150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote – March 1 – 7, 1861

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011

Amanda Wilson enjoyed 'Ladies night out'.

150 Years ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — March 1, 7, 1861

Here are a some of Amanda Wilson’s journal entries:

March 1 (Fri.): A very warm day. Sewed and practiced until ½ past 9 when Caroline and I started for Minnie’s: Walked nearly all the way to Newport and oh how tired on reaching Minnie’s.[1] I had to go to bed – or rather imagined so – where I remained until 1 o’clock. Home by 5 and ½ past: Evening so lonely at home. So went over to Sallie’s and played whist with her. R. H. and G. Katie and Fannie all night with me.

March 3 (Sun.): A very rainy, gloomy, lonely day. Husband at Indianapolis. Oh, How I longer for his sweet society. Intended going to church both in the forenoon and afternoon but rain prevented. I read in the morning and read and slept in the afternoon. Caroline came over in the evening and remained until 10, talking with Christiana and myself. Little Fannie slept with me.

March 4 (Mon.): How cheering is this bright – sunshining morning! The little birds are astir and their joyous notes are filling the air. May it prove emblematic of Lincoln’s Inauguration and Administration! God bless and so guide him that he may prove a blessing and honor to his Country. Walked down street and rode back. Afternoon practiced and sewed. Had a letter from Obed. How glad to hear from him!

March 6 (Wed.): Miss Harriet, Christiana, Sallie, Miss Owens, Miss Bickham and I went to Newport to spend the day with Minnie … No gentlemen present. We had a jolly day.[2] Mrs. Kelly called in the morning and asked to be excused from music, therefore I did not take a lesson. Caroline, S., and I spent the evening with Miss Owens.


[1] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 1 Mar 1861, p. 1. Maybe Amanda was inspired to walk by the following quote from the paper: “If Queen Victoria would walk down Chestnut Street in a thick pair of shoes, with a Balmoral petticoat appearing over her instep, and a water-proof tweed sack over her shoulders, she would reduce our importations from France at least twenty-five percent.”

[2] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 6 Mar 1861, p. 3. Had the women gone out to purchase snacks, they would have paid the following advertised cracker prices: Butter Crackers – 4 ½ ₡ lb.: Soda Crackers 5 ½ ₡ lb.: Sugar Crackers 6 ½ ₡ lb.: Water Crackers 4 ½ ₡ lb.: Boston Crackers 5 ₡ lb.:  These prices were advertised by James Cooper, “on the NE corner of Walnut and Water St.”

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