Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 20 – 26, 1866

20th Wednesday  A fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

21st Thursday  A cold morning all but a frost  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Pelham took John Goland to Jacksonville.

22nd Friday  rather fine cool dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick [in margin] Rol & Cal went to Naperville & Goulds.

23rd Saturday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

24th Sunday A fine hot pleasant day with conciderable air verry dry I did my choars was at home a choaring round the most of the day went to store for Bet Billings at one oclock came back wrote some & took a nap, went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick.

25th Monday  rather fine weather for June  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick [in margin] Masons met at Elgin for to selabrate at Johns day.

26th Tuesday  fine weather for June  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 26 – September 1, 1863

26th Wednesday  rather a cold morning & frost on railroad a fine day. I arrived at Springfield between 5 & 6 in morning & stayed till 4 ½ in afternoon, went I left for Jacksonville and arrived there at 6 & arrived at the hospital 6 ½. Saw Sister & came back to the villiage between 7 & 8, put up at the mansion house for the night & rested verry well, but slep on a matras.

27th Thursday  rather a fine cool day & some cloudy, I got up about 6 eat breckfust at Mansion House at Jacksonville went to the Hospital about 8 & got sister & started on the cars a little before 9 & got to the Illinois & St Louis Junction 10 ½ stayed till 11-3/4 & started for Joliet, got there a little after 6, eat supper, went to bed about 9 at the Aubern House kep by Austin rested verry well, rained during night [in margin] Caroline moved to Willsons. J Pollard got home from East. Caroline mooved to Wilsons in part of Gary house].

28th Friday  A cloudy damp morning but a cool windy day & cold evening, I eat breckfust about 7 & started about 7 ½ for home with Sister & Netty Fowler & got home a little after 12, took the horse & carriage home eat dinner & went to office about 2 ½ stayed in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

29th Saturday  A cold morning with some frost a cold day & night I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick. Caroline called & went home for stove.

30th Sunday  A cold pleasant morning with a pretty heavy frost which cut potatoes & vines pretty bad & corn some. I did my choars went to office & Hoyts came home was at home the most of the day a choaring round etc went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick.

31st Monday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold.

September 1st Tuesday  A fine cool day & evening. 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] Alvaro Drulard died near Murfreesboro.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 19 – 25, 1863

19th Wednesday  rather fine hot weather & a getting dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

20th Thursday  rather a fine warm day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

21st Friday  rather a fine day & evening some showerey at night.  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.

22nd Saturday  rather a fine day & evening some cloudy and damp in the morning but cold in afternoon & evening. 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, Gary got the bed & put it up Sarah Russequie stayed with Caroline [in margin] Layed out Winfield Road part.

23rd Sunday  rather a fine cool morning & cloudy more warm during day but some cloudy. I did my choars was at the store & Hoyts in morning came home about 10 was at home achoaring round, writing etc most of the day went to bed about 9 nearly sick with a soar in my ear.

24th Monday  rather fine weather & cloudy, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a sore ear etc.

25th Tuesday  rather a fine day & cool a cold night. I did my choars was at the office the most of the forenoon got ready to go to Jacksonville, started about one oclock with H Fowlers horse & J Pollards carriage for Joliet Netta Fowler went to Joliet with me, I got there at 6 & left on cars at 10 ½ J______.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 26, 1862

26th Thursday  A rainey disagreeable forenoon at Jacksonville.  I started between 11 & 12 for the Insane hospital with Sister Young Sister Fox carried us up got there a little before noon & left her & I went back & got dinner & went up again about 3 oclock PM and went all over the Institute & round the barns etc.  Saw Sister again & felt verry bad to leave her.  She was so frustrated & she felt so bad to have me leave, I started the village about ½ past 6, went up & saw the deef & dumb asylum & took the cars for Springfield between 10 & 11 & got to Springfield about 12, went to a tavern & stayed till next day about 8 or 9 went to Depot Friday & took cars for Chicago 50 after 11.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 25, 1862

25th Wednesday  A rainey disagreeable morning & forenoon more pleasant in afternoon we arrived at St Louis railroad Junction a little after 6 & stayed till 6 in afternoon when we took cars for Jacksonville & got there about ½ past 7 went the Mansion House & stayed all night _______  Fox I rested tolerable well it rained during night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 24, 1862

24th Tuesday  rather a fine day & evening & cool.  I did my choars got ready to go to Jacksonville with Sister & Griffeth & I started with her a little before 10 & got to Joliett about 20 minutes past 3 P.M.  we got dinner & Griffeth started for home about 5 I stayed till near 11 when we went & took the cars for Springfield began to rain during the night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 23, 1862

23rd Monday  rather a fine day but cool for June.  I did my choars was round home all day & evening a getting ready to go to Jacksonville called at Hoyts etc came home between 8 & 9 & went to bed about 10.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 22, 1862

22nd Sunday  A cloudy damp day with showers.  I did my choars & breckfust choars wrote some & was at home the most of the day called at Bliss Hoyts Wrays and other places went to bed between 9 & 10 nearly sick looked up Sisters things & packed some of them to go to Jacksonville.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 21, 1862

21st Saturday A cloudy damp day & rained in forenoon & broak away at noon I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home by Hoyts & Wrays between 8 & 9 got home about 9 & went to bed at 10 tiard & nearly sick.  Mrs. Culver stayed in evening got word from Jacksonville.”