Ellen M. Handy 1893 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF MRS. ELLEN H. HANDY, Wife of Ship Captain Charles Handy of Boston Area Massachusetts
Boston Massachusetts MA 1892 Cloth Good Manuscript
This is the hand-written diary of Ellen M. Handy, wife of Captain Charles Handy, from somewhere near Boston, Massachusetts. The diary, which measures 3 1/4" by 6", is written in an 1892 book, with some of the dates changed to 1893. There are entries for every day, most averaging a few sentences, but some are merely a brief mention of the weather. She writes about her three or four children (one appears to be married, one in college, one still in school), and about her husband's ship (refers to it as "the vessel"), his cargoes, and various trips. Some of the town names mentioned are Boston, Bridgewater, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Providence, Newport, Wareham, Fall River, Middleboro, Cataumet, Fort Phoenix, Stonington, Red Hook, Palmers Island, and Marion. Many people's names are mentioned, some by first or last name only. Some are: Mrs. Hadley, Mrs. Willis, Ed Luce, Linus Rider, Alfred Parker, Charles Hammond, Gertrude Blankenship, Edith Thomas, Fred Vose, Mary Weeks, Rufus Brett. The diarist writes of daily activities, visits made and received, entertainments, some birthdays (her husband turns 61), births, deaths. Some of the entries mention going "May flowering", loading box boards for New York, went to hear Phillips Brooks speak, frost in June, a lawn party, saw a wrecked vessel, got a watermelon, went "graping", put up huckleberries, took Mr. Weeks to the Insane Asylum, got mantels for the new house. Her spelling and grammar are very good, and the writing is easy to read. A fascinating look at the life of a ship captain's wife from the 1890's.