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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p1)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 1.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p2)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p3)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p4)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p5)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p6)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p7)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p8)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 8.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p9)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 9. Mon 1st January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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1st Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p9

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p10)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 10. Tue 2nd January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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2nd Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p10

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p11)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 11. Wed 3rd January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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3rd Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p11

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p12)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 12. Thu 4th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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4th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p12

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p13)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 13. Fri 5th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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5th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p13

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p14)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 14. Sat 6th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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6th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p14

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p15)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 15. Sun 7th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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7th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p15

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p16)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 16. Mon 8th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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8th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p16

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p17)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 17. Tue 9th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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9th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p17

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p18)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 18. Wed 10th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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10th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p18

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p19)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 19. Thu 11th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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11th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p19

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p20)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 20. Fri 12th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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12th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p20

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p21)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 21. Sat 13th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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13th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p21

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p22)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 22. Sun 14th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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14th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p22

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p23)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 23. Mon 15th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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15th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p23

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p24)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 24. Tue 16th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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16th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p24

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p25)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 25. Wed 17th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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17th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p25

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p26)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 26. Thu 18th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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18th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p26

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p27)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 27. Fri 19th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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19th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p27

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p28)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 28. Sat 20th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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20th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p28

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p29)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 29. Sun 21st January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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21st Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p29

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p30)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 30. Mon 22nd January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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22nd Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p30

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p31)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 31. Tue 23rd January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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23rd Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p31

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p32)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 32. Wed 24th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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24th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p32

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p33)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 33. Thu 25th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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25th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p33

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p34)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 34. Fri 26th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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26th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p34

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p35)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 35. Sat 27th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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27th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p35

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p36)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 36. Sun 28th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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28th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p36

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p37)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 37. Mon 29th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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29th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p37

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p38)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 38. Tue 30th January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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30th Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p38

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p39)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 39. Wed 31st January 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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31st Jan 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p39

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p40)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 40. Thu 1st February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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1st Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p40

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p41)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 41. Fri 2nd February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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2nd Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p41

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p42)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 42. Sat 3rd February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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3rd Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p42

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p43)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 43. Sun 4th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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4th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p43

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p44)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 44. Mon 5th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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5th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p44

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p45)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 45. Tue 6th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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6th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p45

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p46)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 46. Wed 7th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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7th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p46

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p47)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 47. Thu 8th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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8th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p47

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p48)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 48. Fri 9th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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9th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p48

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p49)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 49. Sat 10th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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10th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p49

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p50)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 50. Sun 11th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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11th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p50

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p51)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 51. Mon 12th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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12th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p51

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p52)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 52. Tue 13th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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13th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p52

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p53)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 53. Wed 14th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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14th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p53

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p54)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 54. Thu 15th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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15th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p54

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p55)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 55. Fri 16th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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16th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p55

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p56)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 56. Sat 17th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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17th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p56

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p57)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 57. Sun 18th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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18th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p57

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p58)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 58. Mon 19th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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19th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p58

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p59)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 59. Tue 20th February 1917 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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20th Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p59

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p60)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 60. Wednesday 21 February 1917 - London — Liverpool

Diary date
21st Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p60

 

Left Hampstead in two motor cars at 8.30 to catch 9.30 train at Euston. Constance & the children came to see me off and Evy met us at the station. We shared a compartment with a fellow passenger Mr Westing. On arrival at Liverpool at 2.30 we took omnibus to the Huskisson Dock and without delay got on board. Found cabins quite nice & comfortable. Had tea. Dined at 7 — the 3 course habit as prescribed by English law. Sailing at night seems doubtful — reports conflicting.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p61)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 61. Thursday 22 February 1917 - Liverpool

Diary date
22nd Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p61

 

Still at Liverpool. No one seems to know when we are to sail. Have made friends with saloon companions. Mr Hough an ex-consul of Jerusalem who has been fighting and was all through the Gallipoli campaign & is now going to America as a member of the Purchasing Commission. Also Mrs W. S. Miller, friend of Hough’s, the wife of a U.S.A. naval officer whom she is going to join in America. 61 first class passengers, 35 second class.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p62)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 62. Friday 23 February 1917 - Liverpool

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23rd Feb 1917

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Permanent URL: https://www.vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1917/1917/p62

 

It seems very doubtful when we shall sail. Evidently a lot of submarines are about. Rumours as unreliable as camp rumours are rife. Some say the Port is closed for a week. Life very dull and delay most irritating. The Baltic I find is sister ship to my old friend the Adriatic.1


1: RMS Baltic, White Star liner. In 1915, Sharp returned from America on RMS Adriatic.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p63)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 63. Saturday 24 February 1917 - Liverpool

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Spend another weary day. Do a little writing revising my Introduction and kill time as best one can. No sign of getting away except that we move out of dock and anchor in the stream.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p64)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 64. Sunday 25 February 1917 - Liverpool

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About mid day it is whispered that we may sail at midnight. At any rate we have boat drill at 12.30. We are all mustered on deck A-L starboard M-Z Port, are shown how to put on our life belts and are given general instructions what we are to do when the alarm signal — 5 blasts on the fog horn — is given. We up anchor at midnight and sail at 12.40. I stay on deck to see the start and then turn in but do not take off my clothes!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p65)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 65. Monday 26 February 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Had a lot of asthma last night, mainly because port hole closed so as not to show a light. Nothing happened! We are taking the North Passage and are skirting the northern coast of Ireland. Very calm, the Carmania escorting us. Later in the day we hugged the Irish coast which is very beautiful, passing quite close to the Giant’s Causeway. About 6 large vessels were going more or less with us all the way. The nervous strain came rather trying to me at the end of the day. But the sea began to get up which put Maud hors de combat making however the danger from submarines a good deal less. By tomorrow we ought to have passed through the danger zone.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p66)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 66. Tuesday 27 February 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Had a fairly good night and breakfasted at 9.30 — really 10.48 because clock put back 78 minutes. Maud remains in bed as the sea is rather nasty — a typical Atlantic day. Rather warm and a blue & white sea which makes us pitch but not roll. It is nice to have an easy mind again, for although we are still technically within the danger zone, it would be impossible for submarines to live in such a sea except below the surface. I worked at my Introduction in the morning, rested between lunch & tea, played patience & chess with Hough and talked mainly with him for the rest of the day. Went to bed at 11.15, having put my watch back 34 minutes. The ship is a steady one and behaves wonderfully well in this heavy sea. I am feeling quite fit and my cough is a bit better though I have to burn asthma powder.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p67)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 67. Wednesday 28 February 1917 - RMS Baltic

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A very rough and unpleasant day. Maud stayed in bed and made no attempt to come up. I spent the day revising the Introduction, talking & playing patience & chess with Hough and killing time as best I could. We are evidently making a very slow passage but exactly how slow it is impossible to say as the daily runs are not posted up. It is rumoured that we are making a very northerly course and are constantly altering it, in order I presume that we may give the slip to any raiders that may be about. My friend the barber says that we ought to land early on Wednesday morning but if the present weather continues it may easily be Thursday or even later!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p68)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 68. Thursday 1 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Another most objectionable day, very cold very rough with frequent snow storms & noisome[?] squalls. Maud stayed in bed all day which was very wise of her. We are all afraid that this is going to be a record slow passage and that we shan’t get to N[ew] York before Thursday next! But as the daily runs are not posted no one can tell where we are or how fast we are going.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p69)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 69. Friday 2 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Weather as bad as ever. Maud came up on deck and stayed in her chair from noon till after tea when she went to bed again. Extremely cold, ice & snow all over the decks and a very rough & confused sea. I am quite well although I feel as though I should like some air & exercise both of which are at present impossible.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p70)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 70. Saturday 3 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Each day seems to go one worse and to day is the most impossible of all. Thermometer down to 22, snow & ice everywhere. It is clear we are very far north. The barber & others say they have never been so far north before. Maud got up for tea and came into the lounge and afterward went into the saloon to listen to Hough play Chopin in a very neat accurate but unemotional manner! We are all pretty sick of this voyage. I had a long talk with Guy Nickalls this morning.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p71)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 71. Sunday 4 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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A most wonderful transformation. We woke up to find a perfectly smooth sea — like the Mersey — with the old tub of a ship lurching along as fast as she can go which however is not a break-neck pace. Every one now talks of Wednesday night in N[ew] York but I am very sceptical. If we only knew where we were!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p72)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 72. Monday 5 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Rough sea again but we do not feel it as the wind is astern. It is very muggy and horribly stuffy in the smoking lounge where we have had to sit pretty well all day as it is too hot to walk about much. Maud is much better and is up nearly all day dining & lunching in the saloon. As we are rolling along at a good pace we are pretty sure to be in N[ew] York on Wednesday.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p73)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 73. Tuesday 6 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Alas, alas, a strong gale and one of the roughest seas I have ever seen! With this head wind we cannot be making much more than 7 or 8 knots and as we ran into the gale at midnight and it will probably last at least 24 hours the chances of getting in tomorrow are small. We shall probably land on Th[ursday] morning.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p74)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 74. Wednesday 7 March 1917 - RMS Baltic

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Another transformation. We wake up to a calm sea, like a mill pond, not a cloud in the sky, full sun but very cold. Just an off chance that we may land to-night but scarcely probable. To our immense delight we sight land soon after lunch and triumphantly reach the quarantine station at 5.30, a quarter of an hour before sunset. We have dinner on board at 6.30 and are in dock at 7.30 and at the Algonquin soon after 9 p.m. Miss Gilman & Rabold come round in the evening & have drinks with us & tell us all the news — some of it bad e.g. telegrams from Mrs Post backing out of St Louis engagement.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p75)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 75. Thursday 8 March 1917 - New York

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Another telegram from Mrs Post to say that engagement off but asking for a later date. Called on Putnams — very unsatisfactory visit, and Arnold Shaw who had been able to get nothing for me! Our luck seemed on the down grade till we got a telegram from Urbana in reply to mine agreeing to have me for week beginning 19th. Rabold came round again in the morning. I had a bad headache all day. Mr Glenn looked in in the afternoon and had a chat with me, while Gardner came to tea and we fixed up about Gramophone records satisfactorily enough. In the evening M[aud] & I went to E.F.D.S. meeting where I taught The Phoenix and conducted the singing. Glad to get to bed soon after 11.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p76)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 76. Friday 9 March 1917 - New York

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Had breakfast rather late at 9.15 and then tackled letters writing to Mrs Post Chubb, Mrs Campbell, Mrs Storrow, Mrs Callery, then out about my pince nez and to lunch at Peg Woffington Restaurant in 44th St[reet] East. Then a long interview with Arnold Shaw with whom I agreed to reserve November next for lectures he to see what he can do & report in May. Forsyth came to tea and we had a very pleasant talk afterwards. Wrote more letters and then went out to dinner at The Old England place in 43rd St[reet] West. After dinner I wrote several letters — to Miss Boyce from whom I had received a wire earlier in the day. Things look a little better but evidently not much doing yet. Must work for financial help for mountains.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p77)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 77. Saturday 10 March 1917 - New York

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Went round to Putnam in the morning. Savage tells me my estimate correct, his faulty, which was what I expected! Discuss matters with the nephew and take away proofs and undertake to write a short notice of the book for the next publisher’s circular, the last one of which I criticize pretty caustically! Then on to Gray where I discuss many things and arrange for music to be sent to Urbana. In the afternoon Maud and I lunch with Rabold at Henri’s and tea at Peg Woffington’s. I dine at Aldrichs where I meet Mr & Mrs Adolf Oxe, the proprietor of the N[ew] Y[ork] Times, Mr Chapman a one-armed author and relation of Mrs A’s and Mr & Mrs Paderewski. The discussion throughout the evening centres on the war, Mr P talking a great deal about the Poles. One of the most interesting evenings I have spent in N[ew] York. Return home about 12 p.m. pretty tired.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p78)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 78. Sunday 11 March 1917 - New York

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Correct proofs in the morning and draft notice of book. Julianda comes to lunch with us and we talk on many things till 4.15 when we go to tea with Gilmans and Rabold. Take the latter home with us and dine at Henri’s. Then R and I walk down to 10th Street to Julianda’s new Apartment and spend the evening with her numerous friends. One of these — Miss Campbell — comes from Detroit where she is very anxious I shall lecture. Promises to call upon me at 4 tomorrow and discuss the matter. Home about 11 and to bed forthwith.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p79)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 79. Monday 12 March 1917 - New York

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Went round to Putnams again in the morning to take corrected proofs and draft of par[agraph] for publisher’s circular. Had a long talk with the nephew and impressed upon him the importance of urging printer on the questions of speed and greater accuracy. Also mentioned Betty’s affair. Then to Gray to arrange for song books to be sent on to Urbana. Home again and to lunch with Stanhope the Boston Pageant man at the Lawles club. In the afternoon Maud and I went a long walk and did a mild amount of shopping. Dined at Peg Woffington’s and wrote letters and worked at letters etc in the evening also working on my Introduction.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p80)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 80. Tuesday 13 March 1917 - New York

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Worked at letters and Introduction in the morning till 12 when I went round to 229, 42nd St[reet] to Stanhope’s office to see model of stage & discuss costumes etc. Then to lunch at Peg Woffington’s with Maud, afterwards buying some collars, tobacco & cigarettes for journey. Maud then gave Rabold a lesson while I rested, both walking down to Julianda’s 9 East 10th St[reet] to tea to meet Mrs Parsons with whom I had a most pleasant talk about folk-tales which she had been collecting. She drove us home in her motor and we dined at Henri’s afterwards writing letters (Joan & Harman) about dressing gown and working at Introduction and packing for the morrow’s journey. Lovely bright day, not too cold.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p81)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 81. Wednesday 14 March 1917 - New York - Boston

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Finished packing in the morning, wrote Putnams & Steele particulars of my movements & caught 1 train to Boston. Mrs Storrow met us and drove us back to Beacon St[reet] where Lily joined us and we all had dinner together, Mrs S going out to a meeting. I went with Maud & Lily to the latter’s home — a very nice apartment with a lovely piano upon which I played my new accompaniments, returning home about 10.30 and having an al fresco supper with Mr Storrow & later on Mrs S. To bed very tired at 11 p.m.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 82. Thursday 15 March 1917 - Boston

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Woke with a real bad headache which never moderated all day despite aspirin which I took at lunch. I called on Fisher at Ditson’s at 11 but he was out. Lily & Maud met me and we went and got Railway tickets for Saturday and Maud bought some strong boots for the mountains. Walked home got some money out of the bank and lunched at Beacon Street. After a short rest I motored to Professor Kittridge with whom I had a most pleasant talk opening the question of leaving my duplicate MSS to Harvard. He was most keenly delighted. Then I motored to School took a C[ountry] D[ance] Class teaching Pheonix, Oaken Leaves, Chelsea and Trip to Kilburn. Saw Haxby Sword dance then motored to Beacon [Street] for dinner back to School at 8 for lecture on Folk Song and direction of Folk Song class and then back here again to bed — and all with a roaring headache!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p83)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 83. Friday 16 March 1917 - Boston

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A Miss Chapin came at 11 and I took her over to the school to test her piano playing which was really quite nice. Then motored to Lily’s at Cambridge to meet the Steinbergs. They motored Maud and me back to Beacon Street where we lunched with Mrs Storrow. Afterwards we walked into town to hear a lecture by a Mr Ward on current events — in this case Russian Revolution — a very clever talk, back to tea and dress in flannels for dinner. Then lecture on Folk dance at school dancing myself in Oaken Leaves and Hearts Ease, then directing a class-dance afterwards. Home pretty late. No head-ache to day thank goodness.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p84)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 84. Saturday 17 March 1917 - Boston — Urbana

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Finished packing and sent trunk off at 8 a.m. Wrote some letters after breakfast then walked in to Boston to call on Fisher of Ditsons. Afterwards tried, but failed to get any good map of the Mountain song district. We lunched at 12.45 and then caught 2 train for Urbana, Lily & Mrs Storrow seeing us off at the station or depot! The great train strike was brewing and timed to begin that night so it was very doubtful how far on our journey we should go. We lost a lot of time on the way to Albany where we were turned out of our carriage and had to change to another train because the switchdrivers refused to work. Didn’t get dinner till nearly 9 p.m. Maud nearly lost her suit case again but it eventually turned up.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p85)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 85. Sunday 18 March 1917 - Boston — Urbana, Illinois

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Slept much better than I usually do & train 1_ - 2 h[ours] late so we just missed our connection at Indianapolis. The gentleman at the Information Bureau advised us to get back into the train and go on to Matoon where we should make another connection for Champaign (really the same as Urbana) of course we missed that also by a hair’s breadth only. After some haggling we prevailed on a dingy westerner to take us in his peripatetic car to C[hampaign] and started on an adventurous & nerve racking journey of 4 hours. The motor stopped several times, wheezed, groaned & snorted and finally arrived at 9.15 quite hors de combat one tire gone (we had driven 20 miles on the steel rim) leaking, steaming & looking woefully groggy. We left the Westerner enquiring for a garage while we transferred ourselves & baggage to a taxi and drove to the Inman Hotel, had supper & went to bed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p86)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 86. Monday 19 March 1917 - Urbana

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Walked up to Illinois University at 10.30 and made friends with Miss Louise Freer — a very nice person — and her staff — the physical faculty. Was shown over the place and we arranged rather sketchily the programme for the week. Back to Lunch and then went back to take classes from 3-6, I taking tea with the Kingsley’s, friends of Mrs Campbell, at 4 and meeting many interesting people including Loumis a Rhodes Oxford scholar and a Scandinavian & good balladist strongly recommended to me by Kittredge. After dinner we went back again and I took a class of the faculty, rather a terrible business, a regular beargarden, no one could dance but all tried to make up for this talking all the while. Home at 11, very tired indeed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p87)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 87. Tuesday 20 March 1917 - Urbana

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I walked up to University and took a class of Freshwomen from 10-11 and then gave an hour’s talk to the Physical faculty about May Day celebrations and many other things. Home to lunch and back again to tea with Miss Schoeperle meeting several nice people there including the Norwegian ballad man and Jones another Kittredge scholar and nice fellow. Took class and home to dress and at 8 o’clock talked for 1_ h[ours] on Folk Dancing & Folk-Art in general showing slides. I think it went all right. Rather tired when I got home but felt that things were beginning to go rather nicely. My views are all very new and fresh to them and they don’t quite know what to make of them but they are attentive and sympathetic.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p88)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 88. Wednesday 21 March 1917 - Urbana

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Went up to the school by myself and took class from 10-11. Then saw Auditorium for Saturday’s Demonstration and interviewed Miss Schoeperle about her evening on Friday. Went up again at 3 for another class tea’d with the Kingsleys took another class at 4 and then returned to dress for the Appalachian lecture at 7.30. A very good audience and lecture went very well. We had a formal reception afterwards with a slab of ice cream afterwards and returned home very tired about 10.45.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p89)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 89. Thursday 22 March 1917 - Urbana

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Classes 10-12 at University. I lectured to the School of Music at 3-4 on the relationship of folk to art music. Tea’d with Loumis — the Norwegian man Hustvet was not there.1 Was interviewed for the University paper by a woman member of the Journalist department. Dined with Maud at the Kingsleys and then took a class of the Faculty from 8-10. This rather better than the Monday class, fewer people and the better dancers. Maud did a couple of Morris Jigs much to their delight. We were driven home at 10.30. Very hot and close and quite fine. Probably thunder not far off.


1: Sigurd Hustvedt (1882-1954), Norwegian-born ballad scholar.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p90)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 90. Friday 23 March 1917 - Urbana

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Class at 10. Home at 11.30 to work at my proofs. Took another class at 3, had tea with the Bloomfields where I met several interesting people. Dined at University Club with Mr Erb and then went on to the meeting at the Celtic Club under the auspices of Miss Schoeperle. A curious evening. I gave an address to start off with and we then adjourned to another room where I taught some Country dances, Maud did a couple of jigs and she and I sang a couple of ballads. It took just over 3 hours from 7.15-10.15. Drove home very tired.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p91)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 91. Saturday 24 March 1917 - Urbana

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Rehearsal for evening’s demonstration at Auditorium at 9, classes at 10 when I came home & worked at proofs. Miss Freer came to lunch after which we rested a while and then went to Miss Blazedell(?) to tea where we met a host of people mostly professors.1 Back to dinner at 6 and dress for lecture & demonstration at 7.30, which went off quite well. We did quite a lot of dances, Peascods, Butterfly, Hey Boys, Rufty, Newcastle, Mage, Black Nag, while Maud danced Pr[incess] Royal & Jockie [to the Fair]. I lectured. We said farewell to nice Miss Freer, Miss Brookes, Miss Morris etc and left for the hotel about 9.45. Thus ends a very satisfactory & pleasant one of the best I have ever done!


1: Probably Blaisedell. There is a Blaisedell Hall at Urbana.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p92)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 92. Sunday 25 March 1917 - Urbana — Pittsburgh

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Got up soon after 6 and caught the 7.30 train for Chicago, breakfasting in the dining car. Charlotte Foss met us and drove us to her house where I had a talk with her. She agreed to teach one week at the school for 25 dollars + remission of her tuition fees during the other 2 weeks. I made a similar offer to Miss Peake over the telephone but she is not sure whether she can accept or not. Is to let me know within a fortnight. We caught the Broadway L[imited] at 12.40 which ran woefully late and Maud and I did not get to our Clubs (mine The University, her’s the 20th Cent[ury] till 2 a.m! We were both absolutely done up — she is not very well anyhow so she was quite collapsed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p93)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 93. Monday 26 March 1917 - Pittsburgh

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Called at 7.15, breakfast at 7.45 and sharp off to the Technical College to take classes from 8.30-10.30 — rather sharp work after a very short night. However, I slept well and felt very fit considering. A perfectly lovely day, sun, soft air and quite warm. Lunched with Maud at the club, had a rest, tea’d at the Schenley, dined at the club and then went to the Winchester Club where I lectured about the mountain songs, Maud and I singing many of them. Nice to meet so many people again who are now friends but I miss Mrs Callery very much. Fair lecture but rather long as my lectures are apt to be when I am tired! Corrected proofs for Putnam’s and sent them off.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p94)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 94. Tuesday 27 March 1917 - Pittsburgh

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Classes at Tech from 10.30-12.30. Many letters from home, the first I have received since I left England! Wrote Constance a long letter, or rather began it, before I went out to classes. Lunched with Bassange at the Athletic Club meeting Stephens, Geoghegan Vichman Etc. Then back to Club, had tea with Maud, finished letters and after dinner was motored out to Homestead where I lectured and we danced 12 dances, six of us Miss Gilchrist, Maud & Miss Maguire, Schleiter, Geoghegan and myself. Very tired on getting home and hungry, so had supper before going to bed. Weather icy cold, snow showers & piercing wind, great contrast with yesterday.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p95)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 95. Wednesday 28 March 1917 - Pittsburgh

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Breakfast early and then lectured on ballads at the Carnegie Library to the library school — one of the best lectures I have ever given — wish I could remember the scheme of it! Then took my classes at Tech 10.30-12.30. Lunched, a short rest, tea at Schenley and class in C[ountry] D[ance] 4- 5.30. Dined with Fuller sisters at Schenley then classes 8-10. A very full and tiring day. Nice talk at the Club before going to bed with Harrison W. Graves(?) librarian of Carnegie Library who has just chucked his post and has taken one in N[ew] York where I hope to meet him next week & be introduced by him to Librarian of N[ew] Y[ork] Public Library, Anderson. Very cold but fine.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p96)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 96. Thursday 29 March 1917 - Pittsburgh

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Breakfast 7.45 and worked at my introduction till 10 when I went to Tech. Taught 10.30-11.30 then lectured on Apalachian songs. Lunched with Maud at Club walking back with Paine whom I asked to dine with us at Algonquin next Wednesday at 6.30. Had tea at 4 at Schenley then Maud and I went into the city to enquire about trains for Boston next Sunday and did a little shopping, buying a pair of pyjamas to take place of those spoiled by the laundry at Urbana. Met Vichman & his sister at the station where we dined and went down to Sewickley where I took class of Society people. They were very nice & very keen about the dancing & I enjoyed this very unexpected experience. Got home at midnight very tired. Weather bitterly cold with snow showers. Glad of fur coat again.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p97)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 97. Friday 30 March 1917 - Pittsburgh

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Breakfast at 7.45 & more work at Introduction. Then to Tech to take classes 10.30-12.30 & farewell with a speech from myself. Lunched with Maud at Club and at 2.30 went off to Training College where I lectured to students for 3 quarters of an hour. Got back to Carnegie library at 4 and taught from 4-5.30. Then to Schenley to meet Miss Cora Neile of the mountains. Dined at 6.45 with Miss Boyce & Miss Gilchrist at Schenley to talk over affairs of Society. Came home for a short rest while Maud took class 8-9 I taking the second class till 10.30. Dr Schleiter came back with me to the club for a drink. To bed at 11.45 — tired as usual. Weather rather better — cold but bright & shining & not too much wind.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p98)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 98. Saturday 31 March 1917 - Pittsburgh

