THE DIARIES OF RICHARD KINSEY BONEY
of Duckport Plantation, Madison Parish, Louisiana
University of Virginia Law School
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At the University of Virginia Law School his diary begins on January 1, 1879 so there is a skip from Wednesday, August 28th, 1878 to Wednesday, January 1st, 1879. While at the University of Virginia he lived in a boarding house operated by Dr. Chancellor and his family, which was jokingly referred to as “Chancellorsville”.
University of Virginia Campus -- about 1868
Wednesday, January 1st, 1879
The year began with a most disagreeable day; early this morn it snowed a short while accompanied with sleet, which was followed by a slow rain throughout the day. Having studied well last night I had my lectures prepared unusually well this morn. Prof. Minor lectured quite interestingly on “emblements” this morn; impressed us with their importance; commended the justice of the common law on the subject and criticized the innovations made by statute in Va.
Professor John Barbee Minor
Our lesson in Evidence consisted in: “The burden of proof” and “The best evidence”; upon both subjects Prof. Southall gave us a few notes. We did not get dinner until 3 o’clock; but we were fully compensated, for having to wait, in the excellence of our dinner. Among the things particularly relished in our sumptuous “bill of fare” were: Turkey, beef-steak, macaroni, sweet potatoes, celery, tomatoes, ambrosia, custard, Malaga grapes, oranges, nuts and a most delicious plum pudding “ablaze with glowing spirits, which made our spirits fairly blaze notwithstanding the absence of the glowing fair (the young ladies).” (Holloway). It being late and quite dark I did very little studying this afternoon. At 5.30 I called on Miss Walker and Miss Kirk, whose company I enjoyed until 6.30, when I went in and supped hastily. At 7 o’clock I commenced work but accomplished but little on account of not being able to apply myself. Lucas and McLean paid New Year calls tonight. Received a letter from P. B. Williams. Retired about midnight.
Thursday, January 2nd, 1879
The weather of yesterday continued up until about 9 A.M. when with a brisk wind it cleared off extremely cold. Arose shortly after 7, breakfasted at 8.15. In Prof. Minor’s Senior we had “Dilatory and Peremptory Pleas” and in Prof. Southall’s Junior, “The rights of a nation engaged in a just war to the person & property of the enemy.” I was not so well prepared on either lecture. My mind wandered last night and this morning; it was with the greatest difficulty that I applied my attention a moment to my studies. My great object now is to discipline and get control of my mind. My thoughts are not confined to any particular subject; but my imagination, taking complete possession of me, flits from one thing to another. I do not live in the present but in the future & in the past. Tonight, though I did not completely bridle fancy, I did comparatively good work. I am determined to overcome this fault if possible, and every time I catch myself wandering I will mark it on a slip of paper and again attempt to fix my mind on my book. According to engagement I called for Owen at 5 P.M. to take a walk; in town we met up with Dickinson, who joined us. It was quite disagreeable walking; the sleet & rain of yesterday having made it slippery and the wind pinched our ears and nose. Returning I supped and was at work by 7. This morning I rec’d a long and pleasant letter from Miss Georgie Nicols. Mr. C. G. Lee, a student boarding at Dr. Chancellor’s, having resigned, departed for his home in New Orleans. Holloway and myself are very much pleased with our new German Student’s Lamp. Retired at 12 o’clock.
Friday, January 3rd, 1879
Holloway and myself slept until nearly 8 o’clock this morning; it was some time, after returning, before I got to sleep. We found it extremely cold; ice had formed in our pitchers; it has been the coldest day of the winter; at breakfast the thermometer stood 5º F; the wind was cutting all day. I had my lectures tolerably well prepared. The subject in Prof. Minor’s Junior was “Estate by the courtesy”, the lesson extended into “Dower”. In Prof. Southall’s Senior we had the subject of “Hearsay”. We dined about 2.30; after which I transcribed the notes given by Prof. S. at this mornings lecture, and read a portion of tomorrow’s lesson. In consequence of the wind and cold I did not take my usual evening’s walk; but, in lieu of which I used the dumb bells on the porch. Mrs. Chancellor who has been absent since before Xmas, visiting her daughter at school near Washington, returned today. Several of our party have gone to the Town Hall tonight to see Rip Van Winkle played. The boys attending the performance of the troupe last night gave a favorable account of their rendition of “The Gilded Age”. I desisted from attending in hopes to do good studying; but have hardly accomplished enough to compensate my staying away. Retired at 12.30 having spent the time since 11 in reviewing Vattel and 1st Vol. of the Institutes.
Town Hall -- about 1900
Saturday, January 4th, 1879
Arose at 7.30 and found it quite as cold as yesterday morning; but the wind having moderated the day was not so severe. Breakfast at about 8.30. Prof. Minor took me by surprise this morn; he skipped from R up to B to question me. But after recovering from my surprise I answered fairly. I was interrogated on the subject of “get-off” (?). The boys giving a good account of the performance last night persuaded me to go to “matinee” this afternoon at 2 o’clock. So at Saulsbury’s invitation we dined at Ambroselli’s and proceeded to the hall. We were disappointed to find so small an audience that would not justify a performance. Retained our tickets for tonight. Returning I found a letter in the post office from Aunt Eliza, which interested me very much. After attempting to study I wrote a hasty letter to Tyson, and proceeded to Owen’s room to see if he would go with me to see the ladies at Dr. C’s tonight; he declining I hurried back and called on Miss Walker from 5.30 until 6.30, when I went in to supper. Miss W. leaves for her home (5 miles distant in the country) tomorrow. At 7.20 Saulsbury, Lucas, Walker and myself drove to the “hall” to see Huntley’s company play “The Streets of New York”. Huntley was the only actor of any merit; the weather caused only a small audience to attend which detracted from the interest of the actors. Returning, at my invitation, we stopped at Ambroselli’s and enjoyed coffee, oysters and waffles. Arrived at my (room) about 12, read my chapter, wrote my journal and prepared to retire at 12.30.
Sunday, January 5th, 1879
The servant did not come in to make our fire and fill our pitcher until 8.15 and I did not get up until 8.30. Soon after I got up Drury came in our sitting room and Holloway says that prevented his getting up until 9. Prof. Minor called on me at Bible; questioning me in regard to the sale of Joseph into Egypt by his brethren. After Bible Dickinson persuaded me to take breakfast with him, which I enjoyed very much. I went with him to his room & chatted some time. Leaving I stepped in to see Burbage Coleman, a club-mate, and sat a few minutes, and on leaving his room I met up with Howell, another club-mate, who pressed me to stop at his room. He entertained me until nearly 10 o’clock, when I returned to my room to write to father, which I did before 3 o’clock dinner.
Typical Student's Room -- 1875
After dinner I sat in McLean’s room and chatted with him. Lucas, Holloway & Aumann joined us. At 5 o’clock I walked over to see Joyes, we sat and chatted with Jones, of Cal., and Owen of Va., until supper time; Kleberg of Texas, came in and treated us to some nice pecans. After super I wrote to Williams and Paxton and chatted with Holloway. From 12 until 1 I studied. I forgot to mention having met Hamill, an ex-cadet, at present a student at W.&L.U., at the hall last night; also to notice the return yesterday of Mrs. & Miss Moss from Baltimore, where they have been spending a week. The weather moderated considerably; thermometer having reached 20º F.
Monday, January 6th, 1879
Not retiring until late last night I was not up until a quarter to eight this morn; dressed in time for breakfast shortly after 8. About 10 o’clock Saulsbury brought me two letters; a real nice one from Miss Jeanie Lyburn and a few lines from Frankenbush enclosing a five dollar bill which is in half payment for some money I loaned Peete last commencement. Being entirely out the money was quite acceptable; but I am sorry Bush did not write me a long letter. I am informed of a letter being detained at the “dead letter office”, addressed to me, for want of postage. I imagine it (was) from Bush & have forwarded the necessary stamps for it. As is usual on Monday I was not so well prepared in my lectures. Our subjects for me being “Dower” and the other “Hearsay”. I was so sleepy after dinner that I could not study; so I took my walk with Lucas between 4 and 5. Tonight I have done comparatively good work although I have myself marked (wandering from my book) eleven different times. From 7 until 11 I studied tomorrow’s lectures; from 11 until 12.30, when I prepared to retire, I posted my journal, reviewed some in Vattel and Minor’s Junior, and read my chapter. The weather has moderated considerably; at dinner the thermometer stood about 28º F.
Tuesday, January 7th, 1879
Got up at a quarter to eight and was surprised to hear the bell before I was dressed. I was very well prepared on both lectures this morn. I spent the afternoon in reviewing Prof. Southall’s notes on International Law. Having an engagement to walk with Dickinson I was at the book-store at 5 o’clock, the appointed time; he not having arrived at 5.15 I walked to town and back alone.
Book Store at University of Virginia -- about 1879
Tonight I suffered much from a cold and did not get to studying good until near 11, until which time I spent in studying tomorrow’s lectures, then reviewed Vattel and performed regular duties (reading chapter & posting journal) before retiring about 12.30. The day has been more pleasant than we have had for some time; thermometer reaching melting point. Miss Walker did not leave for her home last Sunday, as was expected, on account of the severe weather; but left this afternoon taking Miss Kirk with her. Miss Moss is said to be prostrated with a severe cold.
Wednesday, January 8th, 1879
Holloway and myself did not wake until the college bell rang for 8; we dressed hurriedly and were ready when breakfast was announced at 8.20. I have felt quite unwell from a severe cold all day, and the slow rain which set in about noon has contributed to the disagreeableness of the day. Prof. Southall instead of questioning gave us notes on our late lessons in Evidence. Spent the afternoon in transcribing his notes & in preparing Vattel for tomorrow. Faison came in about 5 & challenged us for a walk. We had not gone far before we had occasion to laugh at a fall Holloway got in the mud, which caused him to return to his room.
Downtown Charlottesville in late 1880's. Stepping-stones allowed pedestrians to cross the muddy streets.
On reaching the post office the rain set in so briskly that Faison proposed a retreat. We sat in our room and chatted until supper bell shortly after 6. I did good work tonight but was interrupted about 10.30 by Walker & McLean who came in and chatted until 11. By the way, on my plate at supper tonight I found a short letter from Miss Rosa Rountree in which she enclosed beautiful New Year cards for Lucas & myself and professed to have ordered us a box of bon-bons. I prepared to retire at 1.
Thursday, January 9th, 1879
Again we slept until 8 o’clock; breakfasted at 8.30. I had my lectures well prepared this morning; Prof. Minor’s subject was “Trial by Jury”; Prof. Southall’s, “The right of Postliminium”. I spent the afternoon in reviewing Vattel. Holloway and myself walked to town between 5 & 6. Until 11 o’clock tonight I studied Vattel and Minor’s Senior; then I wrote a letter to brother. Sure enough the letter detained in Washington was from Frankenbush; it arrived this evening. The weather of yesterday continued up to about 3 P.M. today, when a cold wind came up, and before dark the wet ground was freezing. Retired shortly after 12.30.
Friday, January 10th, 1879
The bell for breakfast at 8 o’clock found us in bed; we bounced out and were dressed in ten minutes. In consequence of Prof. Southall’s examination on Mercantile Law Holloway & myself had no lectures today. I was very unwell all the morning, and made little progress in my attempt to review Vatell’s International Law. I awoke with my eyelids all swollen, and after breakfast I felt feverish until dinner at about 3. I suppose it is all caused by a severe cold I have in my head. In the afternoon (after dinner) I tried to review Minor’s Ins. Vol. I. About 5 o’clock Owen came around and we walked until 6. I stopped at the express office and found the box of bon bons which Miss R. R. promised to send me. Our crowd assembled in Saulsbury’s room just before & after supper & enjoyed them very much. I was doing fair work tonight when Lucas, Saulsbury, McDowell and Walker came in about 10 and discussed U. S. History with us until 12 o’clock. I learned that Aaron Burr died in 1836 & Henry Clay was born in 1777 and died in 1852. By the way, I got a glimpse of Misses Walker & Kirk on horseback this eve; they came in for a few minutes. The weather has not been so disagreeable as it threatened last night; at dinner the thermometer was at the melting point. Prepared to retire at a quarter to 1.
Saturday, January 11th, 1879
Was up at a quarter to 8; breakfasted at 8.15. Prof. Minor’s lecture was on Evidence and I was very well prepared; we have only one lecture on Saturday. Spent the afternoon in reviewing Prof. Southall’s notes on Vattel. Holloway and myself walked to town between 5 & 6. Aumann invited me up to assist in devouring a box of good things, he received from home today, and we went up to his room at 7.30 and remained until about 9.30. We enjoyed the eatables very much. I refreshed my cold in some way on my return found it impossible to study. The thermometer has ranged about the melting point all day; but it was damp & hazy and it was snowing slightly as we returned from Aumann’s room. Being unable to study I wrote my journal, read my chapter and retired about 11. By the way, Holloway & myself spent part of the night in looking through some almanacs we got up town this eve.
Sunday, January 12th, 1879
It was after 9 before we got up this morning. It was ever so long before I got to sleep last night; I had considerable fever and my cold was so severe that it was troublesome to breath through my nose. Have not been well all day. We had breakfast at a quarter to 10. Before dinner I wrote a letter to mother & one to Herndon. After dinner, which we had at 3, we had quite a snow-ball fight. I was attacked by some others. It was some time before my hands recovered from their numbness enough to write. I wrote to A. S. Kemp & to Frankenbush in the afternoon. The snow which set in before I retired last night continued (unless it stopped during the night) until after noon today; it lies about a foot on the ground. My exposure in it today did not do my old cold any good & I suffered from it tonight. I tried to study tonight but was too unwell to accomplish much. I try & not study on Sunday but being too sick last night I made that an excuse for the attempt tonight. I was glad to see Miss Moss out to dinner today. I retired about a quarter to 12. My Hostetler’s Almanac records this as the anniversary of the banishment of the Bonaparte family in 1816.
Monday, January 13th, 1879
I was up at 7.20; Holloway arose about 8; we breakfasted at 8.25. Of course I was not so well prepared in my lectures this morning. In Evidence Prof. Southall called on me the first man, but I did not “cork”. He questioned me upon “Entries made by third persons”; when admissible, &c. Returning from lecture at 1.30 I went to the drug store & procured some “Quinine”, which Dr. Chancellor advised me to take for my fever & cold.
Drug Store on corner. Dr. Chancellor's office was upstairs in this 1870's photo.
I think it has had a good effect. We went in to dinner about 2.40. I sat in my chair & nodded nearly all the evening. At 5 Holloway & myself took our usual walk; it is quite disagreeable plodding through the snow; Faison joined us as we returned from town. Tonight I got to work at the usual hour (7 o’clock); but it was some time before I got strictly at it. If I could only study like Holloway. He did twice as much as I did & retired at 11.30. At 12 o’clock I had read Prof. Minor’s lesson of 20 pages over twice; Prof. Southall’s 16 pages once & reviewed ten pages of Vattel & 5 pages notes. This is a tolerable good night’s work for me. I retired shortly before 1. While walking this eve we saw many out sleigh-riding & the merry jingle of the bells could be heard from my room frequently throughout the day and even until late tonight. Should I feel well enough I will enjoy this promised pleasure tomorrow. The weather is not cold; the thermometer has ranged about 30 all day. This is the anniversary of the death of Robert Bruce, who died in 1329.
Tuesday, January 14th, 1879
Again I got up at 7.30. Holloway was up a few minutes before me. He took a walk before breakfast; but I felt too unwell to go with him. It was 20 minutes to 9 before we got breakfast. About 10.30 Maxey called with John Chalmers (a ΣΧ I met at Salem last summer) & they chatted us until time for Prof. Minor’s lecture at 11; but on arriving at the lecture room we found that Prof. Minor was indisposed & would not be out. I reviewed Varrel until time for Prof. Southall’s lecture at 12.30. I had both lectures pretty well mastered. On returning from lectures I was glad to find a communication from the Vicksburg Bank enclosing exchange on New York for $100. This afternoon I nodded & tried to study Greenleaf’s Evidence alternately. Shortly before 5 I started to Maxey’s room to see Chalmers; but they were out. I met Dickinson; we took a sleigh and enjoyed a ride to the depot; walked back. Just after getting to work tonight McDowell came in & interrupted us for half an hour and again at about 8 Owens & Jones, R. S. came in & chatted some time. Holloway says, “We have three sets of visitors today”. My cold is better tonight. The temperature about same as yesterday; the sun did not get out until about 2 P.M. I retired about 12.15. The treaty of peace between the U.S. & England was ratified Jan. 14th, 1784.
Wednesday, January 15th, 1879
We were up at 7.25 and took a short walk; breakfasted about 8.30. On account of not being able to study much last night I was not so well prepared today. Spent the afternoon studying Vattel. Shortly after 5 I called & chatted with Miss Moss until supper. Having been invited to accompany Mrs. Chancellor & Miss Moss to Blind Tom’s Concert I went with them. I was very much pleased with Tom’s performance; he is a great curiosity. He performs the most difficult pieces on the piano after hearing them once. His Battle of Manassas is very good. Among his most remarkable feats was a rendition, on the piano, of the “Fisher’s Hornpipe” with his right hand & “Yankee Doodle” with his left at the same time singing “Tramp, Tramp”. His capacity for imitating sound is wonderful.
We returned about 10.30; I sat in the parlor & chatted a short while. Returning to my room I studied Vattel for tomorrow, and retired about 12.30. The weather continues about the same. Anniversary of the burning of Charleston 1778.
Thursday, January 16th, 1879
We were up at 7.15, and took our walk; breakfasted about 8.20. Tolerably well prepared on my lectures. On returning from lecture I received a letter from father giving an account of a heavy snow at home. He sent me a V.Burg Herald giving a list of the deaths from the plague. I spent part of the evening in reading the paper & the remainder in nodding over Greenleaf. Finding I could not study I wrote a short letter to Miss Rosa Rountree. On our walk this eve we saw Misses Walker & Kirk, who were in a sleigh and merely rode in to town & returned to the country. I have suffered considerably from my cold tonight & could not study much. Retired just before 1. A bright day; the snow melted rapidly; quite disagreeable under foot. Gibbon died in 1794.
Friday, January 17th, 1879
We were up at 7.30 and breakfasted about 8. Having hurt my foot yesterday evening I did not walk with Holloway this morning. Have been feeling miserable all day; in addition to my increased cold I have a sore throat. I spent considerable of the evening in copying Prof. Southall’s notes on Evidence. Holloway & myself took our usual walk. Having been advised that “hot whiskey punch” was a good remedy for colds I bought the necessary ingredients this eve and just before I was to retire prepared & drank some of the punch; but it so enlivened me that I did not retire immediately, which is essential for a salutary effect. I suppose it was about 11.30 when I retired. John Tyler died in 1862.
Saturday, January 18th, 1879
We were not up until 8.30 and were not quite dressed when breakfast was announced. I concluded after breakfast that the remedy was worse than the cold and especially since it did not effect a cure. I managed to read over my lecture by 10.30; but I grew so sick (threw up my breakfast) that I concluded to go to bed where I remained until 4.30 P.M. There is no improvement in my cold; but the use of potash gargle has quite relieved the soreness in my throat. I am sure that “punch” is the last remedy for any disease. Tonight I read my Monday’s lectures over carefully. Retired about 11.30. The weather was quite temperate today; much of the snow melted.
Sunday, January 19th, 1879
I was up at 8 and breakfasted about 8.30. Quite an unusual thing for them to have breakfast before 9 o’clock on Sunday. I went over to Bible, but Prof. Minor being unwell did not come out; so I went to the “reading room” and read until 10 o’clock. Before dinner I wrote a letter to aunt Eliza and made considerable progress on one to Miss Jeanie Lyburn. My cold is much better today but I did not feel much disposed to write. We had quite an extra dinner in consequence of a visit from the Methodist minister, The Rev. Mr. Bledsoe. Just after dinner I received a note from Miss Walker requesting me to inform Mr. Coleman that she was in town in order to prevent him from going to the country to see her. I immediately wrapped myself up warmly and went to his room in Monroe Hall; but not finding him there I inquired at Howell’s room, where I learned he was at Butler Mahone’s room. Having delivered the message I returned by Owen’s room & chatted awhile. Finished Miss Jeanie’s letter before 6 o’clock supper. I called on the young ladies from 8 until nearly 11 tonight. I had quite a nice time talking to Misses Kirk & Moss; Talbot talked to Miss Walker. A brisk wind set in about 5 P.M. and the weather increased its coldness until it was real bitter before I retired. Shortly after 12 o’clock I attempted to study Greenleaf but did not accomplish much. Retired about 1.
