Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1862 December 25 Chapel Hill, N.C.

[from the diary of Eliza Oswald Hill, refugee from Wilmington, N.C.]

Thursday 25th Christmas Day - Professor Hubbard gave us a fine sermon
to day - The Congregation was large - & the church very prettily dressed
with evergreens - When we returned home we found a very
nice Christmas dinner - & after dinner we received more
dessert from different families - The negroes have been more
merry than the whites - But take it all in all it has been extreme
ly dull until to night when the young ladies & gentlemen got up
a cotillion or two & danced a little by the Piano - Mrs Walters & Sarah
paid a visit this afternoon but I have been busy sewing ever
since dinner - Eliza has been altering my bonnet into a more
fashionable shape - & I have written two long letters - Eliza recei
-ved two this morning - one from Captain Mason who is feeling
sad & badly at her delaying her marriage longer - But she was
obliged by the many disappointment she has met with in
her wardrobe to do it - A fortnight will soon pass - & then
she will think it was all for the best - Joes letter was not
very cheering - 8 negroes were down sick - 3 or 4 ill
with Pneumonia from exposure without shoes or thick
clothing - None to be had at any price - His house is not yet
finished - & he has given his sister some advice which I
hope she will follow, & that is to have her property made
over to her before she marries -But I fear she wont do it -
Sarah has gone to her room to write to Fred - & I am writing
also - Mrs Johnston's sister Mrs Smith has arrived--

MSS 6960

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