Edith (Draper) Blair

    When Edith Draper was a student at Miss Porter's School in the early 1890s, she kept a diary. The entire diary
    had been put online by Edith's descendant, Kat Moore, but is no longer there. Below is a shortened version of
    the diary, which mainly includes her comments about Draper family members and situations.

    Edith (Draper) Blair was born February 18, 1874, in Hopedale, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Gen.
    William Franklin Draper and Lydia Warren Joy Draper. On February 26, 1895, she married Montgomery Blair
    II in Washington, D.C.  He was the son of Postmaster General Montgomery Blair and Mary Elizabeth
    Woodbury, and the grandson of Francis Preston Blair and Eliza Violet Gist. Edith and Montgomery had seven
    children. She died on November 7, 1939, at Mt. Kisco, New York. Montgomery died April 28, 1944 in
    Washington, D.C.

    Edith's diary, written 1892-93, at ages 17-19 describes her life at a girl's boarding school in Farmington,
    Connecticut, her home life with her brothers and step-family; friends, society, and various escapades. In
    1892, her father, Gen. William Franklin Draper, was elected to Congress.  Edith attended many society
    functions and became a debutante after graduation.  She entertained numerous gentlemen callers.  She
    was devoted to her brothers Otis,  Arthur, Frank, and Clare, as well as her sister-in-law Lily. She enjoyed
    music and played piano skillfully.

    Minna [Edith's daughter] was very fond of her maternal uncles.  She described Clare Draper as a "very sweet
    person," Otis Draper as a "colorful character," and recalled that Frank Draper played the violin, but died
    young, an alcoholic.

    Edith D. Blair's half-sister Margaret Preston Draper at age 25, married 32 year-old Italian "Papal" Prince
    Andrea Boncompagni. According to family lore, the elder Prince Boncompangni had little money, so he
    pawned a cherished tapestry to then-Ambassador to Italy, William Franklin Draper.  He regretted this and
    wanted to get the tapestry back, so he arranged for his son to marry the Ambassador's daughter Margaret,
    when she was old enough.  He was devoted to his mistress and their children, however, and the 1916
    marriage was annulled in 1923, apparently never having been consumated. The cherished tapestry was
    returned, and Margaret was allowed to continue using the name, Princess Margaret Boncompagni. Minna
    and her sister Edith were bridesmaids at their elaborate wedding in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 1916.
    They wore velvet dresses with mink trim.  Butterflies from South America were released into the winter air.

    "Princess" Margaret Boncompagni, was very rich and didn't have to lift a finger.  She had servants to do
    everything for her, including brushing her hair, and bathing and dressing her. When she was young, she was
    a tall Junoesque beauty, but became very obese and was used to being served.  One winter she visited
    Minna and Virginia Brook (Minna's sister) in New York. They met at a restaurant where Margaret arrived in a
    long fur coat and galoshes with fur trim.  Minna and Virginia were chagrined when they had to go under the
    table to pull off her boots.

    Margaret gave some preposterous gifts.  Blair Hollyday was given a huge rock crystal Eiffel Tower as a
    wedding gift.  For Minna Blair Hollyday's husband R.C. Hollyday III, who was away on military duty in a hot
    climate during World War II, she sent an imitation leopard throw, addressed to "Mr. Minerva Hollyday." Edith
    Draper Hollyday received no gifts, but Margaret hosted her wedding reception.

    Margaret was also known for saying, "The thing about turkey is that there is too much for one person, but not
    enough for two."

    Minna and her siblings were very solicitous of Margaret because she was lonely and rather pitiful.  She died
    in a nursing home and her entire estate went to her favorite nephew on her mother's side of the family.
    (Some years after the divorce, she renounced her Italian citizenship, which resulted in the loss of the title,
    Princess. After that she was known as Madame Boncompagni. As to her estate, there are indications that she
    had next to nothing left by the time she died. DM)

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    Farmington, Jan. 17, 1892
    This year I am going to try a new plan in trying to keep a journal. So many times I have failed utterly, but this
    time I shall only write once a week and in that way put down the most important things and not try to keep
    every day’s doings. Life is so at school anyway and one day is as much like another that it doesn't pay.

    Went home the next day over Sunday for Washington's Birthday. Didn't do much of anything, but had a good
    time seeing the boys.

    Saw "La Cigale" Monday night with Clare. Otis' house is going on like a breeze. It is going to be beautiful.
    Everything is so original and so well planned

    Sunday, March 20
    Alice went home Monday to Mrs. George Colburn’s funeral and the same day I heard from Papa of Grandma
    Joy's death and from Otis that his wedding is to be April 27 instead of in June, and I am to be a bridesmaid.

    Wednesday went down to New Haven to the funeral. Papa and Frank met me at station and we went up to the
    house immediately. The funeral was ghastly. We sat very near the open coffin, and her face was so distorted
    by agony it was frightful. I kept my eyes steadily on the floor. She was insane at the last and thought
    everybody was trying to torture her and murder her in most fearful ways.

    Sunday, March 27
    Have decided not to go to Europe with Aunt Fannie after all. It really seems as though I ought to be at home.
    In the first place, Lily Duncan being up there, and then Arthur and Clare at Narragansett alone. I go away from
    them enough in the winter and I do want to be something to them. There isn't much I can do, but I can be with
    them and keep them out of some things I hope. I was talking with Mrs. Dow about it today and she said such
    a lovely thing "We women can't do much in this world but be good ourselves and love hard." Wrote to Aunt
    Fannie today that I couldn't go.

    Sunday, April 10
    Reached home lame & tired. Went over to Guild fair a little while with Otis. Boston in A.M. with Clare to see
    about bridesmaid’s dress etc. Came home to Papa's birthday dinner. Fourteen here. Usual round of
    indigestible stuff & stale anecdotes. I wish I were of some account at home. Nobody seems to care much
    about me.  It's time for me to make a place. It does seem queer that Susie [Evidently her father's second wife,
    Susan Preston Draper. Edith's mother had dided in 1884.], stupid and impassive as she is, should have
    everything she wants without stirring a finger. I verily believe she never thought of any other person's interests
    in her whole life, but other people think of her just the same, and she isn't even personally attractive. It's a
    puzzle. Quiet Sunday. Church in A.M. then up with Otis to his place & all over the house. It's beautifully ... and
    getting on like a breeze. He is mighty happy. Up early, & got down to Boston about eleven. Met Clare at
    Adams House, had lunch, then down to station and met Otis there. Frank came to see us off. Reached there
    [Lexington, Kentucky] at noon. Otis rushed away from us to Lily, & S.  Mrs. Davis & Preston met us. Went up to
    the house, rested, dressed, had lunch & then Clare & I went up to call on Lily. Found Otis there & the whole
    family. She is the sweetest, loveliest girl I know. I can't express how I feel about her, and I won't try, but I am
    mighty happy at having her up there. If she only is fond of me.

    Staid up at the Duncan's all P.M. came back to dinner at the Preston's & from there to the theatre, Modjeska in
    Marie Stuart. Highly tragic, & not much good except the last scene. Support was wretched but she was fine. In
    a box I felt horribly conspicuous. Everybody was staring Margaret Thornton and her seven girl visitors with
    men were in the boxes opposite. I hate that girl. She makes me crawl whenever she comes near me, and
    she's going to be in Narragansett all summer.  Spoils the prospect for me.

    Tuesday A.M. staid in and received callers. loads of people. In P.M.dressed after long lunch & went to Mrs.
    Woodward's reception. Was one of the receiving party, but didn't do much receiving. Skipped off with Henry
    Duncan to supper when I first got there, and talked a steady stream to two or three at once all eve.  The
    house was beautifully decorated & supper delicious. Lily looked sweet. Otis was too proud of her for any use.
    He is very much in love & I am so glad. It is just what he needs to bring him out. Didn't get home till about two.