Monday, January 20th, 1879
Was up at 7.30, though not much satisfied with my night’s rest; it was some time after retiring before I got to sleep and I awoke several times during the night. I was only tolerably well prepared today. Prof. Minor questioned me on the “Investment of Trust Estate”. This afternoon I spent studying Vattel. Faison called at 5 & we went walking. Having heard that Miss Moss & her mother would leave for their home in New Orleans tomorrow I went over & chatted from 8 to 9; but learned that would remain until Wednesday & probably later. I found it quite difficult to keep awake tonight, and after desperate attempts to sleep I retired shortly after 12. It has been below freezing all day.
Tuesday, January 21st, 1879
I was up at 7.30 and felt much better after a good night’s sleep. I went in with Moore & Saulsbury, who, as they have an 8 o’clock lecture, get a special breakfast. The subject of our lesson under Prof. Minor, “The Modes of avoiding the effect of a verdict”, was quite difficult and equally as important. In the Law of Nations we had, “Treaties of Peace”. This afternoon I read over my lesson in Greenleaf for tomorrow. Holloway and myself took our usual walk. Tonight I studied only tolerably well. Minor is not so hard for tomorrow. I spent some time in reviewing Vattel. The weather moderated considerably this eve. Lucas has been confined to his bed all day; suffering from cold & fever. Retired about 1.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 1879
Was up at 7.15; breakfasted with Moore & Saulsbury just before 8. About 9.30 Holloway and myself were very agreeably surprised by a visit from our class-mate R. G. Withers, who is now a “sub” at the V.M.I. He is called home by a telegram stating that his father is very ill. He sat with us until about 10.30 when he had to leave for the train. Just before going to lecture (11 o’clock) I learned Mrs. Moss was about to leave, so I ran over & took a hasty goodby. Our subject (Conditions) under Prof. Minor was quite interesting. Prof. Southall gave us notes on “Admissions and Confessions” which occupied most of the afternoon in transcribing. Faison came over & sat a few minutes this afternoon. He complains of cold & fever & is just out of bed. Holloway & myself took our usual walk. Have studied pretty well tonight. So mild today that it has hardly required a fire; snow melting & much mud. Retired about 1. Lucas was up again today.
Thursday, January 23rd, 1879
Arose at 7.15 & breakfasted alone about 8. Tolerably well prepared in my lectures. This afternoon I read over tomorrow’s lesson in Greenleaf and feeling sleepy I lay down in Lucas’ room & napped for half an hour. Holloway & myself walked down to see Faison at 5 o’clock. We found him quite hoarse from his cold & complaining of having fever. Colds seem prevalent now. Tonight I did good work; in addition to a fair preparation of tomorrow’s lessons I reviewed thirty pages of Vattel. I retired at 10 o’clock, fatigued but not sleepy. Not cold today but cloudy & disagreeably damp.
Friday, January 24th, 1879
We were up at 7.15; Holloway went walking; I took breakfast with Moore & Saulsbury before 8 o’clock. Faison came in just before we went to lecture & sat a short while. He is feeling better & hopes to attend lectures tomorrow. This afternoon I studied tomorrow’s lecture and tonight I attended the “Concert by the Mendelssohn Quintette Club” in company with Lucas, Saulsbury & McLean. We enjoyed the music very much indeed. Bernhard Listerman’s performance on the violin was wonderful. They had the largest and most respectable audience I have ever seen in the Town Hall. I received a bow from Miss Conway, whom I met at the Mont. White last summer. Returning, at my invitation, we stopped at Ambroselli’s and lunched on oysters, waffles & coffee. I reached my room about 11.15, reviewed Vattel a short while and retired at a quarter to 1. The sun was out today and melted much of the remnant snow.
Saturday, January 25th, 1879
We were aroused by the triangle for breakfast at a quarter to 8; I dressed in 10 minutes and was the first in the dining room. Tolerably well prepared on my lecture; after which I reviewed Vattel until dinner, which we did not get until near 3 o’clock. At 4 o’clock I went to the barber shop; but it was nearly 5 before my turn came to occupy the chair. At 5.20 I went over to the parlor to see the ladies; found Mr. May already in the parlor with Miss Walker and Miss Kirk had gone riding with Mr. Holmes; so I did not get the ti ti ti I anticipated and as soon as the triangle announced supper I vamorised (?). McDowell stopped at my room & chatted until near 8 o’clock. Holloway being absent I had it solitary; but did not accomplish much. I fancied every thing imaginable. At 12 I prepared to retire.
Sunday, January 26th, 1879
Aroused by the announcement of breakfast at 8 o’clock. Prof. Minor being unwell did not come to Bible class. I went to the reading room and read until 11. Returned to my room & wrote a letter to father. This afternoon I commenced a letter to Miss Georgie Nicols. At 5 o’clock I walked down to Ford’s room & sat until nearly 6. After tea I called by for Owen & we went to Dickinson’s room 7 sat until shortly after 9, when I returned & finished a letter of 16 pages to Miss Georgie. I retired about 12.30. The weather today has been clear & spring-like.
Monday, January 27th, 1879
Up at 7.15 & breakfasted with “Saul” & Moore before 8. Prof. Minor did not have his lecture; so I spent the hour & a half with Vattel. At Evidence Prof. Southall questioned me in regard to communication made to legal advisors; he only asked two questions & I “curled” him. Returning from lecture I found two letters waiting on my table for me.; one from father & the other from Paxton. Both of which informed me of the death of Col. G. W. Nicols, Miss Georgie’s father. I am grieved at this sad event and feel deeply for Miss Georgie. This afternoon I transcribed Prof. Smith’s notes & studied Vattel. Holloway, Saul & myself walked to town between 5 & 6. Just after supper, Walker, who has just returned from a flying trip on horseback to Lexington, came in our room and interested us with an account of the Institute & how glad the boys were to see him; making us long for the V.M.I. Did tolerable fair work tonight. Retired shortly after 1. Weather somewhat cooler than yesterday.
Tuesday, January 28th, 1879
Arose at 7.15 and breakfasted as yesterday. Prof. Minor too unwell to come out this morning. It will be very unfortunate should he be compelled to remain long from his duties. We spent part of the time in discussing politics, & the remainder I spent in reviewing Vattel until 12.30 when I went to lecture on Int. Law. Returning I found a letter from A. S. Kemp with his photo enclosed. Spent the afternoon reading a copy of the Picayune received from Bush this morning & in studying Evidence. At 5 I went walking with Jones & Joyes; it was quite warm walking; tonight we have had no fire in our room. I did not get set to work until about 9. Retired shortly after 12. Holloway & Lucas both complain of being unwell tonight. I was glad to see Faison out today.
Wednesday, January 29th, 1879
Up at 7.30 and breakfasted with Saul & Moore at the usual time. McDowell brought me in a letter from brother about 9 o’clock, and sat down & gossiped for near an hour. Prof. Minor not having his lecture I went to the library & reading room until time for Evidence at 12.30.
University of Virginia Library -- about 1870
Was glad to hear Prof. Southall say that Mr. Minor was improving, and would probably be out on Friday; and in consequence of his being absent tomorrow we were assigned a lesson in Evidence for that hour. The afternoon I spent in copying notes & studying Vattel. Holloway & myself took usual walk. Tonight I did fair work; but during the day I was lazy in consequence of the gloomy weather. It rained during last night & it has been cloudy & damp all day. Retired about 1 o’clock.
Thursday, January 30th, 1879
We were up at 7.30; but before we were dressed breakfast was announced. Prof. Southall occupied Prof. Minor’s hour in hearing his lesson on Evidence. We had our last lecture on International Law; the examination is to take place next Wednesday. This morning I was very agreeably surprised to receive a letter from my uncle B. U. Williams; it has been at least six years since he has written me before. I also was glad to receive a letter from mother. This afternoon I spent in reviewing Vattel. Took walk with Moore & Walker. Tonight I only got about two hours study; since I was busy making arrangements to attend our Fraternity meeting at 11 o’clock. We initiated R. S. Jones of Cal. – Retired about 1. We had quite a frost this morning; the day has been clear and cool.
Friday, January 31st, 1879
My nerves were so excited that it was sometime before I got to sleep after retiring last night, and, though I awoke at the usual hour, I continued my nap until 20 minutes to 8. I was dressed in good time for breakfast, which I took with Dr. Chancellor, Holloway & McLean coming in just before I left the table. On going to lecture at 11 I was very much disappointed to find that Prof. Minor was still too unwell to come out. The report is that he has become quite sick. Until time for Evidence I spent time in reviewing Vattel’s Law of Nations. I copied Prof South’s notes on Evidence until about 4 o’clock when Bradford came in and sat until shortly before 5 when we walked to town & back. I am very sorry that Bradford’s health causes him to return home. He proposes to leave in a day or two. Tonight I have done extra good work; applied myself real well. Finished review of Vattel and reviewed some in the Institutes, Vol. I. The first month is gone, and though I was unwell several days, I have profited considerably; but I am by no means satisfied and I hope by the end of February to have my mind better disciplined. I will have much work to do in reviewing Prof. Minor’s course. It was 10 o’clock before I retired. Somewhat cooler this afternoon.
Sat’day, February 1st, 1879
Was up at 7.30, dressed and read chapter before breakfast, which I took with Dr. Chancellor; Holloway came in just before I finished. No lecture this morning; very glad to hear that Prof. Minor is improving. Received a letter from Frankenbush, which informs me that my old room-mate J. A. Reid is taking law at the University of La. Have spent the day in reviewing Prof. South’s notes on Vattel. This afternoon Holloway & myself questioned each other on the subject. After supper we had all boarding here & Faison from Carr’s Hill in our room until 8 o’clock. I studied Prof. South’s notes, read over Evidence for Monday and retired about 12. The weather made quite a change today; Holloway & myself on our walk this eve found the wind brisk & pinching cold.
Carr's Hill Boarding House -- about 1890
Sunday, February 2nd, 1879
The triangle for breakfast brought us out ten minutes before eight; at 8 I was ready; but in going into the dining room found no one. The waiter brought in my breakfast and I was soon followed by Dr. Chancellor, Holloway & McLean. Prof. Minor still too unwell to come out to Bible. Before dinner I wrote to mother & Jimmie. Jones & Joyes called and sat some time this afternoon, Walker & myself walked about an hour. Tonight I went over to chapel & heard a sermon from an unknown preacher, who took his text from Matthew, XV, 21 to 29. It was a very poor sermon, a simple exhibition of the faith manifested by the woman of Canaan. It possessed the single merit of brevity. At 8.30 I had returned to my room. I read over my Evidence & wrote to J. R. Tyson. I also wrote a note to Mr. M. Wiley for ½ doz. Photographs. Retired about 10 o’clock. Quite cold all day but not so windy as yesterday eve.
Monday, February 3rd, 1879
Up at 7.15 and breakfasted before 8. The class seemed very glad indeed to see Prof. Minor out this morning. He is yet quite hoarse and his frequent coughing solicited our sympathy. Notwithstanding his weakness he lectured interestingly. It was near 3 o’clock before we dined. Holloway and myself were glad to see our friend W. B. Pettit who called with his brother and sat a while this eve. Pettit informed us of the death of Wither’s father which fills us with sorrow for our old class-mate. At 5 o’clock O. G. Clay, a friend in the law class, called by & we went walking. Tonight I was frequently interrupted by visitors & did not accomplish much. The day has been clear & pleasant. Retired about 10 o’clock.
Tuesday, February 4th, 1879
Arose at 7.30 and breakfasted about 8. Prof. Minor took me by surprise this morning; he questioned me. I was pretty well prepared but was so excited that I did not answer as distinctly as I might. Having finished Vattel we had no lectures with Prof. Southall. I spent the remainder of the day in preparing for tomorrow’s examination. This eve, Lucas, Holloway, McLean, Faison & myself walked out beyond the University cemetery. Tonight I continued my review of Vattel until about 12.15, when, being anxious to get a full night’s sleep, I retired; postponing the posting of my journal until tomorrow night. This eve it was mild enough to walk without over coat.
Wed’day, February 5th, 1879
The servant not arriving I did not get up until 8 o’clock, when I was surprised to find it snowing. I made my own fire & soon learned that James was sick on which account breakfast was delayed until 9 o’clock. It was near 10 o’clock when we got to the examination on Vattel Int. Law. I was pretty well prepared & answered at every one of the forty one questions on the board; some perfect & some imperfect. Holloway, Faison & myself (of V.M.I.) were the last to hand in our papers & Holloway & myself left Faison still writing at 6.15. I was completely worn out & did not do much studying tonight; read over the lesson assigned in the Federalist for tomorrow. Faison came over & talked a while tonight. Rec’d a letter from Tyson. The snow ceased about 9.30 A.M. Retired about 11.30.
Thursday, February 6th, 1879
I was aroused about 5 o’clock by the noise of a party playing cards in the next room and my naps were short & broken until 7 o’clock when I arose; breakfasted at 20 mi. to 8. Prof. Southall lectured on our colonial history and the cause which lead to the adoption of the present constitution. He also touched upon the authorship of the Federalist, and of the origin of political parties in this country, their names & character. The following are their designations in the order of succession: (1) Federalists & Anti-Federalists; (2) Federalists & Republicans; (3) National Republicans & Democratic Republicans; (4) Whigs & democrats; (5) Republicans & Democrats. He did not have time to question on the text. This evening I read over my Evidence for tomorrow by 4.30, when I took my umbrella & walked to town; Holloway being asleep. Tonight we have both been in no humor to study, and frequently found ourselves engaged in conversation. I retired about 12.30. A slow rain has been falling nearly all day; very disagreeable.
Friday, February 7th, 1879
Arose at 7.30 and took breakfast shortly after 8. Drury, coming in with the mail, brought me a letter from father & one from Herndon which had enclosed one with it one from Williams. The whole day has been almost a loss to me; I could pay little attention at either of my lectures. This afternoon I read the several copies of the Madison Journal father sent me and copied Prof. South’s notes on Evidence. I walked to town alone at 5; Holloway, having business in town, had preceded me. I met him with McLean & we returned together. Shortly before supper our friend Pettit came in and remained until some time after supper. I did not get ready for work until about 8, and then I could not do anything. I read over my lesson for tomorrow and reviewed a little of Minor’s Junior. He spoke of having the examination on it about the 27th. The weather today has been clear & pleasant. Retired shortly after 12.
Sat’day, February 8th, 1879
It was twenty minutes to 8 before I got up this morning & had just dressed in time for breakfast. Returning from lecture I occupied myself in writing out a synopsis of our last lesson (& the first) in the Federalist. Joyes came by to take a walk this eve but I had just prepared for a bath & had to be excused. Holloway walked out about 6; not returning in time we took our supper at Arnheime’s. I have not been feeling well today & again tonight, although I was all alone in my room, I found myself unable to study. Returned just before 12. The day has been clear & cool.
Sunday, February 9th, 1879
I was awake at 7 o’clock, but the servant not having come I went off to sleep until 8.20, when I arose and had not quite dressed before breakfast was announced. Prof. Minor did not meet his Bible class; it is said that he was too hoarse to come out. I went to the reading room & occupied myself until nearly 10, when I returned to Lucas’ room & sat a while, then went to my room & wrote to father & Paxton. After dinner we chatted a while in Saul’s room. I wrote a letter to J. A. Reid. About 5 Jones & Joyes came around for a walk, which we enjoyed very much. I attended chapel tonight where I heard a splendid sermon from a stranger. He announced no text but introduced his theme as “The Demands of the Ministry”. He showed the importance of educated ministers & reasoned that young men should seriously consider whether or not they are intended for the profession. Holloway & myself talked some time after I returned and then we studied Evidence. I retired shortly after 11.30. We have had clear & pleasant weather.
Monday, February 10th, 1879
Was up at 7.30 & breakfasted about 8. I was very glad to receive a letter from R. S. Ball, who is in the employment of the government, teaching Indians out in Indian Territory. As usual I was not so well prepared on my lectures this morning. This afternoon I copied Prof. South’s notes & studied the Federalist until about 5, when Owen called & we went walking. Tonight I worked somewhat better than lately; but Holloway & myself having occasion to refer to my journal of last year, we found ourselves discussing various events mentioned in our V.M.I. life. This evening the weather grew quite cool. Retired about 12.20.
Tuesday, February 11th, 1879
It was twenty minutes to 8 when I woke up this morning; breakfasted shortly after 8. In consequence of the next part of Prof. Minor’s Senior not being published he has assigned us a lesson in review & will continue to do so until the book is ready. This afternoon I studied Evidence a short while & becoming sleepy I wrote a short while on my abstract of the Federalist. Holloway & myself walked to town notwithstanding it was sprinkling rain. Tonight I was doing good work up to 10 o’clock, when a party congregated in our room & sat until after 11, in order to see McLean off, who left for his home in Mo. & it is probable that he will not return. It has been raining slowly all day. Retired about quarter to 1.
Wed’day, February 12th, 1879
Arose at 7.30 and breakfasted shortly after 8. Prof. Minor questioned me, the first one this morning, on the “Mortgagee’s Remedies to get his money”; did fairly. This afternoon I copied notes on Evidence & nodded over the Federalist. Faison came in about 5 & we walked to town & back. Tonight I did good work, though interrupted by several visitors, Drury, Walker & Faison. I am trying to review Minor’s Junior. The day has been clear & cool. Retired about 1.
Thursday, February 13th, 1879
Arose and breakfasted as of late. We had our first recitation on review in Prof. Minor’s Senior; commencing with Admiralty & Maritime courts. This afternoon I tried to study Greenleaf, but only nodding over it I tried to review Minor’s Junior, but was equally unsuccessful. At 5 Faison, Holloway and myself started walking; but Jones meeting us we walked together and discussed legal subjects. Tonight I found the lesson (on subject of Remainder) for tomorrow pretty hard. Studied until about 10.30 when I went to club meeting and remained until about 12. The weather has been clear & cool. Retired about 1. (Wedding in U. tonight).
Friday, February 14th, 1879
We slept until 20 min. to 8 and were just dressed in time for breakfast. On returning from lecture I found a letter from aunt Eliza. This afternoon I reviewed Minor. At 5 I called by for Jones & we walked to town. Tonight I did very good work. The weather was inclined to snow early this morn; but it soon cleared off, tho’ cooler than yesterday. Retired about 1.15.
Sat’day, February 15th, 1879
Slept until 20 mi. after 8; breakfast was announced before we were dressed. After returning from lecture I reviewed Minor until about 5 when the elder Grinnan called for a walk. Tonight I had intended to do big work on review but McDowell came in after supper & chatted me until after 9. I studied then until about 12, when I wrote letter to A. D. Kemp & J. E. Dunscomb in which I enclosed my picture in fulfillment of promise. Today it has been clear & pinching cold. Retired shortly after 1.
Sunday, February 16th, 1879
The triangle for breakfast aroused me at 8.25; in ten minutes I was ready for breakfast. Prof. Minor was out at Bible & discoursed very interestingly on the history of Joseph. I wrote a letter to aunt Eliza and commenced one to Ball before dinner. After dinner McDowell came in and chatted for a while and then I finished a letter to Ball. Shortly before 5 Joyes & Jones came by for a walk. Jones took supper with me. After supper Dickinson called & we chatted until shortly after 8 when they departed. Did not attend chapel. Holloway & Faison returned from a long walk about 9. Could not study tonight. Corp & myself chatted. Retired at 12.30.
Monday, February 17th, 1879
The triangle found me in bed at 8 o’clock, I bounced and was the first one in the dining room. As is my custom I was not very well prepared today. After transcribing my notes this afternoon I tried to review but got so sleepy I retired and slept soundly until 6. It has been snowing off & on all day which caused me to give up all ideas of walking; the snow lies at least 3 inches. Tonight I did only tolerable work; but I studied late. Retired about 2 o’clock.
Tuesday, February 18th, 1879
Up at 8 o’clock, and was ready in good time for breakfast. Pretty well prepared on my lectures; but have been feeling unwell all day; the result of constipation. After trying to review a while this afternoon I lay down and read a while. Being frequently disturbed I did not get much sleep. At 5 I called by Jones’ room where I found Joyes; we walked to town & return. Tonight I did poor work. The snow has been melting rapidly all day. Retired just before 1.
Wedn’day, February 19th, 1879
Aroused by triangle shortly before 8. At Evidence Prof. Southall called on me first man and I curled him. This afternoon I copied notes and read over Federalist. Faison came in at 5 and we went walking. Tonight I did very good work although I did not get over much ground. The thermometer has been just above freezing most of the day. Retired about 1.15.
Thursday, February 20th, 1879
Got up just before 8. Tolerably well prepared this morning. This afternoon I read a copy of the Picayune Bush sent me & got over the Evidence lesson for tomorrow. At 5 I went walking alone; it was pinching cool; the thermometer has stood about 30ºF all day, and a brisk wind blew the snow in drifts. Tonight I did fair work. Retired about 1.15.
