Author: Hawkins, S.H. (Samuel Hugh), 1835-1905
Samuel Hugh Hawkins Diary, January - July 1877
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Page: 18 [view image]Finance Com [Committee] of Church met at J.A. Kendricks House & transacted some business of importance, present Wheatley. Callaway. Davenport. Windson & myself.
Tuesday April 3rd.
Attended to usual business in Bank a.m. At 1 pm Mr H. & Mr Brit Davis arrive from Marion Co. [County] Mrs H. having been there on visit several days. The children attended Easter pic-nic [picnic] to-day [today], at 130 pm the Agricultural society of the Co. [County] met in Court House I presiding in the absence of J.A. Cobb president. The sission [session] lasted some 2 or 3 hours. Mr A.A. Adams read an article on Farm Stock raising, Mr R.J. Hill had prepared & had one read on same subject. Dr W.J. Reese one in Fruit Culture Many practical addresses were delivered, this was regarded as the most interesting meeting the society has had
Wednesday April 4
The papers to-day [today] Contained order from President Hayes to Gen'l [General] Ruger at Columbia S.C. [South Carolina] ordering U.S. [United States] troops from State House, where they had previously been stationed by President Grant. This leaves Gov [Governor] Wade Hampton master of the situation This news is joyful beyond measure to the people of S.C. [South Carolina] & the whole South highly appreciate it. Mrs JL Matthews & B.W. Davis dined with us
Thursday April 5.
Attended to usual business during the day. Our prayer meeting this evening was unusually well attended & interesting
Friday April 6.
Attended to usual business until 4. p.m.
Page: 19 [view image]Attended to usual business this p.m. In Company with Jeff Black & others went to Capt [Captain] Adderton's to witness a tist [test] of the Bell Cultivater. was rather favorably impressed with proper management am inclined to think the plan can be made a success.
Saturday April 7.
Attended to usual business in Bank to-day [today]. Buchanan & Bro [Brothers] & I purchased the patent right to make & rend Bell's Cultivator for the Counties of Schley Macon. Dooly, Sumter & Lee.
Executive Committees of Democratic party of Schley Macon & Sumter met at Americus to-day [today] to confer on questions relating to the candidates for the Constitutional Convention from this district.
Sunday April 8.
Rain fall last night 1 65/100 inches. Considerable wind, Quite a number of water fowls thought by some to be sea fowls are to be found they were brought by storm last night. There was also quite a shower of grass-hoppers [grashhoppers] last night, This phenomenon is much commented on by our people ~ their speculations are various as to the cause producing them. Not a few apprehend a plague from these visitors, Attended Sunday school & afterwards preaching by Dr Cooper,
At 1 O'C [o'clock] pm we had another storm of rain accompanied by hail the heaviest hail I ever saw. Attended a lecture at 8 p.m. by Rev [Reverend]. Coneson Memphis Tenn [Tennessee]
Monday April 9.
Called on Rev [Reverend] Coneson & paid him for new revision of new testament & Genesis Attended to usual business in Bank. Late in evening prepared petition to Grand Jury
Page: 20 [view image]asking them to recommend to County Commissioners to pay J.W. Furlow $400. for extra services as Co. Com. [County Commissioner]
Tuesday April 10th.
Attended to usual business in Bank Carried round petition prepared yesterday & procured large number of names thereto, Our Graham [added text: offers] the Avery Walking Cultivator for sale the first time it was offered in Americus
Wednesday April 11.
Attended to usual business in Bank. After leave of the grand Jury I appeared before them, read a petition numerously signed & in the spirit of the petition argued that the Jury should recommend the Co. Com. [County Commission] to pay JW. Furlow $400. for his extra services per annum
Thursday April 12.
Accepted proposition of J.H. James to sell Bank of Americus $14 m Smith's Ga. 7% bonds having 15 to 19 yrs [years] to run at 108 1/2 July & January Coupons
Attended to usual business in Bank The [deleted text: morning] [added text: evening] being quite rainy I did not attend prayer meeting
Friday April 13.
Attended to usual business in Bank, The day is unusually cold for this season, Weather so cold that fears are entertained that vegetation will suffer to-night [tonight]
Saturday April 14.
Weather somewhat moderated. Clouds gradually passed off & the day comparatively pleasant. Grand Jury in general presentments approve Co. Com [County Commission] in employing J.W. Furlow & express willing
Page: 21 [view image]to abide their discretion in the [unclear text: premises]
Sunday April 15.
Beautiful day, attended Sunday school also preaching by Dr Cooper sermon on missions made up from Congregation $37. besides special subscriptions from members these funds to be sent to Ga. state convention to convene at Gainesville in 19th inst [instant]
Attended church preaching by Dr Cooper at 8 pm, S.K. Taylor spent several hours with me this evening
Monday April 16.
Attended to usual business in Bank Heard this evening that Mr James Carraway's wife of this Co. [County] was killed this am by a negro
Tuesday April 17.
Attended to usual business in Bank At 12 O.C. m. [o'clock midnight] the negro that killed Mrs Carraway was brought in & put in Jail. Great must have been the forbearance of the neighbors of Mr Carraway that they permitted this negro to be brought to Jail alive. When he was brought into town an effort to take his life was made on the part of indignant citizens which was defeated, The circumstances of the murder of Mrs C. were most agravating [aggravating], Procured to-day [today] from the Judge of the Superior Court order, chartering the Fair association of Americus
Wednesday April 18
Mr Herndon, Mr Clay, who lives on & has charge of the Huguenon [Huguenin] places in my Company left for Furlow place; reaching there at 11 o'c. [o'clock] a.m we rode over the farm before dinner, After dinner Mr C left for home & Mr H & I for the Phil West place in the River in Lee Co
Page: 22 [view image]After looking over it we went for our farm, looked over it & spent the night there.
Thursday April 19.
Left for home via Phil West home place Gardiner places & thence up the Muckalee Creek Took dinner with Ike Wiggins on JL Matthews place, Reached home before night found all well, Learned that Mrs Carraway did not die until yesterday at 4 O'C [o'clock] pm & that preparations are made for the trial of the murderer to-morrow [tomorrow]
Friday April 20th.
Attended to usual business in Bank, This being the day set for the trial of Charles Tommy who murdered Mrs Carraway on 16th inst [instant], W.A. Hawkins N.A. Smith & Guerry & Son were assigned him as Council, The Jury was selected, the evidence received, the trial gone through with, verdict of guilty. rendered & sentence that deft [defendant] should be hanged on Friday 18th May next. This is speedy execution of the law.
Saturday April 21.
Spent day at ordinary business in Bank.
Sunday April 22
Attended Sunday School at 9.a.m. After service our Committee on pic-nic [picnic] (I chairman) reported that excursion to Macon would be had 11th May & that on same day if disuable [disusable] pic-nic [picnic] would be had at Magnolia Dell, Attended preaching at Methodist Church Dr Cooper being absent attending Ga State Convention,
Monday April 23rd.
Expected to go to Dooly this a.m. but when about to get off, some of the parties whom I wished to go over to see arrived in town, so that my trip was deferred until to-morrow [tomorrow].
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