William Charles Hartt's Journal
W. C. Hartt left a journal for the period from May 9 to July 16, 1883 -- about two years before he married Letitia Wilson. It was recorded in a cloth-bound lined notebook about 4” x 7”. Since the booklet contained column markers, it was probably one of the field notebooks he used for his work as a log scaler on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada. He wrote in pencil in a very legible handwriting, and it is still easily read in 1987. The original is in the hands of Allan C. Hartt, grandson, who received it from his father H. B. Hartt at the latter’s death. The journal also has a few ink entries of poems, some undated, which are included in my transcription.
The style is probably typical of the times and schooling of W. C. Hartt. He used a few abbreviations, but, presumably for speed, almost totally omitted punctuation. Occasionally commas and periods were use, but it was necessary for me to add some punctuation to avoid ambiguity, but I can’t be sure I punctuated correctly in all cases. He also used many capitals, unneeded in today’s English. Sometimes, I omitted these, but not always. I show an asterisk to indicate illegible words or my guess at the word, but these problems were few. Occasionally, I added notes in brackets to aid readers not familiar with geography, etc. At the time of writing, W. C. was living in a boarding house and occasionally was away in the field in connection with his work – living in barracks.
It will help the reader understand the frequent references to correspondence with his “Dear Lettie” if I add that, at the time of the journal, W. C. Hartt’s fiancée, Letitia Wilson, was in Germany and/or Hungary. She was on an extended trip, I believe, as a tutor to children of a wealthy family from New Brunswick. The Wilson’s referred to frequently in the journal were presumably her parents, brother, and sister.
Lettie left New Brunswick October 15, 1882 [see entry for July 15]
** indicates questionable or illegible word
[notes are in brackets].
[Note: W. C. was separating from attending a certain church because he began to see from reading his Bible that the formal liturgy and the clergy/laity distinctions and some doctrinal matters that did not conform to the simplicity of a Biblical church body as he interpreted the New Testament pattern. In the mid to late 1800’s a wide spread movement toward a simple New Testament church format was underway. Labeled by others as “Plymouth Brethren.” Allan Hartt]
Wednesday, May 9, 1883 -- McLaughlin
[Apparently refers to the place or home where he
stayed? Not on modern maps
---probably near Newcastle, New Brunswick.]
I arose this morning at about 6 o’clock and wrote the remaining
part of Gracie Duffys Epitaph in Maggies autograph album.
I had breakfast with Chas T. William and Fred Duggy.
Maggie did not get up until nearly 7 A.M. and then she had a
headache. I had my horse
harnessed and started soon after. Did
not get up to Mr. Wilson’s last night.
It was too late when I got to Beristown [not on my map] and I had
to start away too early. I saw M.A. and George McNamer* on way down called at Swim’s
Store. Henry told me the
Cairns River [river tributary to Miramichi River joining it at Howard, N.
B. on modern map] Drive [log
rafting term] was at Grand Lake Road on Monday Noon or thereabout. I took
dinner* and fed horse at Jas. Fowler’s.
Met stage this side of Molasses Hill in the mud.
We got by each other all right.
Mrs. Geo. McNamer and child were aboard. I had not sense enough to
look* the ____* ____*
Found Jack McLaughlin home and the whole family sorrowing about the
death of Mrs. E. Hays, whom they just had buried.
Got Jack to make out my account to be charged to Wm Richards before
going to bed.
Thursday, May 10, 1883 -- McEachern House, Derby, N. C., N.B.
[presumably a boarding house in Northumberland County]
Had a good sleep last nite with Jack after asking our Father to bless me and his handmaid, my dear Lettie. Jack did not say his prayers, as usually he does last night. I had breakfast with the men and Jack then made a change of a suit-of-drawers and ____* paying a difference of 50 cents. Brought D, Maderson, who had been on a month’s drunk from McL__ and after calling at F. Jardine’s, where he got a drink at H. Parkers and delivering M. L. Nonny’s * letter to Mrs. G. R. B. at Chris Parker’s and seeing Miss T. Dow* and big Henry, Isaac, Mary Vickers and another girl, Mr. & Mrs. Parker there at the Wilson cottage where they were at house-cleaning and taking our dinner at Duncans. I landed* Dazy in New Castle [town near Derby]. Delivered the horse to Roach at the fish mill and came back to Derby with Boss Morrison. Found all well at Duncans. Paid a Mr.Warren 50 cents to bring my trunk down here from Jardines. May God bless my stay in this place and all for whom we pray. Mary McLaughlin selected a silk kerchief for me and I bought off Kelly for $1.00.
Friday, May 11, 1883 -- McEachern House, Derby
This was a rainy day. I was not up very early. Got to the office about 8 A.M. After my usual read and devotions Mr. Morrison, Wm Allison and I scaled some ZF and some “Badgers Back” logs today. Took a long noon time and went out in a little rain. I scaled one raft of the latter legs. We quit early and I did some at getting to rul* [apparently refers to ruling paper for his logging records]. Did not get any letter from Lettie dear, yet
Saturday, May 12, 1883 -- Mc Eachern House, Derby
This morning again was quite fine. Me. Morrison, Mr. Fowler and I scaled some Z F logs and after Mr. M. went over to the diff. Pockets and up on the jam he went home and I made out my expense account against Wm Richards this evening. No letter from Dear Lettie yet. May God bless her. Am pleased to learn that a watch was gotten for her. I feel the effects of my jolting passage across the portage and down Miramichi. Mrs. Wilson gave me invoice of kerosene to see to Mr. M.—who bought. To pay Tues. next.
Lord’s Day, May 13, 1883 -- Derby
This was a dull day. I did get up until 8 A.M. Did not go up to hear Mr. Johnson. Read a gospel tract with some good things in it. After a good dinner I felt middling well, having had a good all-over bath and changed my clothes. At 2 P.M. I went up to Hendersons to get the SH key and Mr. Clark introduced me to his brother Judson, rather a fine looking young man. Saw Mrs. John Henderson and her nice bright baby. I than played the organ a little till Mr. Clark came in when we went down to S. House. He got the key from Harris’ for me and unlocked the door and then went home. Twenty-four of us gathers. Read 14th John. Considered first 3 verses. Oh how I missed Lettie dear. Present were D. Betts, W. T. Crockers, son Geo* Hartt, Jr. Geo Vanderbeer, Miss* Russel Victor and a little sister, Willie Betts- or-Crocker- 3 Harris children, Josie and Eliza Sarah and Myrtle McGreggor, Ian Parker, Jr. Willis Parker, Everett Parker and Everett Allison. I don’t recollect the other 3 beside myself. May God bless the work. D. Betts and George Vanderbeck both said they were glad I had returned to the school and place and they would help get a library. Called on Mrs. * D. Crocker, read and prayed with them. Declined an invitation to tea. After tea I read than laid down on my bed and slept until after 9 o’clock. Miss Tweedie and Dow were downstairs when I went down. Mr. Dawson had retired.
