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Daily journal of Elisabeth S. Morse, teacher at Delaware Baptist Mission

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[February 12, 1866]


Tuesday, 13.


Paid Rev. J. E. Pratt [$03.58], the contribution  Snowed in the afternoon.  John Herbold went to Leavenworth  Brought a letter to Mr. Pratt from Dr. Hartman of Lawrence, containing one from the same, for me, desiring to purchase Lot 64.


Wednesday, 14.


Coldest morning in the season.  Mercury retreated into the bulb.  Wind exceedingly cold & high.  Stranger spent last night and today here.  Detained by the impossibility of travelling.  Snow drifted.  Our entire business to keep 53 boys and girls warm, 30 boys – 23 girls – No worship at night conducted by Mr. Pratt.


[February 15, 1866]


Thursday, 15.


Mercury 12º below zero, no wind.  A little boy froze to death, on the levee in Leavenworth.  Moderated toward evening  Learned that Thomas Lee, John Willey & J. Wilson Good traveller and L. T. Newcomb had come into possession of obscene pictures.  They said they had destroyed them with the exception of Thomas, he declared his lost.


Friday, 16.


Very genial weather.  Pleasant as though Jack Frost was gone forever.


Saturday, 17.


Mr Pratt & J. Herbold went to Leavenworth.  Mr. P. bought a Wheeler & Willson Machine $55.00  Miss Farrand pronounced it in nice order.  Mine at Mr Ross’s is not yet attended to.  I shall realize much satisfaction if it yet does me service


[February 18, 1866]


Mud! Mud!! Mud!!! 27 boys & 13 girls at supper.  Halfmoon brought Edgar & Lizzie, took them home again when told that the session closed this week.


Services at the Chapel Contribution of $400 Mr Cruger came in the evening. (Text)  I read to the boys the sad voyage of Mr. Thomspon, Mr Warren & William Bartlett down the Niagara River, 9 miles, amid floating ice.  Mr Warren was drowned.


Monday, 19.


Mr. Pratt started for Lawrence but turned back on accont of illness.  Emptied some beds and the girls swept and dusted their attic


[February 21, 1866]


Friday, 23.


Winter term closed.  All left with the exception of Frank, Asa, & Willson Perry.  [Sacoxi] & band did not come down to council on account of high water in the streams.


Mrs Pratt practiced with pleasing success upon her machine.  Evening passed silently, the echoes very audible


Wrote to S. N. Simpson & Dr Harttman


[February 24, 1866]


The boys started for home on foot.  Miss Farrand went to Leavenworth with Mr. Pratt.  Mud supreme.  I washed the floors.  Made the wood appear through the mud in some places.  As I pick up the scattered clothing my mind is busy in contemplating, the results of the winter’s work.  Apparent improvement in moral character exceedingly small.


Sunday, 25.


Sunday went to meeting, being too muddy to walk Berry drove us over in the buggy, 3 loads of us all.


Monday, 16.


Nannie spent a part of the day here.


[February 27, 1866]


Miss Farrand resumed Freedman’s school  Busy in repairing dresses &c.


Mrs Pratt loaned one “Sherman & his Campaign” & “Army of the Border.”  Called on Mrs Herbold in the evening.  Engaged upon the Army of the Border until near 11 oclock.

Wednesday, 28.


Mr. Pratt sick, did not attend the Council at the Council House.  Mrs. Pratt loaned me the Memorial of the Cherokee Delegation to the President and Senate & House.  I hope there may soon come a time when the Indians may be all justly treated, and that they shall be satisfied, and rise every energy to make the most of their advantages.


But the Cherokees, like others I know, are still trying both sides of the fence.  The Saviour said ye Cannot serve two Masters.  The duplicacy must eventually be made apparent


March, Thursday, 1.


Thomas Stanly and other “friends” passed, on their way to quarterly meeting at Springdale.


