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In Their Own Words

February 09, 1879

Woman Considered Publishing Journal for Money

Gertrude Thomas considered publishing her writings to help raise money:

“Today is clear, bright, cold, and beautiful. Situated as I am I have no pleasant church relationship. I have no driver and the carriage is so shabby that I never use it except to drive me to Ma’s and then it is put in the stable and never driven on the street… .The consequence will be that I shall cease to go after a while in the carriage… . I have sometimes thought that I would copy something from my old Journals and see if I could get it published - not for fame, alas! for money. I am so afraid of becoming morbid… . [T]his life of self abnegation is so trying… .”

Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 381.