    Wednesday A.M. went up to the Duncan's a little while, then down to Margaret Thornton's to breakfast at
    twelve, & staid there till five, playing, singing, gossiping, etc. I like one of the girls, a Miss Bruce, very much but
    the rest of them I don't care for. They are too much man-catchers to suit me. The way they lop around
    lackadaisically till a man appears, & then brace up is slightly sickening. I don't mean it of all of them down
    here, for some are lovely, but these Louisville belles. At five Henry Duncan & a Mr. Falkner took Miss Green &
    myself for a long drive out in the country. Very lovely, but dreadfully late back. Had to dress in ten minutes for
    dinner, a big affair of twenty-four people lasting five solid hours.  Worn out & miserable. Most of the men had
    been drinking too much & it was painful. Otis & Arthur were all right and always will be Thank God!! And our
    end of the table was away from it but it was pretty bad.

    Thursday A.M. went up to Duncan's to rehearse for wedding & stayed all morning. Frank came looking pretty
    badly. He is very sick & has hard work to keep up at all. From rehearsal went to Mrs. Voorhas to lunch, & got
    back just in time to dress for wedding. Got there early went in & helped the girls dress, saw Lily & flew
    around, generally. There were four of us bridesmaids dressed in white silk & gauze with long trains, &
    tremendous bouquets of Mermets (?) & lilies of the valley.  They had one end of the parlour roped off like a
    chapel & we walked through & stood there during the ceremony. It was awfully impressive. Otis & Lily looked
    at each other all through and their faces were beaming & Lily was beautiful.  It is too much to describe & I'll
    give it up, but I never was so thrilled in my life. After congratulations, went in to supper. The bridal party sat at
    a round table in the centre. There were fourteen of us, and we had the jolliest kind of a time with toasts, &
    songs of every description. It was just perfect. I sat by Mr. Sturges & liked him immensely. He was the life of
    the party & kept us all roaring. We were wildly hilarious. After supper danced & talked all eve. Saw a lot of Mr.
    Sturges. Margaret Thornton tried hard to get him away from me and wasn't in it which pleased me to death.
    Then Lily got up on a stool & threw her bouquet. She was a perfect picture as she stood there waving it with
    Otis holding her. It was planned beforehand that Nannie should catch it, as the sister's wanted to keep it, but
    Margaret Thornton distinguished herself by deliberately snatching it out of Nannies hand.  It was the most
    unequalled piece of brass I ever saw even her. Got home about two.  It was and always will be the night of my
    life. I heard of such a perfect wedding. Oh I forgot. Toward the end of the eve we all kept around Lily in a circle
    & sang in the little room where the presents were.

    Thursday, April 28
    Friday got up early & made calls. Went out to Mrs. Wickliffe Preston's to lunch didn't get back till six. Had an
    engagement to go driving with Henry Duncan at five but of course didn't go, which was mighty mean. Otis &
    Lily left at two. A dinner tonight to some ladies relative of some kind & from there to the German.  Henry
    Duncan my partner sent me lovely roses, a tremendous bunch of American beauties, & I took splendid care
    of us all eve.  I am awfully grateful to him for all he has done for me.

    Sat. went to  Laura Brand's - a brilliant affair -  about fifty couples. My first big German. Grand time danced
    every time but one & everybody was lovely to me.  Packed my trunk after getting home. Not in bed till 4:30.

    Saturday April 30
    On the train going back from Lexington. I'll try to write everything down while it is fresh in my memory. Last
    week at home didn't do much of anything but shop. Papa, Susie & the baby [half-sister, Margaret] left for
    Lexington Saturday the 16th had quiet Sunday with boys.

    Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in Boston trying on dresses which are lovely.

    Thursday packed, & Friday got up to Exeter at 5:30 met Arthur at station, and went up to the Faulhabers to stay
    all night and go to the assembly. Had a grand time but the boys have degenerated since last year. There
    aren't half as many nice fellows. The ones I liked best were Sayre & Armstrong. Had to split lots of dances.
    After the dance went up to the Faulhabers & had a little supper we girls, our escorts, and a Mr. Spalding one
    of Otis' old classmates, bright but married.  The Faulhaber girls were lovely to me & we had a fine time. After
    the boys left went back to the dining room & dawdled around awhile then bed.

    Up early, & got down to Boston about eleven. Met Clare at Adams House, had lunch, then down to station and
    met Otis there. Frank came to see us off. Had stateroom so were all to ourselves & jolly. Played cards in eve.
    Beautiful scenery all P.M. Berkshire Hills.

    Sunday read The Little Minister by Barrie. Pretty story. Stopped at Cleveland about an hour & drove up Euclid
    Ave. Magnificent houses. Had fine time together all day. Wildly hilarious. Spent night in. & on to Lexington next
    morning.  Reached there at noon. Otis rushed away from us to Lily, & S.  Mrs. Davis & Preston met us. Went
    up to the house, rested, dressed, had lunch & then Clare & I went up to call on Lily. Found Otis there & the
    whole family. She is the sweetest, loveliest girl I know. I can't express how I feel about her, and I won't try, but I
    am mighty happy at having her up there. If she only is fond of me.

    Staid up at the Duncan's all P.M. came back to dinner at the Preston's & from there to the theatre, Modjeska in
    Marie Stuart. Highly tragic & not much good except the last scene. Support was wretched but she was fine. In
    a box I felt horribly conspicuous. Everybody was staring Margaret Thornton and her seven girl visitors with
    men were in the boxes opposite. I hate that girl. She makes me crawl whenever she comes near me, and
    she's going to be in Narragansett all summer.  Spoils the prospect for me.

    Tuesday A.M. staid in and received callers. loads of people. In P.M.dressed after long lunch & went to Mrs.
    Woodward's reception. Was one of the receiving party, but didn't do much receiving. Skipped off with Henry
    Duncan to supper when I first got there, and talked a steady stream to two or three at once all eve.  The
    house was beautifully decorated & supper delicious. Lily looked sweet. Otis was too proud of her for any use.
    He is very much in love & I am so glad. It is just what he needs to bring him out. Didn't get home till about two.

    Wednesday A.M. went up to the Duncan's a little while, then down to Margaret Thornton's to breakfast at
    twelve, & staid there till five, playing, singing, gossiping, etc. I like one of the girls, a Miss Bruce, very much but
    the rest of them I don't care for. They are too much man-catchers to suit me. The way they lop around
    lackadaisically till a man appears, & then brace up is slightly sickening. I don't mean it of all of them down
    here, for some are lovely, but these Louisville belles. At five Henry Duncan & a Mr. Falkner took Miss Green &
    myself for a long drive out in the country. Very lovely, but dreadfully late back. Had to dress in ten minutes for
    dinner, a big affair of twenty-four people lasting five solid hours.  Worn out & miserable. Most of the men had
    been drinking too much & it was painful. Otis & Arthur were all right and always will be Thank God!! And our
    end of the table was away from it but it was pretty bad.

    Thursday A.M. went up to Duncan's to rehearse for wedding & stayed all morning. Frank came looking pretty
    badly. He is very sick & has hard work to keep up at all. From rehearsal went to Mrs. Voorhas to lunch, & got
    back just in time to dress for wedding. Got there early went in & helped the girls dress, saw Lily & flew
    around, generally. There were four of us bridesmaids dressed in white silk & gauze with long trains, &
    tremendous bouquets of Mermets (?) & lilies of the valley.  They had one end of the parlour roped off like a
    chapel & we walked through & stood there during the ceremony. It was awfully impressive. Otis & Lily looked
    at each other all through and their faces were beaming & Lily was beautiful.  It is too much to describe & I'll
    give it up, but I never was so thrilled in my life. After congratulations, went in to supper. The bridal party sat at
    a round table in the centre. There were fourteen of us, and we had the jolliest kind of a time with toasts, &
    songs of every description. It was just perfect. I sat by Mr. Sturges & liked him immensely. He was the life of
    the party & kept us all roaring. We were wildly hilarious. After supper danced & talked all eve. Saw a lot of Mr.
    Sturges. Margaret Thornton tried hard to get him away from me and wasn't in it which pleased me to death.
    Then Lily got up on a stool & threw her bouquet. She was a perfect picture as she stood there waving it with
    Otis holding her. It was planned beforehand that Nannie should catch it, as the sister's wanted to keep it, but
    Margaret Thornton distinguished herself by deliberately snatching it out of Nannies hand.  It was the most
    unequalled piece of brass I ever saw even her. Got home about two.  It was and always will be the night of my
    life. I heard of such a perfect wedding. Oh I forgot. Toward the end of the eve we all kept around Lily in a circle
    & sang in the little room where the presents were.

