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In Their Own Words

February 28, 1879

Journal Entry on Eye Glasses

In Richmond County, Gertrude Thomas, who loved to read and write, discovered a way to help herself with these activities, as she recorded in her journal:

“… I am writing for the first time with a pair of eye glasses. Sis Anne gave them to me. I find that I cannot see to read at night especially the local column of the Chronicle and Constitutionalist [Augusta newspapers] which is printed in very fine type. I am writing in the school room, in the afternoon. It is a bright cheerful room this season of the year… .”

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. 382.