Mary Emma Jocelyn diary, 1851-1852.

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  • Born in New Haven, Connecticut to antebellum abolistionist, clergyman, and engraver Simeon Smith Jocelyn (1799-1879) and Harriet Starr (d. 1877). The Jocelyn family moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1844 where Simeon Smith Jocelyn was installed as the pastor of the First Congregational Church. Mary Emma was the fifth of eight children born to the Jocelyns. Her siblings are Harriette Luceannah (1823-), Simeon Starr (1825-), Albert Higley (1827-), Caroline Eliza (1830-1868), Nathaniel (1835-1852), Cornelius Buell (1838-1864), and Frederick Henry (1841-).
  • This volume contains the diary of Mary Emma Jocelyn spanning ten months from November 1851 to September 1852. The first entry in the diary was recorded on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1851. At the top of the page is written "Journal continued." Jocelyn made daily entries in her diary and recorded her life with her family and friends while living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. A brief note on the weather begins each entry. Jocelyn described her daily activities including sewing, reading, seeing family and friends, and distributing tracts. She attended church on Sundays chiefly at her father's church, the First Congregational Church, and singing class with her sisters Carrie (Caroline) and Harriet. She was often visiting or receiving friends including Mary Reeve and Hannah Hudson among others. Jocelyn attended lectures and events at the Lyceum in Brooklyn. She also visited her sister in Brooklyn and mentions ferrying over. The Jocelyn family and the Hudson family appeared to be close friends and the Jocelyn siblings spent much time with brothers George and Henry and their sister Hannah. Jocelyn wrote often of Henry Hudson and worried about his crisis of faith. Major events in the family are described throughout the ten-month period, including the joyous wedding of her sister Harriet to Douglas Murphy on June 30, 1852 and the death of her brother Nathaniel (Natty) in August 1852. Thirty pages in the diary were dedicated to Natty's illness and death. This lengthy entry is dated September 27, 1852 and describes the family's anguish and grief over Natty's passing. Other notable entries include her father Simeon's travels, her lengthy description of a dream, helping a young Irish immigrant, her interest in an essay by Edgar Allen Poe, and the celebration of the founding of Williamsburg in January 1852. The diary is in chronological order from November 27, 1851 through April 1, 1852. After April 1 the diary is arranged as follows: July 8 to August 8, 1852; 23 pages dated September 27, 1852; April 29 to June 8, 1852; April 3 to April 28, 1852; June 9 to July 5, 1852. Bound in at the end are seven pages continuing the September 27th entry. Laid in the volume is a printed flier for an exhibition and sale at Montague Hall, Brooklyn for "articles offered for sale at the Anti Slavery Fair" November 30, 1851 with notes on the verso by Mary Emma Jocelyn.

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    Harriet spent the day in New York where she met Starr and Annie who accompanied her on an all important shopping excursion and she returned laden with some very pretty articles for her trousseau. She has a great deal of taste in the selection of her things. We have all of us been so long accustomed to depend upon her judgement in matters of taste that I do not know what we shall ever do without her. We must soon go to work to exercise and cultivate our own -- certainly it is high time! Sunday..June 6th.. Very pleasant buy windy. Attended our church all day and evening and [Linda?] Father preached each time. His text in the morning was from John 3rd - 17th verr P.M. Gal 4..6. Communion in the afternoon.

    Monthly Concert in the evening. Dear Father! how he labors to do good! O that my life might be like his -- but our holy, earnest effort for the cause of God and truth

    ==Monday.." Warm and pleasant. Harriet's dressmaker came to day as she will all the week and therefore we shall all expect a busy week. H, C, and I sewed quite steadily with her all day. A violent thunder storm in the afternoon In the evening commenced writing to Ellen S---

    Tuesday. Unpleasant. Sewed all day and wrote in the evening.

