“Training day”

Jemima Condict was born in northwestern New Jersey, in 1754. She began keeping a diary or journal the year she turned eighteen and continued making entries until her untimely death after childbirth at the age of twenty-five. For the title and several lines of verse she devised a code that assigned numbers for the vowels and also for several consonants; thus the title appears as “J2M3M1 C59D3CT H2R B44K 19D P29,” which translates as Jemima Cundict Her Book and Pen. (There are several different spellings of her name.) In her diary Jemima recorded and commented on details of her life: chores, pleasures, deaths, diseases, and events during the Revolutionary War. Her piety accounts for the number of references to sermons she heard, the Bible and Psalms, and her own inner religious life. The following excerpt from her diary was written in 1775. Have a go at reading the manuscript original. You can read another post about Jemima Condict here.

The original of Jemima Condict’s diary is in the archives of the New Jersey Historical Society. You may want to see the transcription provided on their website.


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