Most entries are one line or very brief about visits, drinking tea or dining with others, household and family activities, including going between Washington, New York, and Virginia, books she is reading and performances attended. Includes the usual comments on the weather and seasons.
The books used vary slightly in size; many are Pocket Almanac, published by Frances Loutrel, New York. This collection has diaries for 1842, 1848, 1852,1857, 1878-1890, 1900. A second unused copy of Pocket Almanac for 1878 is included.
Elizabeth "Betty" Herndon Maury (1835-1903) was born into a respected and well-to-do Virginia family and who married a cousin, William A Maury. Her father was Matthew Fontaine Maury, who before the war was the superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory and achieved international renown for his groundbreaking studies in oceanography and meteorology. During the Civil War, the various members of the Maury family unanimously placed their allegiances with the South. Betty's Civil War diary has been published and the originals are at the Library of Congresss.
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