The page for Thursday, February 14th says:
Mail only leaves today. Arose at 7 am. At office at 8 A.M. Proving up a/cs - only Aug & Nov out. Worked hard all day. Felt a little blue. In the afternoon, Mr. C.G Franklyn busy at books. Did not comprehend system of book-keeping. Mr. Stapleton said he was not fine haired enough to understand the various ways N.Y. men kept books. Arizala the only man who had suited him. Mr Franklyn gave me much information in books. I see more daylight now ahead. Mail day too. Boy is happy. With the grace of God, I am trying hard to succeed at my position and my prayer is for perseverance. Don't forget to write Sister Lydia. At office until 8:20 p.m. Mail leaves at last. Pompeo and I wrap it up. Boy walks to Playa de Oro then a canoe to La Jala - then a walk to Esmeraldas - 2 day walk. Rain 1 1/2 inches. (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- “Sister Lydia” is the name that Ottilie Lauterbach took when entering a Catholic Convent in 1888. She is the older sister of Anna Lauterbach, who Nathaniel will marry in November of 1901.
- In the rest of the diary, “Boy” or “The boy” refers to his son, Nathaniel Jr. Nathaniel Sr. has expressed worry about Jr. spending the night alone, but in this entry he appears to be going off on a 2 day trip – w/o his father.