Friday, February 21st, 1879
Aroused for breakfast about 8. Lucas brought me in a letter from father and a postal from Jack Reid. On returning from my lectures I found a letter from my brother and another on fraternity matters. Dr. Sampson, a graduate in Med. Last year, who has been continuing his studies in Phil’a arrived here before dinner. He proposes to go to Madison Parish to practice his profession. This afternoon I napped over Minor’s Junior. At 5 I met Maxey at the book store and went walking. Tonight I did only tolerable work. The weather has been about the same as yesterday excepting the absence of wind. Retired about 1.15.
Sat’day, February 22nd, 1879
Arose at 8 o’clock. Prof. Minor questioned me on the Statute of Limitations. Did not distinguish myself. After returning from lecture Faison called by & we chatted some time. This afternoon I finished reviewing Minor’s first volume. At 5.30 I took a short walk alone. Tonight Lucas, Saulsbury, Walker, Aumann, Dr. Sampson & myself attended the Troubadours. It was very good indeed; the house was pretty well filled. Returning Phillips, of Miss., and Starnes, of Ga., joined us; we stopped at Ambroselli’s & took oysters with Starnes & witnessed a game of pool between the Doctor & several others. It was about 12 when we arrived home. I posted my journal, read chapter, and retired about 1. No sunshine all day; this afternoon we were threatened with snow.
Sunday, February 23rd, 1879
Got up at 8, washed, read over Bible lesson & breakfasted in time for Bible Class at 9. We finished with Joseph & commenced on the Book of Job. Returning to my room I wrote to father & to uncle Boney Williams. Dr. Sampson left for his home in S.C. at 12 o’clock. He will spend a fortnight with his relatives & then proceed to Madison Parish to practice probably in the neighborhood of Maj. Lucas. This afternoon I wrote to brother & read Evidence. At 5 I called on Miss Walker who came yesterday. I also escorted her to chapel where we heard a good sermon preached by the chaplain (Text Rom. III, 20). Returned to my room at 8.30. Retired about 12.30. Clear & pleasant in the morn; windy this eve.
Monday, February 24th, 1879
Aroused for breakfast at 8. Prepared as usual on Monday morning. Prof. Southall did not question at Evidence but gave notes and made explanations. This afternoon I nodded over the Federalist. At 5 I called by for Jones & we went walking; he complains of being unwell. Tonight I did tolerably well. Reviewing 2d Volume of Minor. The weather continued fine until this afternoon when it became hazy. Retired shortly after 1.
Tuesday, February 25th, 1879
The triangle brought me out at 20 mi. to 8. Many number of the class were absent from lecture this morning preparing for the coming junior examination. Prof. Minor remonstrated against it. Prof. Southall did not meet his class; he is said to be sick. I called & sat a short while with Owen who is sick. This afternoon I was utterly unable to study; it was with difficulty that I could apply myself to Mark Twain’s Sketches with which I attempted to amuse myself. Faison called & sat a while. About 6 I took a short walk alone. Tonight I have spent in attempting to review. I am almost disheartened at my prospects for making the examination. I longed to attend a German given in the Jeff. Hall tonight; but determined to remain in my room & attempt a performance of duty any how. It was hard to resist the invitation of Miss Walker, who is a splendid dancer. The day has been not unpleasantly cool, but little sunshine. Retired about 1.
Wednesday, February 26th, 1879
Arose at quarter to 8 & dressed in time for breakfast. Prof. Southall did not meet us this morning. Have been working all day for tomorrow’s examination. At 5 P.M. Holloway, Moore & myself walked to town. Tonight I worked fairly. In order to get a good night’s rest I retired shortly before 12. This afternoon it grew dark & the wind blew; we expected a storm, but after a while it subsided.
Thursday, February 27th, 1879
Was up at quarter to 8, breakfasted and was in the examination hall at 8.30. The blackboard was already filled with questions, fifty four in number, and most of the class was ready to commence work. I wrote until 5 P.M. when I came to the conclusion that I could not make the amount to put me through; I left without handing in my papers. While I am very much disappointed at my poor attempt; yet I am not discouraged. I am conscious of having tried to study hard for it. I regret very much not handing in the papers I did write, though I know they would not have passed me. On leaving the hall I joined Jones, Joyes & Kleberg, who went on a walk to town. I took supper with Joyes & sat with him until after 8. Shortly after 9 I called on Miss Walker & sat until nearly 11. She had a visitor (Scott) when I went in but I sat him out. Returning to my room I intended to retire early but McDowell came in & gased until about 12.30. We retired about 1; but talked some time about the examination. Holloway passed a splendid examination; he did not get out until 9.30 tonight. While in the examination hall I received a very nice letter from Miss Georgie Nicols. The day has been quite cool & clear.
Friday, February 28th, 1879
We were aroused for breakfast about 8. I lay awake some time last night. Soon after breakfast I rec’d a letter from mother. Not having studied until this morning I was not well prepared. Prof. Southall questioned me first & having just read it over I answered correctly. This afternoon I copied noted & attempted to review. Lucas & myself walked to town at 5. After supper I called to see Aumann, who is sick, & sat a while. Joyes came in & sat until about 9; he interested me with an account of his trip to Europe last summer. Not being able to study I commenced a letter to Bush. The weather has been clear & pleasantly cold. Retired shortly after 11.30.
Sat’day, March 1st, 1879
Arose for breakfast about 8. Lucas came in & chatted us some time after breakfast; we went to lecture without having read the lecture entirely over. It is reported that it will be two or three weeks before the book will be ready; we will have time & more to review the subject of pleading which we entered this morning. Returning from lecture I called & sat with Owen a few minutes. Reviewed 20 pages of Senior before dinner. This afternoon I worked on my abstract of the Federalist. At 5 I called by for the junior Grinnan & we went walking. After supper Drury & Moore sat with me until 7. Felt unwell tonight; pain in the abdominal regions. I read over my junior for Monday, & skimmed over the Evidence lesson. Retired about 11.30. March came in with the prettiest day we have had in some time.
Sunday, March 2nd, 1879
Arose about 8 and was dressed in good time for breakfast which I took alone. At Bible Prof. Minor questioned me in regard to Job’s being a real person. Returning from Bible I wrote a letter to mother, finished one to Bush and a note to Miss Walker, who is reported quite ill today. Holloway & Faison went out on a long walk over the mountains this morn; they returned shortly before 4 P.M. This afternoon I wrote a short letter to Miss Jeanie and was napping in my chair at 5 when Dickinson called for a walk. On our walk we were joined by Owen & Ford. Owen & myself took supper with Dickinson & Lewis Coleman, after which we went to chapel & heard a fair sermon by the pastor, Mr. Woodfin. Tonight I read over my lessons for tomorrow. The day has been extremely hazy & gloomy. Retired about 12.
Monday, March 3rd, 1879
I lay awake some time after retiring last night; but arose at 7.15 to find the ground whitened with snow, which continued to fall at intervals in scattering flakes until after lecture hour. I was pretty well prepared this morn; quite unusual for Monday. On returning from lecture I found a letter from Paxton. Spent most of the afternoon in copying notes on Evidence; read newspaper for short while. At 5 Lucas, Holloway and myself walked to town. Tonight I could not study, and spent considerable time in chatting in Saulsbury’s room. I am suffering much from a soar (sic) throat. Miss Walker is reported better today. The snow all disappeared in exposed places during the day. Dr. Chancellor’s son, Dr. Stacy Chancellor, arrived from Baltimore today. It is said that he will take his father’s practice here in order to give him an opportunity to go south for his health. Retired about 12.30.
Tuesday, March 4th, 1879
Arose shortly before 8. Not so well prepared in Prof. Minor’s lecture; but was pretty well up on Prof. Southall’s as we had the lesson which was assigned us for last Tuesday. He called on me but only asked one question. This afternoon I was too sleepy to study, so I wrote on my abstract to the Federalist. Holloway & myself took our usual walk. Miss Walker being still sick I sent her some fruit this eve. Tonight Lucas interrupted our studies for an hour and afterwards Holloway & myself got to chatting on the recollections of our childhood and were surprised to find it 11.30 when we looked at our watches. A very pretty day. Retired about 12.15.
Wed’day, March 5th, 1879
Got up at 7.30 and dressed in good time for breakfast, after which I took a solitary walk of 20 minutes. The morning was beautiful & I enjoyed it much. Lucas brought me in a letter from Miss Rosa R. & a copy of the Picayune, sent by ‘Bush, containing an account of Mardi Gras. This afternoon I copied noted & napped a while. At 5 I called for Lewis Coleman, according to promise, and we took a walk. We discussed the topic which has considerably excited us today; last night a Negro was shot between here & town and from his wounds he died this eve. It is reported that he was shot by a student. It seems that the particulars of the affair are not known. The authorities have made no arrests since they have no clue, as yet, as to who did the shooting. This afternoon Mrs. Stockton, Miss Walker’s mother, came in & took her home. Tonight I did tolerably fair work, though I suffered from sore throat. I have used potash gargle for it, in vain. A beautiful day and barely cool enough for fire. Retired about quarter to 1.
Thursday, March 6th, 1879
Was dressed in time for breakfast about 7.30, after which I took a short stroll towards the country. It was just cool enough to make it pleasant; but the day did not promise to be as bright as yesterday. At lecture it was announced that neither of our professors would meet us tomorrow, in consequence of the funeral of Mrs. Davis, the mother of Prof. Davis and a relative of Prof. Minor. At dinner Lucas handed me a letter from father, which left him in a blue mood. Many of the Negroes are leaving the country for Kansas & it is feared there will be a want of labor. I was writing on the Federalist about 4.30 P.M. when Jones & Joyes called by & asked if I would not go with them to hear the preliminary examination of the students who had voluntarily confessed having been in the difficulty Tuesday night. From the testimony given I gathered the following circumstances of the case: About 12.30 o’clock of the night of the affair three students (Barrows, Harris & Lytle) were walking towards town each with a young tree, which they pulled from beside the walk, where they had been lately set out, on his shoulder. In passing three Negroes the limbs of one of the trees accidentally brushed off the hat of one of them. The Negro inquired, “what he meant by it”? Upon this Barrows, who had just passed the Negroes (Harris & Lytle being behind him) turned around, saw Harris knocked senseless into the ditch by a stick in the hands of one of the Negroes, Lytle was knocked to his knees by another and fired his pistol. About this time he drew his own pistol, his tree was taken from him and used on his arm, and thereupon he fired his pistol. Lytle fired four or five shots at the Negro who continued to strike him; the latter two or three shots fired while unconscious. His shots (at least two of them) took effect in the negro’s abdomen. When the firing commenced the other two Negroes ran off unhurt, having knocked Harris senseless & struck Barrows. When Harris recovered the students returned to the University. The runaway Negroes returning found their fellow shot. The Justice discharged Barrows & Harris and held Lytle in a bond of $500 to appear before the Grand Jury at its next meeting. The Negro is not dead as reported yesterday; he may recover. The Court House was crowded with students, who warmly shook the hands of the three. Profs. Harrison, Schele, Cabell, Peters & Noah K. Davis testified to the good character of the students & complimented them as being apt pupils. It was 7 o’clock before we got back to Chancellorsville, when McDowell & myself got a special supper. We collected in Lucas’ room & had a general chat tonight. No studying done tonight. I retired shortly after 11.
Friday, March 7th, 1879
Arose at 7.20 and dressed in good time for breakfast, after which I took a stroll. About 9 Lucas brought me a letter from Miss Jeanie. In consequence of our having no lectures I have spent most of the day in reviewing. Saulsbury & Walker who have been on a trip to Staunton since Tuesday returned before noon. About 5 Lucas and myself walked to town. Tonight I did fair work on review. The faculty dismissed Barrows & Harris today. Lytle resigned several days since in order to prepare for the Woodruff Traveling College. The students are signing a petition to reinstate Harris & Barrows. This has been a beautiful & spring-like day. Retired about 12.
Sat’day, March 8th, 1879
Was up at 7.20, breakfasted at 8 and took walk by 8.25. After lecture this morn I set in to review for the next examination. At 5 P.M. Lucas & myself walked to town. Tonight Holloway & myself were at work on review, when a party of noisy fellows collected in the room below and interrupted us with their songs &c. Finding it impossible to study we went down & looked on until nearly 11 o’clock, when they dispersed for their several rooms. After which McDowell came in and reported the decision of the faculty upon the petition handed to them in behalf of Barrows & Harris. They concluded to reinstate Harris and that Barrows must hand in his resignation. The students are very much wrought up about the matter, and propose to have a mass meeting next Monday night to consider the matter. I am fully in sympathy with the students, but should the meeting be one of “indignation” I will not be a party to it.
The day has been somewhat cooler & not so bright as yesterday. Retired about a quarter to 12.
Sunday, March 9th, 1879
Was up at 7.30, breakfasted at 8 and prepared for Bible. On my return from which Lucas, Walker & myself walked to town to attend church. We went to the Presbyterian church & heard a splendid sermon by the pastor, Mr. Petrie, who did not announce the place of his text, but he showed that a Christian was an epistle, written & recognized of all men.
Reverend George L. Petrie, pastor of First Presbyterian Church
At Walker’s invitation we rode back in a carriage. Before dinner I wrote a letter to father. This afternoon we all collected & talked. Faison, Holloway, Lucas, Saulsbury & myself walked to the country from 4.45 until 6.30. Tonight I read over tomorrow’s lectures. Lucas came in & talked until bed time. Retired at 12.30.
Monday, March 10th, 1879
Got up at 7.20, breakfast was announced before I was quite dressed, after which I took a walk of some fifteen minutes. Was quite poorly prepared on my lectures this morn. Prof. Southall questioned me on Evidence & I did not “distinguish” myself by far. Spent the afternoon in copying notes & reading the Federalist. About 5, Lucas, Walker & myself walked to town. Tonight my throat became quite soar again which brought on a headache. At 11 o’clock I went in to see the Doctor, who gave me a remedy & advised me to retire. He thinks it is caused from constipation. The day has been as warm as summer; we have had no fire tonight. I have been all alone in my room. Holloway and all from this house have been out. Retired shortly before 12. Prof. Minor at the request of the majority of the class has postponed the examination on Senior Law one week.
Tuesday, March 11th, 1879
Arose at 7.30 glad to find my throat much relieved. After breakfast I took a short walk. On returning from lecture I felt quite feverish & had no appetite for dinner. This afternoon I corrected some notes, read Story on the Constitution & napped a while. At 5 Holloway, Moore & myself walked to the country returning in time for supper at 6.20. Tonight I worked fairly; read over tomorrow’s lectures & reviewed thirty pages. A brisk wind set in this eve & it grew cooler but we sat without fire tonight. Retired shortly before 12.
Wed’day, March 12th, 1879
Holloway & myself were up at 7; we took a walk & returned; found breakfast “going on” at 7.40. Was pretty well prepared on my lectures this morning. Copied notes after dinner until near 4 o’clock when Lucas, Drury, Saulsbury & myself walked to town. They wishing to remain longer in town I returned alone. At the gate I saw two horses ridden by Miss Walker & her father. I challenged Holloway for a ride; but just as we were preparing to mount their owners appeared on the porch & we “skipped”. Tonight I have been utterly unable to study. I tried first one book, then another, in hopes of finding something attractive, but succeeded only partially with Story on the Constitution. Somewhat cooler than yesterday. Finding it uncomfortable I made a fire after supper. Retired about a quarter to 12.
Thursday, March 13th, 1879
The servant not getting in we did not get up until about 7.20, when we arose & took a short walk. At lecture this morn Prof. Minor questioned all those whose names come in the neighborhood of mine; but he skipped over me. It would seem he does not intend to question me at all. While writing on the Federalist this afternoon Jones came in & we walked to town. Tonight I studied very well until 10.30 when I went to fraternity meeting. Returned about 12 o’clock & retired about 12.15.
Friday, March 14th, 1879
We were up at 7.5. On returning from our walk we found breakfast ready. Prof. Southall, being unwell, did not meet us in Evidence. Dr. Young, of Vanderbilt, dined with Dr. C. Worked on the Federalist this afternoon until 5.15 when I walked towards the country alone. Having been invited by Joyes to participate in a box of eatables I went around tonight & remained until shortly after 10. I found myself too sleepy to study I prepared to retire. Have nodded several times while writing this. Saulsbury’s brother came to see him.
Sat’day, March 15th, 1879
Was up at 7, and just as I started for my walk breakfast was announced, I concluded not to walk. Prof. Minor questioned me this morn; did only tolerably well. Returning from lecture I studied on review until dinner. This afternoon I worked on the Federalist. At 5 the younger Grinnan called for a walk. We took quite a tramp having climbed to the summit of Lewis Mountain.
University of Virginia & Charlottesville from Lewis Mountain. About 1856.
Map of Charlottesville area about 1875
It was about 6.30 when we returned. Tonight I did tolerable work. The day has been clear & quite cool. Returned about 12.15.
Sunday, March 16th, 1879
I awoke at 7; but the servant not having brought water I fell off to sleep to be aroused by the triangle at 8. I dressed, breakfasted & read over Bible lesson by 9 o’clock. On returning from Bible I commenced a letter to father & one to brother before dinner. This afternoon I commenced a letter to Miss Georgie which I finished tonight. Shortly after 4 I called at Jones’ room for a walk. Holladay being in the room accepted an invitation to join us. We walked some distance in the country; to the 3rd railroad crossing. After finishing Miss G’s letter tonight I read over tomorrow’s Junior. The day has been just cool enough to require a little fire. Retired about a quarter to 12.
Monday, March 17th, 1879
Arose at 7, dressed and took a solitary walk of 20 minutes before breakfast. Before going to breakfast Lucas brought me a very interesting letter from Frankenbush. Prof. Minor questioned me as to what disabilities under persons incapable of alienating land. I answered every question. We finished Evidence, and Prof. Southall assigned us a lesson in Adam’s Equity for Wednesday. On returning from lecture I found a letter from father; fair weather & abatement in the Negro emigration has placed him in better spirits. Copied notes on Ev. This eve. At 4.30 I called for Joyes & Maxey; we walked to Fry’s Spring. The eve was quite cool. Studied pretty well tonight. Retired shortly after 12.
Tuesday, March 18th, 1879
We arose at 7, took a walk & breakfasted by 8. Before going to lecture I rec’d a card announcing the marriage of Dr. Bryzozowski to Miss Helen Kresse in Louisville on the 11th inst. This afternoon I attempted to review but soon fell to napping; so I wrote on the Federalist until 4.30 when Lucas & myself walked to town. I made very little headway in my studies tonight. The day has been clear & quite cool. Retired about 12.30.
Wedn’day, March 19th, 1879
Was surprised to find it 7.30 when I woke this morn. We bounced & dressed hurriedly for breakfast which was soon announced. We had our first recitation in Adami Equity under the instruction of Prof. Southall. This afternoon I read the Federalist until after 4.30, when Jones & Owen called for a walk. About 10 o’clock tonight Lucas & Walker came in and gased until after 12 o’clock; interrupting our work to a great extent. The weather clear & cool. Retired about 12.30.
Thursday, March 20th, 1879
We arose at 7 and took our usual walk. Lucas & myself, considering the probability that Congress may adjourn before our coming examination & desiring to visit Washington while it is in session, have concluded to depart tomorrow afternoon. I dislike very much to absent myself at this time. I could accomplish considerable in reviewing for the examination though am confident that I would not be able to pass the examination. Miss Walker, who rode in horseback today, was at the dinner table. Copied notes, read equity until 4 P.M. when Lucas & myself walked to town. I reviewed Minor until supper. Tonight, after reading tomorrow’s lecture in Minor, I reviewed the Constitution of the United States. The day has been cloudy & chilly; slight rain tonight. Retired about 12.15.
