The best school project ever!

So I have a capstone course this semester…which is basically a specialized course with 11 other students.  We each chose a diary from mid to late 19th century, and we set out as detectives to find everything we can about our person and their life.  The result is a transcribed diary and a 20ish page paper.  To some of you, this may seem like a lot of unexciting work.  To me, this is exhilarating.

I thought I might share some of this diary.  The entry from February 1, 1898 is different…

I think it is beautiful.

Edward “Ned” Llewellyn Kaufman was a Law student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

He writes a lot about books he reads, people he sees, letters he receives, and current events.  He’s an interesting fellow.

Tuesday February 1, 1898

“Down to office by 9:00 am.  Write to Clarence Bull.  Finish petition.  Work on law the rest of the morning.  The House of Representatives buried the “Teller Sliver Resolution” yesterday by a vote of 182-to-132 or by a majority of 50 votes.  Saw an old woman struck by a trolley car on Arch St. between 8th and 9th on my way down this morning.  Very badly hurt about the head.  Read an anecdote of Louis XIV of France by Madame De Sevigne.  Work all afternoon.  Leave office for room about 5:00 pm.  Read paper after supper.  Work all evening until 11:30 pm.”

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