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Early breakfast and a good slog in at my Introduction. Then to class at Carnegie Library at 10 while Maud went to city & got railway tickets etc. Classes lasted till noon or a little after. Lunch at Club and tea at Schenley where I met Miss Cora Neal of the Southern Mountains. Classes 4-6. Dinner at 6.45 with Maud and Miss Neal at Schenley. Returned home for a rest while Maud took 8 p.m. class I taking the 9. Said good bye to everyone and after seeing Maud home returned to Club at 11.15 and to bed, very tired after a heavy day — the last one here, thank goodness. Weather very warm indeed with a hot wind. Changed into thin clothes and dispensed with overcoat! Sent Pension certificate to London to Bank.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p99)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 99. Sunday 1 April 1917 - Pittsburgh — Boston

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Packed resolutely till 10.30 when the transport people took away my trunks. Then a bad headache overcame me and I had to lie down & nurse it. I took some aspirin at lunch which I had with Maud at the Schenley and rested again afterwards but it obstinately refused to go. We went down to the station at 4, had some tea (very nasty) and left by the 5 train for Boston, via Buffalo, Lake Erie & Albany. My head got a little better as time went on but I felt pretty seedy when I went to bed at 10.30. The weather was very close & warm, the temperature in the shade reaching 80, i.e. 50 degrees higher than Thursday last!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p100)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 100. Monday 2 April 1917 - Boston

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Lily [Roberts] met us on our arrival at Boston at 12 (noon) and after getting tickets for our journey to N[ew] York on Wednesday and arranging about our luggage we got to Beacon St[reet] and had lunch. Mrs Storrow had to go out so Maud and I did some shopping in Boston. My head is better but nothing to boast about as yet. Weather quite cold again and I am glad of my fur coat! We had tea with Mrs Storrow and after dinner drove round to the school where I taught Lily, Mrs Storrow Mrs Gibbs, Gardener etc some new 4th book C[ountry] dances. I like Coronation Day very much though it is very difficult. Home at 10.45 and after some milk to bed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p101)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 101. Tuesday 3 April 1917 - Boston

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My back became very painful in the night — it always seems to get bad when I am staying with Mrs Storrow! Have a talk with her after breakfast, work at my introduction etc and then prepare for lecture this afternoon and get ready for lunch at the Steinbergs at 1. After lunch lecture at Wheelwrights — small but very interested audience. Leave at 6.15, home to Beacon Street where I complete packing of trunk and dress for Dinner at Harvard Club to which Kittredge has invited me. A very grand affair in private room — fine dinner, wines etc. The following men were there Haskyns, Neilson (an Edinburgh Univ[ersity] man, Sorbonne lecturer etc) Potter (librarian) Beldown (Morison[?] Univ) and Howard, making with K[ittredge] & self, 7 in all. Dinner at 7.30. We did not separate till 12.30. Home & had long talk with Mrs Storrow before going to bed which I reached at 2 a.m. A very successful day. Back not getting worse I think.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p102)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 102. Wednesday 4 April 1917 - Boston — New York

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Up early and caught the 10 train for N[ew] York, arriving about 3.30 at the Algonquin. Waiters etc very friendly and glad to see us. Maud and I went down Town at once to get note books etc for collecting purposes and had tea at a tea shop. Rabold called on our return and told us he was going to Maryland on the morrow and would not be back till Monday. Arranged to take an examination at Carnegie Hall at 7.30 Monday evening. Had dinner at Algonquin with Iden Paine, wrote letters in the evening to Miss Young, Ditson, Miss Freer and Bassange unpacked and went to bed fairly early. Weather cool but fine & nice. Back much better.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p103)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 103. Thursday 5 April 1917 - New York

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Breakfast at 8.15. Then telephoned to various people to make appointments. Called on Gray and discussed at some length arranged for sale of books at Amherst. Then to Putnam’s at noon where I saw the old man, who was rather testy when I criticized the way the book was being done. Savage however was more amenable and gave me a bundle of proofs to look through. These I returned the same day & received more. Julianda and a friend came to lunch. She is just off to Washington for a week and suggested we should spend a night there en route to Knoxville. The Fuller girls came round at 4 and we took them to Henri’s for tea. At 7 p.m. I went round to Glenn to dinner and discussed with him the question of financial help. He was most sympathetic and promised to go with me to Mrs Rice tomorrow. Fine all day till the evening when it rained cats & dogs.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p104)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 104. Friday 6 April 1917 - New York

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Wrote letters to Constance etc, worked at Introduction and arranged with tailor about cutting down my flannel trousers etc. At 1 o’clock Aldrich came to lunch with me and I discussed with him about the financing of the mountain work. At noon I had a long talk with John Collyer. I offered him a week for 350 dollars at end of November or beginning of Dec[ember], or 3 lectures in November to be arranged with Arnold Shaw. At 5 I met Mr Glenn at tea with Mrs Rice (17, West 16th St[reet]) and we discussed business. She promised to see Mr de Forest, Mrs Crane etc. Madewell, reporter of Boston Transcript interviewed me at 6.30 and gave me tickets for negro plays at Garden Theatre, whither after dinner Maud and I went. First play very interesting, last 2 tommy rot.1


1: Three Plays for a Negro Theatre (‘Granny Maumee’, ‘The Rider of Dreams’, ‘Simon the Cyrenian’), by Frederic Ridgely Torrence (1874/5-1950).

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p105)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 105. Saturday 7 April 1917 - New York

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Went out shopping with Maud and bought new vest camera, films etc at Meyrowitz and an oil silk mackintosh at Fitch’s. Miss Fish of Allanstand lunched with us at the hotel. I rested afterwards, had tea in our rooms and wrote letters etc. Dined at 7 at hotel and went to Garrick theatre to see first performance of The Grasshopper an Irish play which Paine is producing.1 I liked it but not very much. Went on stage afterwards to see Paine with whom we are to lunch tomorrow at the Beaux Arts at 1.15. Walked home at 11.15 and to bed, after milk! Weather still fine but cold.