Monday, May 14, 1883 -- Derby, N.C.
This was a glorious morn. I was up at 4:30 and at my writing before 5 A.M. was several days behind. After a good dish of porridge I got up to the office, which the boss had swept clean. Did some ruling before he got ready to go out. Then Wm. Allison, boss, and I scaled 2 ZF rafts and numbered a Lunch raft and a McLaughlin raft at boom. After dinner Billie Allison and I meas* a oo x oo raft and counted 3 others. Bob Linghey* came up in and over*. Had a great bow* from Capt. Beattie, Arch Dunham came with the boss from the siding. I had a headache and laid down awhile after tea. Then went out and played ball with Mzette* and Callis, which cured it. Went to the office. Ruled a good deal. Got a warm shake hand* from Dunham and had a chat with Dow walked down the road with me a little way. No letter from dear Lettie yet. May God bless all for whom we should pray.
Tuesday, May 15, 1883 -- Derby, N.C.
This was a damp and rainy day, wind SW to SE cold. We scaled one Sullivan raft and one McLaughlin raft and averaged another by the latter. Found my dear Lettie’s letter of April 22 on my table when I came home to tea. Arch McEachern had brought it up from Miller’s office for me. May God bless all for whom we pray according to His will.
This was a cold damp day. Had a read and wash up and then after my porridge got away to the office. We scaled Closes 2 rafts timber and I made and entered them up. I wrote to Sun Publishing Co. to send my weekly Sun to Millerton. P.O. I also wrote sister Annie enclosing $700. Addressed at Mrs. J. E. Hartts King St. Stn. * Gave these letters in Capt Wm. Beatties hand, also gave him his scarf which he left at my camp in woods. Capt. was glad to see me and took me to Parker Wharf with him.
Thursday, May 17, 1883
This was very cold but a fine morning, we scaled first boom rafts for Lynch and McLaughlin. Scott Fairley* gave a darkly shaded account of driving but
Mr. Richards tonight gave some cheer. The taxis and Rocky Brook logs are safe. R. D. Wilson took Dunhams trunk up to the office in the Express with Morrisons horse and borrowed the Cutter to go to Blackville with at night I find a letter on my table from my Dear Lady. Letter of April 29. May the Great God bless her richly in all things.
Friday, May 18, 1883
This was a fine clear morning. Not so cold as yesterday. Worked pretty hard. Scaled timber for Joe Dunphy was not satisfied with the bill. Neither was Ed Close with his. I wrote ½ sheet more to my letter of Wed. night and sent it to Newcastle by a Mr. John Donahoe (carpenter) to be mailed there. He said he would mail it there. Wm Parks told me it was Donahoe. I was in the office a good deal of today. Joe Dunphy tried Henderson and Cowden and Crocker to get a re-survey but had to sell at Morrison’s scale in the end. Oh that men could do the just and then trust to be trusted in heart.
Saturday, May 19, 1883 -- Derby, N.B.
This has been another fine clear day and the ground gets worked although by the sights the old and wise are prophesying rain. This morning we scaled a McLaggan raft at Boom for Morrison and marked it. Then we went on the oo x oo raft. Bob Luighy* tallied. Arch lined and I meas. 831 pcs, avg. 76 ft. The boss went to town with his horse and carriage and the boys went after dinner in the boat. I did not work very hard this afternoon. Sims came up from Newcastle and left his line in my care after delivering the timber in a raft, less some pcs. Left in the N.B. Cruise and some pine which got away from him and is in the boom. Wm Clottus washed 5 pcs. Dow ran the raft of timber from Ferguson’s cove where Zach Jelks told me it was, and that Sims had talked of selling it down to Tom Parker’s shore. Brought a ribband for my old straw hat and Miss* Tweetie put on. Mrs. Danville called and wished me to have a care for Frank when he should come into the crew. How my thoughts were drawn away to my dear lady today. May the great Lord our God bless her abundantly.
A little rain has come today. When I walked this A.M. I felt the pain in my back which began on Friday quite sorely, and asked Mrs. McEachern if she
would get me some liniment. She did and I applied it on a sock and lay abead until nearly dinner time when I arose, took an all-over bath. Dressed. Mr. Hicks had preached. I learned afterwards, also that Miss Mary Wilson had turned ill after the last hymn and Mr. Boyanton took her home in his carriage. Went to Sunday School at 2:30 P.M. After opening Misses Josie and Eliza Allison went out and to Episcopal Church. We were about 12 in number this wet day. Read first 10 verses of 14th John and considered them in a brief way. Miss Sarah McEachern taught Miss B. MacMillan’s class as she was away to Williamstown with Mr. Hicks. Went through the lesson. Sang then by agreement of those present. Misses Sadie McEachern and L. Russell were appointed to select 100 books out of our library to exchange with Sunday School of District No. 4. I requested the pupils to commit the first 5 verses of Romans XII and that at the end of the chapter being learned in while. I should give a nice book to the pupil whom 3 of the school shall award it to. May God bless the study and learning of His truth. Went to Mrs. Wilson’s after S. School to see how Mary was. Found out that she had got better and was asleep. Told Mrs. Wilson I was not going to meeting. When she said I would not be right, I was going to an extreme, which she certainly believes. May God give the dear lady and sister in Jesus our Saviour, to see His truth as it is in Jesus our Saviour. Dow Sheuls* and Miss Tweedie were in when going to meeting. I read my dear Lettie’s letter of Apr. 22nd and 29th over. May our true God the Almighty richly bless and keep her in His Holy Way. May He lead us and keep us with all truth. Christ is all truth for He is “The Truth.” After dinner I wrote the following verses.
law to man as given
was perfect just and right
but man thereby could not reach heaven
was left in blackest night.
But Christ our Lamb hath died
The Just who knew no sin
On Calvary’s Cross was Crucified
Believe- He freed- come in.
Oh wondrous gift of grace
The Father hath bestowed
On us that Christ should take our place
On Him – He laid our load.
Since He our Sacrifice
Has borne our sins away
And God accepteth Him the Price
I have but love to pay
So let me love Him now
While He my priest on high
Presents His blood from Calvary’s brow
That brings me to God nigh.
I’m waiting watching Lord
T’ll Thou shalt come for me
With all thy saints who hear they word
Take us to be with thee.
