Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 17 – 23, 1867

17th Wednesday  fine hay weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick, Resseguie stacked part of a stack of hay nearly my share of half the orchard, he stacked tomorrow.

18th Thursday  a fine day for haying  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick Resseguie stacked nearly my share of hay what grew on half of the orchard the rest he mowed.

19th Friday  A cloudy & some showerey day bad hay day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick with trouble  Sister is verry troublesome.

20th Saturday  A fine day for haying  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8-3/4 & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with trouble [in margin] stacked rest of orchard, Col went to Chicago.

21st Sunday  A beautiful warm day clear & pleasant  I did my choars eat breckfust went to office with George about 9 ½ George picked him out pants & vest & we came home & called at Grants a short time came home & choared round the house & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

22nd Monday  fine hay weather but hot  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worn out with trouble.

23rd Tuesday  A fine hot day thurmometer at 100  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 26 – November 1, 1865

26th Thursday A cloudy disagreeable day & night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely as death.

27th Friday A cloudy misty disagreeable day & snowed several inches during the night I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick dishartened and about discouraged.

28th Saturday Several inches of snow on the ground & a snowing looks conciderable like winter brooke away in forenoon a cold night & froze quite hard, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & sick.

29th Sunday A cold but more pleasant morning and day but froze quite hard last night I did my choars eat breckfust went to the office & back choared round the house picked some apples etc took my cold off to wean etc, a good deal like winter I went to bed about 8 ½ nearly sick dishartened & a lonely as one can be & about discouraged [in margin] a cold winterlike day.

30th Monday A cold cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed about 9 lonely & sick [in margin] Bostwick moved to Wheaton.

31st Tuesday A cold cloudy disagreeable day & night seemed like winter I did my choars was at office all day & evening & came home 8 bed 9.

November 1st Wednesday a cool cloudy disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 lonely Wm McNelly started for Iowa.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, September 7 – 13, 1865

7th Thursday A cloudy damp showerey day & wet I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

8th Friday rather a damp 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 lonely & sick G Sidwell came & stayed all night [in margin] Geo Sidwell came from Rockford stayed with me.

9th Saturday rather cloudy cloudy weather 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, Sister slep up stairs.

10th Sunday rather a hot cloudy damp day with several showers a hot day I did my choars came to the office two or three times, choared round the house, paired some apples & strung them, at home in evening & went to bed at 9 sick.

11th Monday rather a fine day but hot & some cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick & lonely.

12th Tuesday A hot muggy showerey day tedious weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely.

13th Wednesday A hot muggy faint day with showers & heavey thunder showers in evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 6 shut up & went to supper & did not go back as we had a showerey night went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely”