Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 24 – 30, 1864

24th Thursday rather fine weather for the season I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

25th Friday rather fine weather but cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

26th Saturday A cloudy damp day but clear pleasant night. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick Caroline went down.

27th Sunday A cloudy damp disagreeable day & night I did my choars was at the house all day, at work, cleaned out my howel, big pen, hen house & back house and many other choars, wrote some in the evening & went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick & home sick.

28th Monday rather cloudy disagreeable weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

29th Tuesday rather cloudy weather & mudy, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

30th Wednesday rather cloudy muddy weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 17 – 23, 1864

17th Thursday cold cloudy weather freezes every night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.

18th Friday rather cold but fine weather I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Caroline got back from her fathers.

19th Saturday rather a fine day, some cloudy & not as cold   I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 tiard sick & lonely Mrs. E. A. Potter got an express package from Aurora Sherman from Iowa with ten dollars in it for her to come out there.

20th Sunday rather a fine pleasant forenoon but cloudy afternoon & sprinkled a little about 8 & then cleared off & cold & grew cold fast was a cold night I did my choars was round home till about 11 when I went with C Noonen & H Gould to Cal Wrays to help about plastering her house but the morter was frozen & we came back between 12 & one & Cal came down with us & Goulds folks were here, they left at 3 ½ & about 4 I got Waddles wagon & carried Col home & Elizabeth Potter & Charley went up, we got back before dark I did my choars wrote some & went to bed about 8 ½ tiard sick & lonely & homesick, Elizabeth wrote to Aurora S. & George Potter.

21st Monday  rather fine weather for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

22nd Tuesday rather fine cloudy weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

23rd Wednesday rather fine weather for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 10 – 16, 1864

“10th Thursday A cloudy damp morning & day grew cold in the afternoon & the wind blew very hard & blew hard all night a tremendious hard wind I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

“11th Friday A cold rane day & night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

“12th Saturday rather a fine cool day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick— [in margin] Elizabeth got a letter from George.

“13th Sunday A most beautiful day & evening the finest day we have had in many weeks, I did my choars was at the office in morning came back & fenced my stacks & choared round etc went to bed between 8 & 9 tiard & sick  Elizabeth & Charles went to both meeting.

“14th Monday rather fine cold weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick.

“15th Tuesday rather fine weather but cool for Nov I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

“16th Wednesday rather cold cloudy raw weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely and lonely as death.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 3 – 9, 1864

“3rd Thursday rather fine weather but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

“4th Friday rather a fine day & a cold night cloudy day & clear night, I did my choars was at the office all day 7 till 6 ½ in evening then went to Methodist church to hear Cody make a political speech went home about ½ past 9 & soon went to bed nearly sick.

“5th Saturday A fine pleasant beautiful day for Nov. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Mrs Stowels husband came home at night.

“6th Sunday rather a fine morning but a cloudy day with squalls of rain a most all day rather a hard day. I did my choars was at the house most of the day choaring round & fixing corn crib, went to office about noon came back wrote some in evening & went to bed about 9 tiard & lonely Charles went to Carolines to got to go to her father but did not go Tom Pelham was married to Mrs Ellin or Hellin York today by Elder Ofield at Downers Grove.

“7th Monday rather a cloudy damp day. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick & lonely [in margin] Caroline went to her fathers.

“8th Tuesday rather a cool cloudy damp & some misty day. I did my choars was at the office till about one oclock when I came up & went to election with Jerry Pollard came back between 3 & 4 went to the store came home eat supper & went back came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick it mist a little in evening & rained before morning, A Lincoln got 180 majority over McLellen, McLellen had 58 or 59 a pretty still election.

“9th Wednesday A rainey day & evening rained conciderable. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.”