150 years ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — February 15 – 21, 1851

Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Amanda Wilson was a fan of Lord Byron's writings.

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson kept a daily journal for the year 1861.

Here are some of her entries:

February 15 (Fri.): Snowy and very disagreeable all day. Rode downtown in the morning. Made a few purchases. Had invitation to spend afternoon out but thought it too inclement and did not go. Remained at home and sewed, practiced, etc. Wrote Geography questions in the early part of the evening, after which read and listened to Husband recite a number of pieces. Carrie over.

February 17 (Sun.): Morning very unpleasant with just sufficient snow to prevent talking a walk with Husband, who had a long and cold one alone. Spent a greater portion of the morning to myself, bathed, read, etc. Read Byron’s “Dream” aloud to Husband.[1] Afternoon called a few moments at Sallie’s. Caroline over in the evening. Husband read aloud to her, Christiana and me. Retired early.

February 20 (Wed.): A cold morning and windy afternoon. Took music lesson in the morning, and read and sewed in the afternoon. Mrs. Hurburt called a few moments. Evening Husband read aloud while I sewed, until cousin Nate called with Caroline and Sallie. A woman came to ask [for] charity, thought her slightly intoxicated. God pity her and may she use not for liquor what she received.

February 21 (Thur.): A delightful day. Caroline, Lizzie Hughes[2] and self went over to Newport to see Minnie: had a short ride and long walk. Minnie not very well and little Carrie’s face ‘awful’ from vaccination. Lizzie sang very sweetly. We started home about ½ past 5 and walked a greater portion of the distance. Had 2 calls while gone. Caroline and Fannie over in the evening a little while, after which Obed read aloud, while I sewed.


[1] More, Paul (ed.), The Complete Poetical Works of Lord Byron (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1905), 213-5. Byron’s poem, “The Dream,” tells the story of two friends who grew up together, the boy in love with the girl, but she not with him. They both eventually marry but do not love the ones they wed. A few stanzas are as follows: “…The maid was on the eve of womanhood; / The boy had fewer summers, but his heart / Had outgrown his years, and to his eye / There was but one beloved face on earth…” Byron continued, “…But she in these fond feelings had no share: / Her sighs were not for him; to her he was / Evan as a brother – but no more…”

[2] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 176. Lizzie Hughes was the daughter of Joshua Hughes, part owner of Hughes, Adams, and Company, located on the northwest corner of 4th and Elm. The Hughes family lived on 156 Richmond St.

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