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MANUSCRIPT DIARY. Daily Journal for 1878.; Containing a Black Space for Every Day of the Year
[Lancaster, Pennsylvania]: , 1878. Publisher's red cloth spine over red marbled paper boards, printed green paper title onlay to front board. Unpaginated, though ~ 150 pp. ~ 3-5 lines per entry; ~ 8 words per line; ~ 8,000 words. Writing clear & legible. 8-3/8" x 7". General wear to volume, VG. While not signed by Nevin per se, the authorship is readily deduced from the entries, with the initial entry for Monday, January 28, 1878: "Received Roberts book "St. Pauls Within the Walls of Rome. His dedication of it to the memory of dear darling Cecil is most beautiful and truthful.. I most heartily Thank God I have a son to have performed such a work." This work was written by Robert Jenkins Nevin, who served in St. Paul's [Rome] for 37 years - he was the son of Martha and John Nevin. Other entries also point to Martha as the diarist, for example, the use of "Prof. Jenkins and I went to..", as well as the many domestic notes found throughout. Martha Jenkins Nevin was the wife of noted theologian (Mercersburg Theology) and educationalist John Williamson Nevin (1803-1886). John Nevin was the President of Franklin and Marshall College from 1866-1876. Martha was the mother of noted sculptor and poet Blanche Nevin. There are approximately 240 entries – detailing daily life at the home, comings and goings of professors and pastors, as well as information on Blanche and her soon-to-be-made sculpture of Gen. Muhlenberg (in Washington D. C.). A nice primary source document detailing the everyday life of this late 19th C. American lady.
Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA [United States]
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