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Extracts from diaries and journals.
Aztec, Maya, or Inca?
I wrote at one sitting during the night of the 22nd-23rd, from ten o’clock at night to six o’clock in the morning. I was hardly able to pull my legs out from under the desk.
Arrived as Massac engaged George Drewyer in the public service as an Indian Interpretter, contracted to pay him 25 dollards pr. month for his services.
The island is abundantly stocked with animals. — there are about 5000 wild oxen, many horses, & pigs. — Wild fowl, rabbits, & fish in the greatest plenty.
This morning the House of Parliament do meet, only to adjourne again till winter. The plague, I hear, encreases in the towne much, and exceedingly in the country everywhere.
I was so scared I nearly fainted at the thought of this total stranger managing to discover our wonderful hiding place …
The natives resolutely disputed the landing although they were but two, and we thirty or forty at least.
Calm and glorious roll the hours here the whole twenty-four. A perfect day (the third in succession); the sun clear; a faint, fresh, just palpable air setting in from the south ...
During the first 19 months of my life I had caught glimpses of broad, green fields, a luminous sky, trees and flowers which the darkness that followed could not wholly blot out.
Walt Disney film crew came and shot me in front of my Shoes and my Walt Disney drawings. They asked me who my favourite Disney character was and I said, 'Minnie Mouse.'
At lunch, the day before yesterday, poor Titus Oates said he couldn't go on; he proposed we should leave him in his sleeping-bag. That we could not do, and we induced him to come.
The seal-impressions suggested that it belonged to somebody of high standing but at that time I had not found any indications as to whom.
It has just occurred to me that the brain may digest certain portions of food, say the ethereal part, as well as the stomach. Perhaps dandruff is the excreta of the mind ...
Today both Tad and Willie came down with fevers. Tad recovered, but Willie didn't. He tossed and turned throughout the night. On February 20th, Willie died.
During these last few days I have applied in vain for leave to take the children on the river, i.e. Alice, Edith, and Rhoda ...
I shall perhaps make my critical brain do a month’s work for exercise. What could it be set to? Or a story? - no, not another story now . . .
Stayed in the drawing-room till 20 minutes past 11, but remained till 12 o'clock on Mamma's balcony looking at the fireworks in Green Park, which were quite beautiful.
I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood ...
Lunch with 5 top space scientists. It was fascinating. Space truly is the last frontier and some of the developments there in astronomy etc. are like science fiction ...
I have often wondered whether a person is justified in neglecting his own family to fight for opportunities for others.
The police of Broadway seem to have been selected with special reference to size. They are nearly all large, fine-looking men, and their blue uniforms.
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