Ellen Wallace Diary, 1874-1879

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De 23 1875 Dear Alfred left for Georgetown today, I do hope & pray that God will guide & bless him in all his [not legible] Hattie Henry with us 24 Julia very busy preparing for Christmas 25. Christmas Day warm & bright as summer Hattie Henry & Henry Wallace had a great deal of fun & frolick making egg nogg Julia sent Mys Baker the Rectors wife a basket containing a Roast turkey three kinds of cake & other things for their Christmas dinner She & Hattie attended the Episcopal Church which was beautifully decorated Dear Howe started to the country but was taken with a chill & had to return home he was very sick to night, For a week we have had summer weather Money is impossible to get owing to the great pressure time where but such times I have never seen & hope to never see again, How we are to pay our debts I don't know, property of any kind is impossible to sell & the [not legible] place is now inoccupied & going to [not legible] though [not legible] mothers are gloomy enough, Yet God' Blessing & Mercy have rested upon us in heath life & peace

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fe 26 Julia went to the county with her [not legible] Robert to spend the Christmas.. fe 31 Farewell old year, Gods helping has been above us, & around us, His almity hand has prevented any great calamity from crushing out the light & hope of our hearts, through the changing seasons, through the sunshine & shadows, His love & mercy has been to us as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land For all these blessings Our Heavenly Father accept our poor & feeble thanks. Dear Alfred is on a visit to G Town I do hope he will have a pleasant time with his friend & that no misfortune will come to him I pray that he will meet with ___ and that good may result from the meeting, Christmas is now over we have had summer weather all the time sitting with windows hoisted & doors open and fire unnecessary Julia & Alfred being absent we have had a very quiet time. I have employed myself this week in setting trolies for the rocking chairs in the parlor & house keeping. The Dollen place not not rented it will be a great loss if it remains un occupied I see no prospect for renting it at present

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January 1876 Jany 9th Sunday Dear Alfred returned from george town found a letter from [not legible] waiting for him, This has been a dark day for Alfred Jan 17 my heart is exceendingly sorrowful not one of last years bills [not legible] & I fear our income will not meet them I feel a chill & a shuder at the prospect before us Feb 21 We are exceedingly troubled W Wallace in debt to Ranky & Jones & not able to sell or rent property to raise the money. Lord my Redeemer help us to raise the money for Jesus sake. March 3 opened a barrel of flour March 26 Sundy night a dread ful tornado swept over the country tearing down timber & houses The Bery farm almost ruined the barns & cabins torn down & the orchard entirely destroyed the [not legible] home unroofed also [not legible] Morans beautiful grove of [not legible] on the road to the Beary farm ruined Our [not legible] [not legible] difficulties are very great I [not legible] [not legible] & pray Oh God come & help us is my prayer

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March 14 1876 A gloomy prospect before us our rents will not when collected will not pay our expenses for last year The rent due for last year not yet half paid & very doubtful when they will be While our creditors are waiting for their money. The [not legible] place unoccupied which is a loss of 257$ a month The times are so hard that no kind of property can be sold at any price while debts & intrust is accumulating daily My only comfort after doing all I can is to take my troubles to God We are very sad on account of our affairs and not being able to get money to start dear Alfred to farming But though sorrow may endure for the night fresh hopes come with the morning to wither before night again & thus we go from day to day but this is better than we [not legible] Alfred went to his uncles to day Our Father in Heaven be pleased to look in [not legible] on us & help us to get out of debt for Jesus sake

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April 29 Bishop Dudly of the Episcopal church preaches Julia with all her brothers attended to night Deeply troubled about our [not legible] affairs no arangement made to pay Ranky & no prospect & no hope, but in prayer that God would help us to meet it in some way Help us O Lord our God is my constant prayer July the 4 1876 This has been a very sad dipressing day to all the family owing to our [not legible] difficulties Our expenditures owing to the (enormous taxes put on our lands (which bring us comparatively nothing)by corrupt rulers) not withstanding our right economy we are in debt over last years account 500 dollars say nothing of the Ranky debt which is 800$ This money cannot be raised with out selling the house & lot in town or land

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