William Hosmer
Memorandum Book, 1842-1853

Mss: 1

Historical Note:

William Hosmer was born January 12, 1781. He lived on a farm and beginning at age sixty-one recorded his daily activities in a memorandum book. Using one line per day, Hosmer noted weather, agricultural pursuits, family travel, and social events. The last entry, written when he was seventy-two, is brief: "Cloudy & misty Day I am quite unwell".

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of one volume "Wm Hosmer Memorandum Book, Jan 1, 1842". It unclear from entries where Hosmer lived, but reference is made to journeys to Hartford, Springfield, Suffield, Westfield, Boston, Granville and Holyoke. Activities include purchase of molasses, raising sheep, haying, sowing clover, husking corn, planting potatoes, hilling corn, reaping rye, selling chickens and going fishing. Also mentioned are his brother Henry, Alonzo Holcomb, Doctor Rockwell, J. B. Taylor, Deacon Nobles and Lyman Porter as well as numerous family members. Loose material includes a "list of notes sent out by Robert to collect", two religious tracts, calculations and copy of "A Dream" by Adelaide A. Proctor clipped from newspaper.

Provenance : Gift of E. H. Cameron, 1956.

Amount: 1 volume