1: The Grasshopper. Play (1917) by Padraig Colum and E. Washburn Freund, founded on a play by Keyserling.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p106)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 106. Sunday 8 April 1917 - New York

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Worked at Introduction all the morning, Maud typing final copy. At 1.15 M & I went the Beaux Arts Cafe to lunch with Iden Paine who had asked the interesting Irish girl of last night’s play Miss Huban and the chief actor John P. Campbell to meet us. It was a very interesting party & we sat talking at the table till 4 p.m. Then we took Miss Gilman & her sister to tea at Henri’s. Dr Schleiter & Geoghegan came to have a chat at 6.30 and then M[aud] & I went out to dinner at Rasoff’s[?] in 6th Ave[nue] came home, wrote letters & went to bed early.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p107)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 107. Monday 9 April 1917 - New York

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Breakfast early. I went through Introduction for the last time & then took it round to Putnams where I left it, discussed about having a map in the back, gave instructions about letters & proofs in my absence, did a small amount of shopping, came back and then after one or two letters went to Public Library to look up tune in Clariona for Miss Gilchrist.1 Lunched at 1.45 rested afterwards & then packed, having tea in our rooms. M[aud] & I dined at Rostoffs[?] and then went to Miss Gilman’s where we examined 4 girls & 3 more for their el[ementary] certificates passing all of them. Rabold came back with us and we had a mild supper at the hotel & then to bed. Weather very cold, 7 inches of snow last night, freezing hard tonight.


1: W .B. Bradbury, Clariona (1867). Anne G. Gilchrist (1863- 1954), English folk music collector and scholar.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p108)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 108. Tuesday 10 April 1917 - New York

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Finished off packing and then wrote several letters to Miss Abone[?], Belden, Miss Gilchrist etc and put papers etc into order. Rabold came in about 12.45, read & liked my Introduction, and then had lunch with us. We went to the Penn station & caught the 3.30 train for Knoxville. Weather very cold, snow still on the ground and was quite deep in the high land beyond Philadelphia. Felt rather tired & seedy after the rush of the last few days. Train quite crowded. Went to bed at about 10.15.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p109)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 109. Wednesday 11 April 1917 - Knoxville, Tennessee

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Arrived at 2 o’clock. Had a tolerable night very cold in bed and woke with the usual tendency to headache especially after sitting in foetid used-up air in the carriage till 2 — really 3, because we changed to central time at Bristol. Campbell met us & we got nice rooms at Atkin Hotel. C[ampbell] had tea with us in our rooms and we discussed various matters. After dinner we attended meeting when Claxton — Ed[ucation] Man from Washington — gave an unedifying discourse concerning the industralisation of the mountains.1 He mentioned dollars — usually in billions — in every sentence, a most egregious & depressing performance. Headache got very bad as day went on partly on account of warm muggy & thundery weather — temp about 76. Met several friends, Ollie Henricks of Big Laurel, Miss Dickey, various Asheville teachers etc and was introduced to Miss Goodrich.


1: The Conference of Southern Mountain Workers, established in 1913.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p110)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 110. Thursday 12 April 1917 - Knoxville

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Woke with a bad headache after a very warm & stuffy night. Dr. Russell Smith whom I had met in the train on his way from Pennsylvania University of which he is a professor spoke about tree planting in highlands, a very good and suggestive address, in the morning. He lunched with me and left soon after 2 p.m. I spoke for an hour or more at 2.45, M[aud] & I singing several songs. It made rather an effect and my audience was clearly very interested at the appreciation which I gave of the mountaineers. A Rev Ellis of Virginia was especially struck and seemed to me a very nice man. Gave us a cordial invitation to his house. Had tea in my room & after dinner we went to hear Vogt talk on industrial & folk schools of Denmark. A very humorous — unconsciously so — address which kept us amused till 10 p.m. when we left leaving him in command of a greatly reduced audience! Beginning to rain & giving prospect of a cooler day tomorrow.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p111)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 111. Friday 13 April 1917 - Knoxville

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Miss Dickey breakfasted with us at 8 p.m. Headache much better thank goodness. A man spoke in the morning upon cheese factories in the mountains — a very good address & useful. Then we were called on again and spoke & sang for nearly an hour, extending my remarks of yesterday. Miss Ollie Henricks and Miss Rich of White Rock lunched with us. Then I had a long talk with Miss Goodrich whom I like very much, and many conversations with various principals of schools & colleges all of whom asked us to give them a visit for collecting purposes. Had a long talk with Campbell and decided to go first to Sevierville (Mr Storey) and then to Cumberland Gap (Dr. Hubble) Pineville, Manchester & Oneida. In the evening M[aud] & I attended mountain fiddlers convention — a most amusing & interesting affair making friends with a delightful old fiddler, W. Julian & Master of Cer[emonies] Frank Murphy. Weather getting quite cold again. Said good byes & to bed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p112)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 112. Saturday 14 April 1917 - Knoxville — Sevierville, Tennessee

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Packed steadily till about 10.30 and then went out to make a few purchases in Knoxville and to call on the old fiddler Julian. I got 2 nice tunes from him and then returned to hotel, settled up, lunched and caught the 2.30 train to Sevierville, travelling with Dr. Johnson. Arrived there at 4 (fare 1 — 80) when Dr. Bishop met us. Acting under his advice we put up at Central hotel, a very primitive hostelry run by a nice old widow woman Mrs. Bromers. Managed to make ourselves fairly comfortable there though the feeding was pretty bad and not over clean. After dinner (!) at 6 we went to Dr. Bishop’s place to hear Johnson lecture on Sanitation after which I gave a short address and we sang some songs. Tried to get on to Storey but failed so I gave Johnson messages to carry thither when he went there tomorrow.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p113)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 113. Sunday 15 April 1917 - Sevierville

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Breakfasted at 7.30 — a late hour because of the day! Had a long walk about the place afterwards. Met Dr. Rogers who was motoring John on to M[ount]. Smokey. Made friends with a Mrs Dyer who might have songs. Dinner at 11.30! Rest afterwards and tea. We then went out again and called on Mrs Dyer. Her daughter knew something but not much — not enough to take — but her uncle Mr. Trotter Gan came in and we induced him to sing Derby Ram and Edward, the latter a very good version much better than Mrs. Gentry’s. This heartened us considerably and we returned with our songs in our books to supper at 6. After supper we wrote out our songs and went to bed, or prepared to do so, soon after 9, as breakfast tomorrow is fixed for 6 a.m.!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 114. Monday 16 April 1917 - Sevierville — Mount Smokey Academy