We measured 00x00 Gap* raft No. 38 x 831 and No. 39 x 697 cg 61, 557 sft. Raft of’’ logs and one of c x m and 2 small up-river rafts 00 x 00. Lingley and Dunham drove up on the other side and left their horse in Robinson’s barn. The boss came in the Andover at noon with a lot of provisions for Parker House. Chris is still on the spree. It is now about 5 weeks since he began and he shows no signs of quitting. Hope the time may come when no sin may be on the earth and trust it will. May God bless dear Lettie and me to His honor who has redeemed us from our sins.
Tuesday, May 22, 1883
Today was rather wet-did not do anything outside in the morning. The boss, Dunham and I scaled part of a Swim Gap raft and all of a oo x oo Gapt raft. The wind was cold and damp. The boss scaled about ½ way up the raft and then said, here Hartt take this hook and give me that book and coat and I did so and got warmed up and he got chilled. I worked late tonight getting my
books ruled and headed, also Lingley’s. Read first chapter of Notes on Exodus. May God our Father bless my dear Lettie and her sister in reading of the notes.
Wednesday, May 23, 1883
This has been a very rainy day and is causing quite a rise to Parker Brook. We anticipate a great freshet. Robinson and his men are preparing for the worst as best they know how. I worked late again tonight but am pretty well. I trust God’s care for those near and dear.
Thursday, May 24, 1883
This has been a cold drizzly day. A great freshet is in the river and rising.
I wrote to sister Annie and sent her 4$ addressed c/o Miss Prudie
Hartt, St. John N.B.
May God bless her stay in that city.
I sent a letter also to the “Sun Publishing Co.” ordering my
paper sent to Millerton P.O. Mr.
Throph Desbrisax* took them to mail at Chatham.
Mr. Morrison took cold Tuesday and went home today sick.
With the cold and a pain in his side and back.
I did not get my letter written last night so have none for mail
today. May God bless my dear
Lady in all she has to do together with all for whom we should pray.
My father Aaron Samuel Hartt died May 24, 1879.
Friday, May 25, 1883
This day has been quite fine and warm although the
wind has blown hard from the north and West parts of it. I did not get round very early nor did we do anything much
anyways, outside. I did some
ruling and heading in the morning, and in the P.M. we finished scaling the
swim raft and marked it and the oo x oo raft.
These were begun on Tuesday by the boss when he got his cold.
Was much disappointed at not getting a letter from my dear Lettie
tonight or at noon when I went down for it and took my shoes to get
mended. I wrote my letter in
the office on one sheet and cut it awfully short in order to give it to
Justus Fairley Seur* to take to mail as he was going to Newcastle P.O. to
get a registered letter which he expected.
After tea I laid myself down on the lounge to rest and was talking
with Miss L. McEachern when Dunham and Lingley came in to spend a while.
Did not mention having separated in my letter to Lettie dear.
May the great Lord and our Redeemer bless us and those we love.
I telegraphed by telephone to Newcastle to Mr. Morrison Chathan
that the boon was safe.
Saturday, May 16, 1893 -- McEachern House, Derby
This morning dawned cloudy and the sun came out quite early in the day. I got to the office at about 7:45 A.M. Went to the bank (river bank) to scan the jam (logs) a while then thur, swept out and went to ruling my Operators stock* book. The freshet has subsided and rafting will likely begin Monday next. Dow Shuels* went to R. R. Bridge to open the boom there for navigation, which he did. I got my S. Book ruled and headed. Sold Lettie McEachern 12 sheets paper for 10 cents and gave Arch Dunham 18 sheets. Did not get any letter from dear Lettie tonight as I had expected of May 6th. R. D, Wilson told me as I was going to the office after tea that if the P. Office were open when he got down he would ask for my mail to bring me. May God bless reading each others letters to us and keep us in His way and always in His charge for His dear Son’s sake. Read the lst Chap of Ephesians to L. J. Mc and commented on it some. May God give her to Christ if He wills it.
Lord’s Day, May 27, 1893 -- Derby
This was a grey morning.
I did not rise until about 8 and then after my breakfast of oats
and milk, took a walk out on the sidewalk.
Then came back and read some while others were up to Presbyterian
meeting. After dinner I got
away to S. School where about 18 or 20 were gathered notwithstanding the
grey rainy appearance. Felt
well in school and a good degree of interest was manifested in the
lessons. Several of the
pupils from Mr. George Vanderbeak down to small children had learned
verses in the 12th chapter of Romans for which D. V. I shall
get them all books a nice one apiece.
May the Gracious Lord bless His work has been the prayer of His
servant today. I went up to
the Wilson cottage about 10 A.M. to see if R. D. W. had brought me any
mail. Told Mrs. Wilson that I
could go no more to denominational meetings when she talked very kindly
yet earnestly to favour going. I
had a good talk with Jimmy Parker Hinchup* and gave him a Bible for
himself and Willie, each with Jer XV –1—18—19-21 and John V 24 in
James’ and--------in Willie’s I
read my dear ladies letter of April 22* and 29th.
Read some in Exodus 2nd.
Monday, May 28, 1883 -- Derby
Had a good sleep and was around early this morning. Worked out in the morn. Then came in and Lingley asked me if I would go to Newcastle for the Boss. I said yes and after dinner I dressed and made out some bills the boss wanted and took them with me. Overtook Miss Arnos* at Keatings and took her in the wagon with me. Told her of my separation. I had felt I had to and the scripture reasons. She could not condemn what she agreed with. Got through with my work in town. Got Mrs. Wilson a Sangster’s arithmetic as she wished but Sargeant had not yet rec’d the Extd* of serman of Brayley for her. Rec’d my letter of May 6th today which had been routed* by New York thence to Ftown* and back here via St. John. May God richly bless us with grace through His dear Son our loving Saviour. I feel today that God has watched over and led me all the time of my journeying on this earth.
Tuesday, May 29, 1883 -- Morrison’s Henerson Street Chattiance*
This has been a drizzly dirty day. Dunham, Lingley and I worked out in the morn.
The boss wrote letters. In
the P.M. Lingley and I took the horse and wagon and surveying tools.
Went to R. R. bridge and measured and counted lumber.
Lingley walked to Flett’s Mill.
Saw Foster and Jim Wheeler while I drove around by Newcastle where
I got 2 letters for Lingley and one for myself, of May 14th on
Haastz* paper from dear Lettie telling me of her trip to Teschen* with her
sister and brother-in-law. I
only read a little of it crossing the ferry and finished it when I got to
my room. Lingley found his
wife not well and his baby very sick with a heavy cold on its chest.
I had a good talk with Hickson who was very friendly and frank.
