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BEDFORD ENGLAND 1763 Very Good Manuscript 
On offer is a sensational, original ancient 1763 through 1764 manuscript journal of thoughts, emotions, religious out pouring and continual internal dialogue threaded throughout diary entries of the author's daily life and family. The 144 page book was handwritten by Elizabeth Kingsley [later Symonds] when she married Reverend Joshua Symonds the noted clergyman who presided at the Bunyan Meeting Hall in Bedford and the man who took over after the death of the great John Bunyan author of "Pilgrims Progress." Dated October 20th, 1763 to June 30th, 1764 the 6 ¼" x 7 ½" book with a faded teal cover is marked No. 3, numbers, 1 and 2 lost to history, has another name; Elizabeth Emery, Bedford being her daughter, this manuscript relic offers a super insight into her life and times: her "attempts" to follow her teachings from the Bible and her teachers. She writes of the sermons of such preachers of the Evangelical Revival as Madan, Romaine, Venn, Brittain, Langford, Hogg, Brewer at Pinner's Hall and others. She writes of visits to "Wesley's" chapel and attending a Methodist meeting, though not a "follower". Descriptions of life include "The Lord Mayor's Parade", entries on their servants, including one who had died after leaving their service "a carnal woman", illness in the family and she is often "troubled with frightful dreams" and so much more. Here are some snippets of this intriguing diary: "I am at present slothful in religion, but I have no power to do anything; I can't help myself. My spiritual disease rages and gets head apace and at the same I fund my strength decay" and "A very stupid frame I have been in today; but O yet blessed be the Lord, he had not left me for some weeks past, to those great terrors which sometimes I have…"1763 "October 20th, But what can I hope for from the one who I have so often offended. I daily sin against my only remedy. The complicated woes that I feel, they are too great to be escaped. I am ready to give up all hope and lay down in perpetual sorrow. But then sometimes at the extremity, I cast my self before the only Savoir and pray that he will have mercy on me and pray that I may serve him, then my wounded conscience gets a little ease, and I think my conflicts are abated; but ah! Too soon they all return. Jesus, master, have mercy on me, O restore to me the joys of thy salvation. Do then heal all my diseases, take me as a poor lost sheep and carry me upon they shoulder, for I can't walk one step of the way to glory. I commit my soul to thee this night and will lay me down to rest, hoping for better times. Sleep begins to overpower me, praised be God that I have a comfortable bed to rest on. I have forfeited every mercy but yet he bestows many upon me." (She always talks about being "afflicted with drowsiness" and takes something for it.) "November 3rd, Yesterday there was a parting in the family. One went away who had been in the house near a year and half. I was sorry at first and retired as soon as I could and put up a few petitions for her and also for her that I expected to supply her place that her coming here might be for her good. But she never came and I have been all this day stirring about and had but little time for my soul, likewise have mist hearing Mr. Brittain. However in all things I say, thy will of the Lord be done. I would learn something from everything that happens; and from seeing how it is to be so full employed with worldly business, I would learn to be thankful that my dear friends are in such circumstances as to keep some body to do the work. Send us, O Lord, I pray thee, send a proper person if it be thy will, one that is of the household of faith….." "November 4th, Tis still bad as to the affairs of my soul. Have this day taken a stranger into the family. May I be interested in her behalf and endeavor to do her all the good that I possibly can; O help me Lord, to set a good example." "November 9th, This has been Lord Mayors day and a disagreeable day to me for I went to the show, to take my sisters who had never seen it before and were very desirous of it. I was but low in spirits yet that was much better than if I had been light and trifling. I thought what a deal of time there had been spent in preparation for a vain show and for the feasts and ball which was to be this evening. A friend of mine said how these people shame Christians, but that is for want of our having our end more in view. I desire to be very thankful that we are got safe home without the least accident, especially as we were in very imminent danger. We came out of the house too soon and just after there came such a violent crowd we could neither go on nor get back, and I really thought one of the children would have been killed. I don't know that when I was so frightened in my life; but yet not upon my own account, tho I was in danger, but I had two little ones to take care of and I thought they would either have been thrown down or trampled to death or