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Breakfast at 6a.m. Strolled out in the morning and went to Mrs Dyer’s but got nothing worth having. Then got message from Mr Storey that motor was to meet us at 2. We packed and started for the mountains, motoring over a very rough road for 7 miles when it became impassable and Mr. Storey was to meet us there with buggy. We arrived before him & seeing a log cabin close by went in and struck a very good singer from whom I got 2 good songs. Then Storey met us & I walked while he drove Maud & the luggage. It was very hot and the 7_ miles pretty nearly did for me — I waded once to avoid a very wobbly foot-log, and negotiated a very high swing bridge. On arrival found Dr. Johnson there with whom I was told I was to share a bed! When he and I retired I explained that I couldn’t sleep 2 in a bed and he quite understood & respected my feelings. So I sat in a chair & he went to bed for 4 hours. Then he woke up & insisted on my getting into bed! About an hour later he was called out to a confinement case and I slept on till morning!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 115. Tuesday 17 April 1917 - Mount Smokey Academy

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Dr. Johnson is a very decent fellow and behaved like a gentleman last night. Of course Storey knew nothing. In the morning we all went to a farmer named Jas A. Maples from whom and his wife I got several songs. In the afternoon Storey drove Johnson into Sevierville and Maud and I drew Bird’s Creek and got one or two more songs. Mrs. Maples had known Little Sir Hugh, but had forgotten it and promised to try & remember it before I went. Mrs. Storey was ill in the evening so Maud and I typed & wrote up our songs. Mrs. Storey is young, about 25, and Storey, I imagine a year or so older. They have one child Lucille, a nice little girl 2 years old but dreadfully spoiled. Stays up till they go to bed, eats more or less what they eat and is encouraged to "show off" on all occasions, and this is rather annoying & irritates me dreadfully. It is as bad as having a dog in the house! I waited up for Storey who returned about 10.30. Weather very hot indeed, as hot as last August in the mountains.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 116. Wednesday 18 April 1917 - Mount Smokey Academy

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Storey is a very humble, extraordinarily simple and nice man and I like him very much. His house, church, school, dormitory etc is on the top of a hill, with mountains all round, and stands 2800 feet up. Food very poor and not too much of it. Water with a strong taste of iron. On the whole I like the people & the place better than other missionary places I have stayed at. Mr & Mrs S[torey] Maud and I started off about 10 for Emmet’s[?] cave. At the head of the cave struck a good singer aged 70, Mr Solomon Williams from whom I got some songs. Had lunch in the sun — there was no shade anywhere, the trees are not yet in full leaf — a very warm and comfortless proceeding. Walked a long way down Emmet’s[?] Cave and into Green Briar but got no more songs. On return got some songs from Loveday’s and walked home the last 2 or 3 miles in the dark, getting back horribly tired about 7.30. Weather very fine but hotter than ever.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 117. Thursday 19 April 1917 - Mount Smokey Academy

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Maud & Storey buggied while I walked to Mr and Mrs Maples, got a version of Little Sir Hugh but only one verse of the text. Called on Hornby’s but got nothing & returned to lunch. After lunch went down Bird’s creek after "Sir Hugh" and eventually got a fairly full version from Mr Luther Campbell and some more songs in Webb’s Creek from Mrs King etc. After dinner I played, Maud and I sang, & Maud danced Jockey, and None so Pretty, to an audience consisting of Mr & Mrs Storey, two young men who work on the farm, and Myrtle a servant who is also a student in the school. This dancing, singing etc we did last night also and this was a repetition by request. I am not feeling too well, partly perhaps the intense heat, or the walking, or the iron water or the food or a combination of all! Have a cough and a sore chest and a good deal of rheumatism — perhaps the altitude is mainly responsible.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 118. Friday 20 April 1917 - Mount Smokey Academy — Sevierville

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Breakfast at 7. Finished writing up my tunes and packed and all started off for Sevierville — Mr and Mrs S[torey], Lucille, Maud and I — having ordered motor to meet us at Maples’ house. Found the walk very trying, weather very hot, muggy & thundery. Reached Maples house at 3. I bought some canned peaches at a store & we eat them at his house. Storey & family went on to Sevierville while we waited for the motor till 4.30, taking down some songs from Maples and his married daughter Mrs King. Curiously enough Maples volunteered to sing Little Sir Hugh so now I have got that ballad quite thoroughly. Luther Campbell called round early before breakfast with an extra verse or so and a good version of Fair Eleanor. When we arrived in Sevierville we dined Mr & Mrs Storey & Lucille at our hotel and then saw them off and said farewells about 7 p.m. I had a splitting headache and Maud quite seedy so we went to bed pretty early.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 119. Saturday 21 April 1917 - Sevierville - Knoxville

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Had a very bad night, my head aching badly. Had breakfast at 6.30 then motored round to train and eventually after much bumping arrived at Knoxville at 10.15, and the Atkin Hotel at 10.45. Feeling very seedy as though I had had a bad illness and was trying to recover from it. Had a bath and change of clothes then set to work at proofs, two lots of which awaited me, and one lot which had arrived on Wednesday & which I had not finished. These I finished off in the day & sent off in two batches, the first at 1 pm the second at 5 pm. Felt a little better after a good dinner in the middle of the day and a sleep afterwards. After tea Maud and I sallied forth and did a little shopping getting some books to send the Storey’s and some provisions.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 120. Sunday 22 April 1917 - Knoxville

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Woke up feeling a rag, after a very restless night, but head for the moment better. Did a lot of letters with Maud, and wrote a large amount myself including one to Constance and one to Charlie. Feel very seedy all day, but go out for a walk after tea with Maud. Eat very little dinner & went to bed early feeling anything but well. Believe I have some fever but have no thermometer to test it.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 121. Monday 23 April 1917 - Knoxville

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Wake up after a restless night with spasms of coughing, and head aching badly again. Take aspirin and breakfast and then return to my bed. At 1 o’clock decide impossible to go on to Cumberland Gap so wire Dr. Hubbell to that effect. Head rather better in the afternoon & Maud and I go out for a short spell of shopping. Go to bed early. Cough very troublesome, looser however, with a good deal of phlegm. A curious sticky sort of cold in my head. Weather very hot indeed, Hotel dirty & airless!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 122. Tuesday 24 April 1917 - Knoxville — Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee

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Woke up with headache again and feeling very seedy and good for nothing. Lie down all the morning and indeed till it was time to catch the train for Cumberland Gap — having sent a wire to Dr. Hubbell.1 We arrive at 6.45 and are met by a Mr. Claxton in a motor and driven up to the University where welcomed by Miss Buffon and given 2 very nice rooms next to each other. Have some dinner on arrival then taken to Auditorium to hear a Kentucky fiddler, Mr. Herd, and to lecture about songs. Broke down completely with bouts of coughing but manage to open up subject and interest students. Go to bed feeling very seedy but perhaps a little better.