He told me about Stewart’s sending old unseaworthy vessels to sea
and getting the insurance and in one instance when the Capt. would not
take his wife out of St. John after the Port Wardens had declared
the ship seaworthy saying to her if it were any more firm he could not be
induced to go. He went and
with most of the crew was lost. Oh
that the Lord may keep us from grasping over reaching spirit.
Saw Maggie Stapter* bought candy for Aggie.
I kissed Aggie and Susie and Evelyn teased her so she cried poor
Wednesday, May 30, 1883 -- McEachern House
We were up at Morrison House quite early.
Mrs. M called me. I promised to send Aggie some gum after she gave most of her
candy to those whose who were up. After
we had a good breakfast Lingley and I started.
We met Will Miller ½
mile below Alex Morrisons. He
and Lingley bowed and spoke but I did not know who it was until Lingley
told me. I wrote a letter each to Ann Eton*, Bertie Lowers Knitore, and Carrie Strand*
Falls, between 10 and 12 A. M. in an upstairs room at Mitchell’s.
We got the new boat Daisy down from the freight house to Crells
wharf. Grandbys truck Billie
Touchir* driver trailed or dragged a deal from the tail of the truck on
which the boat sat and came nicely. Lingley
got her on the Andover while I was writing.
Had dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Thes Johnson at Steph’s.
Mr. J. talked very earnestly and yet kindly to me about separation
thought I’m wrong. Got to
Derby just before a heavy thunderstorm had tea and after Mr. McEachern
came home to be with the girls who were afraid I went to the office.
Thursday, May 31, 1883 -- McEachern House
This morning I was round by times and wrote some in
my letter to my dear Lady Lettie. Had
breakfast of porridge and milk. I
eat nothing else for this meal. Got
to the office in time for a good days work but it was very wet and
disagreeable day and we worked in the rain until nearly 3 P.M.
I then borrowed till teatime, a pair of Dunhams pants and worked
till then after tea. I
wrote awhile not long then came home and wrote my letter to Lettie out
until nearly 3 A.M. explaining my separation and the reasons why as nearly
as I could. May God grant
that they may be understood aright if it is to the praise of the name of
our Master Jesus and that she after Holy Spirits guidance may see
separation from isms to be the only true ground for believers to come to
worship our alone Saviour whom the Jewish and all the other worldly
congregations practically reject though they with their life preach and
profess to believe –at least the latter do.
Friday June 1, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
I slept this morning until nearly 7 A.M.
Some over 3 hours. It was quite dull early but cleared away and became fine but
the wind blew so as to make tallying quite difficult work.
We got through with quite a lot of measuring however I gave my
letter to R. D. Wilson to mail for me in Newcastle which he said he would
do. May God our dear Father
care for and bless all for whom we pray.
Saturday, June 2, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
This has been a glorious day. I was around early and to the office. We worked quite hard all day until nearly 3 o’clock after
which I added and entered up my work so far as it could well be done.
After tea I had a good bath dressed and at 8 o’clock Miss
Henderson, the Misses Lettie Lizzie, and Sadie McEachern and Mr. Clarke,
the teacher, and I went over to Cushmans shore and then walked to Mr.
Saunders. Mr. Clarke is nice.
We all enjoyed the trip. Mr.
Miss and Mrs. Saunders were pleasant and invited us back to their
beautiful place. Got home at 10:30. Read
part of a chapter in God’s Word and retired.
Lord’s Day, June 3, 1883 -- Derby N. Co,
May God in mercy bless anything that is in honour to and forgive all that is of me and consequently dishonouring to the blessed name of Jesus. Oh that He may bless His handmaiden and His unwary* servant in making them live to the name of Jesus. Arose at 8 A.M. Had my porridge and milk. May God bless it to its use for His Name’s sake. Listened to Miss McEachern read the lecture. “The clergy and a money basis.” After dinner I read over my Sunday School lesson, got ready and went to School where I met some 15 or so. Miss MacMilliam came and took her class. Mrs. H. Betts was also there. Most of the older repeated Romans 12 Chapter 15-1-9 as next lesson. May the Lord lead us to teach the truth in Jesus. Went in with D. Betts to D. Crockers. Told Mrs. D. Sein* I had separated. She urged against it. I did not argue with the dear aged sister for God shows me that is not my place. Read Proverbs 19th and bowed in prayer. Formed* and talked to Mr. Clarke
and Mr.Mc Eacherns.
I like him. After tea
Miss MacMillian beset me about separation and also engagement between Miss
W. and me. May God lead her
Monday, June 4, 1883 -- Derby, N. Co.
This was a glorious morning. I was up to the office at a little after 4.a.m. and scaled
some before breakfast. After
I had a sleep we went out and worked awhile.—scaled an F. L. raft on
Mrs. Crocker’s shore before dinner time.
I did one length on it. The
boss came up from Newcastle with Jas. Robertson and appeared and looked to
me as though he had been drinking but seems about right did not work very
late. Met. Dick Wilson. He wanted to know if I worked late this year and I told him I
had undertaken to do the work and would need to work late some nights.
Have been so lonesome, oh so lonesome and Dunham has been saying
“Poor Billie Hartt I pity him. I’ll have to send away for a wife for him.”
May God forgive what is wrong in me and bless my dear Lettie my
wife to be if the Lord wills Lettie Wilson.
I asked Lettie McEachern to read lst Cor. 3rd Chapter.
this eve which she did. May
God lead her to Christ fully. Dan
Harrigan* some S. S. books today.
Tuesday, June 5, 1883 -- Derby
Another glorious morning and day. All nature seems glad from the little birds and frogs to the
cattle. I trust that my dear
Lady Lettie maybe as cheerful. I
have been feeling the weight of rejection and scorn of the world to a
small degree because I am separated from churches and ministers bearing
other titles than Christian. Morrison
lectured me nearly ½ hour about “not going to church” and he and all
who have spoken to me about it call it and said I was showing a bad
example. Lingley said “if the wife says anything to me about going
to church I’ll just chuck Billie Hartt up to here.” We scaled quite a lot of logs today. Had the long-old-boat out too the first today.
I acknowledged I do not go to the meetings because I do not believe
in a one minister and him ordained and sent by man to preach M-said I
would likely be a communist or such. May God keep me, and His handmaiden from evil.
I read 1st Cor. 6-1-8th to L.J. McEachern.
Wednesday, June 6, 1883 -- Derby
Was up and around this morning early. At the office at 5 A.M. Waited around there for a while. Came back. Had a breakfast and back up again by 7 o’clock and by 11 A.M. had helped scale 200 NSP* logs. Got letters from A.M. McEachern, one from A.C.H. and one from Henry Swim about a poster , which I tacked to C. Parkers hog pen. I was quite busy today but have thought some about Christ and separation to Him. May God lead His handmaiden and His servant into all truth for Jesus sake.