Thursday, March 27th, 1879
Lucas & myself departed for Washington about 5 P.M. last Friday. While there I was unable to post up my journal every day and concluded to give a general account after my return. At 10 o’clock we were at our hotel, the Willard, not at all fatigued from our ride since we had agreeable company in Mr. Geo. Fawcett, of Baltimore, a member of our class who is going on a week’s visit home. For a short distance we were entertained with the lively talk of Capt. Maddux. An old Mont’y White friend. At the hotel we went to our room, arranged out toilettes & returned to the office to examine the register. We found that Senator Jonas & Representative King, both of La., were stopping at our hotel. Soon, while we were sitting reading, Gen. J. Floyd King approached & introduced himself. He had been informed of our arrival & of our inquiry for him. He talked to us until near 12 o’clock. He is a man of fine appearance and very pleasant manners. On Saturday we called on several of the Tennessee delegation but they were all from (at?) home. The day was exceedingly disagreeable; raining & cold. We visited the Treasury department. This eve (Saturday) we went to see Pinafore which we enjoyed very much. On Sunday we called on Senator Harris & Representatives House & Atkins, all of Tenn. We met Col. W. H. McCardle of V’burg, who entertained us for some time. Judge Phister, Congressman from Ky. Introduced himself to inquire of his son at the University. We had several interesting talks with him while there. I met with ex-cadet Alston, of Ga., who went with us to the Navy Yard this afternoon. There was no man-of-war in port and we were much disappointed. We also met Senator Jonas, with whom we were very favorably impressed. On Monday we called to present our letter of introduction to Senator Saulsbury, but he was absent. We visited the Capitol, where we saw the Senate in session & had pointed out to us several of the distinguished members. Gen. King who went over to Baltimore Saturday returned today & promised us a seat on the floor of the House tomorrow. Tonight we went to see Joe Jefferson in Rip Van Winkle. It was splendid. On Tuesday morning we visited Corcoran’s Art Gallery which we enjoyed much. The Greek Slave was the most attractive specimen of sculpture on exhibition. At 12 o’clock we were at the Capitol seeking an interview with Gen. King, who had promised to secure us seats on the floor of the House. He soon came out & informed us that the House was preparing to adjourn; so we found our way to the gallery & soon saw them adjourn. We walked from the Capitol back to the hotel, and enjoyed very much the sights of Pa. Avenue. We lunched and went out for a promenade up 7th and other prominent business streets of the city. On our walk we met Mr. Shuey, a Senate Reporter, who was stopping here with Dr. C. last fall. He continued the walk; taking us to the Agricultural Department, beyond the Smithsonian Institute. Gen. King joined us at supper tonight & we had quite a pleasant chat. We made arrangements to leave on the 7 o’clock train Wednesday morning. Coming down on the train yesterday morning I met Miss Helen Ward, of Warrenton, Va., cousin to the Misses Lonsdale & Miller whom I met at the Springs last summer. I enjoyed her company very much. We arrived here about 12 o’clock. After dinner we napped until supper. We told of our trip until about 10 o’clock when we retired. This morning Holloway & myself arose shortly before 8. At 8.30 we went in to the examination on Senior law. I wrote until about 11 o’clock when I handed in my papers and retired. I knew I could not make it and felt too fatigued to write longer and merely to see how many questions I could answer. Returned to my room and found that Walker had handed in his resignation; so we chatted some time, after which I proceeded to post my journal. This evening I called by & went walking with the Elder Grinnan (Bryant). Tonight I called & sat with Ramsey a while, then went to Joyes room & chatted with him, Jones & Owen. At 11 o’clock we went to fraternity meeting. Holloway did splendidly on the examination; he wrote 42 pages of legal cap and did not get out until 10 o’clock tonight. He said there were several still in the hall. On my return yesterday I found letters from father, brother & Shuey & today I rec’d one from Aunt Eliza. The rain of yesterday eve stopped last night & we have had a pleasant day. Retired about 12.30.
Friday, March 28th, 1879
We were aroused by the triangle about 7.30. After breakfast I set to work to prepare my lectures. I have caught quite a cold & got very tired before the lectures were over. This afternoon I copied notes on Equity. At 5 Lucas & myself went walking. All of our party have gone to explore the “haunted house” tonight & I have been all alone. I read the Picayune & studied what the class went over while I was absent. Retired at 11.30.
Sat’day, March 29th, 1879
Arose at 7.30. Prof. Minor found himself too hoarse, after entering the lecture room, to proceed; so he dismissed us. I returned to my room & copied notes on Equity. This afternoon I read Story on the Constitution & napped a while. At 5 I called by to walk with Lewis Coleman. We joined Burbage Coleman, Butler Mahone, Talbott, May & Smith with whom we walked & took supper. About 9 I stopped at Joyes’ room; Dickinson & Jones soon joined us and we chatted pleasantly. Until shortly after 12 when we dispersed for our several rooms. I retired immediately on reaching my room. The day has been pleasant.
Sunday, March 30th, 1879
The triangle brought us out at 7.35. I spent the morning & until 4 P.M. writing letters to father, brother & Williams. Walker, having resigned, left for his home in Ga. this morn. He was very popular & no doubt we will miss him. When he entered the carriage some eight or ten students hoisted their umbrellas & followed to the depot; it was quite a solemn procession. At 4 o’clock I walked around & found Joyes & Maxey preparing to take a walk. Joining them we went to the reservoir and around the mountain.
University of Virginia Reservoir -- about 1895
Returning we stopped & chatted Jones until tea. It has been a mean day: intervals of rain, wind & sunshine. Tonight the wind blows brisk & cold. Retired about 11.30. I could hardly hold my eyes open while writing this.
Monday, March 31st, 1879
Arose at 7.15 and dressed in good time for breakfast. Faison & Lucas came in & broke up our studying after breakfast. Prof. Southall questioned me in Equity; did fairly. Very few students made good replies this morning; most of them seem to be relaxing in their studies. I am so sleepy-headed I can not make much progress. Prof. Minor’s new book having arrived we have a lesson assigned in it for tomorrow. This afternoon I read newspaper, the Federalist & copied notes. About 5.30 I went walking alone. A high wind rendered it very unpleasant. Our first March weather of the season. Tonight I studied until I got so sleepy I concluded to divert myself in making a cover for my new volume. Retired about 12.15.
Tuesday, April 1st, 1879
Arose at 7.15. Felt unwell all day from a severe cold. This afternoon I reviewed a little International Law. At 5 o’clock I called for Lewis Coleman and we went walking. Buck Owen joined us. In town we were amused, for a short while, watching a man manouver on a slack rope stretched across the street. Tonight I studied pretty well, though my cold is no better. The wind of yesterday abated during the night & April set in with a beautiful day. Wrote a note to Hon. J. Floyd King requesting him to send us a copy of the Record. Retired shortly after 12.
Wed’day, April 2nd, 1879
Arose at 7.30 and dressed in time for breakfast. At Equity Prof. Southall took me by surprise in calling on me. He was mistaken in the idea that I had been giving assistance. I have suffered greatly from my cold today and especially tonight. This afternoon Lucas & myself walked to town. Tonight I managed to get over tomorrow’s lectures. The day has been clear & cool. Retired about 12.15.
Th’rsday, April 3rd, 1879
Was up at 7.30. After dressing had time to read my chapter before breakfast was announced. On returning from lecture I corrected notes & read the new catalogue. This afternoon I attempted to review some in the Federalist, but at 4.30 I grew so sleepy that I concluded to walk. The wind has been blowing severe & cold all day; on which account I could get no one to accompany me. I found it extremely disagreeable; we never had so windy a day in all of March. I met very few students on the Avenue. Tonight I was alternately at my handkerchief & at my book. After getting over my lessons I employed myself in covering my Adam’s Equity. Retired.
Friday, April 4th, 1879
Was up at 7.30; but was barely out before breakfast was announced. My lectures were tolerably well prepared. While at Equity a letter was handed me from father, which pleased (me) to know that all was well at home. At 3 P.M. the law class assembled to form the moot court. Mr. Higgins, of Texas, was elected assistant judge; Mr. Lawton, of Ga., clerk; Mr. Nisbit, of Ky., Sheriff and Mr. Cooper of Del., coroner. My friend Dickinson placed me in nomination for sheriff; but I declined to be a candidate because I did not care to suffer a defeat for a position I did not want. Upon Mr. Nisbit’s election (he being the smallest man in the class) he appointed J. S. Jones, of Va., & myself (we being the tallest couple) his deputies. Mr. Jones declined. I accepted. The nominations &c occasioned much laughter. It was about 5 when we adjourned & Dickinson, Jones, Owen, Jones & myself walked to town. Dickinson persuaded me to take supper with him after which I sat with him until he dressed to go “calicoing” (?). Returning through the lawn I stopped to watch the progress of a “dyke” (?) which was too small to be enjoyed. Returning to my room I dressed & met Jones at his room at 8.15 in order to go with him to see Prof. Southall. We enjoyed Prof. S’s company until shortly after 9. We met Joyes at the reading room & sat until near 10 when I returned to my room & attempted to study without much success. I chatted Holloway in regard to the proceedings at the formation of the moot court, posted my journal & retired about 12.15. The day has been quite cool but not so windy as yesterday. Miss Kirk who has been visiting an aunt, for some time, is said to have returned today.
Sat’day, April 5th, 1879
Arose at the announcement of breakfast, 7.35. On returning from lecture today I reviewed about twenty pages of the Federalist. After dinner I read the newspaper until 3.30 when we went over to hear the first debate in the contest for the debater’s and orator’s medals. There were six contestants, three of whom (Messrs. Andrews, of Va., Bruce, of Va. and Abney, of S.C.) spoke this afternoon; the other three (Messrs. Kernan, of La., Clay, of Va., and Christian, of Va.) spoke tonight. The following was the question: “Which was the most expedient to England in the Eastern question the policy of the conservative or that of the Liberal party?” The following is the committee of the faculty to decide upon the merits of the debate: Profs. Harrison, Peters & Smith. They are to have one more debate before the committee & then they will decide who are to be medallists. In today’s contest I think Kernan is ahead in point of argument as well as delivery. Mr. Bruce’s speech evidenced that he is a man of great erudition and should probably rank next to Kernan upon the merits of the debate. It was about 11 o’clock when I got back tonight and we sat & discussed the debate until about 12 o’clock. The afternoon debate closed about 5.30 when Jones & myself took a walk as far as Vinegar Hill. The day has been real cool but not quite so windy. Retired about 12.45.
Sunday, April 6th, 1879
Was aroused by the triangle at a quarter of 8. At Bible Prof. Minor gave us a very interesting talk. Before dinner I wrote long letters to father & Paxton. This afternoon I wrote to Frankenbush. At 6 o’clock I walked to the first railroad crossing alone. Dickinson, McDowell & myself attended the Presbyterian church tonight. Mr. Petrie preached a splendid sermon, his text being, “Rome the ally & then the foe of Judah”. Leaving church (as it was dismissed) we walked out to see Mr. Strange but he was out. I was quite tired on returning. I chatted Saulsbury & Lucas some time. Retired shortly after 11. This was a most beautiful & pleasant day. Clear & not windy.
Monday, April 7th, 1879
We arose at the announcement of breakfast, 7.30. I was not at all prepared on my lectures. Prof. Minor called on me & I made a very poor recitation. Prof Southall did not keep us long in order to give us an opportunity to hear the political speeches to be delivered in C. On leaving the lecture room Dickinson & myself elevated an umbrella (for a rain had set in) & started for town. We managed to find position in the crowded courthouse; tho’ uncomfortable in the extreme. We heard the following gentleman speak against repudiating the state debt: Messrs. Smith, McMullin & Daniel. The last is one of the most prominent men in the state. His speech was eloquent. He is an old student of the University & tonight many of us crowded to the house of Prof. Peters, Where Maj. Daniel was stopping, & called for a speech. He made a splendid effort; the students are carried away with him. I never saw a face that so much impressed me as being intellectual. The day has been very disagreeable, and my exposing myself in it did not tend to cure my cold. The slow rain continued until late this eve. I felt so unwell I did not study anything but the Federalist tonight. Retired at 11.30.
Tuesday, April 8th, 1879
We were up at 7.15. Was sorry to find Lucas confined to his bed with a sore throat & cold. He has suffered with headache all day. Mr. McMullin, with another stranger, were listeners to Prof. Minor’s lecture this morn. This afternoon I read paper & McDowell coming in we talked until 4 when we went walking. Gen. J. Floyd King has kindly consented to send us the daily Record. I called on Miss Kirk from 8.30 until 10. Studied then until 12. A beautiful day. Retired about 1.
Wed’day, April 9th, 1879
We got up at 7.25; had finished breakfast at 8. Tolerably well prepared in my lectures. In the morning’s mail Gen. King forwarded us the complete Record since the opening of the special session, 18th March. This afternoon I read the N. Y. Herald & copied notes. At 4.30 I called at Jones’ room & we, in company with Holloway & Joyes, walked to Fry’s spring. Mrs. Chancellor’s youngest daughter, Miss Mattie Mayes, who has been attending school at the convent in Georgetown, returned today. Lucas has been improving today; Saulsbury has been confined all day with a case of “laziness”. Tonight I did good work until 11.15 when I grew sleepy; I bathed, used dumb-bells & walked the gallery trying to arouse myself but without success. Weather clear & pleasant. Retired shortly before 12.
Thr’sday, April 10th, 1879
We were out at 7.30. Was very glad to receive a letter from mother, which had enclosed a few lines from father who sent me the latest report on Jimmie at Randolph Macon. I was happy to see his report so good. It has been a rainy, gloomy day; fully capable of giving one the blues. After dinner I perused the newspaper & reviewed some in the Federalist. About 5 o’clock we had considerable wind & some hale (sic) with the rain. Growing sleepy I lay down & napped until 6, when, finding it had cleared I walked to Vinegar Hill. The elder Grinnan joined me while I was returning. Tonight Holloway, McDowell, Saulsbury, Aumann & myself attended the Town Hall to see the opera, “Chimes of Normandy”, rendered by the Holman Troupe. We were very agreeably surprised in the performance & pronounced it fair for a traveling troupe. We returned about 11.30 & sat in Lucas’ room until bed-time. He is much improved today. Retired about 12.30.
Friday, April 11th, 1879
Arose at 7.25. Was hurried to read over my lectures by 11 o’clock. At 3 P.M. we went over to attend Moot Court. No cases being ready for trial little was done. After the court adjourned Joyes & myself walked to the depot; we were joined by Dickinson on our return. Tonight I am all alone. Holloway being at the Town Hall to see “Pinafore” performed by the same troupe that acted last night. I did not go as I saw H.M.S. Pinafore while in Washington. Lucas, who got up today much reduced from his short illness, came in & chatted me a while. The weather, tho’ not so bright, has been quite an improvement on yesterday. Retired about 12.30.
Sat’day, April 12th, 1879
Was up at 7.25. In consequence of our being behind on the Federalist we commenced having Saturday lectures today. Prof. Southall questioned me first man, asking only two questions which I answered. Returning from lecture I copied notes until dinner. This afternoon I read the papers until 5 o’clock when I called to see Dr. Davis in order to get him to subscribe (prescribe?) for me; I have been constipated during the past week. Meeting Eggleston at the drug store at 6 o’clock we walked to town. After supper Dickinson, Joyes & Jones called & persuaded me to go with them to the opera “La Fille de Madam (?) Angot”. We enjoyed it very much. Returned about 11 o’clock & chatted Lucas & Saulsbury until about 12. The day has been very pleasant. Retired at 12.30.
Sunday, April 13th, 1879
We were aroused for breakfast at 8 o’clock; after which I read over my Bible lesson in time to go over at 9 o’clock. Prof. Minor questioned me in regard to the writing of the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone. During the day I read Dante & wrote letters to aunt Eliza, Miss Jeanie and Herndon. At 5 o’clock I walked alone to the second railroad crossing. Tonight I went in the parlor & chatted the ladies until nearly 11 o’clock. I met Miss Mattie Mays, Mrs. Chancellor’s daughter who is on a visit home from school. Miss Kirk complained of having the neuralgia. On my return I stopped in Lucas’ room to chat Holloway. Saulsbury & himself. A very pleasant day. Retired about 12.20.
Monday, April 14th, 1879
Got up at 7.30. Was not very well prepared on my lectures this morn. This afternoon I read papers & reviewed the Federalist. Have not been well today, and the weather very disagreeable; drizzling off & on. At 5 o’clock I took my umbrella & walked some distance in the country, beyond Col. Preston’s. Tonight I stepped in the parlor a few moments to see Miss Walker dressed as “The child of the Regiment” for the fancy dance given in town tonight. She looked very pretty indeed. After reading over both lectures for tomorrow I prepared to retire which I did about 12.20.
Tuesday, April 15th, 1879
Was out of bed at 7.30. After breakfast I rec’d a postal from my brother inquiring if I would be down to hear him speak on Friday night. I regret very much that I cannot go. Returning from lectures I transcribed Prof. Southall’s notes. At 3.30 I attended Rules in obedience to the command of Sheriff Nisbet. I had the pleasure of having several “summons” committed to my care for execution. At 5 o’clock Johnie Moore & myself walked to the country. Tonight we were interrupted in our studies by Lucas coming in about 10 o’clock, who was soon followed by Saulsbury. Cooper came in about 11 & reported on the supper given in the Wash’ Hall for the benefit of the Society. We all contributed & sent over for a general supper which we enjoyed in our room. Several showers during the day. Retired about 12.
Wed’day, April 16th, 1879
Got up at 7.30. The entire day the weather has been gloomy & drizzling rain; my feelings chimed in. Lucas has received a letter from his father giving him permission to return home. He speaks of taking advantage of the permission as his health is not such as will permit him to study. Returning from lectures I copied Prof. Southall’s notes & reviewed the Federalist until about 5 when I paid Dr. Davis another visit. He, being not pleased with the effect of the prescription given me on Saturday, recommended that I use wheat-meal at breakfast & dinner. It was drizzling so much that I did not walk this eve. Miss Mays returned to Georgetown yesterday evening; the Easter holidays being over. Tonight we (Cooper, Lucas, Saulsbury, Aumann, McDowell, Holloway & myself) sent over to the festival at the Wash. Hall & ordered quite a banquet to our room. We ate & chatted until near 12 o’clock. McDowell becoming sick was unable to participate with us in the banquet. Retired about 12.25.
Th’rsday, April 17th, 1879
Aroused for breakfast at a quarter to 8. Was not very well prepared this morn. On returning from lectures I found a letter from father, which left him quite cheerful. This afternoon I made my returns at the Rules of the Moot Court. Another entire day of rainy weather which prevented me from taking exercise this eve & tonight. I have suffered from heartburn. After getting over my lessons tonight I wrote a letter to brother & read Story on the Constitution. Retired about 12 o’clock.
Friday, April 18th, 1879
We were very much surprised on being aroused at a quarter to 8 to find the Blue Ridge capped with snow. The entire day has been cold & windy. Shortly after breakfast I received a letter from Miss Georgie Nicols. This afternoon having been set for the commencement of the Athletic Contest the session of the Moot Court was postponed until next Tuesday. I walked out to the grounds in company with Sam Chancellor shortly after 3. It was too cold & windy to be enjoyed. At 5 o’clock Lucas & myself left, having seen Minor & Beckwith start upon their hour’s walk. Arriving in town I called to see Miss Conway, a young lady I met at the Springs last summer. She expressed great wonder at my spending so much of the session without calling on the ladies. I informed her that I had no intention of visiting extensively; but wished to vary the monotony of student life by having a few lady friends. She having a “previous engagement” for the German next Monday night I made an engagement with Miss Kirk for that occasion. Tonight I studied pretty well & managed to review some of the Federalist. Retired shortly after 12.
Sat’day, April 19th, 1879
The triangle brought us out about 7.35. Found the weather even colder & more windy than yesterday. Received a letter from P. B. Williams. At 3.30 P.M. I attended the Rules as Deputy Sheriff. This was the second day of the “races” but I concluded not to attend, as the enjoyment of the exercises would hardly compensate for the long walk and exposure to the weather. Returning from Rules at 4 I copied notes on the Federalist until 5 when I walked to town; met Holloway & we returned together. It is reported that one of the athletes (Walker) broke his arm in a jumping contest this eve. Tonight, Holloway being absent, I was all alone, with the exception of a few minutes’ visit from Faison, but did not do much studying; my eyes are quite sore from the cutting wind. I retired about 11.30.
Sunday, April 20th, 1879
Was up shortly before 8 and before the triangle sounded. After breakfasting I read over my Bible lesson. Prof. Minor gave us a very interesting account of the “Journeyings of the Children of Israel”, which he illustrated by frequent references to a map. During the day I wrote a letter to mother, Williams and a fraternity man (Drewry) at Randolph Macon. About 4.30 I went out to look for some one to take a stroll. Found Joyes & Jones absent from their rooms. Lewis Coleman had already been walking. Meeting up with Mr. Goggans, of S.C., a member of the law class, he consented to accompany me. On our walk we discussed my old cadet friends J. P. Thomson & Keitt, T. W. Tonight I called on Miss Kirk but only sat a short time as Mr. Henry Holmes was there. Returning to my room I found Faison, Cooper, Lucas & Saulsbury who sat some time. I managed to study a short while. By the way, about 12.30 today Holloway, Saulsbury, Sam Chancellor & myself, at the invitation of Lucas, went down to Ambroselli’s and refreshed ourselves with ice cream. The day has been clear & pleasant. Retired about 11.40. Mr. Stevens, an invalid from Maine boarding with Dr. C., joined us in a conversation on the bench this afternoon.
