December 1863

December 1, 1863

In school. Sent Egan $75.00 for speculation [on cotton]. Quite cold. (Paid 50 cents for tobacco.)

December 2, 1863

In school.  Nothing new.

December 3, 1863

In school. The niggers [are] mad [at me] tonight. Down the street. Nothing new.

December 4, 1863

In school. Nothing new. Saw Egan. (Paid $1.00 for tobacco.)

December 5, 1863

Working down the street, up at Louisa’s. They say [Gen.] Price is coming. Paid Mrs. Fulton for ($25.00) rent (for November).

December 6, 1863

Sunday at church. Saw Egan. Nothing new.

December 7, 1863

Henderson boys left today. Cobb paid me 37.00 on cotton. At Anthony House to see _______. Louisa Adamson sent me and that probably she would buy my confederate money. I hope she will.

December 8, 1863

In school. Got in the Theater as a door keeper. Went tonight, staid till ten [for which] I get ten dollars a week.

December 9, 1863

In school. At theater. Jake Orcutt up to see me in Kansas 5th [Cavalry] Regiment.

December 10, 1863

In school. Nothing new. At theater door keeping. Saw Egan. Paid Smith, who hires me in theater was in the penitentiary.

December 11, 1863

In school. Got a (sheet iron) stove today ($6.00). At theater. Rainy at night. (Paid 40 cents for a Reader for Fanny.)

December 12, 1863

Saturday. Working at Mission Meeting. At theater.

December 13, 1863

Sunday. At home all day reading.

December 14, 1863

In school. At theater. Took an oyster supper ($2.00) with a man by the name of Smith.

December 15, 1863

In school. At theater. Night reading. (Paid $3.20 for a stove pipe.)

December 16, 1863

In school. At theater. Cold today.

December 17, 1863

In school. Got drunk & knocked Desmoines almost down. (Paid $1.00 for oysters and 15 cents for tobacco.)

December 18, 1863

In school. At theater, good house [tonight].

December 19, 1863

Saturday. Down street at theater. Desmoine is a damn villain. He treats Smith as if he was a fool. If I was in Smith’s place. I would knock him down.

December 20, 1863

Sunday. Have a cold. At church. Egan came a little while.

December 21, 1863

In school. Whipped Yoon Pike. Fay Hempstead pitched into me & gave ____ a thrashing. At theater. Smith sold out. Did not want me any longer. Desmoine told me they had no more use for me. He is a villain if anyone is.

December 22, 1863

In school. Down street. Mick Egan here all evening.

December 23, 1863

In school. Down street. Saw Smith [and he] said he did not want to pay me until he saw Desmoine. I was mad with him. He said the men he sold out to are going to get Desmoine out, and then he is going in, & then he will take me again. I have not much confidence in what he says.

December 24, 1863

In school. Down street all afternoon. (Paid $1.50 for a pocketbook, $1.00 for candy, and $2.00 for a load of wood.)

December 25, 1863

Christmas at church. Down street. Night at supper with Mick Egan. Chicken, turkey & oysters, &c. Danced after. Got home about half past two in the morning.

December 26, 1863

Saturday. Down street. Up to Egan’s. Mick came down to dinner with me. Had quite a good one — chicken, &c. Rainy all day.

December 27, 1863

Sunday. At school doing nothing. Over to Egan’s. Miss Brock there. I don’t know what I shall do. I cannot live with my small school. I do hope I can be able to get into some employment that will pay. Help me Lord.

December 28, 1863

Down street about all day. Could not find anything to do [for employment]. I am afraid that I shall be obliged to keep on with my school as poor as it is. (Paid $3.00 for gloves for Miss Bridges.)

December 29, 1863

Down street. At funeral. One of the pall bearers at Yerkes house. Child of Yonley. Night at Wassell’s. Spent a pleasant evening at tea there.

December 30, 1863

Went with Mr. Peake & Wassell to see the parade at college. Down street about all day. Got letter yesterday from home. Sent one today. (Paid $4.00 for two loads wood.)

December 31, 1863

Snowing [and] bitter cold. Down street. Nothing new. Reading. (Paid $2.00 for 2 lbs. candles.)


With the death of Mrs. Adamson, it appears that Goodrich started boarding in the house known as “Rosewood” owned by Mrs. Matilda Frances Fulton, mentioned previously, from whom he already rented a room for his school. The Margood (or Marguth) and Bridges families, related to each other by marriage, appear to have been boarding in the same house.

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