Thursday, June 7, 1883 – Derby, N.C.
Arose at 6 A.M.
Read after asking God to bless and guide me into Holiness with his
handmaiden also. The 47th
and 48th Chapters of Isaiah.
How plain it appears by these that Ism,
which appears to be Roman Catholic teaching, shall be destroyed
from the head Rome, called Babylon, to the remotest child in dissenting. Ism who depend upon the Church instead of solely upon Christ.
After that Ism shall be fearfully judged and destroyed.
God will for his own names sake save a remnant of Jacob-Israle- the
Jews and o doubt they are much mixed up among the nations and their
religions. Go ye forth out of
Babylon means out of that which is Satans image of the Assembly of God a
worldly Church such as a Judaized Christianity or ritualistic religion.
Had bass, shad, cold corned beef, nice and fat, excellent potatoes,
bread, butter, milk and hot water, all good, and pudding for dessert.
The Boss was out with us this S.M. but not in the P.M.
We did a good deal of scaling today.
The boss went to town in the P.M.
Justers* and Justis W. Fairley came up from town this eve.
I told the latter I had seen his timber in Fish’s Mill Pond. Told the former he had 398 M.S. H. logs I scaled.
Tim went to town in Eve. May
God forgive our sins for Jesus sake and keep us.
My watch stopped and T. Lynch took it to the watchmakers.
Today or yesterday Boss Richards and Jno. Sadler came up and went
back again in the P.M. Boss
R. sent Dow up Rinons*.
Friday, June 8, 1883
Today has been an ordinary one as we worked quite a good deal. I sent my letter sealed and addressed and stamped by Wm Cliff who promised to mail
it at Newcastle.
I wrote to sister Annie today and sent it to mail by Capt. Barker
who was here during the heavy thunderstorm, which went partly round us.
Rec’d my darling lady’s letter of May 20th, also
sister Berties of June 4th today. May our God bless us and the families we belong to for His
dear Son’s sake. Worked
until 10 P.M.
Saturday, June 9, 1883
Today has threatened to be wet but very little rain
fell. The Boss and Bob were
out with Arch Dunham and me in the A.M. and a little while in the P.M.
They wanted me to scale all of a lot of poor trash of logs of Jim
McCarthys. I said nothing
much but did not go at a 2nd raft. Lingley had hooked one and
I hooked one and did not feel like doing another.
The boss complained of a rheumatic knee, Dunham offered to do it
when the Boss asked me to spot the raft.
I spotted 2 of them and then hooked another.
I got an order from T. Lynch for my watch.
Only worked about 2 hours after tea.
From 9:30 to 11:30 P.M. Read
part of Exodus 4 chap. How
patient God is with his servants. May
He keep and richly bless His handmaiden and His unstable servant for His
own names sake.
Lord’s Day, June 10, 1883
Did not arise until nearly 9 A.M. Dressed and was down and had breakfast with the family.
Miss Jennie Gray did not get around until nearly dinner time.
I studied the first 9 verses about the husbandman the vine and the
branches of John 15. I also
read notes on Exodus by C. H. M. Chapter IV.
What wondrous resources the believer has
( not ony may have, but for in the present) in Christ- God.
After a good dinner I talked in the parlour for a while with Misses
Gray and McEachern then packed the exchange 54 books in Annies Valise and
lugged them down to the S. House where 14 of us were gathers.
Numbered the books and let some of them out.
After school I read until bedtime.
May the reading bring forth fruit to the glory of Christ.
Did no visit any. Could
hear Mr. G. N. Parker from my bed shouting his sermon.
Read dear Letties letter of May 20th over today again.
May the only wise God our Father keep us in His own way from the
evils in our way.
Monday, June 11, 1883
Today has been wet and cold and E. wind.
Worked out most of it. Was
up to Mr. Alex DeSlanoe’s and pd. Mrs. D. 2$ on my washing which she
agreed to do for me at $1.20 per month and back to the office about the
time Lingley and Dunham turned out. Lingley
set his iron bedstead up and put the mattress on it.
I like it quite well. The
Boss and Frank Danville came up in the boat.
Frank added 2 rafts and one was badly done and the other very well
done. I got home at 10:10 P.M.
I gave Robinson his first lot of Boom Rafting in Rm Boc* today.
And now committing afresh His handmaiden and servant to our God.
I must have some sleep. Oh
I was in to Mrs. Wilsons going to tea.
She told me that Mary had rec’d a letter from Lettie today so I
tried to send Willie Parker down for me, but he after saying he wants to
go told me he was sick and couldn’t.
Some girl walked from Parkers to Mrs. Wilsons with me whom I
don’t know. She told me
perhaps I was a lucky not to. F.
Danville added some rafts- very incorrect.
Tuesday, June 12, 1883
I believe I never heard more rain fall in the same
length of time as I did at about 3 A.M. today.
‘Twas raining quite hard when I went to bed. Was at office in good season this morn. We worked out. Mr.
M. A.W.D.R.S. F. Danville and I – quite hard.
At noon my letter had come. Worked
a good lot in the P.M. F.
Danville tallied part of a raft of Y* logs and got the battens sadly mixed
but Rob was willing it should be posted as it was.
My ladys letter of May 27th came to hand at dinnertime
and I took time to read it. May
our God, the living and true God bless us.
Jack McLaughlin was down today and was leading 1 or 2 horses.
Said his foot was well. They
had bought and paid for the Murray logs and Mr. Morrison took them off
their hands and sent his Mark M. by me to Mr. Henderson to be put on them.
I asked the boss tonight if he had any amount of money he said no,
how much do you want. I said 30$ but it won’t do Saturday. Miss Lettie went to town today.
I gave her money to get me a pineapple.
May God bless my own dear Lettie W. for Jesus sake.
Wednesday, June 13, 1883 -- Derby
Was called by Miss Lizzie twice this morn before I
arose at 6 A.M. It was a
glorious morning and the day and evening have been the same.
Mr. M.A.W.D.,R.S,, F Danville and myself scaled 350th S
ft. today and thought tonight we had done quite a days work.
The Directors of SWB Co,* were up today about the stoppage of the
channel but I think it is no use. Dunham
and r. s. have concluded that Frank is not going to be any good.
I told Dunham alone that Arch McEachern wants 50$ per month to
work. McLaughlin logs only
averaged 6- ft in raft today. I
rec’d a roll of gospel papers or magazines from John Stewart.
Now it must be after midnight.
The moon is nearly down. Misses
McEachern and Henderson are not back from town as they had expected.