    Wednesday, May 18
    Reached Boston Sunday the 1st, got home at 2:30 in pouring rain Monday. Took home, then got carriage and
    drove over to call on Aunt Ba & Aunt Fannie and prepare them for Lily's arrival. Mighty good thing I did, for they
    were not particularly prepossessed in her favour. Think they will be now though.

    Friday May 20
    played tennis with Sue & Stella. Slept with Katharine, and started off on early stage Saturday for home with
    Bert & Katharine. Met an old gentleman in the stage who had been to see Miss Porter, and he talked with us
    in a benevolently amused kind of way. He had lived in England most of his life and was back here on a visit.
    Was lovely to us. Had a jolly ride to Boston. Got there at one, found Arthur and Frank at Adams House, had
    lunch, then theatre a box. 1492 which was perfectly fine. Reached home at six and found house all trimmed
    and everyone dressed for the reception to Otis and Lily. Had tea up in red room, then dressed, and staid up
    in billiard room playing pool till people began to come, then down and talked a blue streak till twelve to the
    assembled crowd, introducing, etc. Girls seemed to have a good time. Everybody liked them at any rate. After
    people had come all the family went out and had supper. Lily looked too lovely for words, & was mighty sweet
    to me. Wants me and another girl to go up to the graduating hop at West Point.  Shall ask Frances. Danced
    awhile then bed.

    Got up about ten, Sunday A.M. Helen called while at breakfast, then after she went, we drove over for Otis and
    Lily and went all over the house. Had loads of fun.

    I forgot to say that Saturday at the theatre we were taken for the Eight-Bells Company and I was the souvrette.
    Frank overheard this conversation in the smoking room.

    Sunday P.M. drove up to Mendon in two loads. Clare & I in a buggy with a stable horse & the others in
    buckboard. Tried to sail, but there wasn't much wind, and it began to sprinkle so started home. Tried to race
    and our horse got excited and ran. Got right on the electric tracks and it was terribly dangerous. Clare pulled
    on one rein and I on the other and we just ... before we could stop him. My hands were a sight and my nerves
    were slightly shaken, but it didn't amount to much, it might have. After dinner, Otis and Lily were over, went up
    in the billiard room, turned out the lights and told ghost stories, Otis told some fine ones. Got very creepy so
    went down and played while Otis and Lily went foraged around in the dining room and had supper. Then
    packed, talked, & bed.

    Got up for 8:30 train. Aunt Fannie & Aunt Bea were on it, so talked with them awhile. Arthur went down with us.
    Rushed around shopping in A.M. book of Grace Farniss plays and various things. Met Arthur for lunch, then
    drove up & called on Miss Hersey. Liked her immensely. I am afraid I shall have to work pretty hard, but it's a
    lovely school, and I shall be nice and independent and near the boys so it's just what I want. Katharine may
    go there too. If she does, it will be fine.  Took the train back to school. Arthur went to station with us.   Hated to
    say goodbye to him. He is mighty good brother, and I am terribly proud of him.

    Saturday, June 4
    Had a jolly ride to Boston. Got there at one, found Arthur and Frank at Adams House, had lunch, then theatre
    a box. 1492 which was perfectly fine. Reached home at six and found house all trimmed and everyone
    dressed for the reception to Otis and Lily. Had tea up in red room, then dressed, and staid up in billiard room
    playing pool till people began to come, then down and talked a blue streak till twelve to the assembled
    crowd, introducing, etc. Girls seemed to have a good time. Everybody liked them at any rate. After people had
    come all the family went out and had supper. Lily looked too lovely for words, & was mighty sweet to me.
    Wants me and another girl to go up to the graduating hop at West Point.  Shall ask Frances. Danced awhile
    then bed.

    Monday, June 22
    acked Thursday eve and left Friday A.M. on early stage for West Point. Ethel, Luce and Miss Taft went down to
    New York too. Met Otis and Lily in station but Frances Wasn't there. I had telegraphed her first to me at 3:30
    and then afterward at 11:30 but she didn't get the second one as it turned out. Hunted all over the station for
    her, and finally gave her up and went up to Murray Hill for lunch.  Just caught train. Boiling hot, but jolly
    journey. Reached there about 5. Most beautiful place I ever saw. The river, the mountains, the old buildings
    and the uniforms are certainly picturesque. A ball game was going on as we drove by on the bus and it was
    the prettiest thing, the girls in their giddy gowns and parasols and all the brass buttons made us eager to
    join the fray. Found that they hadn't kept our room at the hotel, and couldn't get a carriage, so Otis went off to
    Cranston's in the wagon with the trunks and we started across the parade ground to meet Daniel Duncan.  
    Met him and two friends and took a walk around, learning something about the place and the rules. It is
    certainly is unique. Everything is under the strictest military discipline, of course, and the life just trains those
    boys down.  Their faces look old and manly, and they have so much more character and so much more to
    them than boys anywhere else. It may be a hard life, but it makes men out of them. Walked around till Otis
    came back then down to Cranston's for supper. Gas went out while at supper, so dressed by two candles
    apiece. Up to dance at drive and danced till one. Glorious time. They all danced superbly, the room was
    lovely, the brass buttons were dazzling, and the moonlight walks outside were simply entrancing. "There was
    a sound of revelry by night" kept running through my head but the funeral knell didn't strike till one when they
    beat the drum, which meant twenty-five minutes for the cadets to see the girls home, and be back in
    barracks. My partner Payne B. was simply fine - one of the best dancers. Had a simply dreamy time. Frances
    looked stunning as usual, and was mighty popular. Talked pretty late, and woke up pretty early.

    Had coffee in bed, then dressed, leisurely breakfast, and up to parade ground again for graduation
    exercises. Speeches under a big tent brass, band, diplomas etc. But the thrilling part was when they all
    formed in a long double line afterward and they read off the officers We didn't know it at the time, for we
    couldn't understand a word said, and the cadets' faces looked like blocks of wood for all the expression there
    was in it, but knew it the minute "Break ranks" came. The graduating class rushed to get on civilians' clothes
    for the first time, the newly-made officers to get on their chevrons and everyone was shouting, congratulating
    and generally going crazy.  We went over to barracks awhile to see the fun and Payne P. came rushing up
    with is new chevrons, also on Daniel, Mr. Howy, Mr. Fleming and a lot of others.  Then we went back to hotel
    for dinner and had a jolly timer all together on porch.  Lily and Otis are the loveliest chaperones I ever saw
    and we went off on tears together all the time. Packed up and took trunks up to the other hotel where a last
    had rooms, then went to barracks for Daniel, and all went down to... Lily Otis and Daniel ahead Payne C.H.
    and I and Smith and Frances on a lovely walk and didn't get back till suppertime. In eve Daniel, Mr. Honey
    Payne CH, and somebody else I forget his name, came over. We listened to the band on the lawn awhile
    then sat on back porch and gazed at moon. Most beautiful thing imaginable. Daniel and I perched on rail and
    had lovely talk. He is a mighty sweet boy. Makes me think of Arthur. They had to go at ten and we were glad to
    go to bed.

