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Vernon Marion Babbitt's Diary

Diary Pages from Vernon Babbitt's Diary

What follows is a transcription of an 1871 pocket diary belonging to Vernon Marion Babbitt who lived in Ward, NY and attended Alfred University. He first attended in 1858 but left to participate in the Civil War as a member of the 19th Regiment of the 1st N.Y. Dragoons, Co. H. After the war, he returned to the University in 1868 and finished in 1871 with an advanced degree in the scientific course. He was a member of the Alleghanian Lyceum and in love with Sabra Rogers (which is extremely evident throughout the diary). After graduation he married Sabra and left the Western New York area to eventually became a merchant in Nebraska. Vernon died at the age of sixty-four but was 28 or 29 years old during the writing of this diary.

The end of the diary contains handwritten records of earnings and expenses, as well as few other notes. That information is found after the text of the diary, which is transcribed just as he wrote it (mis-spellings and all).

Keep in mind the time period of little technology, no electricity or cars, and restrictions at the University on interactions between men and women, especially in their own rooms. We hope you enjoy it!


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Information from the back pages of the diary:

Information from the back pages of the diary:

 

Cash Account January

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

2nd      Orephilian Jubilee                                             30                  

3rd       Silas Burdick                                                    3.50

6          Pastoye on paper                                                 5

9          Present for Proff. Allen                            50

12        Hook watch chain                                                05

31        Postage Stamps                                                   30

Total                4.70

 

Cash Account February

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

1          To W.D. Williams                     Milk                 .50

3          can oysters                                                         40

14        Lyceum tax                                                       100

total                  1.90

 

Cash Account March

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

2nd      for likeness                                                         70

  "         filling tooth                                                          50

  "         flower seeds                                                       10

7          Mark Sheapherd                                              150

10        To Sabra                                                          500

13        For Wood                                                        100

 "          for Milk                                                              65

 "          paper cuffs                                                         04

31        Picture frame                                                    130

total                  10,79

 

Cash Account March

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

4th       paper cuffs                                                         06

6          postage & box                                        15

"           window curtain                                       10

7          Musselage brush                                               ,02

"           Musselage & Oil                                                 15

10        Postage                                                              24

12        eggs & Kettle                                                     33

16        For Butter                                                          28

20        Postage                                                              10

 "          Matches                                                             10

22        Sojourner Truth                                                  15

25        Drawing Paper                                        20

Total                1,88

Cash Account May

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

1st        Butter                                                                 25

  "         Cloth                                                                  50

10        Postage Stamps                                                  30

11        For Flour                                                          1,12

14        Sunday School                                        20

16        Butter                                                                  37

20        Libra Tax                                                            25

22        Go to Show                                                         25

29        For Fish                                                              18

30        Ill. cracker                                                          10

Total                352

 

Cash Account June

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

1st        For Butter                                                        ,20

2          Potatoes                                                             32

5          Green. Allen                                                     5,00

"           for Beans                                                             17

12        for Butter                                                             25

13        "   cutting hair                                          10

16        Box bollors                                                          25

 "          Paper                                                                  03

19        Drawing Paper                                        15

20        Dress triming                                                       38

 "          Postage Stamps                                                   21

27        Tuition                                                10,00

 "          writing paper                                                       18

28        1 doz. eggs                                                          14

30        stone                                                                   10

 Total               17,48

 

crossed out:

V.M. Babbitt    Dr. to C. Sprague for work

Oct 14th           3 days

Oct 16th           1   "

 

Cash Accounts July

 

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

            Go to Hornellsville

1          Lecture Mrs. Howe                                          1,45

3          Hair oil                                                    ,5

"           watch cord                                                           25

4          cuffs                                                                     05

5          room rent                                                           4,50

"           Mrs. P. for Milk&                                              1,70

Ribbon                                                      05

9          Horses to feed                                        1,00

13        To Andover on Carr                                              40

14        from Andover                                                        40

19        Go Wellsville & Return                              60

 "          Trunk handle 4 laudlum                              50

 "          crackers                                                                05

 "          Boat Taps                                                             20

 "          Shepherd                                                            4,75

Total                16,05

 

crossed out:

V.M. Babbitt Dr. to F. Brodie for work

Oct 14             5 days

  "   21              5 1/2

  "   25              2 1/2

 Nov. 4            5 1/2

 

Wm. Armstrong Dr. to V.M. Babbitt for extra work on house

2 botten doors  150

   buttery shelves           125

2 boxes for chimes        125

   moulding door             75

   dressing stan            125

   Buse Boards    25

   threshold                  

   stantials                     4,00

   casing stairs

 

Cash Account August

 

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

1st        Postage Stamps                                                  24

6          Sunday School                                       11

9          to Preacher                                                       2,00

12        Pulling teeth                                                        50

 "          crackers                                                             10

21        Pepper & c.                                                       25

Total                3,20

 

Aug 2nd H. Babbitt Dr. to work S. House 5 1/2 days

  "    9    .          .           .           .           .       6        "

  "   16  .           .           .           .           .       8        "

