Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 2 – 8, 1865

2nd Thursday A fine cool day was frozen in morning but thawed during day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed tiard lonely & nearly sick with cold.

3rd Friday rather fine cool weather for March freezes & thaws. 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 & nearly sick with a cold [in margin] Soldiers had an oyster supper at H D Fowlers tonight those that have enlisted.

4th Saturday rather fine weather but some cold, thaws in the sun but not in the shade I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ or 10 tiard lonesome & nearly sick with a cold Black Jerry Roberts or Robins, baby died about 2 week old next Monday.

5th Sunday rather a fine cool day, thawed in the sun dureing the day but froze in the shade I did my choars eat breckfust went to the office came back choared round the house some went to the office about one came home cleaned out the howel red & wrote some did my choars went to office & made up the mail came home & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick a lonesome day G O Potter & wife went to Griffeths about noon got back about 8 [in margin] we had some oysters for breckfust G O Potter went with his wife to the Griffeths.

6th Monday rather a fine day but muddy 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 with a cold, lonely [in margin] Boys went to Joliet to be examine for the army F Brown Beardsley & others.

7th Tuesday A beautiful warm pleasant spring morning with a light shower about 3 in morning grew cooler about noon was quite a cool night snowed toward tomorrow morning I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely tiard & nearly sick with a cold, G O Potter & wife went to Chicago & was going to Kankakee, G. E. P left overcoat at home.

8th Wednesday Rather a cool snowey morning & day a cold night snow fell 3 or 4 inches, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ lonely & sick [in margin] Mrs. Stone mooved to Col Red house.”

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