Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tuesday, December 31st, 1861

To day I am busy in the store acting as salesman. The cars arrived from Beaumont bringing 7 more of the long looked for cannon, three of the seven being Columbiads and weighing as follows: 13,224. - 13,226. & 13,328 lbs. weather clear and pleasant. Thus I close the records of daily events for the year 1861, and whether God will permit me to live to keep the records of another year, is more than poor mortal man can know, but trusting in his mercy I shall enter upon the trials of another year, with hopes of future success & prosperity through his goodness & favor.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Monday, December 30th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven left for Galveston with the two cannon. I am busy as salesman in the store. Charlie Lund arrived on the cars from Houston. weather clear & rather cool.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sunday, December 29th, 1861

To day I am engaged with 20 hands in removing the two cannons that arrived on yesterday from the cars to the steam boat landing. this was a pretty hard undertaking as we had no wagon to haul them but was compelled to rock? them on skids. as difficult as the undertaking was I however succeeded and placed safely on board the Steamer Ruthven to be carried to Galveston. weather clear with a slight frost at night.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 28th, 1861

To day Charlie Lund and Sergeant E.L. Jones left in the cars for Houston. The remains of Col. Terry also passed in the cars. I am busy in the store. The cannons so long looked for and anxiously expected arrived in the cars at least two of them arrived, one weighing 9027 lbs. & the other 8500 lbs. weather clear & pleasant.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Friday, December 27th, 1861

To day I am at the Ware house with but little doing. The Str Ruthven left for Galveston. weather changeable with drizzling rain & pretty cold.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thursday, December 26th, 1861

To day I am engaged at the ware house, doing but very little business however. The Steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston, with but little freight. weather changeable & cold, which a very great change from yesterday, and a frost at night.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 25th, 1861

To day being Christmas no kind of business was done. The Steamer Ruthven arrived & departed. We had a find flow of egg nogg to ward off the dullness of the times. weather changeable & very warm for the season of the year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tuesday, December 24th, 1861

To day I am engaged in the ware house. I made the boys kill and salt down 1060 lbs. pork. weather clear & cold. I patrolled at night.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Monday, December 23rd, 1861

To day the Steamer Ruthven left for Galveston and Mrs. Wrigley and her children also left on her to spend Christmas with her relatives in Houston. Sam H. Sharp* and Frank Stewart whom I paid off and discharged from my service left for my mill up the Country [to Houston County] in my little wagon. I am busy in the ware house. weather changeable and cold, with a hard frost at night. [*Sam is the 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this blog]

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sunday, December 22nd, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with sergeant E.L. Jones and several other members of the "Liberty Guards" to spend Christmas with us. weather changeable & cold with hard frost at night.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday, December 21st, 1861

To day I finished tacking up canvass on my new house. The work men are getting along with it pretty well. Business generally brisk. weather cloudy with drizzling rain which made it very unpleasant.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Friday, December 20th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston & also departed. she brought but little freight. I am still engaged in tacking up canvass on the new house. weather cloudy with a hard rain nearly all night & very warm.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 19th, 1861

To day I am still busily engaged in tacking up canvass on my new house which is also still progressing slowly. Business dull. weather changeable & rather warm with prospects of rain.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wednesday, December 18th, 1861

To day I am still busy in tacking up canvass on my new house. Business generally dull. weather clear & warm.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tuesday, December 17th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven left for Galveston. I am engaged in tacking upon canvass on my new house, which is progressing slowly. weather clear and very warm for the season of the year.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Monday, December 16th, 1861

To day I am busily engaged in storing away freight. Business generally tolerably brisk. weather clear but rather warm.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sunday, December 15th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with considerable freight. weather cloudy and rather warm for the season.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Saturday, December 14th, 1861

To day I commenced tacking up canvass on my new house. Business pretty brisk in the way of selling goods. weather clear & warm.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Friday, December 13th, 1861

To day Capt. James Wrigley left on the steamer Ruthven for his quarters at Galveston. I am busy in the ware house. My residence is progressing slowly. weather cloudy & cold.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thursday, December 12th, 1861

To day I am busily employed in writing deeds. I received a deed from Capt. Wrigley for the four lots upon which I am now erecting my new building. Mr. Hollsclaw returned from his visit home to work on my new house, which is progressing very slowly. Business dull. weather cloudy and cold.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wednesday, December 11th, 1861

To day Capt. James Wrigley arrived on the steamer Ruthven from Galveston, on furlow. I am busy in ware house. business dull generally. weather cloudy with occasional showers of rain.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tuesday, December 10th, 1861

To day we are still very busy storing freight. business otherwise dull. weather changeable & rather warm for the season of the year.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Monday, December 9th, 1861

To day Sam Sharp* & I are busily engaged in storing freight. Business otherwise dull. Mr. Hollsclaw the principal workman on my new house left for home, and consequently nothing is doing on it. weather changeable & warm. [*Sam is the 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this blog]

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sunday, December 8th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with a large freight and a goodly lot of passengers. I remained home reading. weather changeable & warm.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Saturday, December 7th, 1861

To day I am engaged in tacking up the canvass on my new house. Business pretty brisk in the way of selling goods. The hands still engaged in putting up the ceiling on the new house. weather cloudy & warm.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friday, December 6th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven left for Galveston. Sam Sharp & I are still busy storing freight. In the evening I finished tacking the canvass up in one room of my new house. weather cloudy & warm with occasional showers of rain.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thursday, December 5th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with a very heavy freight. Sam Sharp* & I are very busy in storing the same. The hands finished ceiling another room in my house. weather changeable & warm, with fair prospects of rain. [*Sam is the 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this blog]

