The 1857 diary contains a day by day account of the life of Lucinda Merriss. It largely focuses on her life at home and with family. This diary also includes personal notes and cash accounts by month. It makes reference to her painting and sewing projects. Significant dates include:
September 2: The death of her nephew Willie Merriss.
October 16: Her brother Ellery's death.
Cornell, Lucinda Lenore Merriss, "Diary From 1857" (1857). The Lucinda Lenore Merriss Cornell Diaries. Paper 3.
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