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M-038 Henry Gerard Hall (1833-1873), Diary, 1870-1873, and Related Papers, 1850.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
Three-year diary of a Shreveport, Louisiana, attorney who was Parish Judge of Caddo Parish in 1873; entries cover both professional and personal affairs; includes letters of college life at Princeton University in 1850. 2 folders.
Three letters written by Henry Gerard Hall in 1850 to a friend while he was attending Princeton University.
Printed copy of the rules of the Parish Court of Caddo Parish by H. G. Hall, Parish Judge.
Daily diary kept by H. G. Hall from Jan. 1, 1870 to Oct. 7, 1873. He was an attorney in Shreveport, La., until he was commissioned Parish Judge in 1873. He writes of his professional activities and his personal affairs at home with his family and elsewhere. He speaks of the weather, his illnesses and those of his family, church attendance, trips, work around his home. On Sept. 11, 1873, he states that the area is in the midst of an epidemic of yellow fever, names persons who have died. In nearly all of the remaining entries he speaks of those who have become ill and those who have recently died. His wife and one of his children fall ill. His wife dies in September. Another child falls ill. Henry Gerard Hall himself dies of yellow fever following his last entry on October 7, 1873.