Sunday 21st [June 1863]
This is the anniversary of the death of my sainted sister Millie. I love to think of her heavenly life while she was with us, and I pray God I may in his good time be permitted to join her song of triumph in the “better land.”
I have not felt well for a day or two and did not go to church today. There was not room for all and some of the “little ones” staid with me. Jinnie & Emmie have memorized that beautiful hymn.
“There is a fountain filled with blood” and the others will study it this evening and tonight will sing it. We are in the habit now of singing a hymn every evening & to me it is a delightful exercise after the daily cares are over.
Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html
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Sunday Mch 2d – 4 PM
Now we are hard & fast aground down in “Pamlico Sound” We left at 12 to go round to Oregon Inlet to see what the “lay of the land” was but a fog came on & we struck a little breech just outside the Inlet, and have been swinging round to two hours – the prospect is good for a night of it – so much for Sundays work, but it was necessary to see and test the channel before sending a vessel through which we hoped to do tomorrow – We have on board 4 Brigadier Genl & naval Comander 2 naval Capt & 1 navy Surgeon – besides our our Brigade Surgeon on board. By the way how would you like a Brigadier Genl for a permanent beau – Brig Gnl Parker is a splendid fellow – a bachelor & quite a catch – how I wish I was home & in church to day instead of here. There is no Sunday here, no difference from the rest of the week, though the General has ordered that no unnecessary work be done – on the Sabbath, but all work seems to be necessary in order to hasten our expedition. I found a little book in the ½ barrel with Aunts writing on the fly leaf. I love to come across the little books – by the way – I wish you would copy that hymn from the “Hymns of the Ages” that contains a prayer – I showed it to you, & snatches of it come up to me very often, but I cant recall the whole of it.
Source: Daniel Larned Papers, Library of Congress, Transcribed from original by John Barden for Tryon Palace Historic Site & Gardens
*** Daniel Larned was General Burnside’s Private Secretary for most of the Civil War
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