    Sunday A.M. Frances and I got up at 6:30 and went down to the hedge to meet our cadets and see guard-
    mounting. Very pretty but boiling hot. Then back for breakfast and over to visitor's hour with Lily and Otis.
    Watched cadets form for church and followed after procession to church ourselves. Then one last farewell,
    pack trunks and off. I never had such a time before!!!!!!!   Boiling on cars and caught my train at New York.
    Horrible crowd on train.  Flirtatious youths and tough girls. Uncomfortable time. Drove over from Hartford and
    got to Farmington about eight dead tired. Bed early, after showing my buttons and telling my experiences
    about sixty times.

    Sunday, June 26
    Tennis tournament went on in A.M.  Pauline Schultz won singles. Not much excitement. Boiling hot. Left at
    noon after saying goodbye all A.M.  Pretty awful to think it's all over. It has been an ideal year, and I suppose I
    shall look back on it all my life. Well so it goes. Good things can't last forever - more's the pity.
    Got home Monday eve. Lily and Otis were over. Bed early.

    Tuesday A.M. Frank, Clare and I went to Boston on 8:20 en route for Exeter.  Shopped a little, then lunch and
    Exeter at 2. Arthur met us at station with fine pair of horses and took a lovely drive over to Hampton Beach,
    then left Frank at station, and up to hotel for supper, and went to dance at nine. Fine time, and danced all the
    time till half-past two, when got in back with Valene Faulhaver, Arnold and Arthur, and went up to Campus to
    see bonfire. Funniest thing to see sudden change of costume in boys from dress suits to sweaters. After fire
    bed.  Up again about eight, and after breakfast, down to Arthur's room, then train.  Harrison, Thayer,
    Armstrong, and Brent saw us off, and McKee and Diven went down with us.  Became deathly ill after started
    and made a wild rush to ladies toilet, where proceeded to get rid of breakfast. I never felt so utterly miserable.
    Would no sooner get back to seat in car, then would have to make a grand rush. Terribly rattling but so sick I
    didn't think of it that much. Got room in Adams House and lay down till four, when up to dressmakers and
    back to train. Miss Covelle gave me stuff that made me feel better, but had to hold on to the wall all the time I
    was being fitted, I was so weak. Lily and Otis came in cart and took Clare and I all over house.

    Thursday A.M. Lily came for me, and went up to house, then over to call on Aunt Jessie and Mrs. Brown and
    daughters.  Very nice girls. Staid with Lily awhile, then to dinner, then went upstairs to the room awhile, but
    got interested in trashy novel, and read all P.M.  Browns and Lily and Otis over to dinner in eve.  Jolly time and
    sing.
    Friday A.M. went into Boston with Lily and chose tablecloths and linen for new house. Lots of fun. Went up to
    dressmakers, and round generally. Out on 3:30 and packed in eve.

    Saturday A.M. started off again with Auntie Weston and Clare. Had head shampoo and shopped in P.M., then
    lunch and then theatre. Left in middle of first act and rushed for train. Mame and whole family on train.
    Reached Farmington at eight.

    Sunday, July 24
    Last Sunday A.M. country Methodist church with melodeon crazy choir and minister.  Dawdled around all day,
    singing playing, etc.

    Monday Stella was taken sick with terrible pains, and was in bed Tuesday and Wednesday which made it
    hard all around, as she was miserable because she was afraid we Weren't having a good time and we knew
    we were in the way, but couldn't go because then they'd think we were bored, so bad all around.

    Left Thursday A.M. and reached New York at six.  Met Arthur at Windsor, and while getting ready for dinner he
    was taken with a fearful pain and had to chase all over the city for a doctor, so he couldn't go home with me
    next day as planned but back to Narragansett instead, and I came home alone.  Otis and Lily over in eve. And
    Gen. and Mrs. Preston.

    Saturday helped Lily pack up for Narra - over Sunday.  Then in P.M. up to Upton to see Auntie Weston with
    Maude and staid there to dinner.

    Today Frank home, church, and driving and dinner with Aunt Ba. The village is lovely now, and I think I shall
    just stay here quietly a week.  Margaret Thornton is in full sway at Narra - which takes all the pleasure out of it
    for me, and I dread even being in the same hotel with her.  Then Otis and Lily are going to move into the
    house this week and I can help there.  Besides Narra - doesn't offer any inducements anyway.  I am just the
    wrong age.  Arthur's set is too young for me, and bores me to death, and the rest of them are too old and I
    bore them to death.  If Margaret Thornton wasn't there I would go down and have a good time, but as long as
    she is I'll leave her the field.

    Sunday, Aug. 7
    Last Monday went up to Otis house and helped Lily move in all day. Tuesday Boston shopping.  Fearfully hot
    and all used up.  Backgammon with Papa in eve.

    Wednesday and Thursday at house most of time, putting up curtains, unpacking trunks, watching carpenters
    and admiring everything.  The house is lovely already, and Lily is so happy.

    Saturday Papa went to Narra but I begged off till next week as Otis was going off to class dinner and I wanted
    to stay with Lily over Sunday. Otis and Mr. Sturges came out Sunday night, and we had a lovely dinner for
    them.  Frank was up and a jolly eve.

    Monday went around with Lily in P.M.  In P.M. took Mr. Sturges driving but pretty gray and doubtful day, so didn't
    go far.  He is mighty nice.  Papa came up to dinner Tuesday A.M., entertained Mr. Sturges while Lily rushed
    around.  He left at 11:30 and I went home and packed for Narra -

    Reached here Wednesday P.M. Susie was at station to meet me in Victoria and drove out to Point Judith,
    then hop in eve.  Had pretty good time, but don't see anybody I care to know well at all, and in fact don't care
    for it much.  Uncle George gave supper after hop, he and Aunt Jessie, Susie, Margaret Thornton, and Frank
    and Robert Batcheller.  I'll take back what I said about the sets.  Arthur's crowd is much more interesting this
    year, but I am not interesting to them evidently.  I foresee that I shall be fearfully out of it, just as I expected.  I
    have to go to all these older things, where I feel like a fish out of water, and I don't get a chance at the others.

    Thursday had a fine bath, but staid in too long, and pretty limp. Went driving in P.M. with Arthur and his lady-
    love Kate Hains.  She is a sweet girl but young.  Played chaperone.  In eve. Over to Casino with Arthur to hear
    music.  Friday another good bath, up to Casino to sit around and talk awhile, in P.M. bowled with Clare &
    made132.  In eve. Uncle George's dinner at Sherry's.  Frank Batcheller took me in. Col. Johnston and Mrs. J.,
    Susie, Margaret Thornton, the Batchellors, and a Miss Buckner down here over Sunday with Col. Johnston, a
    mighty nice girl.  Fine dinner, but made me deathly sick.  Up all night with fearful pain, finally roused Marie,
    and got a Dr. at five O'clock. He gave me something, which made me sleep till two.

    Took Miss Buckner driving in P.M.  Hop in eve.  Mighty pretty. Danced every dance, had some glorious two
    steps with Arthur.  Papa gave supper afterwards.  Col. & Mrs. Johnston, Miss Buckner, Miss Davis, Margaret
    Thornton, Uncle George and Aunt Jessie, Frank Bachelor, Mr. Tilford, and Mr. Dean who sat by me.  Gray old
    bachelor, but very kind, infinitely bored by having to talk to me. Didn't eat anything, but same pain again.  Had
    some of the medicine left, so all right.

    Church this A.M. with Arthur then met Kate Harris.  Went in bathing with her.  This P.M. dried hair and read
    aloud to boys awhile. No, I don't enjoy it. I should like it immensely if I were here with Otis and Lily, say, but I
    cannot with all the Preston element.  Susie tries to do everything she can for me.  I don't mean that, but to
    keep the peace, I have to be with her, which means near Margaret Thornton, and it does seem as though I
    couldn't breathe freely when that girl is near. It is perfectly maddening.  However, if all goes well, I leave for
    West Point Wednesday and I ought to stank it this week.