have had their limbs broke. It was a great mercy they did not fall for if they had, there would have been no hope. My sprits were quite terrified, and it was not just a fright and then over but we stood for a long time in the street and I had my pocket pickt and lost six or seven shillings at least. The Lord did in my distress send me help and two men greatly defended me. May he reward them for it. One of them conducted me safe out of the crowd….." "November 18th, This morning when I wak'd I was much troubled; and wished to have returned to that state of insensibility that I had just left. I seem'd only to open my eyes to sorrow, and expected to have had a sad disconsolate day; but glory be to God he quickly gave me peace but I have not time to record particulars." "November 23rd, These words have often come into my mind lately, as applicable to me. Sensual, not having the spirit, and today I thought these words were very suitable. Malachi 1:10. I have no pleasure in you, with the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. God seems to reject all that I do; and indeed very justly, for my hands are full of wickedness, thou Lord art holy, just and true. This I will, I must confess, tho I should be miserable forever. The Lord won't accept any offering that I bring but what is the reason, why I offer him a corrupt thing; but I have not a male in my flock, else would I offer it. I pray that his little spark may be blown into a flame." "November 26th, I walk at present by some very faint glimmerings of light." "December 1st, ……I am at present very slothful in religion, but I have no power to do anything. I can't help myself. My spiritual disease rages and gets head apace and at the same I find my strength decay." "December 5th, In the day time I am commonly pretty well in spirit because there is one thing, or other to divert my attention but of a night; when I retire to my closet, and to my bed; then my distress and fear visit me. However I don't desire peace till it is of the right sort. I want not to have my thoughts diverted, I desire no rest, but what flows from the knowledge of my reconciliation to God and to know that I would give ten thousand worlds were they at my disposal." "December 14th, There has been company here yesterday and today which has put me into a hurry of spirits and I have had but little time for retirement because they lay at the house. However I was pretty comfortable yesterday and had some sweet seasons in prayer and I found as I went backward and forward to fetch and carry things, that I could many times life up my heart to God. I had a mind last night to write a letter to an old acquaintance that I had not seen since my being changed. I bed the assistance of the Holy Spirit in it. That he would dictate to me and I only have to write the words, but I did not find it so. I was much left to myself. I staid up till this morning to finish it then went to bed and slept not 4 hours, was but poorly as to my body when I got up…." We note this is the era of John Howard, a wealthy landowner in Cardington who would soon be High Sheriff of the county and from his experience resolved to devote his life to prison reform. Overall G+. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: Elizabeth was born on July 16th, 1741 to the parents of Charles Kingsley and Elizabeth Kingsley. She married Reverend Joshua Symonds in 1767 and was the mother of Mary, Anna, Sarah, Esther, Elizabeth, Priscilla, John, Hannah, Thomas and more. In fact the couple had 12 children all together. She died on August 27th, 1792. So she was just 22 years old when writing in her diary. Elizabeth and her husband have some very historical and noteworthy backgrounds. [Two of Elizabeth Kingsley's closest friends were Hannah Wilberforce and Eliza Delafield. Hannah was married to the uncle of the future anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce, and bought him up after the death of his father in 1768, when he was still a child. It was she who inculcated him with Evangelical views, much to the horror of his mother and grandfather who a few years later took him back into their care. She was also the Great Aunt of the novelist Charles Kingsley.] Her soon to be husband, Joshua Symonds, was the son of an apothecary in Kidderminster. In the magazine: "The Baptist Magazine dated 1823: "On the 3rd of November, 1767, Mr. Symonds was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Kingsley, daughter of an eminent druggist, who resided in Lime-street, London and who proved a most excellent Christian both in young and mature age; amiable, modest, benevolent, and heavenly minded, she was indeed the pastor's wife. Previously to her marriage much of her time had been spent with her friend, the late Mrs. Wilberforce, whose habitation was a heaven upon earth, and every day resembled a Sabbath. Here Mrs. Symonds no doubt in spiritual converse with her friend, acquired the habit of and delight in abstractedness from the world, and that deep toned piety which characterized the whole of her life." 
