Clara still with us I have been suffering intensely with bitterness & ingratitude Lord forgive me.

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November 5th 1875 Clara Slaker left this morning for home after spending a month She had a gay time a great deal of attention from the young men particulary W J Phelps 8 Julia went to her Uncle R & G on the 5 12 A Sad Sunday Alfred sick with chills & very low spirited I cannot help him for I am utterly helpless myself I do the very best I can in [not legible] & every other [not legible] yet the pressure gets heavier every day I am becoming hopeless Julia still in the country

Nov 25 Thanks giving day Alfred went to his Uncle B & John Henry Howe & Julia at home Julia attended church I thank our Heavenly Father solemnly & earnestly for ever comfort & every [not legible] we enjoy. I humbly implore His divine protection & guidance in all the changes of this life. In an [not legible] [not legible] manner guide & direct dear Alfred in all his plans for the future Oh that my prayers for all my dear children may be answered

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