Now may the Great and Living our Father keep his handmaiden and
servant in blessings rich for Jesus sake Amen
Thursday, June 14, 1883 -- Derby
This has been a glorious day from dawn.
I arose at about 6 A.M. Had
my good plate of porridge and milk. Went
to the office swept out then put on my working boots and wrote a letter to
sister Bertie before going out to work.
Lingley hooked a B. Raft and I lined, F. Danville tallied then I
hooked an FL Raft and Lingley lined in both cases.
We had to help Dunham mark. I
sent by Mr. Morrison for my watch. Mr.
h. D. Sheals went up to Renons Drive this morning.
Mr. M. did not get the watch.
Had to work quite late in the evg. So writing my letter would be
quite dull for my dear Lettie and may God direct me always while I live to
write to her edification and interest by His divine grace in the Holy
Spirits power and words. I t has been my desire since Frank Danville came in our crew
to treat him well and not take vengeance for Freds* treatment of me.
May God help me for His
names sake. William George Wilsons son arrived here today.
I introduced him to Dunham, Lingley, Mr. Buzzy*
Friday, June 15, 1883 -- McEachern House, Derby
I arose at about 4 o’clock this morn.
Read God’s Word asked His blessing and wrote a letter to my
earthly treasure Lettie. May
God lead us according to His own will and His paths of righteousness for
His name’s sake. Sent my
letter to be mailed at Newcastle by Mr. Frank Parks then got out to work.
The Boss worked quite hard this day.
He tested Frank Danville as a tally man on the Richards Raft which
Rob hooked about as far as I ever lined.
The Boss would say hold on now and Rob would grin.
The boy did very well I think for a young fellow.
Mr. M. handed me some Crown land Bills of McLaughlin Lumber and
wished me to mark a comparative statement of them and my scale.
May God guard us from the evils of our own hearts as well as those
of the world around us give us a heart to pray for all enemies and
friends. Miss Lettie got home
today and Miss Annie Will. Wilson (Douglas)
bro’t me a nice letter from sister Annie Hartt.
Had to refuse to sign Mr. Bryantons paper of subscription to the
Meth. Min, salary this evg. When
Mr. Morrison at R. Lingleys suggestion was weak enough to ask me if I
Saturday, June 16, 1883 -- Derby N. Co.
This has been a busy Saturday. The wind has blown from the West as it has for the past week. I lined a good deal again today and find it quite difficult work in the wind. The boss did not give me the money I asked him for on the first of the week. Mr. Richards was here and said Dow and I had better go to the North West on Monday or Tuesday next and see about logs cut on his license for McLaughlin. The boss, Lingley and Will, Wilson went to Chathan this P.M. After tea I had a bath and dressed. I also wrote the following in Gussie Parkers album.
God through Christ is reconciled
Saves by grace through faith His child
Lost condemned by law are we
Sinners dead and cannot see
Through loving trust in God’s dear Son
Faith claims the promises my own
For then on face blank cheque we have
Jesus can make and keep and save.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ Acts 16:31
W. Chas. Hartt
Had a long and earnest talk with Miss McEachern about telling truth in fun or earnest also about living for and loving Christ and even those whom we have disliked for Christ’s sake. May God bless His handmaiden and servant and their prayers.
Lord’s Day, June 17, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
I arose this morning when the clock struck 8. Dressed, read, prayed and went down to breakfast with a good appetite – notwithstanding I ate a lunch of bread and milk before resting last night. Since breakfast I have sat out on the bank and viewed the river for a while with Mr. Mc Eachern then to my room and studied my S. S. lesson John 15, 10 –17. May God the Holy Spirit teach the school through this means to love Jesus for His dear Name’s sake. The fields appear the nicest now and all dumb nature to praise the Life Giver God. After dinner I listened to Miss L. McEachern read the first paper of “Trotters Plain Papers on Prophecy” then went to S. School where only 11 of us gathered as the Episcopalian service was held at 3 P.M. After tea I read myself asleep in notes on Exodus. Miss Lettie waked me up by a good deal of noise at my door to go down and help Miss Gray and the girls sing which I did. Mrs. D. Crocker was in the room. She mentioned the Jas. Parker ghost story when I wished her not to tell it. She did not. May God bless this day to His lonely handmaiden and servant by the presence of Himself.
Monday, June 18, 1883 -- Derby
This has been a glorious growing day. A balmy breeze to neutralize the effect upon us of a very hot sun. Dunham, Lingley, Frank and Will and I worked hard in getting away with 6160 pcs. today. I was up at 4 A.M. and called McEachern who had been away to the St. Patrick and Barnabys Island. The Paddy started this A. M. at about 2 and got back. Frank Danville made quite an * I made out a lead sketch of the Comparative Statement of my scale of the Crown Land Scalers work. Am pleased with Mrs. Hartt’s look as she did mine. I think New York has agreed with her and I had some hopes of getting a letter from my dear Lettie but none came. May the God of our Saviour Jesus bless us as a man and wife and keep us from falling and in His ways to the praise of His Glorious Name. May God bless those for whom we pray and give them to Jesus.
Tuesday, June 19, 1883 -- Derby N. Co.
Did not rise this morn until 6:30 A.M. Breakfast over went to the office Mr. M said I would go to the North West Miramichi with Dow to see after the logs cut M. Jardine and others. We started about 8 A.M. Drove to M. Jardines. No one home, up past the Grindstone quarries. I went down and saw the work. The Engineer told me there were between 30 and 40 men to work. Went on up river to old Mr. Goodfellow and McTavish, found that Whitney had got some of the logs there by Mr. John Dunn and Mr. Smith of Snowball Emply. I learned that Whitney Snowball and Sinclair had all some information to gain. Had dinner at Mr. Matchems. We got home at about 2:30 P.M. I did some work in the office preparing a Comparative Statement of Miss Tweedie came to me for money for the missionary. I told her I could not do anything in that way this year. I had told Dow of my reasons for separation on my way home, which surprised him. Read John 15 – 18th to end. May God richly bless us and lead us into all truth. I had no letter yet this week. It began to rain about 8 A.M. this eve after C. E. Smith and wife have arrived at Parkers. Cris yet drunk. Saw James and Jessie Miller going fishing at Snowball’s Mill N. West.
Wednesday, June 20, 1883 – Derby, N. Co,
This may 32nd birthday has been rather
threatening with rain although a very good day for labor.
I made out Bills in the office and entertained Mr. and Mrs. C. E.
Smith and Miss S. A. Tweedie during most of the morning. At dinner time I was gladdened by Johnny McEachern coming in
with my dear Letties letter of 3rd inst.
Enclosing a photo each of herself and little niece Ruby Elsie
Miller a bright pleasant looking babe of 4 months.
