Collection number: MS 294
Size: (1 item) (1 folder)
About the Author
The probable author of this diary was farmer Maximillian Jewett Webber (1808-1873) of Boscawen, N.H. He married Clarissa J. Sweat/Swett (1811-1882) in 1831; their son was born in 1839. This assumption relies on the number of family members in the diary and the farm's proximity to that of Farnum [Runnels] who is frequently mentioned. The writer was a member of the Baptist Meeting in Boscawen which was formed the previous year (1841). In his "History of Boscawen", Coffin notes that the political upheavel of 1840 resulted in renewed religious fervor in the town, and that the Baptist meeting was gathered together in late 1841. Their 1842 meeting house was used for a short while before being disassembled and moved to Canterbury to serve as a townhouse. The Revs. Peacock and Worth held forth over the congregation, largely preaching the Millerite adventist doctorine of imminent apocalypse coming on 22 October 1844.
About the Diary
The single diary contains daily entries of 1-15 words for each day of 1842. Webber records births, marriages, deaths, preachers, meeting attendance, meetings and votes related to abolitionism, the excommunication of members, and the dedication of the new meeting house on June 9th, 1842. He also records work as a tax collector, as well as farming duties such as planting, harvesting, haying, walling, building, highway work, logging with oxen, and animal husbandry.
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Maximillian Jewett Webber Diary, 1842, MS 294, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchase from Carmen Valentino, 2018 (2018.12)