With December 25th fast approaching we have put together a little collection of entries for Christmas Day from an eclectic mix of different diaries spanning five centuries, from 1599 to 1918. Amid famed diarists such as the wife-beating Samuel Pepys, the distinctly non-festive John Adams, and the rhapsodic Thoreau, there are a sprinkling of daily jottings from relative unknowns – many speaking apart from loved ones, at war, sea or in foreign climes.
All diaries are housed at the Internet Archive – click the link below each extract to take you to the source.
The hermit or, The unparalleled sufferings, and surprising adventures, of Philip Quarll, an Englishman, who was discovered by Mr. Dorrington, a Bristol-merchant, upon an uninhabited island, in the South-sea, where he lived about fifty years, without any human assistance; 1814; H. Mozley, Gainsborough.
A story thought to be by Peter …Continued
A wonderful collection of biographies containing vignettes, accompanied by engravings of each individual, describe a wide-ranging group – from the man who died aged 152 to a 'remarkable glutton' to a woman who lived on the smell of flowers. …Continued