Learned of the death Sarah Tousey’s husband, which occurred at their mission a few weeks since


[March 2, 1866]


Mr. Pratt and Hylas went to Lawrence & returned in time for supper.  Wrote to Miss Gowing, Flora Jane, and Dr Warren.  The last letter very sad task.  Mended boys shirts for the boys, much torn by the wind, fair day


Saturday, 3.


Day opened windy, cloudy and cold.  Mr. Pratt goes to Leavenworth, Mary Harrington goes with him.  Sent to the office 7 letters, among which was an answer to an Enigma in the Home Journal Ottawa, I’ve opened your Budget Home Journal tonight, are these are the notions revealed to my sight


Sunday, 4.


Walking much improved.  Several white men in the congregation.  Nannie came from C. Armstrongs  Left the baby there.  Mr. Tanner & family, Jordan & family and many others, beside persons from here.  Text John I chap. II verse  Read III chap of John


Cold, wind, tho clear sky.  Mr Pratt at home all day.


[March 5, 1866]


Dark and smoky C. Journeycake & James Ketchum present at dinner  Mr. Pratt went to the blacksmiths shop after dinner.  Miss Farrand engaged with Mrs. Pratt at the machine Making Rosa a morning dress, of pink calico, trimmed with calico. – brown, spotted.  Heard last saturday by Mr Pratt that Mr. Rose thinks my Grover & Baker is in fine order.


Tuesday, 6.


Mr Pratt went to Leavenworth & was accompanied on his return by Prof. Johnson of Leavenworth.  Received a dispatch from Mr Simpson. “Look out on thursday night for three beside the Baby.


Wednesday, 7.


Mr Crawford Moore at dinner on his way to Wyandott for trees.  Mr Pratt and Prof Johnson spent the day at Nannies, repairing the Melodeon   Dr. Links and Maj Horn arrived from Leavenworth on a Geological excursion.  Mrs Pratt all day detained from preparation for tomorrow’s company.


[March 8, 1866]


Mr. Pratt and Johnson drove to the station each in a buggy.  Prof. J. went on to Wyandott Mr. Simpson driving back the covered buggy with his [XXXXX] wife and baby  Her sister, Miss Alma did not come, detained by illness.  Baby Charlie, a wideawake blueeyed fellow of three months.


Friday, 9.


Mr. Simpson and Menager went to Wyandott A company of 3 friend Quakers came to pass the night.  Raleigh and wife, also her brother  She is the mother of Cappoc of John Brown notariety.  He was executed after John Brown (a few days with a Negro companion.  She had an ambrotype of this son.  Twenty four years of age at the time of execution in 1860.  A fine, manly looking fellow.  Another, son of hers, lost his life at Platte River bridge in 1861.  Still another son is an Officer the Union army.  Served at Vicksburg, buried a child there, having his family with him.


Saturday, 10.


Mr. Herbold drove Mrs. Simpson and babe to [Tiblow] station to meet her husband from Wyandotte.  Sky dark and lowring, with a little sleet.  The Quakers left for Springdale.  Mr. Pratt did not go to Leavenworth, on account of the weather, which continued very unpleasant. Mrs. Pratt & Miss Farrand engaged all the remainder of the day at the sewing machine.  Evening school reduced to Berry which Miss Farrand taught in the sitting room.  Read the National Baptist, do not much like the spirit of the paper.  Some articles are neither cold nor hot. some others both cold & hot.


[March 11, 1866]


A violent thunder shower with abundance of wind hail and rain disturbed our slumbers last night.  Very muddy to-day, no preaching, Many men coming and going all day.  Mr. Pratt visited Mr. Worrell’s sick babe.  In the after part of the day the buggy was sent for Nannie &c.  Have been much interested in the Scriptures to-day.  Read several chapters aloud to [Hylas] in the first Samuel about David &c.  Became dizzy and begged to be excused.  Afterward read to myself ”Smoothe Stones from ancient Brooks.” and Ephesians.  How clearly I seem to feel that Christ is all in all to my soul.  Under the shelter of his Cross I am safe from the penalty due my sins.

