Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dec. 31, 1861 New Year's Eve

Dec. 31, 1861: George Templeton Strong notes in his journal at the close of the year:
Poor old 1861 just going. It has been a gloomy year of trouble and disaster. I should be glad of its departure, were in not that 1862 is likely to be no better. But we must take what is coming. Only through much tribulation can a young people attain healthy, vigorous national life. The results of many years spent in selfish devotion to prosperous, easy money-making must be purged out of our system before we are well, and a drastic dose of European war may be the prescription Providence is going to administer.

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