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On offer is a very interesting post Civil War Boston area well filled 193 page manuscript diary handwritten by an unidentified [though the family name may be Symonds as explained further along in the description] carpenter/builder who begins writing daily on May 1st 1867 through May 11th, 1869. He lives in Winter Hill Massachusetts which is a neighborhood located in Somerville Massachusetts. While the writer is unknown local researchers and historians will have a wealth of clues to perhaps identify him: he celebrates his 25th wedding anniversary on September 20th, 1867 and his writings of the occasion include many of the people who were there. His wife's name is Merriam, his sister is Charlotte and he mentions Aunt Sally M. Sargent whom he ends up building a house for during the time this diary represents. There are the entries about his two homes that they owned (and I believe end up selling) on Federal St. in Boston. In fact he gives the address as 24th Federal Street. At one point while selling the place he says that the deed came for "Charlotte W. Symonds" and "M. Symonds" so he might be a Symonds. Here are some snippets: 1867 "May 9th & 10th, Pleasant. Got the deed from Currier and all signed. Saw Gallagher and settled about the house he is to go in on 15th. Paid for fixing pump. Afternoon made rounds with Mr. Pierce and freelanced to see about selling houses and took a look at the city. Got all ready to go home to Somerville…Pleasant. At 9 ½ left with Charlotte for Boston 10 A.M train in E. RR. Home at Winter Hill. To dinner 1 P.M. Found Merriam no better. Potatoes planted. Looked around things." "June 24th, Rather cloudy but came out hot. Folks all went into the Masonic Celebration, a very large procession. 45 bands of music. President Johnson rode with them. Had a real jam, about 9,000 in the procession. Bot lamb and beef. Had some." "July 4th, Pleasant and very hot. Not much doing. Boys burned some powder at 3 P.M. Showers, dust, mostly wind north east and in the eve quite a rain. Philly and wife came up but went into Mr. Dawson's to play croquet. They took them into the house. Had ice cream, salad, lemon cakes and rained so they stayed over night with us." "August 8th, Hazy. Young folks went on a tramp to Winchester. Fred and Philly went to N.P. fishing and around the bluff. P.G. to North Port and lost the train but left at 10 ½. Paid Weeks and the gas bill. Bot ice. Very hot day. Made ice cream for the party. At 7 they got home full of glee and frolic. They stopped and had a coalition. Fred and Philly got home at 8 ½ and joined them at ice cream." "September 20th, Pleasant. Digging potatoes. The family getting ready to celebrate our 25th anniversary or Silver Wedding. Eliza Agnes came up from N. Port. Eve all the following were present. Mrs. Philip Johnson, Sally M. Sargent, Charlotte W. Symons, Philip Johnson and wife, Fred W. Johnson and wife and son Walter. Charlotte E. Johnson, C. Woodberry, M. Woodberry, P.O. Woodberry and wife, N. Y. Woodberry, Eliza A. Woodberry, Charles A. Davis and William H. Woodberry. 18 in all. Had a pleasant time and valuable presents. We were remembered by all that were here and some that could not be present. We left before 12 M." "October 12th, Cloudy and chill with some rain. Charley did not go to work. Nick left for the wharf and Still River. Fred painting the lower front entry. Got Philip and plastered the attic. Had a hard job but got it done with some swearing. Fred finished up painting. House better. Barberries came from South Berwick." "November 26th & 27th, Cloudy and dull. Went into the city bot turkeys, sugar and raisons. Got samples of tea. Collected the Concord R.R. Div. Paid Mr. Williams and sent things out by express. Folks in to see J. Richardson. Said weather prevented Mrs. Richardson. Went to Berwick. Came out at 2 P.M……Pleasant nice day. About home. Bad cold. At 4 P.M. Merriam rode to Franklin St. for Alice. Boys went to the city to see the ship off. Went down to the harbor in her but she had to come back into the harbor on account of the change of wind and weather. The boys got home at 8 P.M. well pleased with the days jaunt…." "December 6th, Pleasant but cold. Miss Crosby came up to pass the day. Went up to the auction of Miss A. Tuft's old house and contents. Then went and saw the new chapel building by Oakman. Found Mrs. Reid here to see sister Agnes from the city. Some little snow and rain fell in the afternoon. Mr. Crosby and wife called and took Alice down to East Somerville with them. Eve some rain with high wind from south. Boys have a fine time. Two of the Hanson boys here and E. Mainard came over…." 