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    [illegible?] [Mary] . was in high spirits. an occurence not unusual by this day. She staid late near dark and left promising to return in the evening. At tea time [Phineas Hudson] called with [Henry's] compliments and regretted that he would be unable from the effects of a severe cold to call this evening as he intended. [Joseph] and [Mary] spent the evening very pleasantly with [Hatty] and I. About six o'clock P. Me. [Heather] returned from [New York] with a message from [Cearrie] to [Harriet] saying that she had taken a violent cold and was confined to her bed and wished [Harriet] to come over to [Brooklyn] immediately Accordingly [He.] went directly over Friday.. Pleasant.. [Cornelius] was better. Mother spent the day in his room. I staid down stairs alone and felt quite lonesome. [Hannah Hudson] came to see me in the afternoon. [Henry] also called and before he left [Kate] came in. They brought the intelligence that they were soon to leave us as [Mr Hudson] has purchased a farm near [Huntingdon] some forty miles eastward and intendssoon to remove his family tither. They have been very dear friends of ours for the last five years and we shall miss them very much. [Mr ?rocdes] from [Holland], a highly educated and very pleasant gentleman took tea with us. [Hatty] spent the night in Brooklyn. Father brought word that [Carrin??] was better. [??] and [K. Hudson] called again in the evening to inquire after her health

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    Saturday April 3rd Pleasant but windy. Harriet Thompson called early in the afternoon. The remainder I spent with Cornelius. Poor little fellow & [and] the constraint of the sick room is becoming very tiresome to him but he is very patient. Father took tea in Brooklyn at cousin Rufus'. Carrie was very glad to see him [Dr?] is better, but is confined to his bed. Father reached home about half past ten. [Dr?] brought with him some very interesting letters from our relatives in [Dr?] ^ [insert] [Dr?] where a powerful revival is now in progress. Our cousins Arthur Graves Martha and Edwin Wood are hopefully converted. I read the letters aloud to Father before retiring. Sunday[Dr?] Pleasant. Attended our church all day[Dr?] Also S. [Sunday] School and Communion in the aftenoon. It was a pleasant day to me, yet sometimes I was very sad I read over those letters we received last evening and they affected me much. My heart indeed rejoiced when Henry H. [Hudson] joined us in celebrating the Lord's supper. He walked home with me in the afternoon and called for me to attend Monthly Concert at our church in the evening. He was very happy the struggle is over; he has conquered or rather Christ has conquered in him over the dark temptation that has beset him for weeks past. Doubtless ill health and bodily weakness have had much to do with it yet thanks be to him who giveth us this victory over the diseases of both body and soul. how weak my faith has been. Oh doubting heart! remember this [Dr?]. Henry came in after evening services and [Dr?] some [Dr?]. We talked soberly but pleasantly.

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    Monday. Cloudy. [Cornelius] was able to come down stairs today but is [white?] obliged to keep very quiet. [Mary Reese] called in the afternoon and after spending an hour or so at our house we together called on the [Hardon's?]. [Kate] was absent but we saw [Mrs Hudson] and [George] and made a very pleasant call. It commenced [hailing?] before we left. [George] and [Mary] accompanied me home came in and staid awhile and then left together Both were in high spirits and seemed to enjoy each others society. [Henry Henderson] spent the evening with me Of course it passed very pleasantly nothwithstanding for some time it will be the last. He leaves to-morrow on a visit to [illegible] [Island] and does not expect to return till after the family have left [Williamsburgh] So I shall not see him any more at present on which account I feel quite sorry ------ no, not exactly sorry either I shall miss him as a friend and if he misses me at all I hope it will be in the same way. He bade me "Good Bye" about eleven o'clock. I then retired. 8 am Tuesday. Raining. [illegible] announced himself is making paper flowers which he makes surprisingly well, and were very much admired by us all. [illegible] most of the day.

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    Wednesday April 7th Pleasant. Called on Mary Reeve in the afternoon. Returned with a bundle of magazines, containing, I suppose, some of what is called "the light literature of the day." I am not fond of such works generally but there are moods in which every one finds a well-told story acceptable and as Mary thought these were uncommonly good specimens in that line I concluded that I would at least take them home and give them the benefit of an examination however superficial. Ellen Dickinson called, also Mr [Mister] Shroeder to see Father. Mother dropped the large lamp this evening on the parlor floor, of course breaking the shade and chimney into an infinite number of pieces and almost ruining the carpet. Mother felt a little annoyed but Father changed the current of her reflections by suggesting the more serious consequences which would have followed had the lamp been filled with camphene instead of oil and so grateful were we that such was the case that our vexation was soon forgotten.

    Thursday. Quite damp and in the afternoon it rained considerably. Harriet came over in the morning for the purpose of [Dr?] the wedding to-night. Mr. [Dr?] called very early to request Father to perform part of the ceremony. P.M. After an early tea we all dressed

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