Internet Archive, a “non-profit library offering access to 13,038,606 free books, movies, software, music and more,” posted the wonderful Diary of a Little Girl in Old New York. The book, published in 1919, is the 1849 diary of Catherine Elizabeth Havens and like most little girls who keep a diary, Catherine was very detailed about her surroundings and the people who inhabited the world around her.
I AM ten years old to-day, and I am going to begin to keep a diary. My sister says it is a good plan, and when I am old, and in a remembering mood, I can take out my diary and read about what I did when I was a little girl….I remember going with my nurse to the Vauxhall Gardens, and riding in a merry-go-round. These Gardens were in Lafayette Place, near our house, and there was a gate on the Lafayette Place side, and another on the Bowery side….We moved from Lafayette Place to Brooklyn when I was four years old, but only lived there one year. My brother liked Brooklyn because he could go crabbing on the river, but I was afraid of the goats, which chased one of my friends one day. So we came back to New York, and my father bought a house in Ninth Street. He bought it off of a gentleman who lived next door to us, and who had but one lung, and he lived on raw turnips and sugar. Perhaps that is why he had only one lung. I don’t know.
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What a fun find! Diary of a little girl in old New York (1849) is fascinating. https://t.co/osJzu5Yiu3
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