    Sunday, Aug. 19
    Well, if I haven't had the best time of my life, never mind.  Pa's grew worse the last few days, but I left
    Wednesday A.M. for West Point.

    Tuesday, Sept. 6
    Dragged out week at Narragansett in room most of time reading.

    Left Friday with Arthur. Got into Boston at eleven, went to call on Harrison and to please him, asked the two
    girls out over night.  They came, and had a fearful time entertaining for Arthur went off and spooned with Kate,
    and left the other one on my hands entirely.

    They went back Saturday A.M. and I rushed up to Otises. Found Mr. &Mrs. Allen, Margaret and Fannie all
    there, and had a grand talk.

    Down in A.M. with Margaret to fix room, then long drive in P.M. with Margaret & Fannie.  Back to Otises to
    dinner & overnight.

    Down in A.M. & worked over room most of day.  Fixed it up till it really looks mighty pretty.  Papa home from
    Narra-.  Went up to Otises in eve. & staid over night & all day Tuesday & until Wednesday noon when left to
    drive over to meet Harriet & Jean who came for a week's visit.  Took them drive in P.M. then back unpacked &
    went up to Otises to a tea given to them.

    Thursday started for pond in A.M. & took lunch.  Went in wading while Arthur & Clare were sailing & had a
    grand time.  Rowed over toward picnic ground to bowl & Margaret fell in trying to get out of the boat.  Great
    excitement & rush home to keep her from catching cold.  In eve. We gave a state dinner to the whole crowd.
    More fun than usual.  Mrs. Allen looked lovely.

    Friday drove up to Upton in P.M. to see Auntie Weston.  Sang in eve.

    Saturday Boston.  Bummed around in A.M. Matinee in P.M., Isle of Champagne.

    Sunday we all went to Purgatory.  Took lunch and had a fine picnic. Explored and climbed around.  Got back
    at six.  Read aloud in eve.

    Yesterday had tennis in P.M.  Otis & Frank played.  Labor Day & holiday had grand tournament and great fun.  
    Girls go tomorrow. Have enjoyed their visit, though family didn't like them much.  Thought they were too quiet.  
    I've kept them to myself all I could.

    Tuesday, Sept. 13
    Last Wednesday, Margaret, Arthur & I went into Boston to see girls off and matinee in P.M.  The new wing at
    Columbia.  Played tennis nearly every afternoon this week and at Otises most of the rest of the time.

    Thursday night we all went over to an amateur play in Milford with dance afterward.

    Saturday eve. went on a tear up at Otises.  We all dressed up in his clothes, and he dressed in Lily's muslin
    and we came to the door as callers.  Had a high old time.

    Sunday all up there to dinner.

    Yesterday went up to Upton for the day.  Lily, Otis, Margaret, Arthur, Clare, the Knowlton boys, Auntie Weston &
    I.  We all went up to the pond for lunch and rowed around in P.M. then Will took us a short drive with the
    tandem, then dinner and home.  We were to have gone to a dance in Milford but I was tired out so staid home
    with Clare.
    This morning got up early to see Arthur & Clare off to Exeter. Hope it won't be too hard for Clare.  If it isn't it will
    bring him out a good deal I think.  He needs to get away from home.

    Papa was nominated by acclamation for Congress yesterday.[Monday September 12, 1892]

    Drove down to Sheldonville Sunday, and Margaret and I walked a good deal every day this week.

    Sunday, Sept. 25
    Last Wednesday went into Boston to meet Mabel Pettit at lunch. She was passing through on way home.  
    Went up to Otises in eve. Lily had a friend Mrs. Elliot with her.  Lovely time and long talk with Mabel at night.

    Were to have gone into Boston on early train but missed it through Thomas fault, so made Mabel's mother
    miss her train to New York.  I felt terribly about, but there was nothing to do.  Went up to Otises that night and
    staid there until yesterday

    Maude Wilworth staid over night with us Tuesday.

    Yesterday Susie took us all in to see Mrs. James Brown Potter & Kyele Bellow in Frou-Frou.  In eve. Went
    down to Aunt Ba's to see Aunt Fannie & rest just home from Europe.  In a grand mess about rooming and
    don't see how I can get out of it exactly.  Have just got to trust to luck that's all.

    Church this morning simply vile.  That crazy organ, Young brought in a violinist who couldn't play, and there
    was a sloppy minister who reminded me of a complacent old sheep baaing away with no idea of sense,
    except a sense of his own merit that no one else felt in the least.

    Sunday, Oct. 9
    Last week was at Lily's most of the time.
    In Boston Monday. Made 8 pounds of candy to send to Daniel; parties at Amy Harris and Mrs. Shippee's.
    Sunday  Arthur home.  Went up to dinner at Lily's and staid over night.

    Made candy for Clare Monday.

    Tuesday made last calls and shopping, lunch with Maude Dimarth. Packed trunk in eve.
    Margaret slept with me Wednesday.  In on 8:30 train with Susie, Otis, Margaret & Lily.  Shopped all A.M. with
    Lily, then met at Adam's house for fine lunch.  Papa came in Miss Holyett in P.M. Very pretty.  Then said
    goodbye and walked up to Miss Hersey's. Found Katharine & her father there.  Didn't know I would be glad to
    see her again.  Unpacked in eve and talked till early dawn pretty nearly.

    Monday, October 17
    Got up at eleven Sunday.  Blessed change from school routine. Took twenty mile drive, we four, and had a
    jolly time.  Papa, Susie& Arthur up to dinner.  Sat up and talked to Frank awhile.
    Got up at 5:30 Monday in on train with Arthur.  Eleanor Ray got in at Franklin.

    Thursday, Nov. 3
    Sunday trinity in A.M. & P.M. to hear Dr. Peabody a wonderful preacher. Arthur came in P.M. & took a walk with
    him.  Over to Annex to tea and sing there.  Lectures this week by Mr. Crapp on American Theatres. M. de
    SunTrust French reading.  Mr. Lindsay came to dinner and we danced afterward I played.

    Saturday, Oct. 29
    music lesson in A.M. then Katharine and I met Lily Margaret, Arthur & Clare for lunch & theatre afterward.  
    "The Wife."  All home on 5:30 train.  Clare not at all well. In eve up to Knowlton's to card party.  Progression
    hearts.  Got home at one O'clock to find nurse sitting up with Clare.  Pneumonia not dangerous but serious.  
    Pretty worried.
    Sunday church in A.M. long drive in P.M.  Margaret & I in car to thers with Otis.  We staid out later, got behind
    and didn't reach home till after dark.  Otis & family down to dinner, Frank home. Clare better.

    Monday A.M. sent Katharine up to Otises and read to Clare.  Up to lunch there and drive afterward.  Torchlight
    procession in eve. Village beautifully lighted up.  Rockets, lanterns & roman candles galore.  600 in
    procession, saw it from poste cachen roof, then chased all over village after it & had a fine time.  Halloween,
    so each stole a cabbage from little garden near Otis' house.  Also down stairs backward but no results.

    Spent night there, & back to school next A.M. on 8:30 train. That eve. Mr. Clapp's lecture on "As you like it" by
    Lowell Institute.

    Wednesday horrible music lesson.  In eve got telegram telling me to come home.  Reached here this A.M. at
    in found Arthur and Clare both sick with pneumonia.  Trained nurses I am no earthly use but it is better for me
    to be here I suppose.  Depressing is no name for it.  Dr. Knight just came, so we shall know exactly how they
    are in a few minutes.  Nurse is very anxious about Clare. Temperature 104.

    Wednesday, Nov. 9
    Thursday and Friday Clare dangerously ill Temp 105 1/4.  Turned Saturday A.M. though and out of danger
    though in for a long illness. Dr. Whittier came out from Boston, but said Dr. Knight had done and could do
    everything possible.  As Clare got better, Arthur worse, but he was out of danger by Monday.

