Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft.

February 2, 2013

Diary of US patent clerk Horatio Nelson Taft.

Monday Feb’y 2nd 1863

Have not done much in the office today, there has not been much to do. I wrote a letter home inclosing a draft for $75.00, also sent a bundle of news papers. I send one every day, the “daily Chronicle,” which is left at my room every morning. A number of Soldiers have called on me today for assistance. I went to the N York Rooms with them and gave them a supply. Sent a nice can of fruit to Robert White and another to a poor sick fellow by the name of Chandler from Livingston Co, the only two N.Y. men who were at all badly off in that Hospital. Paid my months Board, Room rent &c, wood & Light included, $30.00. Think of leaving here, but do not know where I coud do any better just now. Went down to the Ave this evening. Sat and read an hour or more in Taylors Book Store. Got hold of Hon Henry Ruttans work on warming and ventilation. He lives in Cobourg C.W. I used to know him. I bo’t Harper’s Monthly and have been reading it since I returned to my room. “A Californian in Iceland” by J Ross Browne is quite interesting and amusing, his powers of description are unequaled. Some body is being Serenaded tonight as a Band of Music has struck upon the street. It is now after eleven o’clock. Some distinguished character is in the neighborhood. Well, the music is good and sounds just as well to the neighbors as though they paid for it. No War news today. Everything quiet on the Potomac. But news expected all the time, especialy from N.C. as well as Vicksburgh. It has been pleasant over head.

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