Monday, April 21st, 1879
Got up at 7.30. Received a postal from Jack Reid. On returning from lectures I copied my Equity notes. Until 4 this afternoon I studied the Federalist. Lucas went with me to town where I did some shopping for the German tonight. Tonight, Tom having loaned me his pigeon-tailed coat, I dressed for the first time in full party dress. On getting ready the Chancellorville boys, with Cooper from Carr’s Hill, procured their torches & horns and “diked” me to the house. I enjoyed it very much – was sorry it could not last longer. Miss Walker went from Dr. C’s to the German with Mr. Snyder. It was near 10 o’clock before the young ladies were ready. The German was given at the Wash. Hall & we had not far to go. I did not enjoy it as much as others I have attended; it was nothing compared to our V.M.I. dances; poor music & rough floor. But these were not the cause of my failing to completely enjoy myself. I was most emphatically a “wall flower”. I was introduced to Misses Duke, Rutherford & Peyton. I suppose there were thirteen ladies dancing. “Stags” were quite numerous. Miss Kirk was very pleasant and afforded me the enjoyment of the evening. We departed about 2.30 and sat a short while in the parlor waiting the arrival of Miss W. and Mr. Snyder. I retired about 3.15. The day & night was pretty pleasant weather.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 1879
Arose at 7.30 not feeling very much rested from my short sleep. I received a letter from ‘Bush. Prof. Southall questioned me on the Federalist; fortunately I was prepared. Copied notes by 3 o’clock when I went over to Moot Court. A libel case, conducted by Messrs. Little, p. d. and Smith, p. g. was very interesting, and the counsel did very well. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of the plaintiff. It was near 6 when the Court adjourned. Dickinson & myself walked to town. Being sleepy from the loss of rest last night I retired at 10.30.
Wed’day, April 23rd, 1879
Got up at 7.30. McDowell, who has just gotten up from several days sickness, resigned and proposes to return South with Lucas. Returning from lectures I transcribed Equity notes and reviewed some in the Federalist when I lay down & napped until 5.30 when I took an hours walk into the country. The entire day has been close & oppressive. Tonight I have done better work than for some time. Studied our first lesson in Vol. III of Minor’s Institutes. I am very sorry to hear Miss Kirk has another attack of Neuralgia. Much of tonight I have been alone, Holloway having gone to Ambroselli’s with Moore & Lucas to partake of refreshments. Feeling in a humor for study I declined an invitation to go. Retired about 12 o’clock.
Th’rsday, April 24th, 1879
Arose at 7 and took a short walk before breakfast. Prof. Minor being sick we had no lecture on Personal Property. Prof. Southall gave us quite a number of notes on Constitutional Law, which occupied much of my time in copying this afternoon. I reviewed some ten pages of the Federalist and at 5.30 called by Jones’ room for a walk. We went to town & returned in time for supper at 6.30. At 8 o’clock I went in the parlor & chatted Miss Walker until nearly 9. Mr. Phister & Mr. Talbott came in before my departure. Mr. Phister is the son of Congressman Phister of Ky., whom Tom & myself met while we were in Washington. This morning I received a letter from father which had enclosed a letter from a Mr. Gabriel James Boney of Wilmington, N.C. who is evidently a kinsman of ours. From his letter I learn much of the history of our family. I already knew that our family originated from a Hollander who settled in N.C. Tonight I have done only tolerable fair studying. At the recommendation of my friend Jones I purchased a bottle of Hunyadi Janos Water, which I propose to take as the wheat brand suggested by Dr. Davis has not acted satisfactorily. The weather today has been very pleasant indeed. Miss Kirk is relieved from the Neuralgia, but would not come in the parlor tonight fearing a return. Retired about 12 o’clock.
Friday, April 25th, 1879
Arose at 7 and took short walk before breakfast. Prof. Minor failed top meet us again this morning. Did not get time to copy all my notes on Equity before going to Moot Court this eve. Prof. Southall presided in the absence of Mr. Minor, and for a short time this eve Mr. S. resigned the chair to the associate Judge, Mr. Higgins who did himself great credit. The Court adjourned shortly before 6 when Holloway, Cooper & myself walked to town. The day has been very pleasant though it closed warmer than yesterday. I have felt very well tonight; the Hunyadi Janos I suppose is the cause. I studied very well. Had the whole night alone; Holloway went down to play billiards with the boys. I believe McDowell has concluded not to return home. Very glad of it; he will doubtless get his degree if his health will permit him to study. Retired about 12.
Sat’day, April 26th, 1879
Failed to get up until 7.30 when the triangle sounded. Prof. Minor still too unwell to come out. On returning from the Federalist lecture I copied the questions on our late examination and sent them to Jack Reid in compliance with his request. While reviewing the Federalist this afternoon Jones & Joyes called by for a walk. On passing Dr. McKennie’s we were joined by Kleberg. Tonight I called on Misses Kirk & Walker between 8 & 9. After which Lucas, Saulsbury, Moore, Drury, & myself went to town in order to hear Senator Bayard speak; as we had learned a party of students were going down to call on him. We soon joined a throng of students on the way to Prof. Venable’s where the distinguished Senator is stopping. After cheering a few times on arriving at the house the senator appeared on the gallery but after thanking us for our visit declined making a speech as it was his business to do that in Washington and he had only come down here to visit his son. We were greatly disappointed. On returning we stopped Arnheim’s to see Lucas, Holloway & Saulsbury engage in their final contest at billiards. Returning we sat on the porch & chatted a while. Retired about 12. Warm & oppressive.
Sunday, April 27th, 1879
Slept until 7.30. The morning we spent in a parting talk with Lucas, whom we saw off at 12 o’clock. We all miss Tom’s wit and congenial nature. McDowell & myself returned by the Presbyterian church; saw Senator Bayard, who has an honest appearance but is an ordinary looking man. I fell off to sleep this afternoon while reading Milton’s Paradise Lost; got up in time to take a short walk before supper. During the day I wrote a letter to father. Tonight I reviewed the Federalist. The day has been warm & dusty. I grew quite nervous before retiring about 11.45.
Monday, April 28th, 1879
It was quite late before I got to sleep last night & I rose at 7.30 not much rested. We were glad to see Prof. Minor out to lecture. It has been showering off & on all day. It was nearly 6 o’clock this eve before we could venture on a walk. Johnie Moore & myself walked to town. Becoming very sleepy I retired about 11.30.
Tuesday, April 29th, 1879
Got up at 7 & took a short walk before breakfast. It cleared during the night and the morning was lovely. I notice the trees are rapidly putting on their full spring suite. After copying Prof. Southall’s notes this eve I went over to Rules. Returning I read the papers until about 5 when I called on Dr. Davis but finding him absent I returned & walked to town with Aumann & McDowell. Tonight I have studied pretty well. Retired about 11.45 after becoming very sleepy over Story on the Constitution. It is said that our examination in International & Constitutional Law may come off about the 20th of May, hence it will require considerable reading to review the whole course by that time.
Wed’day, April 30th, 1879
Arose at 7 and took a walk before breakfast. Was called on by Prof. Southall in Equity this morn. Saulsbury rec’d a letter from Lucas informing us of his arrival at Chattanooga where he had to lay over all day. Monday. After copying notes this eve I studied Prof. S’s notes on the Constitution until I fell asleep. At 6 o’clock I called by for Lewis Coleman who went walking with me. He took me to see his sister who is visiting in town. We chatted until 7 when we hurried back. Knowing that supper was over here I accepted an invitation from Lewis. It was 8.30 before I got to work tonight but I did fairly. The day has been clear & pleasant with the exception of a high wind this afternoon. Retired about 12.
Th’rsday, May 1st, 1879
Got up ay 7 and took walk before breakfast; while out I met up with Faison whom I joined. At 10 o’clock I went over to hear Prof. Holmes’ lecture on Edmund Burke. I never saw such a disorderly class, it is almost impossible to keep the run of the lecture because of the frequent stamping of the students. Holloway, Saulsbury, Moore, Aumann, Henry Holmes & myself went together to see the boat races on the Rivana. There were four crews. Only two of them can be called fair. It was 7 o’clock before we got back. I felt the effects of the long walk tonight and grew quite sleepy. The day has been real cool; a fire would not have been amiss this morning. Retired about 11.45.
Friday, May 2nd, 1879
Arose as usual and took my walk before breakfast. Going to the office immediately after breakfast I found a letter from aunt Eliza. Prof. Minor questioned me in regard to the making of wills of personal property. Growing tired at the Moot Court this eve I came to my room & read the Herald & copied Equity notes until shortly after 5. McNeel of S.C. made a very amusing speech; the presiding Judge had to make frequent requests of the Sheriff, to keep order in court as its members laughed & cheered the speaker. The court adjourned at 6.30 when McDowell & myself walked to town. Tonight my mind wandered so I could not study though I made frequent efforts. The weather has been similar to yesterday; tonight I sit in my room with my overcoat on. Retired about 11.45.
Sat’day, May 3rd, 1879
This morning I slept until 7.25 hence I did not get my walk before breakfast, which was announced about 7.35 before I had completed my toilette. At the P.O. after breakfast I received a letter from brother, who writes that he is satisfied with the impression made by his maiden speech. On returning from lectures today I was glad to find a plate of nice molasses candy on my table with compliments of Miss Kirk. Holloway, Cooper, Saulsbury & myself enjoyed it. This afternoon I copied this morning’s notes & reviewed a little. At 5 I started to town to visit Misses Coleman & Conway; but stopping at the barber shop to have my extensive beard shaved I was detained until 6 o’clock waiting my turn. After hurrying to town I regretted to find that Miss Coleman had left for her home. While en route to Miss Conway’s I observed her out walking so I directed my course homeward. On Main Street I met Dickinson who walked up with me. Got back just in time for supper at 7.10. About 8.30 I started over to see Miss Kirk but meeting Holmes in the yard I declined in his favor saying I would interrupt him in an hour. The hour I spent reviewing Prof. Southall’s notes on Constl Law. Going to the parlor at 9.30 I had a pleasant chat until 11. Another cool day. Retired shortly after 12. This afternoon & tonight the final contest for the Debater’s medal took place in the “Jeff”. I did not attend but learn that the following was the question discussed: “Was the secession of the Southern States justifiable & expedient”? It seems that Kernan did not do so well as before & that Bruce will probably get the first; the second resting between Meredith & Kernan.
Sunday, May 4th, 1879
The servant getting in late I was not up until 7.45; but after dressing I took a short walk before breakfast. Prof. Minor asked me one question at Bible, which I answered. About 1 o’clock a slow rain set in; it being damp & cool I had a fire made and commenced a letter to aunt Eliza; but was soon interrupted by visitors who sat & chatted until dinner at 2 o’clock. After which I finished aunt’s letter & wrote to Miss Rosa Rountree. At 6 o’clock I went for a walk but meeting Dickinson returning he persuaded to come back, that he was going with a young lady to church tonight & that I must go down & take Miss Conway. He called for me shortly after supper and we walked together until our directions changed. At Miss Conway’s I found she had already gone to church with another man. Returning by the Presbyterian I found the sermon had commenced so would not go in. Meeting Maxey at the University Drug Store we stood & chatted in the moonlight – the rain ceased before dinner. I tried to review a little tonight but was too sleepy. Retired about 11 o’clock.
Monday, May 5th, 1879
Arose at 7 & took my walk. Considerable excitement has prevailed among the students & throughout the community today in consequence of the mysterious disappearance of one Crawford, a student from Louisville, Ky., who left his room last Tuesday night for a short walk & has not been heard of since. This morning his friends becoming alarmed made his disappearance known to the faculty; notices were posted in public places, telegrams sent and this afternoon companies of students scoured the woods & the fields in the vicinity but without arriving at any clue as to his whereabouts. Several of our party attempted to get horses to go on the search this afternoon but they being all engaged we were unsuccessful. It is said that the search will be resumed tomorrow morn. This afternoon I copied Equity notes & reviewed a little Vattel. At 5 o’clock Aumann, Moore, Holloway & myself walked to town. Tonight McDowell & myself went to the Town Hall to attend recitations from select authors by Miss Herndon. We were very much pleased with her and consider her deserving of the brilliant compliments paid her by the press. A part of the proceeds are to be devoted to the benefit of the Washington Literary Society of the University. Her audience was comparatively small. I was surprised to see so few students out, especially at the “wash” Society. I suppose many of them went on the tramp this eve which indisposed them for a Literary entertainment. On our return we discussed the merits of Miss Herndon to Holloway and surmised on the missing man. Dr. Chancellor left for Atlanta, Ga., today when he will attend the Medical Convention as a delegate from this state. The day has been clear & pleasant; I changed for a lighter suit of clothes. Retired about 12.
Tuesday, May 6th, 1879
Arose at 7 but breakfast being soon announced I did not take my walk until afterwards. There was a suspension of lectures from 9.30 this morning in order to give the students an opportunity to go and search for the lost man. I was quite unwell all the morning & was unable to join the party. The search again proved fruitless. His brother-in-law & cousin have arrived and they will conduct further inquiries into the affair. This afternoon & tonight I have reviewed 100 pages of Vattel. Holloway & myself walked to town at 5 & had a game of ten pins. It is reported that Bruce & Meredith have been awarded medals by the committee. Weather pleasant. Retired about 12.15. While studying this eve I fell asleep a while.
Wed’day, May 7th, 1879
Did not get up until about 7.20, so did not get to walk until after breakfast. It was so cool that I had to wear my winter coat this morning. This afternoon I copied notes on Equity and was studying Internash when I fell asleep. About 5 Jones & Joyes called & aroused me for a walk. At 8 o’clock tonight I went to town (Drury & Cooper accompanying me most of the way) and called on Miss Conway. Had a very pleasant chat and sat until shortly after 10. On my way home I met up with Phillips & Starnes with whom I enjoyed several glasses of beer. The night was beautiful; the moon being almost full. It was very near 12 o’clock before I got back, hence did not get to study any. Retired about 12.15.
Thursday, May 8th, 1879
Slept until about 7.25; dressed just in time for breakfast. Prof. Minor questioned me in regard to husband’s interest in wife’s chattels; I “curled” him. On returning from lecture I found a very interesting letter from Paxton. This being the first day of the Albemarle races, which take place at Birdwood about 3 miles distant, many of the students were attracted away from the lecture rooms. I was unable to attend in consequence of my desire to review for the coming examination which Prof. Southall assured us will take place about the 20th. Those who attended seemed to have enjoyed the races very much. The report is current that Crawford, the missing man, has turned up in Louisville. I believe a telegram has been received to that effect. The students are very much provoked at the trouble he has wrought; but are glad to know he is alive. After supper we exercised by jumping, I also took a short walk. Seeing Miss Kirk in the yard I went in & assisted her water the flowers. Have worn winter suit all day.
Friday, May 9th, 1879
Up at 7 & took walk before breakfast. Shortly after breakfast Drury brought me a letter from Herndon which was quite interesting in consequence of the long account it gave of the young ladies in Lexington. Again today the races attracted many from the lecture room. On returning from lectures I found a letter from father and a check on N.Y. for $50.00. The Sheriff being at the races his duties fell upon me at the Moot Court this afternoon. I was quite fatigued from sitting when the Court adjourned shortly before 6. Yesterday & today we have had supper early for the benefit of those attending the races. After supper I took a lone walk out beyond Col. Preston’s. The weather is still cool, but not so much as yesterday. Have been unwell all day but did fair studying tonight, reviewed near a hundred pages of Vattel and read over the Constitution. Retired shortly after 12.
Sat’day, May 10th, 1879
Was up at 7.20; chatted Aumann & Dr. Stacy until breakfast was announced, after which I walked with the Doctor as far as the post office. Prof. Southall questioned me in the Federalist today. This afternoon I copied notes, reviewed “Internash” and had a short nap. At 6 I walked to town; meeting up with Owen we walked back together. Tonight I have spent in reviewing Vattel. The day has been cool; but it is still too cool for light clothes. Retired shortly after 12.
Sunday, May 11th, 1879
Was aroused for breakfast at 8. Prof. Minor gave us a very interesting talk on the character of Balaam this morn. Before noon I wrote to father & brother. I had almost finished one to Miss Georgie this afternoon when Owen & Lewis Coleman called. We walked some distance out on Park. A notion took me to visit Miss Walker. At 6.30 we piled in a buggy & started. Not knowing the road we had some trouble in finding our way. We drove some distance in the wrong direction before learning the “error of our way”, We reached the “Brook”, a distance of some 5 miles, about 7.30. Our late arrival put them to the trouble of getting tea for us. Miss Walker was very pleasant & we enjoyed ourselves hugely until very near 10.30. Our drive back was pleasant. I arrived at my room about 1.30. The day has been very pleasant. Retired shortly after 12 o’clock.
Monday, May 12th, 1879
Got up at 7.20. After breakfast I finished my letter to Miss Georgie, and read over our first lesson on Criminal Law. Prof. Southall called on me in Equity & not having read it over I “corked”. This afternoon I reviewed Vattel & napped a short while. At 6 o’clock I started on my walk; meeting Maxey we went to town together. Tonight I finished reviewing Vattel. The day has been warm. Retired at 12.15. Assisted Miss Kirk water the flowers a short while after supper.
Tuesday, May 13th, 1879
Got up about 7.20. Going to the office after breakfast I rec’d a letter from Lucas. Prof. Southall informed us that our examination will take place on the 21st. After dining I reviewed “Internash” notes until 3.30 when I went over to “rules”. At 5 Cooper & myself walked to town. Returning I reviewed the Federalist until dark. Mrs. Chancellor having gone to the country did not return to give us supper until 8 o’clock. Drury & myself (were) all of the party that went into supper; the others having grown impatient went to Ambroselli’s. Reviewed the Federalist tonight. Warm day. Retired about 12.
Wed’day, May 14th, 1879
Arose at 7 and studied a short while before breakfast. This afternoon I copied notes, reviewed & napped. At 6 I called by Joyes’ room. We, in company with Minor, walked to the country. Miss Walker came in this eve to make a stay with Miss Kirk. My review prevents me from visiting until the 21st. Reviewed the Federalist & the Constitution tonight. The day has been quite warm. Candle flies are becoming a nuisance. McDowell withdrew from the University yesterday. He proposes to go West soon. Retired about 12.30.
Th’rsday, May 15th, 1879
This morning I got up at 7 and studied a little before breakfast. For some time during the morning we were threatened with rain, but it only sprinkled enough to lay the dust; tonight we have had quite a shower. This afternoon I copied noted & reviewed the Federalist. At 6 I called by for the Grinnans who walked some distance in the country with me. Tonight I reviewed the Federalist & notes. Retired about 12.15.
Friday, May 16th, 1879
Arose at 7 o’clock. At lecture I was handed a note from Miss Conway inviting me to call & meet, tonight, a couple of young ladies visiting her. I left Moot Court this afternoon, at which Prof. Southall presided, to study in order that I might avail myself of the invitation. I spent the afternoon in reviewing notes on “Internash”. Notwithstanding a rain which set in about 5 I prepared myself to depart; but the rain continuing until after 8 o’clock I had to give up all idea of going; but though I was disappointed in this respect I went in the parlor and had a pleasant time. In addition to Misses Walker & Kirk there were Misses Garth and Polly & Isabel Betts who had been prevented by the rain from returning home. Drury had gotten the harpers to come up & give us music; so we had a quite a nice little dance. Mr. Talbot was the only gentleman present besides Drury and myself; so we were “belles” and had an opportunity to “change girls”. We had a jolly time and the time of our departure (11.30) came too soon. The Misses Betts are sisters to a cadet who was in the same class with my brother at the Institute. Miss Polly is quite smart & a splendid dancer but not so pretty as Miss Isabel. They are English. Miss Garth is a tall brunette – quite handsome and entertaining. Retired shortly after 12.
Sat’day, May 17th, 1879
Arose at 7 o’clock. Breakfast was announced at 7.30. Going to the mail I rec’d a letter from father. Wrote a note of regrets to Miss Conway. Clouds hung over & we had several showers until about 10. This afternoon I copied my last lecture in Constitutional Law. Reviewed Internash notes this eve & tonight. At 6 o’clock Dickinson & Jones called for a walk. We were half way back from town when a rain set in. Having an umbrella along we managed to save ourselves much wetting. Tonight I studied the Constitution & notes. Retired about 12 o’clock.