    Sunday Otis came down with bronchial cold. In for a week probably. Spent my time writing letters for Arthur,
    reading, sitting with boys when I could.  Sunday went up to Otis and read aloud to him.

    Monday red letter day. Boys out of danger, Papa back.  Rally in eve.  Escorted over to Milford by procession in
    carriage with Papa. Lots of speaking enthusiasm and cheers.  Papa's speech was fine and cheered
    tremendously.
    Tuesday voting day.  Otis got up to vote but back to bed again. Margaret is going to stay till Christmas.  Will
    have to give up Springfield game unless Otis is decidedly better.  Such is fate.  Great excitement about
    voting.  Hopedale only gave George Fred 42.  Papa has it for a certainty.

    Saturday splendid music lesson in A.M.  Home in P.M.  Arthur much better, Clare about the same. Read to
    Arthur in eve.

    Sunday A.M. read to Clare.  P.M. to Arthur & Clare, & drove up to Otises to get Margaret to come down to
    dinner.  A Mr. Liebe, a stupid German there.  Frank came home, took me out in the hall and told me Clare
    was still dangerously ill, afraid of consumption if didn't throw off disease better.

    Started back to school Monday A.M. early.  Went in to say goodbye to Clare.  Broke him up & me too.  Wrote to
    Papa on train asking if I couldn't come home.  Didn't hear a word.

    Tuesday long terrible day.  Blue.  Not a word form home. Breastplate from Daniel cheered me up. A beauty
    with my monogram. he's a trump.  New dress from Morris too.  A beauty.  Alice told me in eve. Dr. Whither
    said Clare dangerously ill.  Decided to go home anyway.  Started to ask Miss Hersey.  Broke down and cried.  
    She was simply lovely to me, so sympathetic & encouraging. Just what I needed.  Gave me some bromide &
    bed.

    This A.M. feel better.  Think I have been worrying too much & been too wrought up, but I simply must go
    home.  Am going this P.M.after music lesson.  Ashamed of myself, but can't stand it here.

    Tuesday, Nov. 21
    Did not go home after all.  Letter from Papa saying Clare all right. Out of danger.  Turning point Monday.

    Friday P.M. Lily & Margaret came in & I went out home. Started for game Saturday A.M. on early train Otis Lily
    Margaret &I.  Reached Springfield at 11:30 & Otis went up to Massassoitto find Sturges.  While gone we saw
    Uncle Eben, Robert Batcheller,& Gen. Walker.  Sturges came & went up to hotel.  Private parlour there all
    trimmed up with Yale flags & whole party there.

    Got to Worcester 7:30 & had to wait till 9:30.  The Knowltons were with us an hour then got supper.  Some
    drunken boys serenaded us on cars & two people tried to speak to us, but we weathered them. Drove from
    South Framingham & reached home after 12.  Papa had locked us out.  Had to ransack all round to get in but
    finally woke Mary up & got in.

    Sunday was with boys all A.M.  Arthur moved into Clare's room & both sat up together.  In P.M. went up to
    Otises & made 12 lbs of candy.  Otis & Lily have started for Kentucky for two weeks & Margaret is at house.  
    Read Quentin Durwood aloud in eve.

    Monday back to school.  Exam in P.M.  Practice & work.

    Wednesday Nov 22.
    Got up for music lesson in P.M. but pretty sick.  Got home that night.

    Quiet Thanksgiving time with boys & Margaret.  Boys down to table for first time.
    Into Boston Saturday  for music lesson.  Bought winter coat& went into Babes in the Wood for a little while   
    Got home on seven train.

    Drove up to call on the Knowlton's with Margaret Sunday. Jolly time.

    Back to school Monday.
    Auntie Weston came in on the train, and I went out to the Langwood to see her Tuesday P.M.  Dr. Fred is out
    there.  Had mighty pleasant P.M. playing with Teddy who is as cunning as he can be.  Lovely music lesson
    as usual.  Mr. Hill is simply charming and I am improving steadily. I only wish I had more time to give it.

    Friday night we all went to see Sothern in Capt. Letterblair. Otis being in such a crowd & without hats made
    us pretty conspicuous, but we had loads of fun.  The play is fine, & Sothern is capital as usual.  His ... is
    simply fascinating & the dialogue is mighty bright. "Och!  Me darlin  - home back to me Jenny"  "Blood will tell,
    Merrivale."

    Saturday A.M. music lesson. Mr. Hill was fine.  P.M. Susie & Margaret came in & took me to the theatre.  Play
    stupid but had fun with Margaret.  Saw Mr. Keith. Lily & Otis are going to get home Sunday night & I can't be
    there, drat it all!

    Tuesday Dec. 20
    all girls left for home.  I staid over a day for music lesson.  Seemed queer to be all alone in the house.  Left
    Wednesday A.M. dawdled around town all day, then music lesson delightful as usual, then home.  Arthur &
    Clare very anxious to have me go south, but Papa says no & am glad of it to tell the truth for though I would
    like to go & be with them & think I ought not to. I hate to stop my music.  It's my last year, & I shall do little
    enough as it is.  I really don't see why I keep on.  They laugh at it at home & I never play any decent music,
    nothing but trash & dance music, & shall have to give it up next winter anyway, but never mind I will keep on
    as long as I can.  I only wish I were more advanced for I hate to still after all these years just as I have laid a
    good foundation & begin to enjoy it.
    Thursday back into Boston with Margaret for last shopping & to have dress tried on to go to Katharine's.
    Friday we four went into parlour & popped corn & string it & trimmed the tree.  Drive in P.M.

    Saturday worked hard all day fixing presents as they came.  Got so tired I broke down & cried but Lily braced
    me up.  Had the tree all fixed & were just lighting it when it broke in two. However patched it up with a
    clothesline & no one knew the difference. Otis was Santa Claus & the children were delighted.  Had loads of
    fun fussing around & playing with them till they went home, & then all the older ones went into supper & we
    all waited for second table.  Then the queerest thing happened.  I was talking to Alice & Otis was talking to
    Helen & the others were all around Lily in the corner.   Otis went over to speak to Lily a minute & Helen said
    "Come, Alice, I see we are not wanted & swept majestically out of the room.  That is, she tried to be majestic
    but spoiled the effect by turning round at the door to see how we took it.  It was absolutely the most uncalled
    for & ridiculous thing I ever saw. If we had been rude it would have been silly, but as everything was going
    along so smoothly, it was absurd.  One sure thing, shan't make up in a hurry.  Went up to Otises that night &
    Otis & Lily hung up stockings.  We had candy animals, tin horns, & a high old time.

    Came down home about eleven Sunday A.M. found the Bristows & Aunt Nannie here.  Christmas dinner at
    two & grand celebrations. Papa left for South after dinner to be gone a week.  In eve. Played cards & had
    oranges about eleven then Otis & Lily went to bed & we four still on a tear made Frank's bed apple pie,
    dressed up a Santa Claus outside of Otis door, & then came into my room put out the gas, and decided to tip
    tables.  We were all pretty well worked up & the table did certainly move, but now I look back on it, I think we
    must have moved it unconsciously.  I cried again.  Something's got into me.  I got more tired at school than I
    thought.

    Monday A.M. fooled around, in P.M.  Clare & I went over to the church to the Christmas tree there then we all
    went up to Otises to dinner.  Arthur & I staid.

    Tuesday A.M. down to house, in P.M. lay on sofa in sitting room with Lily. Arthur & Margaret went out driving.
    Wednesday Susie gave a theatre party but didn't go.  Staid in Lily's room all day, pretty bad pain.  Tuesday
    Otis went to Bricetown on business.

    Was to have gone to visit Katharine Thursday & then we were both going down to Mabel's over Sunday before
    back to school but Lily wouldn't let me go and she was right about it, I should have gone back to school a
    wreck for I am pretty well pulled down.  Quiet day Thursday & down to Town Hall to play given by West Upton
    people in eve.  Pretty poor.

