October 1866

[October 27, 1866]

In school all the month of September. But a few scholars. Lawyer [Orville] Jennings died with the cholera & Dr. [Lorenzo] Gibson with apoplexy. Old man Garret also. Quite a number of cases of cholera. I borrowed the American Encyclopedia from Cole & read nearly all the volume. Read many books besides.  School not large enough in September or October to support me.

October 28, 1866

Sunday. Been writing on poem. Manuel Woolford wants me to write for his paper. I am writing on Education. Heard that a man was killed near the race track & his head cut off. I have been out engineering for Syberg two days. He is to pay me for it. Drizzly today. [Ed] Sauter came around in evening.

October 29, 1866

In school. Went to Syberg’s office. Reading & writing.

October 30, 1866

In school. Called on Syberg. He says [Ed] Sauter is shut up. Walter wants me to take his two boys on the debt I owe him. At Cole’s office. Called on Major Tyler to see if I could get a place. None to be got. Round town in evening with Cole a little. Some time ago Mike Egan knocked me down. Mrs. Egan sued Cole for money & I told Mike that he put her up to it & he knocked me down for it. Nothing new in town. Oh God, grant that I may get something to do or enlarge my school,

October 31, 1866

In school. Saw Syberg. [Ed] Sauter came round in evening. Went out with him.


Hon. Orville Jennings (born 14 January 1825,  died 2 October 1866) was a U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Dr. Lorenzo Gibson (born 27 March 1804, died 28 September 1866) was raised in Clarksville, Tennessee and came to Arkansas by 1833. He married Caroline Louisa Thomas (1812-1878) of Nashville and they had ten children. Gibson read law in Clarksville and entered the legal profession at an early age. With his arrival in Arkansas, he either joined or was accompanied by several of his siblings, including William R. Gibson, Jr. Together they established a mercantile and drug business in Little Rock and Pine Bluff, and possibly one in Rockport. Gibson, in his position as a Doctor of medicine, eventually attained several positions of trust. With concurrent residences in Little Rock and Rockport during the 1840s and early 1850s, Gibson served as postmaster for Rockport and was elected to the Arkansas legislature three separate times. He represented Pulaski County on two separate occasions and once for Hot Springs County. A loyal Whig, Gibson was appointed Surveyor General of Arkansas (1850-1853) in 1849 by President Taylor.

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