Horace Purdy Journal, June 1870 Entry

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6/1 Hoed garden before breakfast. After breakfast, I borrowed Platt Abrams horse and William A. Bedient rode with me up to Father Griswold's for a pair of old bar posts and one bar for Bedient to arrange for taking rustic pictures. After getting the post and rail down to the gallery, I helped H. Osborne move an ice box from [Thos] Beers store to his own. In the PM I took Charles H. Winton's application for a $1,000 20 year endowment. Jerome Bishop who promised to meet me this evening to be examined came to see me but some of his friends have frightened him and he refused to be examined. Said he would let the thing go. 6/2 After breakfast I brought water from Father Griswold's cistern for Gussie to wash with. After going to my office in the morning I went down to the Carriage Blacksmith in Center St. to see Jerome Bishop about his application. He wants to consult his folks about it. After the mail came in I had a talk with William Montgomery [Len] about life insurance, the comparative merit of the Mutual Benefit of New Haven and my company and others. He stopped me and introduced the subject. After dinner I took an armful of brush to my office for Bedient to construct an apparatus for taking rustic photos. This afternoon I Had Charles H. Winton examined by Dr. Bulkely Jr. He applies for a 20 year endowment. I mailed it this evening. 6/3 In the AM I went on Town Hill and took Rev. W. G. Haskells order for a spring bed. After dinner young Mr. Chapman and I let William A. Bedient take us for an experiment in his new style of rustic pictures. Towards night I went over to the sewing machine factory and had some conversation with Gen. James Ryder about a policy of insurance on his life. I returned in the street in time to see the Fire Department out for inspection. In the evening I received a note from Frank B. Mayhew of the Home Office saying that my proposition to take a note for 30-60 or 40 days in payment for premiums now while business is bull would be carefully considered by Mr. Marshall, the President, and I would be informed of his decision. I received by the morning mail a letter from French acknowledging receipt of the draft. This evening I wrote to Mr. French telling him of my correspondence with the Home Office about the note business. I brought home a ham from Randall & Bradley's store. 6/4 I received by mail an endowment policy for Charles H. Winton. I talked this morning with Mr. Pond about his children striking and throwing stones at Georgie. I spent the PM making over 2 spring beds for William Signor. He bought them of Mr. Guthrie. I spent the evening as usual at my office in the street. Charlie Hayes paid up in full for board tonight, $33.25. 6/5 Gussie took Georgie down to Sunday School at noon. After dinner (which we had about 4 o'clock) Georgie and I took a walk into Division St. thence to Wooster, Deer Hill, West St. and home. I attended church in the evening. Bro. Hatfield preached. 6/6 I cleaned the rainwater hogshed and hoed the garden a little before breakfast. In the forenoon I went up to Balmforth Ave. and took an order for bed springs of Peter Robinson. I bought an 1/8 bushel bag of flour of Gould S. Disbrow. In the PM I dressed in my summer clothes and canvassed a little for spring beds. I took an order from J. H. Hornblower for another one. After tea I went on River St. to John Waits to see about a spring bed, but they concluded to wait until I send again. I received by the morning mail a letter from William H. Hayes from Chicago. In it he tell me that he is the father of a fine boy at 415 Hudson St. in NY. 6/7 I weeded out my strawberries this morning. In the PM I wrote to E. Twitchell, New Haven ordering 8 spring beds and 2 slats for Mr. Hubbell in Bethel. In the evening I wrote again to have him put Hubbell's slats in E. F. Judd's bed. I brought home from Beers store a small kitten. About 6 o'clock we had a heavy shower. The ground being very dry it will do a great deal of good. After the rain in the evening I went to the post office. 6/8 Charles E. Hayes took the train this morning for New York. I took the same train to Georgetown to visit Gilbert Bennett's [Seive] factory and talk life insurance a little. This is my first attempt at Georgetown. I have prepared the way I think for a little business. I retuned by the 3 PM train. I went to my office as usual in the evening and had a talk with Henry Stevens about life insurance. Baptist Sunday School Convention here today and a union of all the Village Sunday Schools at their Church this evening.






Purdy, Horace, 1835-1909. “Horace Purdy Journal, June 1870 Entry.” Horace Purdy Journals, MS 044. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 19 Sep. 2019.

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