    Friday long drive in A.M.  Letter from Katharine.  She is having a gay time & wrote about the various dances I
    had missed. Queer for me to miss anything on account of health.

    Otis came in eve.  Jolly evening.  Last night we three watched the old year out.  Margaret & I dressed up in old
    fashioned style, powdered our hair, painted, put on patches, & played ghosts.  We all sat up & played cards,
    then went out and had an appollinaris lemonade, then Otis & Lily went to bed & we staid up & waited for the
    New Year.
    Today came down home to dinner and staid.  Arthur went back to Otises.  He thinks he is in love with
    Margaret, but as she is 3 years older, he very wisely keeps it to himself.  He'll get over it after he has been
    south awhile. I go off to school & am taught not even to study on Sunday, to always do my duty, & not to think
    that society & worldly affairs are important in the least, & then I come home & am expected to do the thing that
    will give me the best time & to think everything of society. I don't mean Lily or the boys think that way, but Papa
    & Susie certainly do.  I wonder if Papa always did.  How I am going to get along in Washington I cannot
    imagine but thank goodness that's not here to worry about yet.  I wonder what is going to become of me
    anyway.  I am not pretty, as attractive in society, & I shall be a terrible disappointment in that way, that's one
    sure thing.  Well botheration, I am meandering. New Year's has a bad effect.  It's a good thing sometimes
    though to pull up & take a look at yourself.  Last year has been the happiest one of my life, thanks to Lily.  She
    has made a vast difference in me & everything else, bless her.  There I've forgotten my Xmas presents.  Suit
    from Papa & a fan as surprise, cape & lace scarf from Susie, two other fans, Lily & Otis pocketbook, Frank
    pin, Arthur & Clare hatpin, Margaret handkerchief case, photograph frames, emery, pincushion, garters from
    the rest of the family, & things from Auntie Weston, Maude, Katharine, Mary, Grace, Mary C., Katharine H.,
    Jean, Harriet, Ida, Mabel, Bertha, Mame, Helen, & Ella B.

    Sunday, Jan. 15
    Monday Jan I helped boys pack & fooled around with them all day. Margaret spent the night & we got up and
    saw them off to Georgia.

    Went to a luncheon at Aunt Nannie's [Nannie was the wife of Gov. Eben Draper] then packed trunk & spent
    night at Otises.  Lily, Margaret, Susie, and I met for lunch at Parker House.  Then went to see Wang.  Loads of
    fun.  Came up to school after theatre.  Louise Church only one back.  Others straggled in later.  Katharine not
    till Saturday.  School began. Had terribly hard time dropping History, but finally managed it. Am going to work
    like a trooper on my music & let everything else go to the bow-wows, for I really think I am getting on.

    Fine music lesson Saturday.  Mr. Hill told me to read Maschele's"Music & Musicians" which I just finished
    today.  Fascinating book.  Am going to begin Harmony.  Mr. Clapp's lecture on Twelfth Night Saturday P.M.  
    Came back and found Katharine.  She had a fine time of course and I wish I could have gone.

    Sunday a decidedly peculiar & strange thing happened which I haven't gotten over yet.  Had a letter from Alice
    asking me to stop in after church.  Did so, and she & Aunt Fannie both went for me on all subjects.  I cried
    like a fool, I wish I hadn't, but it was putting me at such a disadvantage.  If it had been Alice alone I could have
    said what I thought but you can't sit up & tell your own aunt she's entirely mistaken in all her ideas.  They
    brought up the rooming matter & I discovered that they believed because they had heard from outsiders that I
    had meant to room with Katharine all along, & had deliberately lied to Alice.  Then they brought up the
    Christmas thing & played injured innocent on me, and I never had such an hour in my life.  I'll never go near
    them again, that's certain. I left in peace, that's one consolation.  Well, I will try to forget about it.  If I had been
    entirely rested, I'd have had more self-control, but as it was, had a pretty hysterical day.

    Sunday January 22
    Papa came over this week to see about the Colburn affair and was perfectly furious. He shouldered the
    whole thing & told me not to think any more about it, & not to have anything to do with them.  Such a relief!
    Why can't people keep from quarreling I wonder

    Monday, Feb. 6
    Working like a dog but nothing special happened outside practice & lessons & rehearsals.  Usual round.  
    Went to see John Drewin the Masked Ball.  Remarkably good farce.  Funny as it can be.

    Saturday met Otis, Margaret & Lily at Adams House lunch & theatre. "Temperance Town."  So good to see
    them again.  Papa & Susie in Washington so staid up on the hill.

    Jolly Sunday.  Had a long sleigh ride with Margaret & bummed around generally.  Knowltons came to call in P.
    M.

    Feb. 12. Sunday.
    Got back to school Monday A.M. a little unsettled by going home.  There's no doubt about it.  It demoralizes
    me & I am not going again soon.

    Monday Feb 27
    beautiful concert by Knusel quarter Perabo accompanist. Also Monday went to Dr. Bradford about eyes, and
    he put belladonna in and examined them.  Said I had been using glasses too strong & ordered new ones.  
    Nothing special all week.

    Saturday A.M. after music lesson Katharine & I met Susie, Jessie & Margaret at Parker House ( Lily was sick
    & didn't come), had lunch & theatre "The New South" regular old fashioned melodrama but very good.
    Home over Sunday.  Up to Otises & then sleigh ride all P.M. with Margaret & Katharine.  Stopped at Auntie
    Weston's awhile. Margaret down to dinner.

    Back to school Mon.  Miserable headache all the week.  I think still it was my eyes, but Miss Hersey insisted it
    was nervousness from too much practice.  Saw Dr. Townsend & he said I was in a state of nervous tension
    caused more than anything else I think, by Miss Hersey's bothering & worrying and she certainly has the
    element of tact left out of her make-up.  Good gracious if a person keeps telling you you are sick, you begin to
    believe it finally.  I never spent such a wretched week & I certainly made it hot for everyone around me.

    Went home Friday, & felt like a different creature the minute I got there.  Staid at Otises.  Lay down with girls
    till about four then got Gypsy & sleigh & drove around town.  Lazy eve.

    Saturday great preparations for Otises two friends Sprague & Durfee. Rubbed up glass & silver & set table in
    A.M. drove in P.M. then came on 6 train dinner at eight.  Miss Knowlton & Miss Leighton besides us.  Geo.
    Knowlton lost his train, so there were extra girls but it was jolly.  Prettiest dinner I ever want or expect to grace
    my presence.  Table was perfect pink roses in center, Lily was beautiful& everything went well.  After dinner I
    played for them to dance then Sprague sat down & played & sang & we all joined in the shows & had a jolly
    time.

    Sunday a fine day.  Played sang & generally fooled in A.M. In P.M. Otis took men down to play pool & we
    rested, had a call from Aunt Ba & Uncle Ned & took a walk.

    Got up early Monday A.M. to see them off.  Liked Sprague immensely. He is a mighty fine fellow.  Didn't care
    for Durfee particularly. Took a drive in A.M. stopped at house awhile then over to noon train. Heard of Frankie
    Mackin's death this A.M.  Terribly sad.

    Tuesday, April 4
    Tuesday night Mar 28 red letter night.  The Hinkles invited our floor to the Brunswick to dinner.  Each of us
    had a bouquet of yellow flowers, all different, & the table was decorated with yellow. Had a beautiful time.  It
    was so festive & out-of-schooly. Private parlour Paderewski's old rooms, & we posed in every available place
    where he might have sat.  Played impertinent questions with a Mr. & Mrs. Edwards who called.  Loads of fun.

    Wednesday A.M. girls left in batches, only three of us left for lunch.  Was practicing after lunch when Arthur
    appeared for about five minutes & arranged to go out on six o'clock train with me.  Glorious to see him again.  
    He is in love as usual.  This time I can't quite make up my mind about the girl.  I do hope she is nice for girls
    can simply do anything they please with that boy, & he is just what they make him.  I wish I had some
    influence over him.   He is a mighty sweet boy & I do hope he'll make something of himself. Nice lesson but
    had to run all the way to the train.  Otis Lily & Margaret came to dinner.