Sunday, May 18th, 1879
Arose about 7.30 and breakfasted about 8. On return from Bible I found Maxey & Lewis Coleman at my room. We chatted until nearly 12 o’clock when on their proposal to depart they accepted an invitation to go with me to Ambroselli’s and partake of strawberries; but they being “out” we ate ice cream. Before dinner I wrote to father. This afternoon I lay down & read Story on the Constitution until I fell off to sleep. At 5 o’clock I got up and went to town to fulfill an engagement to walk with Miss Conway; but it threatening rain we concluded to sit in the parlor. As early as 6.15 tea was brought in the parlor of which we partook in company with Mr. Gordon Morris or Morris Gordon, who came shortly before. Our chat was so pleasant I was surprised to find it near 8 o’clock when I examined the time, -- I left immediately. Arriving at my room I commenced reviewing at 9 o’clock. Cloudy the entire day but the rain did not fall until about 9 tonight when it came in torrents for some time, and a slow rain is still falling. Retired about 12.30. better 1 o’clock.
Monday, May 19th, 1879
Got up at (?). After breakfast walked to the mail & to the shoe shop. While in the lecture room we had quite a shower though it remained cloudy it did not rain any more during the day. This afternoon I reviewed until I fell off to sleep. Shortly before 6 Holloway & myself got up & walked to town. Tonight I spent in review & did good work. My nap this afternoon prevented me from growing sleeping. Retired about 1.30.
Tuesday, May 20th, 1879
The servant not getting in I did not arise until about 7.15. After returning from Prof. Minor’s lecture I reviewed notes on the Federalist until 3.30 P.M. when I went to Rules. After which I reviewed Internash notes until I fell asleep. Holloway & myself arose & walked to town at 6. Was invited to a party out at Miss Garth’s tonight but could not attend in consequence of work on hand. Reviewed until 11.30 tonight. No rain & tolerable warm. Retired about 12.
Wed’day, May 21st, 1879
Arose at 7 and was in the examination hall at 8. Prof. Southall appeared with the questions lithographed. I think I passed a tolerable good examination. I wrote 24 pages of legal cap and made replies to every question asked. Got through shortly after 5. Holloway wrote 41 pages. About 6 Jones & myself walked up town; had quite a shower of rain while there. We met up with Joyes who joined us. Jones being separated from us returned to the University ahead. Tonight I went in the parlor & had a pleasant chat with Miss Kirk from about 10 until 12. Mrs. Chancellor having entertained from shortly after 9 until Miss Kirk appeared. Retired about 12.30. The day was quite warm until after the shower. Rec’d an invitation from Jimmie to attend the Society Celebration at Randolph Macon.
Th’rsday, May 22nd, 1879
Slept until breakfast was announced about 7.30. After lecture I went around and sat a while with Owen who leaves for his home this afternoon. Coming by the library I got the first two volumes of Chesterfield’s letters to read. I interested myself with the first volume until dinner. About 4 o’clock Owen & Jones came by en route to the depot. I rode down with them and while there had an opportunity to see a number of girls from one of the schools in Staunton going on an excursion to Washington. Having an engagement to go riding with Miss Walker I made several attempts to engage horses this afternoon without success. I went in the yard & helped Miss Kirk water the flowers a short while after supper. At 8 o’clock I started to town to see Miss Conway; I sat with her from 9.15 until near 11. Returning then I retired shortly after 12. The day has been real cool & windy.
Friday, May 23rd, 1879
Got up about 7; found it so cool that I had to put on a heavy undershirt. Going to the mail after breakfast I received a letter from mother. Read over my lectures & went to lecture room at 11 o’clock. Returning I read Chesterfield until dinner. Attended the calling of the first roll at Moot Court this eve. Returning I read Chesterfield until time to prepare for my ride with Miss Walker. We started about 5 and drove out to her home, sat, chatted her mother, had a couple of waltzes and returned by a quarter to 8. I enjoyed it very much; growing a little cool when we came in. After supper I sat & talked a short while; read Chesterfield & retired about 11. My eyes are feeling quite sore from the wind.
Sat’day, May 24th, 1879
Slept until 7.25. Studied lecture until 11 o’clock. Returning from lecture I clipped some pieces for my scrap-book and read Chesterfield until dinner. My eyes hurt me so that I could not read much this afternoon. Attended “Rules” at the usual hour. About 5 o’clock Holloway, Saulsbury and myself walked to town. After shopping around some time I had my measurements taken at Kaufman’s for some clothes. After supper I went in the yard & assisted Miss Kirk in watering the flowers; after which we sat on the porch and chatted some time. Mrs. Chancellor giving me some tea leaves to tie over my eyes I came over wrote my diary and retired about 11.15. It turned somewhat warmer before the day closed.
Sunday, May 25th, 1879
Slept until near 8; when I was surprised to find it threatening rain which soon followed in a considerable shower. At 9 I raised my umbrella & attended Bible. The attendance was small in consequence of the rain. Prof. Minor questioned me. On our being dismissed at 10 the sun was shining bright. Sam Chancellor & myself attended the Episcopal church.
Christ Episcopal Church -- founded in 1826, demolished in 1896
I walked back with Ford; quite warm. After dining I wrote a letter to mother and lay down until 4 o’clock when I called by for Turnbull who took me to see the Misses Waddell; very much pleased with them; my chat was with Miss Lizzie. Leaving about 6 I paid a hasty visit to Miss Conway with whom I made an engagement for the Quintette Club. Tonight I escorted Miss Kirk to the Chapel and sat with her on our return until shortly after 10. Retired at 11.30.
Monday, May 26th, 1879
Got up at 7 o’clock. Read lectures over after breakfast. This afternoon I read Chesterfield’s Letters; went over for a short while and chatted Jones who expects to leave tomorrow. At 5.30 Holloway & myself walked to town. We had considerable rain about noon today and tonight it looked so threatening that we had to postpone a proposed visit to Miss Goss. Miss Walker having decided to leave for her home Wednesday I called & chatted tonight. I made several attempts to leave but did not succeed until shortly after 11. Retired about 12.
Tuesday, May 27th, 1879
Arose at 7; after breakfasting I went for the mail. Read & reread my lecture. Prof. Minor questioned me respecting Tenancy from year to year. Returning from lecture I copied on the minutes of our last convention. After dinner I attended Rules, read Chestefield and napped a short while. Went to the barber shop where I had to wait my turn. Tonight Drury took me to town to see Miss Anna Goss, where we met two of her cousins the Misses Gray from Harrisonburg and a Miss McPherson of this town. Had a pleasant time. At 11 o’clock Drury proposed to depart. Returning through town we met up with Starnes with whom we had several glasses of beer. Starnes leaves for his home in Ga. Tomorrow. The day was cloudy & cool but tonight the moon made it clear & pleasant. Retired about 12.30.
Wed’day, May 28th, 1879
Arose as usual. Read over my lectures by 11 o’clock. After dinner I read Chesterfield until 4 when I prepared to go with Turnbull to see Miss Fairfax, a sister to L. Fairfax a cadet friend Class ’75, who is on a short visit at Miss Antrim’s. We sat with them from shortly after 5 until 6. Miss Fairfax is a tall blonde and exceedingly pleasant. Tonight I wrote letters to Lucas & Herndon. Was preparing to retire when Holloway came in with a lively party who seemed intent on “smoking me out”. Seeing them secure the door I took a seat in the window and held my head out for fresh air; they formed a circle around me; I managed to avoid the smoke for some time but my position growing uncomfortable and they expressing an intention to keep it up all night I determined to put a stop to it & informed them in empathic terms that it was my bed time, they had enjoyed it long enough & I wanted it to cease forthwith: they all left and I got to bed about 12.30. The day has been clear.
Th’rsday, May 29th, 1879
Got up at 7. Going to the mail after breakfast I found a letter from brother who complains of having been sick. Charlottesville is all alive tonight & today with the State Baptist Convention which is holding its session here. The town is crowded with delegates & visitors. Returning from lecture I read Chesterfield & copied minutes until dinner. After which I read until time for “Rules” which I attended. Returning I had quite a nap. Walked alone to town this eve. Tonight I called on the Misses Waddell. Miss Lizzie was at the Baptist church upon my arrival; so Miss Lucy & myself had a nice chat on the porch until Miss L. came when we entered the parlor – the preacher having possession of the gallery. Another visitor coming in soon we were three gentlemen to two ladies so I took my departure about 10.30 o’clock. Arriving at my room about 11 I commenced a letter to Bush, but had not advanced far when I was interrupted by a person calling at the gate. Going I learned it to be a friend of Sam Chancellor (a delegate) who had come up to spend the night. Finding Sam’s door locked I supposed that he had not returned from town, & I brought the gentleman up to my room to await his arrival. We chatted pleasantly until about 12.30 when I came to the conclusion that Sam must be sleeping in his room. Knocking I found it so. I was determined to finish Bush’s letter which I did & retired shortly before 1; postponing my diary until tomorrow. The gentlemen who were in my room last night when I requested their departure on account of obnoxious smoke were Aumann, Saulsbury, Drury, Moore & Holloway. McDowell had just gone out. They (with the exception of Holloway, my room-mate) have agreed not to have any further intercourse with me in consequence of last night’s conduct. Holloway has spoken only when necessary. I may have been too harsh, while in the heat of passion, in saying: “I will give you ten minutes to get out of here or you will have to whip me.” But what is a greater insult to a gentleman than to have men sitting around puffing tobacco smoke in his face! Probably they say one ought to submit to a “practical joke”; but when it is nauseating & sickening to one is he to give up because it is a joke. This offence was aggravated by me of the party’s blowing smoke directly in my face – of course I commanded him to stop it. I have heard of students submitting to such treatment as this; but were they real men? While I regret the whole affair my conscience tonight feels clear & justifies my course. I forgot to explain how much I like the Misses Waddell; they are cousins to the Misses Nelson in Lexington and like them are pretty. The day has been clear & warm. This afternoon I took leave of McDowell who left for Colorado. He is a man of talent and is very much liked. I wish him every success in his new home.
Friday, May 30th, 1879
Arose at the usual time. After breakfast I managed to study little law in consequence of my endeavors to correct the late unpleasant affair. As my language was not intended for any others than those smoking I called Drury & Moore in and assured them that they must pardon me if they considered my words extending to them. (They did not smoke). They accepted. At lectures Prof. Minor questioned me but I did not do so well as I had just read ahead of him. Returning from lectures I wrote an explanation to Messrs. Aumann & Saulsbury to this effect: That my words were stronger than I intended & that I repudiated them; but that had my language been, “Gentlemen I am tired of this and you will either have to leave the room, stop smoking or whip me”, I would have no explanation to make. I added that this explanation would not extend to Mr. Aumann unless he first apologized for his unbecoming conduct on that occasion. (Blowing smoke in my face). Saulsbury replied that my explanation was unsatisfactory, that my conduct was ungentlemanly & he would have an unconditional apology or none at all. Of course I did not extend one & will hold him accountable for the insult underlined. Aumann has made no reply and I suppose will not. Attended first roll call at Moot Court this afternoon; returned to my room & read Chesterfield until 5 when I walked to town. Tonight I escorted Miss Conway to the musical performance of the Mendelsohn Quintette Club. It was splendid. Mrs. Knowles was encored upon each performance. It closed sometime about 10 or after. Miss Conway was so pleasant that I was surprised to find it 12 o’clock on examining my watch. I departed immediately. A lovely walk by moonlight back to the University. Arrived at my room about 12.30. I posted my diary for yesterday & retired shortly before 2. The warmest day we’ve had.
Sat’day, May 31st, 1879
Arose at 7.30. After lecture I saw Faison and requested him to see Saulsbury and demand an apology for his insulting language. It is impossible for him to retract & a fight, in my opinion, is the only way it is to be settled. This afternoon I read Chesterfield & napped. At 6 I called by for Coleman & we walked to town. Tonight I called on Miss Goss & the Misses Grey from 9 until 11. I like Miss Goss very much. During the day I had an understanding with Holloway. I assured him that I was sorry he felt offended & I did not mean any reference to him. We were placed in status quo; but he is in sympathy with the other party. This is natural as he invited them in the room & joined in the smoking. Tonight I posted my diary for yesterday & retired about 1.
Sunday, June 1st, 1879
Did not get up until nearly 8; read over Bible lesson. Prof. Minor questioned me on the history of Ed. Wrote a long letter to father. About 10 o’clock I called over to see Faison to learn the result of his interview with Saulsbury. He accepted the challenge & in deference to my wishes agreed that the fight should not come off until after Tuesday night in order that I may attend Miss Lizzie Walker’s party in the country. This afternoon I napped & read Paley’s Horae Paulinae until nearly 6, when I dressed, walked in to town, & called on the Misses Waddell until after 7. It being too late to return home to supper I went to the Farish house. Bristow, a member of the law class, seated himself beside me we chatted pleasantly and afterwards walked a short distance out Park. Returning to the University I called on Miss Kirk about 8.30. Phister coming in I departed at 10. I then walked out among the trees and exercised myself (with rocks in hand) for the coming combat. The day has been very warm; beautiful moon tonight. Retired about 11.30.
Monday, June 2nd, 1879
This morning I got up about 6.15 and went to the woods to raise muscle. If anyone could have seen me gesticulating around with rocks in my hands they certainly would have thought me crazy. I was glad to receive an interesting letter from Miss Georgie after breakfast. It was very warm & tiresome in the lecture room this morn. It is to be rejoiced at that we have only one more lecture under Prof. Southall in Equity. He is a splendid hearted gentleman & learned in the law but uninteresting as a teacher. This afternoon I posted my diary for yesterday, read Chesterfield & napped. We had shower enough to lay the dust about 4.30. At 5 I arose went to town & called on Misses Antrim & Fairfax. Miss Antrim very kindly invited me to go with them, in their carriage, to the party tomorrow night. Could I refuse? – “No, hardly”! After supper I went over to Dawson’s row to deliver Miss F’s message to Mr. Chamblin he not being at home I called & sat with Maxey until nearly 9, when I managed to run home between showers.
Dawson's Row – about 1912
The rain which set in about 8.30 promises to continue through the night. I read Chesterfield a while and retired about 10.30. By the way, this evening on returning from town I found father’s letter of the 26th inst. It must have been miscarried.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 1879
In consequence of the rain I did not get up for my exercise until nearly 7, when the showers abated a while and I proceeded to the woods, where I had another scuffle with the rocks among the trees. The rains continued to fall with intermissions until about dinner. This afternoon I rec’d a note from Miss Antrim informing me that she was too unwell to go to the party. It was shortly after 4 and I immediately set about making another engagement. Meeting Misses Conway & Goss on the street before reaching their homes I offered to take them & one of Miss G’s visitors. Miss Goss declined but it was agreed that Misses Conway & Gray should go and that Mr. W. P. Kent form one of the party as Miss Gray’s escort. At 9 o’clock our carriage was moving nicely towards the country; it had cleared, the moon was glorious & the roads not very muddy. About 10 we arrived at the Brook – Mrs. Stockton’s home. Mrs. S. is the mother of Miss Walker. During the day I wrote a letter to father.
Wed’day, June 4th, 1879
We arrived from the party this morn at 4 quite fatigued & sleepy after a night of dancing. The weather prevented many of the invited ladies from attending & the gentlemen were in the majority. The party however was very enjoyable. The ladies all were handsomely dressed. I got to bed about 4 and slept soundly until the breakfast bell about 7.30. Knowing I would be unable to sleep longer I arose. After breakfast Holloway brought me letters from Miss Rosa Rountree, Frankenbush, Kemp & Williams. Faison came in just before lecture time and after inquiring as to how I enjoyed myself at the party said that another entertainment, less inviting, had been arranged for me tomorrow morning at 5 sharp. I told him I would be on hand if only aroused on time. Prof. Southall closed his series of lectures with a very eloquent farewell address. He was frequently applauded & when he had finished three cheers went out for “our Law Professor”. I napped a short time this afternoon. Called by for Coleman & we walked to town. Joyes came in after supper & chatted with me until nearly 10. He went with me down to the store in search for a sandwich, for me to eat on arising tomorrow morning. Our search was in vain as all the stores had closed for the night. I retired shortly before 11, in hopes of getting a good sleep but had barely fallen off when Holloway came in, waking me with his heavy tread, & I continued awake until some time after he retired. The day was clear & pleasant.
Th’rsday, June 5th, 1879
Faison came by & called me this morning about 4 o’clock. I needed only a few minutes to dress, when I went to Keller’s and aroused him to get something to eat. A can of corned beef was all I could obtain. Faison opened it for me & after swallowing a few mouthfuls we were off for the pugilistic grounds. The morning was real cool, specially since my clothing was rather scant. Arriving at the selected place we had to wait until Faison went for a bucket of water. At shortly before 5 our seconds stripped us of our coats and my opponent’s second stated the conditions of the fight to the following effect: It is to be both a fist & rough & tumble fight; but there is to be no hitting in the pit of the stomach, no kicking, no striking after one is knocked down and no bighting (sic); clinching is allowed. Our seconds then placed us in our positions & the contest commenced. The greatest damage was done in the first two rounds when Saulsbury raised a lump on my left cheek bone; this was the only lick reaching the face of either one of us during the fight which continued until about 6 o’clock. We both kept remarkably cool, and I was surprised that the contest was not decided in a few minutes; but my height & long arms pretty well counterbalanced his superior strength & weight. I suppose he weighed at least 150 lbs. & I weigh only 133. My short breath soon showed him his advantage, and he then set about tiring me down which he accomplished by brating (?) my arms severely & requiring me to make most of the onsets. I became so exhausted and my arms so numb that I could not hold my guards at the sufficient height, and I requested Faison to withdraw me from the field. We stole back to our rooms separately in order that no suspicion might be aroused. The mark on my face is the only evidence that my opponent got the best of it; that he was of superior physique I never doubted. I do not mind having a black eye when it is gotten in vindication of my honor and when I have exerted myself to the utmost to prevent it. My eye was the great attraction in the law class this morning. After class I went around to Joyes room & related the affair to him & Maxey. This afternoon I spent in reading Chesterfield & in napping. After supper I went over on the lawn, found Joyes and we walked to town. Returning to my room I read my chapter, took bath & retired about 10.30. At dinner today I received a letter from father. Posted my diary today on the afternoon of the 6th when every joint in me is sore.
Friday, June 6th, 1879
Got up at 7. After breakfast Faison came by and brought me a letter from Frankenbush. I spent the morning in preparing lecture, reading & writing. In the afternoon I posted diary for yesterday, read Chesterfield and napped. After supper I read a short while and was preparing to go visiting when Cadet R. L. Robertson came in. Drury & Lewis Coleman were in my room. We chatted about the V.M.I. for some time when Holloway coming in I excused myself & walked to town with Drury. I called at Miss Goss’ but the young ladies had gone to the country. I then went on to Miss Conway’s where I found her & Miss Kent seated on the porch. We chatted there until nearly 11 when T departed. I stopped in at Ford’s room & chatted until 12. My eye or rather my cheek has gone down considerably since my application of some arnica Dr. Stacy Chancellor prescribed for it yesterday. That I have a lick can still be observed, in the light. Every muscle in me is sore. We regret very much the death of Mrs. Villenueve, the wife of a member of the law class, which occurred yesterday evening. Several members of the law class acted as pall bearers at the funeral this afternoon. Late this eve we were visited with dark clouds & thunder, but a heavy wind setting in continued until nearly 9 tonight when it cleared without a drop of rain. Retired about 10 o’clock.
Sat’day, June 7th, 1879
Slept until 7.30. In consequence of Prof. Southall’s examination in his Senior today we had no lecture with Prof. Minor. I did not attempt to stand the examination as I had not studied Mercantile Law. I spent the morning in writing letters to A. M. Paxton & P. B. Williams and in reading. This afternoon I read & napped until Joyes called about 5 & aroused me. We chatted until about 6 when Maxey came in & proposed a walk to town. Lewis Coleman joined us on our return. It being late I supped with Joyes after it I went around and chatted him & Maxey until after 8 o’clock, when I prepared & hurried to town to see Miss Gray; but the young ladies being again out I went down & chatted with Miss Conway until 11. En route home I met Miss Gray returning. I retired about 12.30. Dr. Chancellor returned this morning, looking well.
Sunday, June 8th, 1879
Up at 7.30 but James being sick we did not get breakfast until nearly 9, which caused me to be a little late at Prof. Minor’s Bible Class. I wrote a letter to father and walked down to the Episcopal church in time to see the congregation dismissed; from thence I walked home with Miss Isabella Gray and sat with her until 1.30. Arriving at home I found dinner over but a nice snack put away for me. Dinner was early in order to give the servants an opportunity to attend church. I am recovering my long lost appetite. Mrs. Chancellor having informed us that Miss Garth was in the house Drury & myself went over after 3 and sat until nearly 5. Returning to my room I commenced a letter to my brother when Grinnan the elder came in. He invited me to go walking during which he questioned me upon the subject of religion and expressed an interest in my spiritual welfare. He is a zealous Christian; a member of the Presbyterian church. I told him that I once professed religion, and was a member of the Baptist church, but had neglected my religious duties since my first year at V.M.I. He promised to pray for me after soliciting me to give the matter my attention. After supper I finished brother’s letter and wrote short ones to Miss Jeanie Lyburn, and Jenkins, who is reported to be sick. Yesterday was cool; today has been delightful. Read Chesterfield & retired about 11 o’clock.
