Another Year Older…

September 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm (a day in the life) (, , , )

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Another year has rolled around. It seems not that long ago that I was doing a post to wish Emma a happy birthday. Has it been a YEAR already??? But then, if you’re born in 1801, I guess you might not care all that much that time is marching on for the likes of me!

Still, it is hard to pass up this day as it once meant so much to one of my two diarists, so:


To me, you don’t look a day over 21…

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Happy Birthday, Emma!

September 27, 2009 at 9:33 am (a day in the life) (, , , , , )

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On this date – 27 September – in 1801, Emma Smith was born.

Unlike Mary Gosling (who mentions only the birthdays of her children; never Charles’ or her own), Emma’s diaries make running comments on the birthdays of her mother and all her siblings. She also comments upon her own ‘natal day’, in both her diaries and her letters. I especially like these, written in 1821:

from the diary, 27 Sept¬†– “God grant I may grow in virtue as in years”

and from a letter to Aunt Judith Smith, dated 28 Sept“It is quite alarming to think I have completed a score of years & left my teens entirely, I shall fancy I begin to feel old”.

She continues, by listing a series of gifts given her: “–Augusta made me present of an ivory opera glass¬† Fanny a pretty blue bead necklace she has strung. Eliza a most excellent pen knife, Charlotte a little satin pincushion, & Maria a silk mark for a book made on the bobbin machine.”

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