[March 14, 1866]


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[March 17, 1866]


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[March 20, 1866]


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[March 23, 1866]


Saturday, 24.


Went to Leavenworth with Mr Pratt.  Exceedingly cold day.  Tried my Sewing Machine.  Mr Rose had much to do in adjusting it.  Bought Port Folio at Deckleman’s for Rosa birth day present.  A crape Berage at Scott & Woodruff’s for myself.  Subscribed for Arthur’s Home Magazine at Mr. Rose’s.  Very few people on the streets, owing I suppose to the excessive cold.  Called at Mr Shepperd’s for Hylas.  He and Carrie were at Mr Catlin’s waiting for his father, the trip home was tedious by reason of cold and mud.  Lost my purse with over $20. in paper money in it.


Sunday, 25.


Mr. Pratt preached a funeral sermon in the chapel for the baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Worrell, they having lost by death their two boys, with scarcely more than a year intervening.


[March 26, 1866]


Exceedingly cold.  Mr. Pratt went by R. R. to Wyandott to meet Mr. Murphy.  [RR] [XXXXX]


Wednesday, 28.


Mr. Rost came.  Mr. Pratt returned from Wyandott with Mr. Murphy.  Indian Council in the afternoon.


[March 29, 1866]


Mr. Rost went home.  Mr Pratt and Murphy went to Lawrence.


Friday, 30.


Mr Rost came again


Saturday, 31.


Rosa went to Leavenworth with her father.  Celia Logan came home with her.


[April 1, 1866]


Meeting at the Chapel.  Present 12 Whites, 4 Delawares & 15 Negroes.  Text #2 Cor. V chap 17 verse.  I enjoy texts from New Testament much more than from the old.  At twilight an infant daughter of Charles Journeycake was buried in the graveyard.


Monday, 2.


S. N. Simpson and Maj. Barkling arrived in a buggy from Lawrence.  Mr. Simpson went to Wyandotte from the cars,  Mr. Menser came in a buggy for Miss Farrand.  She is to board at Mr Holly’s – The two Manager brothers came in the afternoon.  Thunder shower during the night.  I sit alone and sew.  I can never become so old, nor stupid as not to enjoy social intercourse  Berry ploughed the garden with the greys.


Tuesday, 3.


Mr Barkling returned to Lawrence.  In company with Rosa & Celia Logan.  I called at Henry Armstrong’s.  Albert was lying on the bed unwell.  Three years old today. – little fellow, he seems to be decending to the grave.  Of such is the kingdom of heaven.  No sin to mar the beauty of the soul, such little ones are safe beyond doubt.


[April 4, 1866]


Cold north wind prevails this morning.  Have been reading, and committing 1 chap 10th verse of 11 Peter.  “For so an admittance be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Mr. Pratt went to Leavenworth.  Brought for me 2 pairs Congress cloth booth $2.50 each and a pair for Miss Farrands.  Menser came for Miss F’s trunk.  Reports her school numbered 40 yesterday, its first day.  Settled accounts with Mr. Pratt.  Due me $61 50 cents


Thursday, 5.


The day is a little more like spring.  Birds sing joyously.  I should like a peep at social life but do not dare expect so great a blessing or at least, that particular one.  Had sad dreams all last night, and awoke at two oclock, and slept no more.  I lay thinking over and over again, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”  So I take it for granted that somehow, though I have but just compensation enough to live, I shall not need anything which He will not provide for me.


Friday, 6.


Another beautiful morning, Happy birds on active wing, every where to be seen.  Privileged birds, to move from place to place and see the beauties of the landscape.  God takes care of birds even.  Christ spoke of them and added, “Are ye not of more value than they”  Far away, where wing of bird never reached I have friends that ply seraphic wing in the atmosphere of Heaven.  I love to think of it.