Monday, June 9th, 1879
Got out at 7. After breakfast I prepared my lecture in Criminal Law. Considerable excitement has prevailed since yesterday in consequence of the charge of cheating, in the examination last Saturday, preferred against Mr. C. F. Jones of Illinois. Circumstantial evidence is greatly against him; he having left the hall for a considerable time without accounting for his absence & his books could not be found in his room & he unable to find them, saying they had been stolen. It is evident that he had them secreted where he resorted to them during his absence from the examination hall. The matter will be investigated by the faculty & by the students of Law Class. Some discussion was being had before the Moot Court was convened this afternoon; Prof. Minor put a stop to it. A meeting of the class was called in the Wash Hall immediately after adjournment of the court. After roll call I left the court and at 3.40 Drury & myself having obtained a buggy started for Ivy depot to call on the young ladies at Dr. Woods’ & to see the Misses Gray who left C. today. After an hour we arrived at out destination. Misses Mattie Woods & Lillie Harris, two very pretty girls in their teens, came in the parlor. Soon Drury went riding with Miss Woods; Miss Harris & myself seated ourselves on the porch, ate cherries & chatted. Late in the afternoon the Misses Gray arrived. We passed the time pleasantly; at 10 o’clock Mr. Drury asked that our horse be brought for our departure. It was soon found that the horse had broken the stable & was loose in a large field; so we were persuaded to spend the night. We were shown to our room shortly after 11 o’clock. Dr. Woods’ home is beautifully situated in a clump of large shade trees on top of an immense hill.
Tuesday, June 10th, 1879
Drury & myself were aroused from our sweet slumber at the first light this morning by the voices of farm hands after the horses. After waking the flies which swarmed in the room would not let us nap much. We arose shortly before 7. On the porch we were soon joined by the ladies. After breakfast, Dr. Woods, who is quite deaf, chatted me on the merits of Calhoun, Clay & our statesmen in general. He is a fine talker, well informed and I regretted his deafness which prevented my putting a multitude of questions. We departed about 9; took leave of the Misses Gray who depart for their home in Harrisonburg on Thursday. I arrived here about 10 and read hurriedly over my lecture. Read Chesterfield and posted diary for yesterday. Attended Rules at 3.45 P.M. Napped from 4.30 until nearly 6 when I arose, took bath and dressed to go visiting after supper. During the afternoon we had heavy clouds & thunder, but no rain. The forenoon was warm. Tonight I called on Misses Antrim & Fairfax; but did not enjoy my visit as much as anticipated in consequence of the presence of Messrs. Beckwith & Chamblin. They were continually discussing subjects known only to themselves & in which, of course, I could not join. Chamblin & myself departed at 10.30 & returned to the University together. I am very sorry these young ladies are to leave Thursday. At my room I read & retired about 12. Today I am told that Jones slipped off on a freight train yesterday. He was not willing to have the affair investigated: an admission that he is guilty. I never did like the looks of the man’s eyes. He looked to be at least 25 years old.
Wed’day, June 11th, 1879
Slept until 7.30. Got up lecture after breakfast. Returning from lecture I received a letter from father. Read Chesterfield before & after dinner until I finished the second volume. Napped a short while when about 4 I was aroused by loud peals of thunder & the falling of rain in torrents. I believe I have not heard so much thunder since I have been in Va.; it was glorious. The rain fell until about 6, which compelled me to postpone an anticipated trip to see Miss Walker this afternoon. About 5.30 I went in the parlor and chatted Misses Kirk & Garth until 6.30. I attended a wedding in the Presbyterian church about 9 tonight. While there I had a very pleasant chat with Miss Anna Goss. I walked home, after the ceremony, with Miss Lizzie Waddell, and sat with them & Mr. Bradford, who was Miss Lucy’s escort, until about 10.30. This wedding reminds me that this is the night for the wedding of my old class-mate Thos. P. Thomson to Miss Fannie Bradley; both of S.C. Returning to my room Holloway & myself came to a settlement in regard to our joint property. He traded me his share in the books for mine in the furniture. Retired about 12.30.
Th’rsday, June 12th, 1879
Was surprised to find it 8 o’clock on awakening this morn. Dressed in good time for breakfast. Received an invitation from Keirn to attend the V.M.I. Ball. The invitation is very pretty. Keirn is president of the ball. Prof. Minor being sick we had no lecture. Joyes & myself walked to town. While there I saw Miss Walker & had quite a chat. We met up with Harris, Shawhan & Kleberg with whom we joined in several beers. This afternoon I attended Rules, called to see Coleman, napped a short while and at 5.30 started for town. Called on Miss Conway shortly after 6; we took tea & went out for a promenade. About 9 I left & called on Miss Goss. She was very pleasant & I sat until 11 o’clock. Returning I met Chamblin at Arnheim’s & we walked up together. I was very tired after the exercise of the day, but found a noisy & gay party upon my return. It is the occasion of Saulsbury’s departure. Many of his club-mates with the party at Chancellorsville joined in the songs & merry-making. He leaves at 2 o’clock A.M. The day has been quite warm. Retired at a quarter to 2. After writing the above I concluded to occupy the time by writing a letter to Miss Rosa Rountree.
Friday, June 13th, 1879
It was 8 o’clock when I got out. Prof. Minor questioned me this morning on the jurisdiction of the U.S. Courts in criminal cases. Before dinner I wrote a letter to Frankenbush. After dinner Joyes came over & sat a while. I attempted to snatch a little sleep; but shortly after 4 my buggy came and a few minutes before 5 Joyes & myself seated ourselves & drove to town. Then I left Joyes & drove in to the country for Miss Walker. We had a pleasant drive back to town & around the University; we got back to her house about 8.30; we took tea & sat until 11 when I returned reaching my room about 12.40. Retired about 1. Miss Walker looked very pretty this eve & was quite pleasant. I persuaded her that she could have a splendid time at the V.M.I. Ball. Her mother consented to her going could she find a chaperone.
Sat’day, June 14th, 1879
Got up about 8 o’clock. This morn I went around and took leave of my professors & getting them to sign my withdrawal. I propose leaving for Ashland on Monday next. During today I wrote letters to A. S. Kemp & Capt. E. W. Nichols (V.M.I.). I packed away my books, and got them ready to be shipped home. This afternoon I walked to town about 6 o’clock and called on the Misses Waddell. I was delighted to meet Miss Katie Nelson, of Staunton, who is visiting them. She is about the smallest lady I ever met, is equally as smart and quite pretty. I made an engagement with her for church tomorrow. I took tea & sat with them until about 9, excepting a short walk I had with Miss Lizzie soon after tea. From there I went over to see Miss Conway. Kent was there and having heard that it was his habit to sit until 12 o’clock & after I decided not to “sit him out” & left about 11. Retired about 12.30.
Sunday, June 15th, 1879
Returning from town last night I met up with Morris Gordon, who having some distance to walk in the country I persuaded to spend the night with me. We got up about 8 o’clock. I turned my catechism in to be handed to Prof. Minor this morn. After writing a letter to father Gordon & myself departed; I escorted Miss Nelson to church & saw many smiling at the contrast in our sizes. This afternoon I drove out to see Miss Lizzie Walker; we had a drive to see a friend of hers (Miss Bocock) in the country. I sat & chatted until 12. Returning I retired shortly before 2 o’clock.
Monday, June 16th, 1879
This morning I concluded not to take my trunk but to return by here for it. I borrowed a valise from Louis Coleman, which, with mine, held sufficient clothing. At about 12.30 I was finished packing & drove to the depot to tell Miss Katie N. good by. She left for home at 12.30. I walked from the depot home with Miss Lizzie Waddell; from there I hurried over to see Miss Anna Goss. She informed me that she had prepared a lunch for me and that I must remain & partake of it with her. Being hurried I excused myself long enough to go down and say farewell to Miss Conway. Returning Miss Anna seated me to a nice repast of ambrosia, cake & lemonade. I returned to the University & took leave of Miss Kirk & Mrs. Chancellor. Joyes & Maxey soon came over & they in addition to Holloway, Drury & Moore drove with me to the depot in time for the 4 o’clock train. Galt, a “med student” from Norfolk, was my companion on the train but being sleepy I slept most of the way. We were quartered at the Ford Hotel Richmond about 8 o’clock. After taking some coffee at a restaurant we met friends & chatted. A ΣΧ, Wilson from Hampden Sidney College, introduced himself & was very pleasant. My brother walked in about 10 o’clock. I had dispatched him to meet me. We talked & loafed around until 10 o’clock when Galt & myself went to our rooms. As he leaves at 5 A.M. I took leave of him.
Tuesday, June 17th, 1879
Having a cool room I slept well & until 9 o’clock. After breakfast I chatted with Wilson & others until 11 o’clock when I drove around on Marshall St. to see Miss Nannie Ott. She seemed glad to see me. Leaving there shortly after 12 I called on Burbage Coleman. I returned in time to meet my brother, Southall & several others from R.M.C. at the hotel at 2 o’clock. After dining we went through town shopping & were en route for Ashland at 5. In about an hour we were at our destination. After refreshing myself with water at my brother’s dorm my friends took charge of me. They took me to the “Frank” Hall where the special committee of the Board of Trustees were considering “sub-professors”. From there I went with my brother to supper. His hostess is a very kind lady & gave me a warm reception – Mrs. Roberson. The layout was inviting & enjoyable. Tonight I went with Southall & Simmons (ΣΧ) up the railroad to hear J. rehearse his oration. Returning I retired early – 11 o’clock. Ashland is a neat little town extending immediately along the track for a mile or more.
Wed’day, June 18th, 1879
It was so cool early this morn that I had to call for extra cover. Was up about 8. Visited the Society Halls (Franklin & Washington). I have never seen better furnished college halls. Met Prof. Shepherd. About 10 I went to my room and dropped a hurried note to Miss L. W. At 11 o’clock I went with Thomas, of Balt. over to Commencement exercises. The speakers spoke well for R.M.C. Southall delivered an oration. My brother was a Marshall for the occasion. This afternoon he took me to see his girl – Miss Emma Patrick. Afterwards I walked with Frank Thomson, a ΣΧ from N.C. to hear him rehearse his oration. Tonight I escorted Miss Patrick to the Celebration of the “Wash”. John Wise of Richmond, an ex-cadet & member Board of Visitors V.M.I. addressed the Society on “Grand fathers”. The speaking was followed by a promenade in the “Halls”. I met the Misses Doggett. Had a nice time & retired about 2 o’clock.
Th’rsday, June 19th, 1879
Arose about 8. This was Commencement day instead of yesterday. Dr. Harrison, Chaplain of U.S. House of Rep., delivered an able address. We had several showers during the day. I dined at the hotel with the Doggett party. Tonight I escorted Miss Sallie Doggett to the “Frank Celebration”. Enjoyed the speeches. Thomson did splendidly. The promenade was even more enjoyable than it was last night. Retired after 2 o’clock.
Friday, June 20th, 1879
Southall came in about 8 for me to go & breakfast with him. I met Dr. Bennett, the President of the College, & had some chat with him. I was busied taking leave of acquaintances and departed at 11 o’clock. My brother went down to R. with me to return to Ashland this eve. Doggett & myself went to Ford’s. We refreshed ourselves & met several of our party on Main St; we walked doing each other’s shopping until dinner. Taking leave of the boys about 4 I went to my room & napped until tea. About 9 I walked around & called on Miss Ott where I met her sister, father & Misses Bryden & Linton. Miss Bryden is a pretty brunette from N.C. I enjoyed my visit very much; had a nice waltz with Miss Nannie. Left about 10.30 & retired shortly after 11.
Sat’day, June 21st, 1879
Got up about 8. Went shopping & about 12 called to see Miss Ott. She being out Miss Bryden entertained me. She was so pleasant & is very modest. We had over an hour’s chat before Miss O’s arrival & I was not tired. I left about 2. Spent the afternoon in looking up Kennon. While doing so met up with Belvin & Purcell. Found K. in a tobacco office. We talked of old V.M.I. days. He was relieved from duty & went with me to call on Coleman. Returning to the hotel about 6 I met up with Archer who introduced me to his companion. We were joined by Jones, J. S. of the University & Harrison whom I met at the Healing last summer. We all had a long walk out to see the city. Kennon met me at the hotel at 9 & we called on the party at Mr. Ott’s until 10 o’clock when we went around to Sanger’s Garden & met Coleman, Mahone & Nelson. We joined in several beers & I took my departure in order to leave on the 11 o’clock train. The “buss” having left the hotel on my arrival there I had to walk, but made it in good time.
Sunday, June 22nd, 1879
Jones & myself arrived in Charlottesville about 4 A.M. We drove immediately up to the University and I snatched about two hours sleep in my old bed. As I was not expected until tomorrow some surprise was manifested at my appearance at the breakfast table. Louis Coleman came in & we chatted some time when we walked to town. Finding that Miss Goss had not gone to church I called & chatted with her some time. Took dinner with Louis Coleman after which we stopped in & talked with Joyes a while. I then called on Miss Kirk and chatted for an hour. After supper I drove out to Major Mason’s to see Miss Lizzie Walker. I sat until after 12 o’clock, when I took leave of her. It being some distance back I stopped at the Farish House for lodging.
Monday, June 23rd, 1879
Was up at 7.30. After breakfast I attended to some business in town; met up with Morris Gordon & we soon joined Miss Lizzie Walker whom we met shopping on the street. About 11 o’clock I called on the Misses Waddell. After dining I finished packing & told Dickinson good by. Found Joyes, Maxey & Coleman not at home. Getting back too late for tea I started for town & met up with Fred Holmes who joined me. Stopped at Armheim’s & got a sandwich. Called on Miss Anna Goss from 8 to 9 & Miss Conway from then until 11. Returning to the University I talked with the boys until about 2 o’clock when the carriage came for Moore, Holloway & myself. Ford, a ΣΧ, went down with us & remained until we all got off. Moore left about 3 & H. & myself about 4. We amused ourselves while waiting by playing “dominoes”. Maxey was down when we left.
Tuesday, June 24th, 1879
I slept nearly all the way to Goshen where we arrived about 7 A.M. We were en route for Lexington in a rickety old stage shortly after 8. The ride was very fatiguing. We arrived at barracks about 10 o’clock, -- just in time to see the corps march down to dinner. It looked so natural. Capt. Withers met us at the arch & took us to his room, where we prepared for dinner. In the dining room we met Nichols, also a sub-captain. According to arrangement it was agreed that I should stay with Nichols & Holloway with Withers. After shaking hands & chatting hurriedly with many I went up to N’s room & took a nap. I went out to D.P. where I shook hands with several old W.&L.U. friends. Scratchley among them. Nick & myself walked uptown – shook hands with Miss Julia Nelson who passed in a buggy. Up town I met Horace Dufour, Denis & others. After supper I walked down to the hospital to see Jenkins who is sick. I was so sorry to see “my rat” so sick. I sat with him until nearly 10 when I joined Nichols & went up to attend the exercises at W.&L.U. There I had the opportunity to shake hands with many young lady friends. The exercises over we returned to the barracks. “Nick”, who was officer-in-charge, visited barracks after “taps” so I did not get to sleep in Jenkins’ bed which I had spread out on the table, until after 12 o’clock.
Wed’day, June 25th, 1879
The drum & fife woke me at “rev” this morn & I could not sleep any more. In order not to wake “Nick” I lay abed & read until 8 o’clock drum. After breakfast I waited for the arrival of my trunk after which I had to have the lock taken off before I could get into it – having lost the key. I went up & called on Gen. Smith about 11 o’clock. “Nick” & myself went up to W.&L.U. commencement; but growing tired I returned to barracks and chatted with friends. After drum I went to see Jenkins then went to my room & napped. This morn I rec’d a letter from Bush. Tonight I attended, through the invitation from Hammil, the W.&L.U. Ball. Having few engagements I did not get to dance much but I enjoyed meeting & talking with old friends. I left with Keirn & Husson about 3 o’clock. We had quite a shower this afternoon.
Th’rsday, June 26th, 1879
Got up about 8. I forgot to say yesterday that I went up to the mess hall with Herndon & took dinner at the old staff table, and shortly after 4 Herndon & myself raised an umbrella and went up town & enjoyed dinner with Scratchley & his family. Horace Dufour & Smith were the other invited guests. Mrs. Scratchley is very pleasant and an agreeable hostess. On returning from there I called in & chatted Miss Julia Nelson. Today I went & stayed at Elmwood with Miss Jeanie most of the time. It is very sad there. Mrs. Lyburn still grieves over the loss of the Doctor. She shed tears before she was in the parlor long & had to leave. Mr. Mosely, a University student, and cousin to Miss J. is visiting there. I called by and sat with Jenkins who is getting better. Tonight I called in to see Miss Mary Bruce; but she being out I went on to Prof. Nelson’s & chatted Miss Flora McElwee. From there I went out to the hall & chatted with a party of young men until about 11, when I returned to barracks & retired.
The following was written on July 8, 1879 to recap his diary from June 27th through July 7th while was at V.M.I. in Lexington, VA.
Tuesday July 8th 1879. I was so busy & engaged that I could not keep up my diary in L., so being now quiet at the Blue Ridge I will give a synopsis of my pleasant stay there.
Friday, June 27th, 1879
On Friday morning the 27th June Holloway & myself drove down to see the Misses Johnston. In the afternoon I called to see Miss Sallie White. Herndon & myself walked down to see the young ladies at Col. McDonald’s – there I was introduced to Miss McD. I walked up with Miss Rosa McCormick in time to see the corps leave the hill from D.P. Tonight (Friday night 27th) I attended the V.M.I. German as a stag; but it being quite small in dancers & not very well conducted I left about 11.30 o’clock in order to be initiated into the “Eli Bananas”,
Ribbon worn by members of the "Eli Bananas" -- found in Richard K. Boney’s diary
a social club which I had been invited to join. That being over I returned to the Hall about 2 o’clock & enjoyed a couple of waltzes just as the German closed. I then retired to my room.
Although the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity flag is shown, the ribbons and civilian dress indicate that this may be a picture of the "Eli Bananas" society at V.M.I. Richard K. Boney, a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, is pictured on the first row, first on the left.
Saturday, June 28th, 1879
On the 28th Holloway, Withers & myself called to see the Tuckers & their visitors – Misses McKenzie & Noland. I also called on Miss Mary Bruce. After dinner I visited Jenkins, & napped. Tonight I called on Miss Jeanie at Elmwood – Met Miss Mosely. I talked with Miss Jeanie until after 12 o’clock.
Sunday, June 29th, 1879
On Sunday I wrote to father and escorted Miss Sallie White to church. In the afternoon I wrote in diary (must have been the pencil copy) & Scratchley coming down with Tyson & Smith I chatted them until nearly 6 when Scratchley & myself called on the young ladies at Col. McDonald’s. I took tea with Scratchley after which we went to church. From church I went to barracks & to bed.
Monday, June 30th, 1879
On Monday morning I do not remember what I did besides calling on Jenkins. In the afternoon I escorted Miss Julia Nelson to artilery drill & D.P. At her request I stayed to tea with her. Messrs. Glenn, Bowie & Currell (Eli Bananas) were other invited guests. I escorted Miss Girtie Tucker to the V.M.I. Minstrels. I never saw such a failure at the Institute. After the Minstrels we had a hop. Miss Girtie’s party left shortly after 12 in order to give their escorts an opportunity to attend the Eli banquet. Jno. Anderson, of Richmond, was there. We had a very pleasant time and dispersed shortly before 4. Brady went home with “Nick” & myself. We shared our beds together & retired about 4.
Tuesday, July 1st, 1879
On Tuesday morning I was happy to find Mrs. Jenkins in the hospital with her boy. She is a sweet lady & perfectly “wrapped up” in her boy. From there I do not remember where I went calling. In the afternoon I napped until after 5 when I went riding with Miss Mary Bruce. By 9 o’clock I was in the parade ground with Miss Flora McElwee. It was a grand promenade substituted for the Alumni Address. The night was beautiful & the music splendid. Miss F. & myself sat on Col. Ship’s porch until 11 o’clock. Returning to Prof. N’s we joined Miss Julia & Cadet Wade on the steps for a short while. Wade & myself walked to barracks together.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 1879
On Wednesday morning I walked to Clifton to see the Misses Johnston. Returning I stopped in & saw Miss Rosa McCormick. This afternoon I had a very pleasant ride with Miss Winn, of Ga. Tonight I escorted Miss Anna Junkin to the Society Celebration which was quite a success. Afterwards we had a most delightful hop. Miss Anna was very pleasant indeed and exceedingly kind. On returning with her home I was very hoarse, -- she took me in the dining room & doctored me. I returned at 2 o’clock.
