Journals 75-89 Page 1 January 01, 1875

Notes and Memos by Frances E. Willard

1874-1877 About [typed label on front of journal]


[1st page of journal headed:]

Jan.1, 1875.

Headquarters Chicago W.T. Union.

Beginning with the New Year, I am resolved to keep some running account of Temperance work in this nice book given me by my dear friend Mrs. L. C. Purington-a young Homeopathic physician & fellow Crusader. This is emphatically the best New Years of my life. The time usually spent in a way so inane-simpering nothings to formal guests, was this day, for the first time on such a festival, invested for the good of the fallen. In response to our "appeal" (issued two days ago) we have 25 signatures to the pledge all those of hard drinkers-[....... ]. It would take a third of these pages to narrate the incidents of the day. Kate was with me & said she never saw more beautiful scenes, than occurred in my office-young men taking the pledge._________ We had about 40 calls.


January 2, 1875

My dear mother is 70 tomorrow & Mary, her dutiful daughter in law has with the help of two or three of our kind neighbors, prepared her a "surprise." Kate & I went up at 10 AM to help [........ ]. The house was festooned-an elegant lunch prepared-presents set in order-old friends gathered & mother summoned from a neighbor where she had gone as she supposed on a bonafide visiting expedition by invitation.

-She was thoroughly surprised but has so much self-poise she didnt show it much. Mary said "She didn't shatter worth a cent!" Dear Mother! I thought about our Mary who died & how much she would have loved to be here today! Must arrange to have Mother with me as soon as possible. This way I don't think natural or the best though she is so wedded to that pleasant Cottage father left her, I don't know as she will ever leave it.

January 3, 1875

Trying to be "in a prepared state" for tomorrow-AM "All Day Temperance Prayer Meeting! In PM went to hear Mr. Kittridge of 3d Presbyterian Ch-at Farwell Hall-on "Immanuel-God with us." He is, to my mind, the Gospel Preacher of Chicago.

January 4, 187 5

All day meeting-not so well attended as I had hoped-but encouraging in character. Weather bitterly cold, which explains absence of many. Dear Mrs. Case has a bereavement-loss of a nephew. Dear Mrs. Rounds is, she writes, "thoroughly broken up-