January, Sunday 16 1859
To day is Abijah’s1 birth day. He is 30 yrs old. Father & Mother gone over to Dr. Russel’s. They carried me2 along to church & at night they met me at Moses Foster(‘s). This afternoon Patten set with me3. Abijah set with Uncle Nathan. Pr. Vinal preached.
Mother & myself washed alone to day but we did not put out the clothes4. Henry Beverly came after our little Jersey cow. Mother and father gone over to the south. I am all alone this afternoon. Jacob gone up in town this evening.
Cold and windy. Mother and myself baking. I put out the clothes. Father carried Jimmy into the woods & brought Lizzie Russel up. This afternoon Stewart & Mr. Butterfield came & father carried them home.
January Wednesday 19 1859
Mother ironed. I am working to finish my black silk (dress) to wear over to Mrs. Fuller’s society tonight. Abijah came after me. Holt carried Nancy. Grand sleighing, beautiful evening. Had a good time. Father been to Lawrence.
Mother gone up to Aunt Mary’s to spend the day. Father gone to Salem. I am alone. I am writing to Eliza to day. Abijah came after me to night to go to Joe Averill’s but I was alone, but he waited for me to do the work. Rebecca & Stuart & family called.
We done our Saturday’s work for Mrs. Bradstreet is coming here tomorrow. Flint & Uncle Barker here to dine today. Otis work(ed) for Jacob. It rains and has carried of(f) all the sleighing. I cannot go to the Lyceum5 tonight; it has rained every night.
1 Abijah = the man that Fanny is dating and will eventually marry
2 Carried me = brought me
3 Set with me = visited with me
4 Put out the clothes = put the clothes out on the clothesline to dry
5 Lyceum = lecture in town
Fanny Fuller Diary (January 16-21, 1859). North Andover Historical Society, North Andover MA.