May the dear Lord our Saviour bless and guard us in all things for
Thursday, June 21, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
I have worked out most of this day, which has also
been rainy. I meas. a good
many logs today and on the last raft I warmed Arch Dunham up fearfully to
line for me. Was down after
tea and saw Mrs. W. Hartt and little Lucy who both looked and seemed very
natural. I was in tonight. Saw
Mrs. Wilson and Mary who showed me the group picture of the friends in
Hungary. May God bless them.
Friday, June 22, 1883
I worked out on the rafts most of this day also and
we did a good deal of work. Mr.
Morrison was out with us. We
also went out after tea and got a boat load finished and ready of Y. logs.
I got my group picture from Mary Wilson today. She thinks as I do that the pictures are not good or true.
Mr. Morrison paid me the
30$ I spoke for on Tuesday of last week.
May God bless His handmaiden and His servant with all for whom we
should pray. I finished my
letter and gave it to one of Mr. Swims men going to Newcastle for loads to
mailed. Trust that my letters
may reach the eyes for whom they are intended.
Billie Parks told me the names of the men—as he and another
Saturday June 23, 1883
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Lord’s Day, June 24, 1883
This day has been beautiful and it was Sacrament day
in Mr. Johnson’s church. I
was at S. School and had a good hour after.
I went in to see Mrs. Crocker and found her quite ill.
Read and prayed with her. She
had heard I go not to meeting and told me she considered me wrong.
Re-read my dear ladies letter.
May the Living God care for and keep her and me in the Word of His
Truth for His ever dear Sons sake. May
many for whom we pray be brought out from among the world unto Christ.
[June 25 & 26
Wednesday, June 27, 1883
Today Myrtle brought my Letties letter from the
office for me.
Thursday, June 28, 1883
Lingley went home to stay until Mon. July 2nd.
Friday, June 29, 1883
This morning I arose very early and began to write my
Lady Lettie. Worked quite
hard in the morn at J. M. books. Fish
Lovell and Dunphy were at the office quite a large part of the morn. This evg. I sent my letter to Newcastle to post by Thos.
Lovell. May our God keep and
lead us for Jesus Name sake.
Saturday, June 30, 1883
Mr. Morrison took Dunham down this P.M. the latter going home to St. John for a few days. I sent by him for photos of Montreal, Halifax, and St. John. I scaled all the afternoon hard. Wallison A. McEachern Wilson and Danville helping me.
Lord’s Day, July 1, 1883
Since coming here I have felt the rejection of the
world for those who would be Christ’s.
May God cause me to glory in the Cross of Christ our Lord by the
knowledge of faith. I read a
good deal after a late breakfast. Had
few at S. School the day being dull looking.
Re-read my lady’s letter of June 20th.
May the God of Truth and Grace keep us increasing in faith. I began my letter this evg.
Monday, July 2, 1883
Foster waked me early going up for a load.
I felt badly to think I had not finished scaling it Saturday night.
The wind came strong from the S. West and ran him over Jim and Wm.
Tuesday, July 3, 1883
Today I rec’d my dear Letties letter of June 17 by
Dan Harrigan who was in town. I
read it after tea. She does
not speak definitely in approving of separation but does not condemn it.
Our work with the boss all went Irish today.
He seemed troubled all day. If
he were only a Christian. Christopher is sinking rapidly and I think
cannot last in the body long.
Wednesday, July 4, 1883
The boss worked out with us most of today and we
worked quite hard then I worked in the office until after 11 P.M. when the
Boss and I went in to see Christopher who looked in a ghastly dying state,
although I told those present Thos G. R. Everett Bartlett Duncan Parker
and Miss S. A. Tweedie I thought he might live until maybe morning but
that he might drop away very quickly.
Christopher was in great agony moaning gasping writhing.
How dreadful are the drunkard’s life and death.
Thursday, July 5, 1883
Christopher Parker died this morning at 2:30 A.M.
after a fearful sickness from liquor. On
going to the office I found all the blinds down as well as those of the
main house, which is about 20 feet away from the office.
Dunham got back having found and left all well at home. He brought
me photos of Winnipeg, St. John and Halifax.
Friday, July 6, 1883
Was not up very early this morning.
Tallied most of the day for Dunham.
I tied up the photos of the 3 cities and gave Dan Buzzie 25cents to
mail it at Newcastle. I had not my letter ready until later where I found no chance
to send it to mail. Mrs Bruce
is some better.
Saturday, July 7, 1883
Breakfast at 5:30 to work at 6:30 and until noon. After dinner I slowly got ready for C. Parker’s funeral after which I got to work thoroughly disgusted with worldly vanities. Even about the poor dead bodies of men out of Christ and bankrupt in a worldly sense also. I sent my Lettie a letter to Newcastle
to be mailed by a Renons River man in the morning as
I could get no way to send it on Friday for which I felt sorry.
C. Parkers funeral reached from the M. M. house up nearly to Mrs.
Wilsons. The casket was a
very ornamental piece of work in its way.
Rosewood Blk. Walnut and etc. being in it.
I heard that it had cost 40$ and poor Isaac McLean wanting his
wages or flour. May God keep
me His servant and her His handmaid from vanity and all the evils of pride
for our blessed Jesus sake.
Lord’s Day, July 8, 1883
This has been a glorious day not cold or hot with
just enough breeze. After
breakfast I was on the lounge reading notes on Exodus when Archie Dunham
came in to borrow a horse but Mr. McE. was taking Mrs. to church and
Denham went to Allison to get his. I
went with him. We found Miss
A. home from Boston and looking as well as ever.
Had a little play and sing by Misses Josie and Maggie then home and
read until dinnertime. Miss
McEachern told me Mr. Johnson spoke so plainly in reference to my doings
teachings and example that many noticed and understood him that way. May
God lead the dear brother into the Truth of the Lord’s return that he
also may wait for Him. Had a
nice Sunday School. Mr. D.
Crocker taught 3 little boys. I
taught Miss Wilsons class with my own.
Miss Josie A. took Miss MacMillians class. I gave notice for a
meeting of family representatives to consider getting up a quiet picnic
for the children on D. Crockers farm.
After school I called and saw old Mrs. Crocker well.
After tea I talked the evg. With S. Fairly, Arch Gerogis*, W.
Wilson on the sidewalk. Better
Praise God for more* I loaned
Scott S. notes on Genesis.
Monday July 9, 1883 -- Derby
I read my lady's letter of 17th ult*
before arising. This has been
a glorious day. Went up to
work about 7 o’clock. We
counted some McLaughlin logs but meas’d a whole Q/ti raft also d/p.
Worked quite hard. Frank,
Arch and I.W. Wilson was not able to go out and spot and mark.