  "   21. .           .           .           .       1 3/4   "

       214

         42

         25

         17

 

Oct. 25 Researved of H. Babbitt the full amount due on the above work

 

Cash Account September

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

18        Scio to Belmont& Back                                      30

19        Trip to Portage                                     570

22        To Angelica                                                        75

29        "    Wellsville                                                       20

30        for tools                                                            1.80

 "          " Coffee                                                              25

Total                9 00

 

V.M. Babbitt Dr. for board to C. Sprague

October 7th.......................................3 1/2 days

      "      14........................................9         "

      "      21........................................12       "

      "       25........................................5         "

 Nov.     4.........................................11        "

    "       10........................................3          "

 

Cash Accounts October

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

4          cloth for overalls                                                 75

9          Postage                                                              09

12        Box collor                                                          30

13        To Institute                                                       1,25

18        Paper brads                                                         10

23        Postage                                                                21

Total               2,70

 

 

Job Dr. to V. M. Babbitt work

oct. 7.....................3 1/2 days

  " 14.....................4 1/2 "

  " 21.................... 5 1/2

  " 25....................  2 1/2

Nov 4....................5 1/2

 

Cash Account November

Date                                                     Recieved         Paid

6          Green Allen                                                      19,00

"           Prof. Allen                                                          7,50

"           Dr. Saunders                                                      4 00

"           Irving Saunders                                       2 00

"           Crandalls                                                          11,50

7          Postage                                                                 10

8          Scratch awl                                                           10

17        Postage                                                                 12

 "          Dress Brade                                                          10

18        boots                                                                  5,00

29        to Wellsville & Back                                              20

Total                49,62

 

Nov. 25th S. Smith Dr. to work on house 5 1/2 days

         29th.................................................1 1/2   "

 

Cash Accounts December

Date                                                     Recieved          Paid

4          Postage                                                               24

"           Coffee                                                                 30

"           Cotton Yarn                                                        35

6          Paper & envelopes                                              22

8          factory cloth                                                        75

10        bible for S. House                                                50

14        coat vest & pants                                              1800

 "          Trunk                                                                 900

 "          Horses in Barn                                          30

19        Crandalls Acc.                                      6.68

 "          shirt buttons                                                          15

 "          cutting hair                                                            10

 "          oysters                                                     70

 "          Books                                                                7.50

21        Rope for Trunk                                          15

 "          Ticket Cincinnati                                               14.65

22        Aples & Luncheon                                                 25

 "          omnibus                                                                 50

23        Tavern Bill                                                        100

Total                61.34

23        Ticket Shoals                                                    6.00

"           Book                                                                    50

"           Saveing                                                                10

25        Postage                                                                24

29        Institute                                                                10

"           Shaving                                                                10   

 719

"           Bottle Ink                                                            10

7.29

          61.34

          68.63

 

Summary of Cash Accounts

 

Jan.      4.70

Feb.     1 90

Mar.     10 79

Apr.       1 88

May.      3 52

June     17 48

July      16 05

Aug.       3 20

Sept.      9 00

Oct.       2 70

Nov.    49 62

Dec.     68 63

189,47

Note from Sabra under the Memoranda page:

"Every man's the architect of his own fortune" And may you mold and fashion your own character so as slways to be a true and happy man Disapointments often come to us but may you be prepared to meet them with courage and keep this bookin Remembrance of the many days that are to come. And years fromnow as you turn overleaf after leaf may you think of one dear friend

who loved you well if it is not the will of God to have her with you then, but love and cherish  the  remembrance of that one fir tus wekk ti be renenbered. Your own true and loving one

Sabra

 

memoranda:

Oct. 1, 1871

Yours

Sabra Rogers

 

Memoranda

Science is the product of self culture all the mountain pracked from a devotion to a cause

 

Memoranda

Date

11.       Culture of Body the first culture not to have to much tast it spoils every thing American Society European Society first learnt to exist         learn to libe church culture christianity is no sect character culture should embrase all christian principles Culture of Literature Medical culture

 

Memoranda

Wm Armstrong Dr. to work on house $107.75

C. by check Nov. 5                                $ 15.00

"   "      "       "    18                                     80.00

Dr. 5th by check                                         12.75

 

Memoranda

Home

Sunday eve 1871

     March 26

Vernon remember there is one friend who loves you well. and again I ask you to remember me

Sabra

I always remember you

Vernon

 

27,00

  7 50

14 65

  6 00

  1 00

56.15

 

Memoranda

Sabra Rogers (her handwriting)

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Alligany Co. NY

 

Due Oct. 6 1869 from

Ames William               $113,04

Recieved from June 16/70 $50,00

Recieved Due 10/70     $50 00

Recieved Oct. 18/71    $20 00

 

Memoranda

Nov. 16th 1869 Casey Williams Dr. to work on house $15 50

Recieved May 16th/70 of C. Williams                           $10.00

15.50

  5 42

16,04.2                                                03.52

  6,04.2                                                      5

         7                                     17.60              

142,29 4                      84 598

  176                            176

985                              1021