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Published by OLATHE KANSAS, 1879
Manuscript / Paper Collectible Condition: Fair+
From M Benjamin Katz FineBooksRareManuscripts (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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On offer is a super, original 1879 - 1880 manuscript diary fully handwritten in a meticulous, small, perfectly legible script authored by 48 year old Native American woman Loanda Augustina Warren [nee Lake]. Loanda excels as a diarist not only describing life but in providing page after page of local events and genealogy but even more specifically a look at the unending labours of a woman maintaining a household, helping run a farm and all manner of business to provide and sustain themselves as she notes each day of the two years over 97 handwritten pages intimately sharing everything from the mundane, endless chores and also the joys of life in Olanthe Kansas. Away from her family in Western New York, long cold winters making for little social life and even in the nicer seasons she has few intimates her diary is her outlet and maybe her lifeline. Usually quite stoic she will share with her diary the feelings she has towards her neighbors and her lot in life given she not only deals with life as a Native woman but one who married a white man 12 years older than herself, Addison Woods Warren, in the late 1800s on the American frontier. Their relationship in itself is fascinating. She records the kisses of the day, the hugs and the misses. She walks on air some days from his smallest attentions and then she is hard put the next day at some indiscretion. Overall they appear to live in a loving household. Here are some snippets: January 1st - It is 3 o'clock "New Years Day" that I take my pen to write the thoughts that come to me in 1879; and record the happenings in my world. My dear husband, Addison Woods Warren, gave me this blank book as a Christmas gift, and for that purpose. I have wishes, hopes and fears. My greatest wish to have the love and approbation of my Dearie, the husband that I married because I loved him, and thought that he loved me. My hope is for a happier year than the past, and that I be true to myself and duty, and my fears are that I may fail from causes which I cannot control. There has been but an hour or two of sunshine today, and the air has been full of snow several times but little fell. Awoke this morning to receive Dearie's greeting of "Happy New Year". He built the fire, made some gems, opened the can of oysters, and put on the kettle to cook them in. I dressed, washed, combed hair, fed the hens, cooked the oysters, set table. Dearie wrote part of a letter to --- keil's folks, milked the cow, got ready to go to the shop an he gave me a kiss to keep until his return. Freddie came from Henry's Gile's, where he is boarding, put on a pair of his father's socks, and the boots that Dearie mended for him yesterday and went and got a load of wood which Dearie hires him to cut and haul, from the half-acre bought a few days hence. I worked 2 hours patching Dearie's shirt. Did not get it done. Wrote Rhyne's on slate to Ella Boynton Morrison. Dearie did not reach home until after dark and I began to feel anxious about him. He had to take the latern to see to feed and milk the cow. He sawed wood and then read newspapers to me while I knit. We did not get to bed with our jug of hot water until the clock stuck the hour of 10. (7 AM - temp. 26, 1 PM - temp.28) February 17th - Cool and cloudy. Looks as if snow ws in the air. Therm in morning is 26 degrees. Our breakfast was Dearies's baked potatoes, warm bread and milk, bread, butter, and peaches from can and fresh apples, and cookies and cream. THIS IS MY DEARIE'S 62ND BIRTHDAY, THAT IS HE IS 62 YEARS OF AGE. In my heart, I wish him many returns of his birthday and that I may be permitted to be his comfort and loving companion as the days go by, He gave me the good morning kiss and the goodbye kiss when he started for the shop. Although little Harry Gile was a witness, Harry came to borrow the boiler. I am fixing Dearie's white flannel shirt today, shall not get it done, as I wish to darn mittens and read a little, Mr. Hightower came to buy milk, let him have 2 an. Bookseller Inventory # 0002062

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Publication Date: 1879

Book Condition:Fair+

Book Type: Manuscript

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M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts: M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts is located in Toronto, Canada doing business by appointment, and having an online presence selling rare books and manuscripts since 1999. Specializing in handwritten, historically significant books, manuscripts, diaries, documents and ephemera. A member of The Manuscript Society each treasure on offer is guaranteed authentic and as represented for life. Worldwide clientele includes public, private and university libraries on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Always buying collections and estates.

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