Rec’d a letter from sister Bertie (Kintore) on Saturday and today
one from sister Annie Htore*. Both they and the other sisters are enjoying God’s blessing
of good health and wish dear Lettie and me the like blessing of God’s
Grace. May we all for the
sake of the blessed Lord be made one in Him in the power of His love.
Boss Richard got back from Renons tonight.
Tuesday, July 10, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
This has been another grand day for work.
Did not get out very early. Dunham
just had his boots on as I go up we meas. A Q/xx raft with 1225 pcs. And
ac/p with 688 pcs. Hooked
part of a McLaughlin with 1235 pcs. And Dunham counted the other part.
I scard the hiccoughs out of Frank Danville by saying Frank you
must be careful not to drag the log on the logs and wear it out thereby
making him cross also touching Dunhams dignity as meddling with his
oversight. I then had a good
laugh at the cure and how well it worked.
We measd. A Y y raft with 924 pcs. And a V x Li raft of 1070 pcs.
Spotting and marking both. I
lay around at tea time talking to Laujne on the way down and to Miss
McEachern after tea who was not well.
Also Miss Jennie Gray. Mr.
Morrison thought I lost a great deal more time than was necessary at meal
time, did not like it, nor did I, but I kept quite still.
I wished I had means to live clear of the job and crowd with my own
wife Lettie. By God’s Grace
may the Lord keep us with those also for whom we should pray. Orders are
---breakfast at 5:30 and out at 6 A.M.
I can only have 5 ½ hours rest.
May God make it peaceful Amen.
Wednesday, July 11, 1883
Was up had breakfast and at the office with W.
Allison and Arch Mc E. On time this morning and worked in our crowd until
a late dinner hour when I rec’d my dear Ladys letter telling me of their
removal to a more convenient house of having a nice team and carriage. Oh may God take charge of them all that they may care for the
good in their possession as trusts from the Lord to whom they are
responsible for their care. I
only read a very little of the letter at dinner time and the rest after
tea. Got back to the office
and cleaned up all the work. I
feel driven by work and out of communion with my Heavenly Master.
Oh may He keep me and lead me with His Handmaiden to the right
discharge of our every duty that we may not be so far from Him and know so
little of the faithfulness we should know by the Holy Spirit and the Word.
Thursday, July 12, 1883 -- Derby
The weather is still glorious so summer like.
Dunham, Frank, Willie and I went out and worked hard all day.
Willie has been sick since last Saturday and looks some as his
father George Wilson did during his long illness.
Tonight Willie brought up Gospel Hymns No. 1,2,3 and 4 combined in
board binding in which I must write Miss Alice Chapman’s name according
to the request of dear Lettie. May
God our Father guide and keep us. Had
a good talk with Mrs. Wilson tonight 11:30 P.M. in her shop.
Friday, July 13, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
We have done a heavy days work today.
Hugh Allison came with us, at about 9 A.M. and Dunham and Frank
worked hard the other crowd had H.R. Smith in the P.M. and did over 6000
pcs. We did over 5000 pcs.
The Boss added well as the former and I finished with ours. Willie
Wilson seems quite poorly. I
sent my one page letter to Newcastle by Mr. Wm Brien* to be mailed there
Saturday, July 14, 1883 – Derby, N. Co,
Another busy day has passed and I have worked myself
tired. Lingley, Danville and
Wilson went down to the boat and the Boss in his carriage before Dunham
Hughy and I got done work I promised David Smith to have his bills for him
at 8 o’clock but completely forgot about it until Elmer Parker told me
at 9:20 this eve. That Dave
was waiting at the office for me.
I then started up but turned about again.
I saw Osborne Allison this evg.
Miss M. Crocker grandma* Mrs.
Dave and little boys and Dave himself.
I told him that I sanctioned the work of his meeting in the S.
House on Thursday and thought that next Thurs would be a good time for a
picnic. May God bless the S.
School and guide those who act as teachers to know the power of Christ’s
love also His Handmaiden and servant with all blessings in Christ Jesus
our only Mediator.
Lord’s Day, July 15, 1883 -- Derby
I went to bed last night before 10 and stayed in bed
this morn until after 10 A.M. Got
up after having read a lot of 12th Chap.
Notes on Exodus. Had a
good bath and dressed after a very short season of prayer I went down and
partook of a nice piece of the salmon.
John Betts sold me for a present to Duncan.
They had it nicely boiled. I
read a little more after dinner and talked some to Miss M. A. MacNamee
then got ready and went to S. School where were met Mr. D, Crocker with a
class of 5 little boys. Miss
Josie Allison with a class of 9 little girls and myself with a class of 9
older ones. Perley Russell
and Willie Carruthers learned and repeated some verses of Romans 12th. We read for simultaneous lesson 52nd and 53rd
Psalms after S. S. I told Mr.
Crocker and Mr. Vanderbeck some of the reasons for my leaving the worldly
churches for Christ. May God
separate his own to Himself. Saw
and heard Mrs. Allison. She
sings as well as she looks. We
sang My Redeemer, He will Hide Me and c.
It had been 9 months today since my chosen and I parted.
May God will bless us we trust.
Monday, July 16, 1883 – Derby, N. Co.
This has been a very fine day and Mr. Morrisons 2
crowds have worked hard to do the work they had to do. I arose at 2 o’clock awakened by the cats and the cock had
a partial bath asked God’s blessing and mercy upon his servant and
handmaiden and started for work, reaching the office before 3 A.M. I climbed in the W. West window and went to work with my
tally book which I soon finished and recorded and then transfd. Them to
the Bar Bk and made out memo of D. Smiths rafting which I gave him after
teac when we were measg. A mid Swim raft which Billie Parkes informed us
merely before ten that it was going.
Dunham and I scaled nearly 6000 pcs. Today.
God has mercifully cared for me while Dunham was eating.
The boss brought me some bread and butter- cake and milk.
I let him drink the milk and took bread and cake and water.
I told him I would not be up tonight but go to bed.
May the Living God bless us with Christ and those for whom we
[No entries after July 16, 1993 except one for Oct. 5, 1884 as follows.]
Lord’s Day, October 5, 1884
This has been a day of anxious desire on my part and yet I have had moments of rejoicing because of the blessings acknowledged to have been received from the Father of Lights who has loved us and shown that He would have us to walk in His love. I arose at 5:30 A.M. and after prayer for the assured indwelling of the Holy Spirit and dressing I went to the F. C. B. Meeting House, York and George Streets and heard the testimonies and prayers of many of the so-called “Holiness brethren” whom I would simply call believers in Christ enjoying the blessings of God the Holy Spirit dwelling in them and working out their salvation.