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  • @ElizaBTweetin: April 24, 1873: Mrs. Celia Burleigh

    Occasionally, Eliza Wheaton surprises us with her ecumenicalism. A strong Trinitarian, she nevertheless attended a conference at the Unitarian Church on April 24. Perhaps the occasion provided an opportunity to revisit the church to which she belonged before 1832. In that year, a majority of the congregation voted to follow Unitarian theology. The Wheaton family […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: April 9, 1873: Adolphus feeble

    When Eliza Wheaton arrived in Uxbridge, she found her older brother Adolphus "quite feeble". Although age may have been at issue (Adolphus was 77 years old and would die in 1875), "feebleness" was a general popular term for illness. During the 19th century, medicine was not as advanced as it is today. Without the many […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: April 8, 1873: Caroline Stickney Creevey

    Spring invigorated Eliza Wheaton, and her activities ranged from cleaning to installing new carpets.  She also entertained a number of visitors, some of whom are obscure, such as Mrs. Frank Richmond and Mrs. Otis, and some of whom were famous in their lifetimes, such as Caroline Alathea Stickney (Mrs. John Kennedy) Creevey Class of 1863, […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: March 22, 1873: Jubilee Singers

    Winter was as tenacious in 1872-73 as it has been in 2013-14!  On March 17th, Mrs. Wheaton could not keep her house warm, and on the 22nd it was “cold enough for fur cloaks.”  Brrr!  Despite the bitter weather and suffering a cold, Eliza enjoyed a very busy week, entertaining visitors and attending local and […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: February 4, 1873: Charles L. Congdon

    On Feb. 4th, Eliza reported that she attended Mr. Congdon's "lecture on Journalism." We recently found this report on the lecture in the July 1873 Rushlight, and assume that Miss Wier was suffering from "senioritis" when she dated her article. Here is her article, in full. "Newspapers or Maps of Busy Life." A lecture delivered […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: March 14, 1873: Armchair Traveling

    During Mrs. Wheaton’s marriage, she and Laban Morey Wheaton traveled frequently, both locally, around the States, and abroad. After her husband’s death, she only ventured as far as summer vacations to New England’s seashore and mountains. Eliza continued to indulge her interest in travel, however, through reading. On this date, Eliza Beane’s daughter Nell read […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: March 13, 1873: Shopping & Art Gallery

    On this date, Mrs. Wheaton and Mrs. Beane traveled to Boston to shop for clothing and other “sundries”. The materials were purchased at Jordan, Marsh & Co., the nation’s first “departmentalized” store, at 450 Washington St., just half a block from the property Mrs. Wheaton owned on Winter St. (currently known as “Downtown Crossing”). Eliza spent […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: March 10, 1873: Ventriloquist Harry Bryant

    The 1873 lecture series seems to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, or perhaps ended with a bang! Following Mr. Fields’ lecture on Tennyson, the final presentation was by Mr. (sometimes “Prof.”) Harry Bryant, a famous ventriloquist, mimic, magician and humorist. Born in Connecticut in ca. 1845, Bryant was a ventriloquist at the […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: March 4, 1873: James T. Fields

    The lecture series referred to in this and other entries, was a fund raiser for the Norton Public Library. The idea of Mary Briggs, Seminary teacher of History and Literature (1856-79), the series was organized by Miss Briggs and the Rev. Timothy Atkinson of the Trinitarian Congregational Church, on behalf of Norton's public library committee. […] More »
  • @ElizaBTweetin: February 19, 1873: David Holman

    David Holman visited to report the death of a mutual friend at his brother Samuel’s house in Attleboro. Holman, who was a cousin, business associate, traveling companion, and close friend of Eliza’s late husband, is seldom mentioned in her diaries. David Emory Holman was born in Attleboro in 1805. His parents were the Rev. Nathan […] More »