    Thursday drove up to Upton with Clare & Arthur rode Gypsy. Saw Auntie Weston & planned to go to New York
    & repeat last year's trip.  Went up to Lily's over night & staid Friday.

    Saturday in Boston with Maude Walmarth.  Shopped in A.M. lunch with the boys at noon & Pad. Concert in P.
    M.  He is as wonderful as ever & I shall never cease my schoolgirlie ravings about him I suppose. The
    people were enthusiastic for a wonder encored him twice at the end. Saw Mr. Tucker Margaret Chapin &
    Robert Batcheller.
    Sunday went to church drove up to Upton with Clare & Margaret in P.M. & staid at Otises over night and all day
    Monday.

    Tuesday A.M. started for New York reached here 3:30 drove to Mme. Morrises & saw about dresses, then
    hotel to dinner & am writing now in eve. Saw three F. girls in dining room - Florence Littlefield, Alice Keith, &
    Edith Todd.

    Thursday, June 1
    This diary has been lost in Otises attic all this time but I have resurrected it finally, & will try to catch up.
    In Easter vacation went down to New York with Auntie Weston & Katharine joined us there.  Saw loads of girls
    we knew and had a mighty goodtime over our shopping.

    Went over to Philadelphia one day with Auntie Weston to call on Major Hancock & see about her being
    housekeeper & was very glad I went for it turned out he and I knew lots of the same people & we got on
    beautifully together.  Hope it will come to something for it would be a fine place for her and she isn't happy
    where she is.  He will let her know this summer.

    Came back from New York and staid at Lily's the rest of the vacation. Had a mighty good time all of us
    together.
    Went back to school Wednesday April 12th and came down with the Grippe Thursday.   Interesting way to
    begin term.

    Wednesday May 31.
    Lily came for me & we three drove down to station. Arthur Frank & Otis were there to see us off & Otis went as
    far as Worcester with us, so we had a great send off.  Were in the stateroom, so lay around in our wrappers &
    had a decidedly luxurious time.

    Reached Cincinnati Thursday night and met Margaret & Mrs. Allen at the St. Nicholas.  Mrs. Allen is as perfect
    as ever.  She is my ideal woman in every way.  It was simply fine to see old Margaret again.  I certainly am
    lucky to have such friends.

    Thursday, June 8
    Last Friday roamed around Cincinnati streets in A.M.  Shopping etc. & in P.M. took train for Lexington.  Sat on
    campstool on the back platform & had a beautiful time gazing at the scenery and waving to all the small boys
    in sight.  The whole family met us at the station & Mr. & Mrs. Voorhies & Charley came over while we were at
    supper.  Went to bed early, and left them free to see Lily. Saturday unpacked and rested and babbled like a
    running brook with the girls all day, & in eve. Drove out to Mr. Samuels four miles out in the country to an
    impromptu dance with Waxy's darkey band and a regular country supper.   A beautiful old-fashioned house
    with a great big room to dance in & everybody in for a high old time.  It was great fun and everyone was lovely
    to me, so I enjoyed every minute. Drove home in the moonlight about two o'clock.  Mr. Webb took me, I forgot
    to say, and I liked him immensely.  Had a great time finding the key when we reached home.  I started before
    Margaret & she called out "The keys in the usual place" I was so excited I didn't stop to think that I didn't know
    the usual place and after hunting wildly finally had to rouse the house to get in.  Great joke on me.  First night
    in Kentucky couldn't find the key.

    Sunday didn't go to church.  Family all staid around together in A.M. in P.M. a stream of callers for or five men
    apiece.  Can't begin to remember their names, so won't write them down.  I put a wishbone over the door to
    see who I was going to marry & it turned out to be Mr. Bowman.  He is Margaret's special so I fear it won't
    work. He got decidedly rattled & then teased him to death.  Just before tea Mr. Buckner, Allen, John's brother
    came up and sang to us with guitar. He has a beautiful baritone voice.  Uncultivated but so sympathetic, & he
    is jammed full of music.   Mr. Wooley & Mr. Breckinridge called in eve.

    Monday we girls lay around and giggled all day when we weren't talking to callers.  Lots of ladies came up to
    see me.  In eve. Went to the Colombian ball at the Phoenix.  Mr. Falconer & Mr. Bowman took Margaret &
    myself & we had a simply glorious time.  Divided dances four or five times & nearly danced the breath out of
    me, but oh!  It was such fun.  It was a boiling hot night & we were all dripping & looking like lobsters, but we
    were having such a goodtime we didn't care.  It pays to be a stranger everyone is so good to you.  Went out in
    kitchen & had a glass of milk & talked it over "After the Ball."  Henry came in from the Press office & joined the
    confab.  Not in bed till after three.

    Sunday, July 23
    Dull journey.  Reached Boston Tuesday night & Arthur met me at station.

    Got home Wed. & up to Otises in P.M.  Lily, Fannie & I talked like windmills all P.M.  Came down to dinner &
    stayed home till Saturday A.M. when family left for the Pier.  Had some games of tennis with the boys, played
    with baby & listened to Susie.

    Otises birthday Friday and all together at dinner.  Great fun.

    Saturday moved up to Otises & in P.M. Otis, Lily, Fannie & I went up to pond.  Fished all P.M. with mighty gook
    luck, then rowed over to the Point, cooked fish & had a picnic supper.


    Took Fannie into Boston Monday.  Shopped in A.M. in P.M. ride out to Reservoir on electric car.
    Tuesday hands all poisoned with ivy & been doctoring them ever since. Great nuisance.

    Sunday Aug. 13
    Friday July 28th gave a party for Fannie.  All the children in the village and loads of fun.  Played hide-and-seek,
    drop the handkerchief, London Bridge, tag & everything else we could think of.  Had the boys run races &
    when they were tired out took them in the house & let them dance.  Had supper out under the trees & kissing
    games after supper.  Kept the children so busy they all had a good time.

    I forgot about the Colburn business.  Got a letter from Miss Hersey asking me to come in & see her
    Thursday.  Went and found her furious over a letter from Aunt Fannie in which Aunt F. raked her over the coals
    & incidentally went for me over the rooming business saying I had told an absolute falsehood etc.  Of course
    it was stuff but it made me mad for the time being.  Told Papa about it & he advised me to let the thing drop.

    Went to Narragansett Saturday.  Arthur met me at station & took me to hop in eve.  Papa & Susie went to
    Uncle George's dinner so sat with the Harrises at hop & had a glorious time.  Split every dance two or three
    times, & had some fine two-steps with Arthur. A Mr. Lincoln took me home & we sat out on the back piazza of
    the hotel awhile.

    Sunday A.M. we all went over to the Casino for breakfast.  Saw the Betchellers & Mr. Hoyt there.  Clare & I
    went down to the beach to go in bathing & I had a glorious bath.  Batchellers& Hoyt were with me all the time.  
    Surf was high & lots of fun.  Ran up the beach with the Harrises, Churchill Clark & Adams Batcheller.  Lunch
    at Casino with Papa, Susie & Mr. Hoyt. In P.M.  out to rocks with Mr. Lincoln.  Didn't get back till 2:30 & Papa
    rather grouchy.  Went over to Matthewson to call on Harrises with Arthur & he left me there & forgot to come
    back but Adams Batcheller took me home.  Up for early train.  Boys got up & saw us off.  Home for lunch and
    back up to Lily's

    Tuesday packed & Wednesday on cars all day long.  Bertha met me in Philadelphia & we were talking so
    hard got on the wrong train & didn't get out to Germantown till after eight o'clock.  Bertha has a beautiful home
    there.  Her sister Annie & Mr. Meers were there with Miss Boose the housekeeper.

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Edith at 18 with her sister, Margaret.