[Providence, R. I.]: 1863. Unpaginated, though 76 pages (a few leaves excised, with stubs visible). ~ 15 lines per page, ~ 3000 words. 3-3/4" x 2-1/2". Original black wallet style binding, with flap. Accordion pocket at rear, with printed ephemera (newspaper clippings, etc) therein. General wear & soiling to the original binding. Period poi to p. 1. Printed poem ("Our Little One") affixed to front paste-down. An About VG survivor. Item #44787
This Civil War era diary belonged to Mary W. Almy of Providence, Rhode Island and was given to her by her friend John H. Gardiner in 1863. Mary first used the book to keep recipe's and the first ten pages are filled with food recipe's including Apple Cake, Lemon pie, Brown Bread and Corn pudding. Recipe's for soap and other household items are also included. Some of the book is used as an account book and she also uses the book to keep track of peoples birthdays. The diary starts in 1863 and ends in 1872. The entire book is filled and most of it is written with pencil.