June 1, 1862
Sunday. Down to see Mathews. At Catholic Church. Reading.
June 2, 1862
Had negro girl. In school. Nothing new. Reading Don Quixote.
June 3, 1862
In school. Saw Mr. Sample. Nothing new.
June 4, 1862
In school. [J. W.] Faust is in the Quartermaster’s Department [of the 33rd Arkansas Infantry]. [He] finally succumbed [and joined the army].
June 5, 1862
In school. Nothing new. Reading Don Quixote. Good. Funny.
June 6, 1862
In school. Had a sharp letter of reproof, impudent & saucy, from that bitch wench [Elizabeth] Hempstead for pulling [her 10 year-old son] Lee’s ears. Reading Don Quixote.
June 7, 1862
Reading & writing. Afternoon, got Age of Chivalry [or Legends of King Arthur] by Thomas Bulfinch for a prize for one of my [school] boys ($1.28). At [Ernest] Wiedemann’s. Mr. Graves & wife here. Reading Don Quixote.
June 8, 1862
At Sunday school. Mrs. Savage was making fun of me in Sunday school. She is worth some property but got it by marrying an Indian. The Devil take such damned fools. At [Ernest] Wiedemann’s – had cake & coffee. At church. Heard Graves preach. Good.
June 9, 1862
In school. Nothing new.
June 10, 1862
In school. Feel sick & dull. Finished Don Quixote.
June 11, 1862
In school. Nothing new. (Bought tobacco for 50 cents.)
June 12, 1862
In school. Writing & reading up on Romance.
June 13, 1862
In school. Nothing new. Went fishing with the girls.
June 14, 1862
Reading. Down the street. Got books for [school] boys. At Mrs. [Eliza] Dodge’s – had a good talk with her. Afternoon, at [Ernest] Wiedemann’s – gave me a volume of [Robert] Chambers’s Information for the People.
June 15, 1862
Sunday. At church. Began reading Gil Blas. Warm.
June 16, 1862
Warm. In school. Called on Mr. Graves. Reading.
June 17, 1862
In school. Warm. Nothing new.
June 18, 1862
In school. Sam Adams’ little brother [Dean] came today.
June 19, 1862
In school. Some of my [school] boys hid themselves today under the house and ran off.
June 20, 1862
In school. Finished [reading] Gil Blas. (Bought tobacco for 75 cents.)
June 21, 1862
Down the street. Nothing new. Saw Cam Watkins. Writing.
June 22, 1862
Sunday. At [Ernest] Wiedemann’s. Writing.
June 23, 1862
In school. Afternoon, went to Mr. Graves. He says he is going to Raleigh, North Carolina. Mrs. Graves said a body told her that I had to pay $20 a month for board to the old lady here, besides having the dunce dutch girl to see to. She thought it outrageous after taking so much pains with the thing. She thought she might have charged [me] half & then it would have been [more than] enough.
[Mrs. Sarah Adamson,] the old lady, is awfully afraid to stay alone & I am company. But it is a new thing to pay for being company for [some]one. The old lady is stingy and close as a flint. She was forty years old when she married & she is an old maid yet – a Pennsylvanian blue back, whang doodle Presbyterian. She is close [fisted]. She never buys anything to eat. Today, Mrs. Steven’s son sent a mackerel for Mrs. Stillwell who is sick here & we had what was left from her maw upon the table for supper. She is well off & has no children but we live worse than the poorest – cornbread morning, noon, and night; meat in bits about as big as your little finger. She waits on the table generally & deals out the eatables as if she intended them [to] starve. We have lights brought in about eight [in the evening] and must be put out at nine, so I have but little time to study.
June 24, 1862
In school. Very warm. At [Ernest] Wiedemann’s.
June 25, 1862
In school. Warm.
June 26, 1862
In school. Mr. [Samuel Hutchinson] Hempstead died today. Read Pluribusta – “He cut out the seat of my breeches, deprived me of my hopes, & circumscribed me that I might not get diseases in my peregrinations up & down the feminine world.”
Oh for a dark-eyed, lusty lass,
In amorous love & sweet embraces,
Through the lonely hours to pass,
With form made bare of shirts & laces.
June 27, 1862
Last day of school. Called [on William] Jones to pay [tuition for his children]. Said he would have to see Graves first. I told him Mr. Graves had nothing to do with me. He refused to pay me.
June 28, 1862
Went to Jones again. He had seen Graves but objected to the [tuition] price & said he would have to see Mrs. Graves as his wife & Mrs. Graves had settled on the price. I told him that Mrs. Graves & his wife could not regulate my price. He turned me out of his store & raised a stick at me. I walked up to him & stuck my fist in his face & told him if he could not pay an honest debt, he was a mean fellow. Got Mr. Graves to come & made him pay [me]. At [Eliza] Dodge’s, the old lady allows me three dollars a month for teaching her young one. It is a shame.
June 29, 1862
Sunday. Called on Mathews. At church. The Dodge’s have got something against me. I do not know what. They act very coldly to me. They say peace is declared.
June 30, 1862
Am going to teach a month longer. Had six boys. Reading all the rest of the day. Only have one session [of school].
Elizabeth Rebecca [Beall] Hempstead was the 48 year-old wife of 47 year-old Samuel Hutchinson Hempstead – a Little Rock attorney originally from Connecticut who would die a few days following this diary entry on 26 June 1862. Elizabeth was born in Kentucky. In 1862, this couple had six boys ranging in age from 5 to 19, all born in Arkansas.
Probably 42 year-old Henrietta Savage who lived next door to Dr. Wheat in 1860 with her two small children.
Probably Mary A. Stillwell, the 32 year-old wife of Joseph Stillwell, a Little Rock attorney.
Samuel Hutchinson Hempstead was born on Nov. 15, 1814 in New London, Connecticut and died on June 25, 1862 in Little Rock, Arkansas of typhoid fever. He was the son of Joseph and Celinda (Hutchinson) Hempstead. On Aug. 10, 1841 he married Elizabeth Rector Beall. He was the Arkansas commissioner of public building in May 1839, prosecuting attorney in 1842, U.S. district attorney in 1856, solicitor general of Arkansas, and he published “Hempstead’s Reports: in 1856, which described decisions of the U.S. District and Circuit Courts of Arkansas. He was a Brigadier General of the Arkansas militia in 1861.
William Jones, the merchant, was a 42 year-old native of Philadelphia.