The page for Saturday, January 26th says:
Arise at ringing of bell (triangle) 5:30 A.M. Boy busy all morning arranging our apartments. Talk with Ed Mersner, pipe-maker - says nothing to eat for weeks past. laborers had an uprising several days ago - lack of money. cheered him along. his men had not seen a sucre in months. Store has plenty corn starch, baking powder, and pipes. Strange assortment of food, etc. Much is expected now that Director C.G.F. is here. Men & women busy buying beef & pork tho' the new duty has increased all cargo 23% - poor, poor devils of laborers. 50c a lb for been & pork. Had a chat with Mr. D.C.S. Sun is shining. Total cost of my expenses say $25 - gold. Look over the blacksmith shop. Give a $5 gold piece to D.C. Stapleton. Said my stations in the Crucifix given to me by Fr. Bertrand Monastery Had a most miserable night for sleep. (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- I couldn’t find any references to a “Bertrand Monastery” and too many references w/o the quotes.
- I’m pretty sure that Nathaniel wrote “Ed Mersner”, but there are lots of references online to “Ed Meisner”, but I haven’t found any that I can say for sure “that’s him”