Manuscript Diary of an unidentified Bucknell University student, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1871

12mo, pocket diary, 242 pages, plus blanks, original ¼ leather and cloth, binding worn, spine eroded, boards nearly detached, but present, the entries while for 1871, were written in an 1870 diary, else in good, clean legible condition.

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            Our unidentified diarist is a very religious Bucknell student, member of the class of 1872, who writes about college life, attending exhibitions and meetings, he was a member of the board of the college newspaper, the College Herald, playing chess, lectures, including one by Frederick Douglass, and another by a Jewish convert to Christianity, encountering drunk students, courting a young woman, activities as an itinerant Baptist preacher, and especially his studies in geology, hunting specimens and fossils, including a trip to the Delaware Water Gap, for specimens.

 

        Sample Quotes:

 

  “January 28, 1871 Fred Douglass lectured in Music Hall this evening. Subject: Our Composite Nationality. He was entertaining and instructive as usual. He spoke of having been refused admittance into any hotel in West Chester a short [time] ago…”

 

  “February 1, 1871 Bought “Women’s Suffrage” by H. Bushnell D.D. Read opening chapter this eve – am pleased with the work ...”

 

  “February 5, 1871 … Attended Miss Spratt’s meeting. Attended temperance lecture of Mr. Chase – Discourse interrupted by cries of fire. The fire was on the opposite side of the river …”

 

  “May 16 1871 Examination in Analytical Geometry. Class of “72” visited Mt. Montour. Erected a mound on the summit… First Edition of the “College Herald” came out today …”

 

  “Thursday July 13, 1871 E. E. James and I started for the park (Fairmount) this morning. Noticed that considerable change has been made since my visit there last summer. The park has been much enlarged, contains over two thousand acres. Went up to Schuylkill Falls on the steamboat “Star”. Spent about an hour at the falls. Almost every house a Lager Beer saloon, could [find] no eating saloon worthy of a visit. Took a dinner in a grocery …”

 

  “Friday July 21, 1871 Edwin and I took the train (9:15) for the Water Gap. Mrs. Larson  provided us with an abundance of eatables and a blanket apiece. Alshouse’s hammer for purposes of Geology. Safe and pleasant ride. L G. Beck on train. On arriving proceeded to the Mt lakes. Took dinner on a ledge of rocks. After dinner visited a camp in the neighborhood and picked some whortleberries. Then proceeded to Table Rock. Thence to the summit, the highest point on Penna Mountain 1450 ft. The view from this height is extensive and surprising. Hundreds of beautiful groves and farms lay before us. The Delaware seems like a small and charming creek. Villages to be seen are, Slateford, Portland, Centreville, Johnsonville, and Columbia. Several slate quarries in sight. Saw Diana’s bath and Hunter’s Spring. At the former the water of a mountain brook glides down an inclined plane of rocks. Hunter’s Spring is a natural fountain oozing from the perpendicular rock …”

 

  “Saturday July 22nd, 1871 … Took a boat ride down to the precipice in the Gap. An old Boatman rowed. Delightful ride. Ascended the Jersey mountains. Ascent somewhat difficult – mountainside very rough. On reaching the summit climbed a high tree from wh the view is magnificent… spent part of the afternoon in examining and collecting specimens from the bed of the river. …”

 

  “Tuesday July 25th 1871 … on Swan creek in the city of Lambertville Found some good specimens…”

 

   “Wednesday July 26th, 1871 Edwin and I went down to the ferry for Tourmalines. Bro. Price took us down the R.R. Wall good specimens found. Edwin put up a box of specimens..”

 

  “Monday August 21, 1871 Left Lambertville at 7. Reached Lewisburg at 7.30 on the train were Shanafelt, Foster, Ogden, Pomeroy, Weston and Misses Evans & English. Edwin met me at the L depot..”

 

  “Thursday Oct 12th, 1871 Great fire in Chicago this week. Great destruction of the city. Many persons burned to death. Supplies are being forwarded from the principal cities. Riot in Philadelphia on Tuesday (Election) several parties shot. Among them a friend of Mr. Brawley…”