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wednesday, December 4th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven failed to arrive. I commenced tacking up the canvass on my new house. My old friend Sam Mathis came to see me and we spent a very agreeable time together. The hands finished ceiling another room in my house. weather clear & rather warm for the season.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tuesday, December 3rd, 1861

To day there is but little doing in the way of business. The hands finished ceiling one room of the new house. weather clear & warm.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Monday, December 2nd, 1861

To day Sam* Sharp and I are busily engaged with the boys in storing freight. The steamer Ruthven left for Galveston. The hands in the house finished laying the floors and commenced putting up the ceiling. weather changeable & cool. [*Sam is a 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this blog]

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sunday, December 1st, 1861

To day I am engaged in writing up this journal, and in laying around the house generally. weather clear & cool.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Saturday, November 30th, 1861

To day the Steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with a very large freight. There is a general leaving of Galveston for fear the blockading vessels will commence bombarding the City. I am busily engaged in storing away freight in the ware house. Business otherwise dull. The hands are progressing slowly in laying the floors of my new house. weather clear & cool.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 29th, 1861

To day I am much better. Business very brisk in the way of selling goods. The Ruthven arrived from Galveston with considerable freight which kept me actively employed in the ware house. The Ruthven left for Galveston in the evening. The hands still engaged on the floors. weather cloudy with a strong north wind blowing & rather cool.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thursday, November 28th, 1861

To day I am still quite unwell, indeed so much so as not to be able to attend to any kind of business. Frank Stewart by pleading guilty got out of his difficulty by paying five dollars fine & costs of suit. The hands commenced laying the floor in my new house. weather changeable & rather warm.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wednesday, November 27th, 1861

To day I am quite unwell. The steamer Ruthven arrived from and departed for Galveston. Frank Stewart in consequence of being on a "bender" got into a difficulty with James Pickett which came near terminating seriously. weather cloudy & warm.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tuesday, November 26th, 1861

To day I am busily engaged in the store. The hands finished the shingling in of my house. weather changeable & rather warm.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Monday, November 25th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven left for Galveston. Business dull. The hands are still engaged in shingling my new house. weather cloudy & rather cool.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunday, November 24th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with a considerable lot of freight. Frank Hitchcock presented me with a barrel of very excellent oysters, which I enjoyed "hugely". weather changeable & cool with a frost at night.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Saturday, November 23rd, 1861

To day there is but little doing in the way of business. The hands are still engaged in shingling my new house. weather changeable & cold with frost at night.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 22nd, 1861

To day the Steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston, bringing but little freight. James McDonald left for home. The hands are getting along very well with shingling my new house. at night I had to turn out as a patrol and while out a severe norther came out with a torrent of rain. after the rain subsided there was a severe frost at night & very cold.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 21st, 1861

To day I am busily engaged in selling goods. My new house is progressing slowly. the hands commenced shingling it in. weather cloudy & warm.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wednesday, November 20th, 1861

To day I left Houston on the cars and arrived home safe and sound. The Steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with James McDonald on board. Business very dull. weather cloudy with occasional showers of rain.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tuesday, November 19th, 1861

To day I remained in Houston, busily engaged in trying to settle our affairs with the Rail Road Company, but with very little success. However I done all that could be done at the time. weather changeable & warm.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Monday, November 18th, 1861

To day I am busily engaged at the store. at night I left Liberty on the cars for Houston and arrived there safe about 5 o'clock a.m. weather cloudy & warm.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sunday, November 17th, 1861

To day we all arrived at Liberty safe & sound after a very pleasant passage from Galveston. I was presented with a brace of very nice wild ducks, which I enjoyed for dinner with great gusto. weather changeable & rather warm.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Saturday, November 16th, 1861

To day the Steamer Ruthven arrived. Capt. James Wrigley returned from Bolivar point. We all left Galveston on the Ruthven for Liberty. The remains of R.P. Martin was brought up on the steamer for burial at Liberty. weather cloudy & rather cool.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Friday, November 15th, 1861

To day I am still in Galveston with the ladies, and detained in consequence of the non arrival of the steamer Ruthven. The ladies as well as myself are getting very anxious to return home, having seen all the sights & ? to be seen in Galveston. Capt. James Wrigley is still over on Bolivar point. The Liberty Guards changed their quarters. weather clear & warm.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 14th, 1861

To day I am still in Galveston with the ladies, and detained in consequence of the failure of the steamer Ruthven to arrive. Capt. James Wrigley went to Bolivar point on government services. R.P. Martin a member of the Liberty Guards died and his remains will be carried to Liberty for interment. weather clear & warm.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wednesday, November 13th, 1861

To day I am still in Galveston with the ladies and of course seeing all the sights. Capt. Wrigley of the "Liberty Guards" lost one of his men by death. The Capt. & myself had several "?" together. weather clear & rather warm for the season of the year.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tuesday, November 12th, 1861

To day we left the steamer and took rooms at the Washington Hotel. I employed a couple of carriages and went with the ladies out on the beach and around the City generally to see the soldiers and all the curiosities of the City. In the evening I purchaed several articles for the store & for the ladies. weather clear & warm.