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Margaret Galbraith diary

Ms. Codex 1978

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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Galbraith, Margaret, 1803-1885
Margaret Galbraith diary
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Ms. Codex 1978
1 volume
A volume comprising the diary of Margaret Galbraith in Barnet, Vermont spanning the years from 1866-1869.
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Margaret Galbraith diary, 1866-1869, Ms. Codex 1978, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Born in Barnet, Vermont to Marion Somers and Elder William Galbraith, who was a farmer. Margaret wast the second of six girls. Her sisters were Agnes, Mary, Janet, Ellen, and Marion. She attended the Presbyterian Church of Barnet, also known as the Covenanter Church. Margaret lived with here sister Mary.

Scope and Contents

A small, leather-bound book comprising the diary of Margaret Galbraith. Entries were made at irregular intervals spanning the years from 1866 to 1869. A few entries are dated 1881. Galbraith chiefly wrote devotions to God, attending sermons, and reading the Bible. She petitioned God throughout the diary for the guidance, forgiveness, and well-being. Margaret noted sermons she attended Bible passages she has read. She mentioned her health. Some entries discussed deaths including family members and pastor. In one entry Galbraith described a dream of her own death. Galbraith was probably a teacher. She mentions dismissing students from class. There are account notes at the beginning and end of the diary of payments made and received. A list of Margaret's expenses is at the end of the volume. Included in the volume is one recipe for lavender water. There is a possibility the diary was written by Margaret's sister Mary Galbraith. Some entries are signed M. Galbraith. The signature of William Galbraith is on the inside back cover.

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Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  February 2019

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is available for research.

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Custodial History note

Inside back cover: William Galbraith, Day book 1853.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by De Wolfe and Wood (Alfred, Maine), 2018.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Diaries
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • American diaries--19th century--Specimens
  • American diaries--Women authors--19th century

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Collection Inventory


Margaret Galbraith diary, 1866-1869.