By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell

The maintaining of journals and diaries grew to become a virtually daily hobby for lots of american citizens within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger women from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either attracted to this task, writing in regards to the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are attention-grabbing, deeply own money owed that offer an perception into the ideas and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline started conserving a diary whilst she was once 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender girl coming of age during this small group in western Michigan. Paired with Adeline's account is her sister Julia's diary, which starts off in 1885 while she units out with 3 different younger ladies to home in Greeley County, Kansas, simply east of the Colorado border. it's a brilliant and colourful narrative of a tender woman's trip into America's western landscape.

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Tonight he wants to get a lot of young people and go down and call on Mary Hime's aunt. I had rather go to the minstrels again. It was splendid. There is good skating, the boys say. M. Makes me wild to see the boys going and me not. Jan 8th Sun. Cousin Bob is here. He and Jude are singing duets. I did go to the Minstrels Tuesday night. They were not so good as the first night. I also went skating that afternoon with Mate Himes. Wednesday, Fanny Bradley, Mate, Et and I went again. We skate down by the Indian fields where the river over flow.

I will do my best to help him keep it down. It seems as if I could sympathise with boys in their failings more than other girls for I am more like a boy than a girl in my tastes, and I really think I have a little influence there, and will use it to the best advantage. I do want to help the boys keep straight so bad. Well to continue, we spent a very pleasant evening at Mr. Himes. And he insisted upon our staying until almost eleven o'clock. Cribbage is a noble game. I like it better than any game with cards that I ever played.

Mertie Matthews taught me that; she sat on my lap all evening. " I must go to bed; it's as cold as ice here. Jan. " I'm afraid it will turn into a journal again. Day after to morrow school commences again and vacation is almost over. I guess Jude will go back to morrow or Monday. I got a good many presents Christmas. 55 54Actuall,5', "flunked" has meant failed since about 1823. 55The slippers were crocheted, probably of yarn; the "toilet set" would be most likely a hairbrush, comb, and hair receiver (a small box with a lid in which to put hair caught in a brush or comb to use in making a hairpiece or "switch"); prunelles were a small, yellow dried plum packed without the skin.

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