By Judy Nolte Lensink
The sound of nineteenth-century girls, as soon as suggestion misplaced to us, is alive simply because usual girls like Emily Hawley Gillespie gave voice to their strategies in diaries. This condensed model of the 2,500-page journals of Emily Gillespie, faithfully written from 1858 to 1888, is an in depth account of rural Iowa existence. greater than this, it includes the reflections of a girl who dreamed of being a painter and author and as an alternative grew to become a spouse and a mom, a girl whose radical convictions have been recorded in her diary, whereas publicly she conformed to the prescribed lifetime of a Victorian pioneer girl. via Emily's journals, readers are provided instant and unmodified touch with settlers in Iowa 100 years in the past. A wealth of evidence are includedOCowhat produce she harvested and preserved from her backyard, how her husband tended his fields and what he raised, the demanding situations and rewards of kinfolk life.Judy Lensink's skillful research exhibits the bigger styles in Emily Gillespie's existence and gives keys that release the diary's secrets and techniques. Emily's lifestyles is published as a formative years packed with promise fading into center and declining years of misplaced desires and eventual tragedy, which triggered her to jot down, i've got written "many" issues in my magazine, however the worst is a mystery to be burried whilst I shall stop to be."
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Fri. I help 6. Mother do the work, four to breakfast & four to dinner. * * * Sun. Hiram Crane call 8. Rain. Page 10 Wed. Royal Hamlin came for me to go to 11. Venus went to 15. " Libbie half & I remainder. It seems to me to meet no more, In friendships chain as in days of yore, Not that we are not friends, Ah no! Very Pleasant Thurs. We (all but Father) attended a celebration at Canandaigua. 26. After the Oration was commenced & the tables were being filled with a most bountiful supply of nice things, it began to rain; the rain fell in torrents & such a time.
Questions of how much actual power women had within the domestic sphere, of the economic as well as emotional sources of woman's agency, have been central to the best recent women's history. Attention to women's personal documents enables us to now see the nineteenth century from the female actors' point of view. 25 The script of Emily Hawley Gillespie's life is recorded in her diary and illuminates this dynamic of a woman enacting Victorian ideology while using, questioning, and stretching its boundaries.
A Home at Father's": 1858-1860 3 2. "We Cannot Always Live at Home": 1861-1862 50 3. Emily Hawley, Unmarried Woman 84 Part II. "We Are a Happy Family Circle": Emily Gillespie, Wife and Mother 4. "Seems Good to Know We Live at Home": 1862-1874 103 5. Emily Gillespie, Wife and Mother 177 Part III. "Woman Is Always Lovely Until Her Strength & Beauty Fail": Emily Hawley Gillespie, Woman 6. "Tis the Saddest . . Merely to Be Always at Home": 1874-1883 193 7. "No Home Here": 1883-1888 266 8. Emily Hawley Gillespie, Woman 350 Conclusion: The Diary as Female Autobiography 378 Notes 397 Bibliography 431 Index 441 Page ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I wish to thank Joyce Giaquinta, past manuscripts librarian at the Iowa State Historical Society, for first showing me the Gillespie diary.