May 1899

1 May 1899 • Monday

Sent out ten more invitations to attend meeting Wednesday May 3. Spent the whole day in preparation for meeting and so forth. Reaper’s Club met and I resigned my position as permanent Chairman and Dr. Ellis R. Shipp was elected– the meeting was almost entirely taken up with looking over my book given me on my 70th anniversary. Kindergarten meeting afterwards and business transacted and so forth. In the evening I went to Annie’s and stayed all night John Q. had gone to Gold Hill Mine with some gentlemen from New York City. Frank J. had been obliged to leave him to attend these gentlemen because of his brother in law having been shot and killed by a robber the day before. Such a dreadful tragedy. Annie is not well at all and baby1 seems quite ill. She is so heavy for Annie to carry about– {p. 106}

5 May 1899 • Friday

Had letter from Mrs. Sewall today regarding peace movement {p. 108}

14 May 1899 • Sunday

Letter from June saying berth could be secured on the Teutonic– sent telegram on the 16th. after receiving telegram {p. 110}

15 May 1899 • Monday

This is Katharine’s birthday and the anniversary of the departure of John Q. with the Rough Riders. It is not so fine a day as we had hoped. Peace meeting arrangements completed at the last minute2 {p. 111}

16 May 1899 • Tuesday

This morning Sister Walden left {p. 112}

17 May 1899 • Wednesday

To day the meeting was held in my office and vote taken on my going to London, money to be furnished sufficients for my expenses Cable gram from the Hague today in answer to mine sent last evening signed White President Halls Secretary. {p. 113}

18 May 1899 • Thursday

Received letter from Kate Waller Barrett Washington D.C. {p. 114}

21 May 1899 • Sunday

A terrible anniversary3 wrote letters to Mell & Verona {p. 117}

22 May 1899 • Monday

Received letter from Mary Lowe Dickinson New York City {p. 118}

23 May 1899 • Tuesday

Sister Zina & Sister Bathsheba went to Annie’s to give her a blessing.4 {p. 119}

24 May 1899 • Wednesday

Received with morning mail letter from Mell and answered it the same day– mailed next morning. {p. 120}

28 May 1899 • Sunday

Annie and myself went to the Graveyard as I felt I must go once before leaving for London– went to all the places and took in all we could of the appearances {p. 124}

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