[April 7, 1866]


Another beautiful morning.  Last evening two gentlemen arrived in a buggy just as Mr. Pratt came from Wyandott.  One of the men looked very pale, and did not seem in a hurry to get out of the buggy.  We pittied the poor sick man, as we thought him.  How ever he was drunk in reality, worst kind of sickness, truly.  He was sent from Atchison by Mr. Murphy, the Supt – on business connected with the Central Superintendency, he being the head clerk.  Mr. Lawler.


Sunday, 8.


Two dollars and a quarter taken in contribution today – Four stranger men and two Ladies in attendance.  Came in a two horse wagon.  At the close of the services the elder of the two ladies asked me if we had “class” which led me to suppose her to be a Methodist.  Text Luke 24:49 – Persons present 3 White women two Delaware women and two colored  - Men – 7 White 2 Delaware, 1 Colored.  Children 18 – total 35.


Rosa went to town yesterday to school – is to board at Dr Logan’s.


Monday, 9.


John Herbold went to Leavenworth and brought out an Indiana family, immigrants, consisting of the parents and two children.  The man is to do a job of painting for Mr. Pratt.


They are to have the girl’s setting room a bed being put up there for them  Andrew’s wife and children cleaned the room for them


[April 10, 1866]


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[April 13, 1866]


Cleaned the girl’s chamber by myself, even to taking down the bedsteads!


This is difficult to do alone, but I put boxes under the rails to keep them from falling while laid the head and foot ends on the floor, and rubbed them with coal oil.


The bead steads have always cost me many a lame back and arms


Saturday, 14.

Cleaned the boys two rooms, and the end of the hall between them.  An exceedingly laborious day’s work.  The bedsteads too, claim attention


Sunday, 15.


A very hard rain all day.  No meeting


[April 16, 1866]


Rainy a part of the day.  Mrs. H. M. Simpson came at night with Mr. Burnett.  Mr Nisher (Judge) late Sec. of Interior came this evening also in company with another gentleman, a stranger


Still cleaning house.


Tuesday, 17.


Mr. Pratt drove to the Fort Scott stage with Judge Nisher and friend, who went to Leavenworth on the stage.  This coach runs between Tiblow station and Leavenworth.


Mr. Burnett & Mrs. Simpson went to Leaven- in Mr Pratts covered buggy.  The rain was a regular torrent coming home.  Mrs S. had the mortification to see her new bonnet & Marys hat spoiled by being wet in the bandbox under the buggy seat


Wednesday, 18.


Mrs Simpson went back to Lawrence leaving her bonnet and hat here to be taken back to the Milliner’s for refitting.  “Disappointment lurks in many a prize.”


[April 19, 1866]


Saturday, 21.


Been cleaning house all the week and am sorely worn.  Old Betty’s joints are one the rack, certainly.


Dr Logan & wife were here at dinner.  After which the Dr visited Mrs Charley Armstrong leaving his wife here, with whom I had a vastly pleasant visit.  They met Mr. and Mrs Pratt on the way down.  After they left here for home I went to cleaning again quite invigorated in body and mind – Mrs Pratt came home at nightfall.  Having been successfull in doing her Spring shopping.


[April 22, 1866]


Tuesday, 24.


Went to Leavenworth with Mr. Pratt, he got word from Atchison that the Delaware payment money was ready there.  He went directly on, the by first train, I coming home with Mr Tanner. 


A beautiful day.  Had my silk cloak cut over at Mrs. Sloper’s.


Aching back and limbs all day, yet must appear well and at ease, or at least try to,


[April 25, 1866]


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[April 28, 1866]


Been busy doing various last jobs, getting ready for next week’s school.  Mr. Pratt sent word to Miss Ellen Dickinson by Mr. Heaney, engaging her as teacher for the coming term, which may be the last one, while the Delawares live on their present location


Mr. Herbold brought my sewing machine from Leavenworth.  On looking into it, there lay my purse, cosily in one corner, just where it had rolled from my pocket, weeks before no one having opened it since I left the rooms.