1868 "January 3rd, Had a bad night. Told Nick to see the Dr. He came up and gave strict orders to keep quiet and still and to keep in my room and bed until better" (The next time he writes is on January 15th when he finally is better and decides to come down stairs.) "February 4th & 5th, Pleasant and more mild. About the house all day. Deed came for Charlotte to sign of the two houses on Federal Street. Sold to Dr. Gale for 4500 dollars. This is all the real estate of M. Symons. Sale is law….Pleasant and milder but still cold. About the house. Bill of Administration came for the signature of C. W. Symons. Signed and returned. Eve tea party at Mr. Stickney's and Agnes went. Paid Brook's bill of lumber. 8 P.M. snowing." "February 16th, Pleasant, rather cool. Barker came. Brown bread and beans for breakfast. Folks off to Sunday school. E. Agnes and Alice to church. Afternoon Nick, Alice and E. Agnes went over to Phillip's and spent the afternoon. Eve folks off to lecture. Heard a crazy ridicule on Woman's rights and kindred themes." "February 25th, Pleasant and some what milder. About home. Dr. Hemingway called. Afternoon up to the house. Miriam and Charlotte went over to Spring Hill. Mr. Whitney called. Eve came very near burning the house with fluid. Had a real fright for a short time. Gas failing was the cause." "April 11th, Pleasant after the snow storm. Boys shoveling off and making paths. Nick left for the city. Charley at work. Have to keep house. Eve snow has gone. Much today. Gov. Chamberlain gave lecture at the hall tonight. Bad walking but the folks attended in good numbers." "May 16th, Cloudy and dull. Had Dennis ½ day to put down sods. Sturgis went into the city. Sarah came out to see us. Went in at 1 ½ by horse cars. Sturgis out home at 1 P.M. Sort of pleasant. Bad east wind. Mr. Wood came out, said the impeachers had failed to depart the President." "June 17th, Foggy and dull. Very little rain. Young folks went on picnic and to ride in afternoon and eve went into Mr. Hayes (?) to Crystal wedding. Nice time. About 80 present. At 6 P.M. young folks got home. Had had nice day and good time." "July 3rd & 4th, Pleasant up at 4 A.M. Out hoeing. Got it all done at 8 ½ A.M. Very hot and dry. Gas up to 98. Big trot up to Mystic Park. Charley went up. Came home very much heated. Bot salmon and halibut and lobster. This is the hottest day so far….Pleasant. Boys up early and off to the park to see the sights. Then they went into the city and out to Cambridge to see Bale match. Home at noon. Very hot. Gas 100 in shade. Nick Hanson and James Henry came here and called again in afternoon. Had our first peas today." "July 17th, Pleasant, cool east wind. All getting ready for the great time at Town Hall. The High School Exhibition went down at 9. Got a good seat. The exercises soon began and sere got through with at 2 ½ P.m. then the speeches &c. Closed at 3 P.M. Eve the grand finale, an eve procession. Mrs. Stimpson here to tea." "August 6th, (Building his Aunt Sally's house) Cloudy. Dennis Martin and Mike Downy on the cellar. John Downey taking away dirt all day. Meserve putting down frames together. Charley sick. At noon Meserve went to Framing. Charley and Sturgis helping Pollard. Brought 4 loads of stones today. Miriam and sister Charlotte went into the city to shop and made calls, out by 5 ½ train. Sister Agnes came up from her visit to Salem. Sturgis primed window and door frames. Fred painting house. 2nd coat. Light sprinkle of rain…." "September 2nd, Pleasant and quite cold. Wind est. Left at 8 by the horse cars for Boston and Himgham. R. C. Danner (?) and Frank, Miss Pennock, Sister Charlotte, C. Agnes and Willy and self make the party. Left the wharf at 9 ½ had a fine sail. Sister Charlotte and self returned on the boat. Got home at 1 P.M. found Charlotte and Sarah bad. Left for Derry at 12 M. Sarah sent her things out by express. The young folks got home rather late having missed the ¼ of 4 boat." "October 10th, Pleasant. Helped Fred paint until 8 ½ on the west end. Meserve came and took list of doors and hardware waited and left for the city by way of Charlestown at 9 ½. I took steam cars for the city. Went to Pickin's and Washbumm. Paid for white wood for ice chest. Called to see Mr. Bowen not in, then meet Meserve and selected the doors at Languard's then to Morse's and got the hardware. Meserve then left for home to work. I bot close line and boiler and sent them out. Saw Mr. Bowen and came out by two o'clock horse car. Afternoon Fred hung blinds and fixed paint. Meserve painting floor boards…." Many names are mentioned, in part: Hunt, Gray, Johnson, Gilman, Thomas Gallagher, Currier, E. L. Weeks, Esq. Pierce, C. Hubbs, Kitty Eldridge, Alice Crosby, E. Haskell, Sampson, Sawyer, Bowen, Austin, Dr. Hemingway, Cudworth, Captain Adams, John Richison, Sarah Woodberry and so many more. The full leather diary measures about 4" x 6 ½" and although the cover is worn and a bit stained the pages and binding look great. Overall G+. 
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