Thursday, July 3rd, 1879
Thursday – Commencement day – it was probably the most interesting Commencement I have ever seen. T. D. Jervey, of S.C. delivered a splendid valedictory. Lieut. Gov. Walker delivered the Jackson Hope Medals to McCord & Snyder. I sat with Mrs. Jenkins & escorted her up on the parade ground to hear the officers announced. Keirn, though being highly recommended for 1st Capt., got 2nd. Jenkins, my rat, got 1st orderly. I walked to the hospital with Mrs. J. and some time. Jenkins was able to go up & hear the orders. This afternoon I went riding with Miss Julia Nelson. The Ball was the most pleasant I ever attended here though I was very unfortunate in not having the pleasure of escorting Miss Rosa Johnston who was prevented from coming by the death of her little nephew, which occurred last night. I left the ball while the last waltz was being played about 4 o’clock.
Friday, July 4th, 1879
Friday --I was up about 9 o’clock not being able to sleep any longer. I called on Misses Winn & McCord at the hotel this morn. This afternoon Nichols & myself were caught in a heavy rain while hurrying up to see Miss Winn off. Though quite wet we went in & chatted until about 6 when the rain had ceased & she departed. Miss Winn is quite pretty and has undoubtedly been the belle here. Tonight I called at Prof. N’s & chatted Miss Flora McE. Having caught cold I retired about 11.
Saturday, July 5th, 1879
Saturday – this morning I drove down to Col. Johnston’s & told the young ladies good by. From there I drove to Elmwood & stayed with Miss J. until about 2. This afternoon I called to see Miss Mary B. but she was at Judge A’s. Leaving there it commenced raining; so I stopped in & saw Miss Julia. I went in & told Miss Mattie G. good by this morn. Late this eve Lovell & myself went up to Tucker’s & took leave of the ladies. I supped at the hotel & went from there for Miss Anna Jenkins to take her to the “Eli” hop; but the dampness & the decision not to have the hop prevented us from going. I sat & chatted until nearly 10. Again I found Miss Bruce absent at Prof. White’s. Retired about 12.
Sunday, July 6th, 1879
Sunday – got my baggage ready to leave, by packet this afternoon, for Blue Ridge. Escorted Miss Julia N. to church. About 2 o’clock I learned that the rain washed up the canal so yesterday that the boat could not leave; so I had to give up all idea of leaving today. Having procured a horse I rode out & chatted Miss J. until about 5 or 6. After supper I walked around with Scratchley & Wm trying to find a private conveyance to take me over to Buford (Bedford?) tomorrow. Being unsuccessful I decided to leave by the Salem stage tomorrow morn. Jenkins, who was spending the day at the hotel with his mother, Scratchley & myself & Wm sat in the hotel & chatted until after church was dismissed, when Wm & myself walked around to see Steele & Cecil (ΣΧ). After a few minutes we left, Cecil with us. On my way to barracks I stopped in & saw Miss Mary B. Jervey was on the porch when I walked up. I retired about 1; but was soon aroused by a party set upon a serenade. They hauled me out of bed and the following of us went to town: Holloway, Nichols, Lovell, & Hardy & myself. After serenading some time we returned to barracks & assisted Hardy & Lovell in packing their trunks. It being late we decided not to return again.
Monday, July 7th, 1879
Monday – The Buchanan stage rolled up to the arch for us at 5 o’clock A.M. Poage and McGavock were my companions. We pulled out of Lexington about 6 with tears in our eyes. The drive was over a rough road and the morning was warm. We arrived at Buchanan about 12. The Salem stage being unable to carry us all I accepted Eph Pendleton’s invitation to remain over night with him and proceed to the railroad by the Buford stage. Pendleton graduated from the V.M.I. in ’77; his father was one of the first graduates; so I was welcomed at the house. I never was so sleepy in my life and after dinner slept until 6 when Pendleton took me in his buggy to see Miss Anna Anderson. The country is beautiful. Tonight we chatted with Mrs. P. until about 9 we went down and took a bath in the river. Retired about 10.
Tuesday, July 8th, 1879
I was up early and breakfasted alone. At 6 I left B. for Buford Station about 14 miles distant. Having a seven mile mountain to cross we did not reach our journey’s end until after 11. Being tired I rested at the hotel until after dinner, after which I called to see my old friend A. R. Cocke. He received me warmly and introduced me to his mother. Shortly after 4 I took the train for Blue Ridge only a few miles ride. Aboard the train I met Ex-Cadet H. C. Preston. A telegram had prepared mother, brother and aunt to receive me. I spent the afternoon with them and just before supper took a walk. I waltzed only a little tonight and returned with mother and aunt to the cottage. Miss Rilma Sanders of La. whom I met at the Mont. White last summer arrive on the train this afternoon. She was in deep mourning last summer & I saw little of her. Retired about 10.30.
Wed’day, July 9th, 1879
Aunt aroused me for breakfast at 7.30 after which I wrote to father. Jim went up to Lynchburg this morn. Chatted mother & aunt until dinner. This afternoon I fulfilled promise to send Miss Bryden some V.M.I. buttons and wrote her a note. Cocke came down on 4.30 train en route for Covington. We walked with mother and aunt & after supper I was sorry to take leave of him. It threatening rain mother and aunt would not remain at the ball room tonight. Had a chat with Miss Sanders; met Misses Bethel & Morgan; had some waltz & retired about 11. Today I received a certificate of graduation in International & Constitutional Law from the U. of Va. Rec’d a letter from Dickinson in regard to our departure for N.Y. which I answered tonight.
It is interesting to note that Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) – the 28th President of the United States (1913-1921) – also attended the University of Virginia Law School in 1879. He does not appear to have been mentioned in the diary, maybe because he lived in a dormitory and Richard K. Boney lived in a boarding house.
This was the last page of his 1879 diary even though there were many blank pages left. He must have visited New York later in the summer after which he enrolled in the University of Louisiana (Now Tulane) Law School. However, his diary there does not begin until January 1, 1880.
 In 1875 Charlottesville had a population of only about 2,800, more than half black.
 John Barbee Minor, LL.D., Professor of Common and Statute Law. Professor Minor is credited with keeping the University running as near normal as possible during the Civil War. He supposedly met General Custer at the University gates with a white flag to seek protection for the school.
 Crops legally belonging to the tenant or sharecropper.
 Stephen O. Southall, LL.D., Professor of Civil, Mercantile, Constitutional and International Law and Equity.
 Thornton Thomas Holloway was his roommate at the University of Virginia and a fellow classmate at V.M.I. Holloway was from Shelbyville, IL and graduated 1st of 25 at V.M.I., Class of 1878. He got his Law Degree at the University of Virginia. Later in life he became a writer and was president of the Dallas Bar Association. Holloway died in Dallas, TX, March 14, 1940.
 Hugh Ross Lucas, Jr. also from Madison Parish, LA was his best friend and roommate at V.M.I. but had to leave after more than four years because of the health of his father. R. K. Boney and Lucas both graduated from the University of Louisiana (now Tulane) Law School in 1880. Lucas died at San Antonio, TX in 1883.
 James Stafford McLean: Washington, MO; Lawyer Kansas City, MO.
 Pierce Butler Williams, from Rocky Comfort, AR, Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated in 1879, 14th of 22. He became County Surveyor, Lawyer and Mayor of Rocky Comfort. Williams died February 28, 1921 in Little Rock, AR.
 William Easley Owen: Black Walnut, VA. Lawyer.
 Charles Neblett Dickinson: Rubermont, VA. Teacher, Charleston, VA; Lawyer, Springfield, MO.
 Charles Green Lee: Chatawa, MS
 Emmerich de Vattel – Swiss diplomat whose Le droit des gens in 1758 exercised great influence on the authors of the U. S. Constitution.
 Willard Saulsbury: Dover, DE. Lawyer, Wilmington, DE.
 Eliza Cox, wife of Josiah Cox and the aunt of his mother Martha Elizabeth Cocke Boney. Josiah Cox was a brother of Owen B. Cox – father of Richard K. Boney’s wife-to-be Rena Cox, who was only 13 years old at this time.
 A friend who attended Washington & Lee while he was at V.M.I.
 Robert J. Walker: New Market, VA. Lawyer; Commonwealth’s Attorney, Woodstock, VA.
 John Oliver Drury: St. Louis, MO. Railroad Clerk, St. Louis, MO.
 Robert Burbage Coleman: Richmond, VA. Physician. Died in 1886.
 Richard Lewis Howell: Wheeling, WV. Episcopal Minister, Sandusky, OH.
 James H. S. Aumann: Knob, VA. Physician and Druggist, Wytheville, VA.
 Thomas Joyes: Louisville, KY. Lawyer, Helena, MT.
 Roswell Sprague Jones: Oakland, CA.
 Robert Justus Kleberg, Jr.: Cuero, TX. Lawyer (Part of King Ranch Kleberg family).
 Alexander McNutt Paxton, Jr.: Vicksburg, MS. Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated in 1877, 23rd of 32. Banker; City Clerk. Died in Vicksburg, MS April 1, 1921.
Harry Hunt Hammill: Baltimore, MD. Classmate at V.M.I. Class of 1879. Lawyer; Tax Clerk of Baltimore. Died August 28, 1922
 Joseph Warren Frankenbush: New Orleans, LA. Roommate at V.M.I. and Best Man at his wedding. Graduated from V.M.I. in 1878, 17th of 25. Merchant, Brewer, Merchandise Broker, 246 Audubon St. New Orleans, LA. Died January 1, 1948.
 Angus McDonald Peete: Galveston, TX. Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated in 1878, 24th of 25. Manager Barker Asphalt Paving Co. Chicago, IL. Died May 24, 1918.
 Walter Emerson Faison: Clinton, NC. Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated in 1878, 10th of 25. Lawyer, Solicitor U.S. State Dept. Classmate in 1879 at the University of Virginia Law School. Died September 22, 1897 at Clinton, NC.
 Edmond Andrews McDowell: Magnolia, MS. Lawyer; Reading Clerk MS House of Rep.; Prosecuting Attorney, Gatesville, TX.
 Harry Harwell Herndon: Germantown, TN. Classmate at V.M.I. Class of 1877. Editor; Lawyer; Died May 1890 in Leesburg, FL
 Robert the Bruce (Robert de Bruce VIII 1274-1329) Scottish liberator and Robert I, King of Scotland (1306-1329).
 Ned Richardson Maxey: Brandon, MS. Lawyer, Merchant; Swift Water, MS.
 Blind Tom was born a slave in Georgia. Although he was illiterate, he performed classical music in New York and throughout Europe. He composed over 700 musical pieces.
 Butler Mahone: Petersburg, VA.Clerk to Senate Committee, Washington, DC.
 William Holt Talbot: Richmond, VA. Merchant, Richmond, VA.
 John Bassett Moore: Felton, DE. 3rd Asst. Secretary of State, Washington, DC.
 Robert Gilham Withers: Norwood, VA. Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated in 1878, 2nd of 25. Asst. Prof. V.M.I., lawyer, Goldfield, NV. Died November 19, 1922.
 John Fitzhugh May: Petersburg, VA. Physician, Waverly, VA.
 Henry Woodhouse Holmes: Ivor, VA. Lawyer, Minneapolis, MN.
 Tete a tete ?
 B. Wellford Ford: Richmond, VA. Castleton Stock Farm, Lexington, KY.
 Don’t know whether this is good or bad.
 According to the Vicksburg Daily Herald January 18, 1879 “Died at the Washington Hotel the 17th, Col. G. W. Nicols, age 67 years a native of Maryland and a resident of Madison Par., La. for the past 12 years.”
 Francis H. Smith: Professor of Natural Philosophy.
 Boney Usher Williams, Sr. of Lauderdale County, MS – husband of his aunt Elizabeth Mary Boney Williams.
 Chapman Bradford: Talladega, AL. Lawyer, Merchant, Brownwood, TX.
 Joseph Allen Reid: Amite City, LA. Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated V.M.I. in 1877, 17th of 32. Graduated Univ. of LA (Tulane). Assassinated December 9, 1887. Buried at Amite.
 William Beverly Petit, Jr.: Palmyra, VA. Classmate at V.M.I. Class of 1878. Physician. Died in New Canton, VA April 27, 1918.
 Odin Green Clay, Jr.: Lynchburg, VA. Lawyer, St. Paul, MN.
 The Federalist is a title given to a series of 85 essays that were collected and edited by Alexander Hamilton and published in two volumes in 1788. Hamilton wrote most of them, but James Madison and John Jay also wrote some. The essays all called for a strong, centralized government.
Robert Smith Ball: New Garden, VA. Classmate at V.M.I. where he graduated in 1878, 12th of 25 and was elected class valedictorian. Rancher at Great Falls, MT. Thrown from a wagon by a runaway team and killed instantly, October 25, 1920.
 Randolph Bryan Grinnan: Orange, VA. Presbyterian Minister, Missionary to Japan.
 New Orleans newspaper.
 Thomas Emmet Phillips: Canton, MS. Physician, Duncansby, MS.
 Valerius William Starnes: Augusta, GA.
 Richard Carter Scott: Warrenton, VA. Chief. Deputy Coll. U. S. Int. Rev,; Lawyer, Richmond, VA.
 Daniel Grinnan: Orange, VA. Lawyer, Richmond, VA.
 Lewis Minor Coleman: Markham, VA. Lawyer, Chattanooga, TN.
 Barrows is not listed in the 1874-1884 Directory of Students.
 Probably Henry Tate Harris: Lovingston, VA. Lawyer, Grape Lawn, VA
 Marion Dashiell Lytle: Murphreesboro, TN. Farmer and Stock Breeder, Murphreesboro, TN.
 James F. Harrison, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Chairman of the Faculty.
 M. Schele De Vere, Professor of Modern Languages.
 James L. Cabell, Professor of Physiology and Surgery and the most senior professor at U VA.
 William E. Peters, Professor of Latin.
 Noah K. Davis, Professor of Moral Philisophy.
 Reverend George L. Petrie was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church from 1879 to 1929.
 Henry Milton Holladay: Tolerville, VA. Lawyer; County Supt. Of Public Schools.
 George Deneale Fawcett: Baltimore, MD. Actor, Baltimore, MD.
 Montgomery White Sulphur Springs a spa in western Virginia where he spent his summer holidays from V,M,I,
 Robert West Alston: Decatur, GA. VMI Class of 1881. Clerk, Auditor’s Office, Washington, DC. Died October 23, 1886.
 George Junkin Ramsey: Lynchburg, VA.
 Henry Marston Smith, Jr. Richmond, VA. Lawyer, Richmond, VA.
 Horace Douglas Higgins: Bastrop, TX. Lawyer, Bastrop, TX. Died January 1880.
 Alex Rudolph Lawton: Savannah, GA. Lawyer, Savannah, GA.
 Milus Cooper Nisbet: Hawesville, KY. Lawyer and Real Estate Agent, Trabue, FL.
 Ezekiel Thomas Cooper: Camden, DE. Lawyer; Reading Clerk Del. House of Rep., Dover, DE.
 Julian Stuart Jones: Hamstead, VA. Lawyer, Baltimore, MD.
 Charles Lee Andrews: Baltimore, MD. Lawyer, Baltimore, MD.
 William Cabell Bruce: Cole’s Ferry, VA. Lawyer, Baltimore, MD.
 Benjamin L. Abney: Edgefield Court House, SC. Lawyer, Columbia, SC.
 William Fergus, Jr.: Clinton, LA. Lawyer, New Orleans, LA.
 William Edmund Christian: Lynchburg, VA. Merchant, Richmond, VA.
 Willoughby Temple Strange: Orange Court House, VA. Lawyer, Dallas, TX.
 William E. Peters, LL.D., Professor of Latin
 David Quin Eggleston: Smithville, VA. Lawyer, Smithville, VA.
 Samuel C. Chancellor: University of VA., Druggist, Charlottesville, VA.
 Farrell Dabney Minor: Galveston, TX. Lawyer, Galveston, TX.
 John F. B. Beckwith: Atlanta, GA. Lawyer, Savannah, GA.
 James Knox Polk Goggans: Newbury, NC. Lawyer, Newbury, NC
 Arthur Augustine Snyder: Georgetown, DC. Physician, Washington, DC.
 William Alexander Smith, Jr.: Fredericksburg, VA. Lawyer, Fredericksburg, VA.
 Thomas Roberts Phister: Maysville, KY. Lawyer, Maysville, KY.
 Actually he was from Frenkendorf, Switzerland, near the German border.
 Charles S. Venable: Professor of Mathmatics
 A river just east of Charlottesville
 John Mc. McNeel: Smith’s T. O., SC. Lawyer, Chester, SC.
 Wyndham R. Meredith: Richmond, VA. Lawyer; Assist. Comm’th’s Att’y, Richmond, VA.
 Alexander Warwick Crawford: Louisville, KY. Theology Student, Hampden-Sidney, VA.
 In the Old Testament Balaam was a gentile prophet from Pethor in the Euphrates Valley.
 James Morris Gordon: Trevilian’s, VA. Teacher, Peacher’s Mills, TN.
 Phillip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) English statesman & writer, best known for his Letters to his Son and Letters to his Godson.
 Needham Stith Turnbull: Lawrenceville, VA. Lawyer, Lawrenceville, VA.
 Linsay Fairfax: Locaburg, VA. Graduated V.M.I. 1875, 33rd of 45 Broker, Washington DC. Died January 1, 1917.
 William Paley (1743-1805) British Theologian. Clergyman & Philosopher. Wrote Horae Paulinae in 1790 to prove the historical value of the New Testament.
 Louis L. Bristow: Covington, KY. Lawyer, Covington, KY.
 Six buildings for student housing originally built in 1859. House E was described in the 1870’s as “a two-story brick building with four rooms to a floor, and it stood on the road to the cemetery at the ‘edge of the wilderness’”.
 Walter Williams Chamblin: Leesburg, VA. Merchant, Leesburg, VA.
 William Patton Kent: Wytheville, VA. Lawyer, Owensboro, KY.
 Reuben Lindsay Robertson: Charlottesville, VA. Graduated V.M.I. 1880, 6th of 25. MD University of VA. Assistant Surgeon U.S.A. Died in Charlottesville, June 4, 1922.
 Wife of Celestin Villenueve: Indianola, TX. Lawyer, San Antonio, TX.
 This is not really true since he went to church every Sunday during his stay at V.M.I. and recorded the chapter and verse of the text of each sermon.
 Charles Fremont Jones: Brookville, IN. Lawyer; Member Republican State Central Committee.
 Henry Cantrill Shawhan: Cynthiana, KY. Died April 12, 1883.
 John Minson Galt: Norfolk, VA. Physician. Died January 13, 1885.
 Randolph Macon College
 James G. Boney (1860-1899) married Emma Patrick (1860-1898) of Danville, VA in 1881. Both died young in Madison Parish, LA, reportedly of yellow fever.
 George Kennon: Richmond, VA. Graduated V.M.I. 1878, 19th of 25. Civil Engineer. Died April 12, 1897 in Denver, CO.
 William Wayne Belvin: Richmond, VA. V.M.I. Class of 1879. RR Service.
 Benjamin Ladd Purcell: Richmond, VA. V.M.I. Class of 1880. Asst. U.S. Food Administrator for VA 1919. Died in Richmond December 27, 1922.
 James Smith Jones: St. Stephen’s Church, VA. Lawyer, St. Stephen’s Church, VA.
 Fred Lawrence Holmes: University of VA. Farmer, Tazewell County, VA.
 Thomas Winston Mosely: New London, VA. Presbyterian Minister. Died 1886.
 A social society founded at the University of Virginia in 1878 based on leadership and contributions to the University.
 He still hasn’t learned how to spell “artillery”.
 Robert Lee Hardy: Norfolk, VA. Graduated 1879, 22nd of 22. Merchant, Farmer.
 Robert Lee Poage: Newbern, VA. Graduated V.M.I. 1882, 10th of 23. Pharmacist; Postmaster, Wytheville, VA. Died April 6, 1920.
William Ligon McGavock: Dublin, VA. Graduated V.M.I. 1881, 15th of 21. President Peoples Ins. & Realty Co., Metallurgist, Chemist, Pulaski (VA) Iron Co. Died December 16, 1927.
 Ephraim Morgan Pendleton: Buchanan, VA, Graduated V.M.I. 1877, 12th of 32.LLB U VA. Lawyer, Lexington, VA. Died February 29, 1919.