Sunday, 29.


Rainy sunday – no meeting


[May 1, 1866]


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[May 4, 1866]


Saturday, 5.


Tried my s. machine to-day, worked quite well Stitched the trimming on my white wrapper.  Five children, only, in school Sleepy business to teach 5  More will be here next week, as Mr. Pratt paid off the people Wednesday – thursday, and friday, assisted by the Meneger brothers.  Mr. Shepherd here from the Del. store & Duncan from Lawrence Rainy to day.  Maj. Fisk went to L. with Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Pratt not going.


Sunday, 6.


Fine day.  Early in the morning John Bullett came for Mr. Pratt to see a woman sick with diptheria, living near John Conner’s.  A white woman Mr. Pratt thinks her situation very critical  Mr. Cammond brother of the Leavenworth Cammond and a young woman, perhaps his daughter, came to meeting to day.  A good attendance, More Delaware’s than usual.  A few brought children, to school.  Text. Rev. 111.21.  A good meeting, although the little folks cried, and made much disturbance


[May 7, 1866]


Mr. Pratt went to Quindaro after Miss Dickinson, Maj Fisk went with him.  The three returned in the rain, in the buggy.  A full load I should think. 


Mr. Pratt fixed the time for calling the children to be at sunrise, which is earlier than ever before.  We must be up at half past four now, and when the sun rises at an earlier time than now, we must be up at four, or before that hour.


Tuesday, 8.


Waked the children at sunrise, After they were washed and combd, Joseph went to the kitchen for a shovel of coals, but came with none saying Kate was just kindling the fire.  In a short time the bell rang for breakfast, but the meal was tasteless and poor


[May 10, 1866]


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[May 13, 1866]


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[May 16, 1866]


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[May 19, 1866]


[May, 1869


Thursday, 20.


Arrived at Davis corners, Dined with Mrs Davis then walked over to Mr Larkins.  Mr and Mrs L took me in a wagon over to Mrs Ritter’s


Friday, 21.


[May 22, 1866]


Saturday, 22. 1869


Sunday, 23.

Walked to Mr Larkins, rode to meeting with Mr Bowers family.  Heard a sermon from Elder Price, methodist


Monday, 24.


Went with Mr & Mrs Larkins to Mr Wrights Mr Larkins walked to road meeting Mr & Mrs Wright went with us in the wagon to Oxford.  Mr Black took back the shoes for 2.25.


Mr Wright thinks he will come over to morrow and take the charge of Mr Ritters estate.


[May 25, 1866]


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[May 28, 1866]




Caller went away at 10 oclock

Saturday 29 1869


Moved to the house at Davis Corners.  A poor, old dirty place.  Were we not under the protection of our Heavenly Father, I should think we should starve here.  Mr. Wright went to Kilbourn to day and sent the money by Express to the State Treasurer for the Interest on the Mortgage and taxes on the farm


Sunday, 30. 1869




[May 31, 1866]


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[June 3, 1866]


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[June 6, 1866]


Thursday, 7.


Bay and Taylor lectured at Leavenworth


Friday, 8.


Caller went away ¼ before 10 oclock.


[June 9, 1866]


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[June 12, 1866]


Thursday, 14.


Mr. M left 10 minutes past 9 evening


[June 15, 1866]


Saturday, 16.


Mr Simpson & Miss Burnett came from Leavenworth to spend the sabbath


Sunday, 17.


Mr Simpson sang with the children  Enjoyed a good meeting, full house


[June 18, 1866]


Mr M. left 9 oclock evening  Mr Simpson & Miss Burnett left with Mr. Pratt for Lawrence


[June 21, 1866]


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[June 24, 1866]


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[June 27, 1866]


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[June 30, 1866]


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[July 3, 1866]


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[July 6, 1866]


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[July 9, 1866]


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[July 12, 1866]


Monday, 13. 1868


Left Leavenworth


Tues, 14.


Arrived Quincy 5 o’clock A.M.

















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