1: Lincoln Memorial University was established in 1897 in memory of Abraham Lincoln. George A. Hubbell was its President.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 123. Wednesday 25 April 1917 - Lincoln Memorial University

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Breakfast at 7 a.m. Afterwards M[aud] and I sally forth first to some people of the name of Carroll — man out & woman couldn’t or wouldn’t sing. Then walked a mile or more to the Stamfords and drew a blank. Then to a Mrs. Brooks, a very nice woman, where we got one song. Walked home in time for dinner at 12. After that saw Mr Chester Lewis who gave me two good songs and Miss May Ray who also sang and seemed rather hopeful. Then feeling very ill & feverish went to bed with hot bottle & sent for doctor. He took temperature — over 103 — and then brutally commented — "Well you’ve swallowed it whole this time! And judging by your age you won’t get over it very quickly". Seemed to think I should have had typhoid if I wasn’t so old and hadn’t had it before! Cough very bad. Headache and much neuralgia on right side of face.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 124. Thursday 26 April 1917 - Lincoln Memorial University

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Had a very bad night indeed, Maud sleeping on the floor by my bedside and doing what she could to alleviate me! Stayed in bed all day. Temp. normal in the morning, about 100 between 5 & 6. Maud heard another student Alice Parsons sing. I toiled through some more proofs — sent off one batch yesterday — and spent a very miserable day. Couth, head & neuralgia very bad. Weather hot.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 125. Friday 27 April 1917 - Lincoln Memorial University

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A bad night again with much coughing & discomfort. Maud did not sit up with me but came in once or twice and gave me water etc. Looked through more proofs, and took down some songs from Alice Parsons in bed! She has some excellent songs & ballads. Didn’t get out of bed all day, except to have my bed made in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 126. Saturday 28 April 1917 - Lincoln Memorial University

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Bad night again but felt a trifle better in the morning although terribly depressed. Have no doubt but that I have had a sharp attack of Grippe of a sort with bad cough which I hear has been very common recently in Knoxville & vicinity. I got up at 10 and sat in the porch and smoked a cigarette, then walked with Miss Buffon to Conservatory of Music — a nice little building. Went down to dinner and met an interesting man Mr. Wilson, of the Tennessee University, Knoxville in the Agricultural department. Continue conversation with him afterwards and then return to rest for a while. After tea, write up some of my tunes then to bed about 5.30. Feeling very weak & ill.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 127. Sunday 29 April 1917 - Lincoln Memorial University

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Had a terribly bad night coughing continuously from 10 p.m. — 2 a.m. Head & neuralgia still rather bad. The side of my face so sore I cannot touch it and the scalp of my head so tender that I cannot brush my silver locks! In the afternoon take down several songs from Miss May Ray and one more from Alice Parsons. Altogether this week I have noted 24 tunes some very fine ones, making 60 for first 2 weeks, which considering conditions is not so bad. More proofs which I sent back with a letter of some importance. In the evening dined downstairs met Mr. & Mrs Bryson. He was a Kittredge student and very interested in ballads. Then to bed at 7 p.m. very tired, slept till 8.30. Settled for the night at 10 p.m.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 128. Monday 30 April 1917 - Lincoln Memorial University — Pineville, Kentucky

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Early up after breakfast in bed and still feeling very feeble & shaky was motored to station — a very primitive stopping place, called Harrogate, with no buildings whatsoever — and took train to Pineville where we arrived after a wonderful mountain journey at 10 a.m. Put up at Continental Hotel, a nice place and clean as things go in the south. We are surrounded by mountains, a very pretty place with pop[ulation] 1000, a great centre for collieries in the vicinity. Rest until lunch and then again afterwards. After tea we stroll out prospecting for songs and although we get nothing hit upon a Mrs. Eliza Sharp who tells us of a good singer Mrs. Pope to go and see and promises to get her niece to sing for us on Wed[nesday] afternoon — or "evening" as she called it. She also told me of another family of Sharps kinsmen of her husband, with whom the first name James is a tradition! Hope to investigate further. Write Constance & Miss Gilman after dinner. Weather very hot, sharp thunderstorm in afternoon and another in evening.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 129. Tuesday 1 May 1917 - Pineville

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Directly after breakfast Maud and I walked out towards the Poor Farm in quite cool weather. I found it very hard to walk so we went slow and then rested in a very rude log-cabin belonging to a Mrs Mullins. It was the poorest house I have been in, just a shed without windows, and a lean-to at the back by way of kitchen. Full of cracks & ventilation holes and in it Mr and Mrs & 4 or 5 children and a lodger lived. Then we walked on ran Mrs. Pope, a buxom middle aged woman, to earth at Little Jack Asher’s, and lured her away to her house where she sang me several good songs. Got one from a daughter of the house at which Mrs. P[ope] lodged. Then feeling very done up I telephoned for a motor & rode back to lunch. After a rest & tea we sallied forth again to Mrs. Townsley’s, a Creole woman, Irish cum French cum Indian, and her daughter Mrs. Wilson both of whom sang us two ripping songs, a fine version of Rejected Lover, and an execution song with a gorgeous dorian air. Wrote up tunes in the evening & some letters. A good day. Quite cool, but fine.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 130. Wednesday 2 May 1917 - Pineville

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Soon after breakfast we went up to the Townsleys again and noted 7 more songs including Riddle Song, Kitty alone and I, and a fine version of Awake. Called elsewhere afterwards to no effect and then back to lunch. After tea went to Eliza Sharp’s as by app[ointment], but found her niece could not come over to day so got no songs. Met Mr Myers at Hotel, who spoke to me about his sister’s ballets after lecture at Harrogate. Arranged to go with him after dinner to his sister’s Mrs Ingram. The ballets merely 18th cent soft sawder[?] + a few Burns’s etc, but had a very nice talk with Judge Ingram the husband who told me many useful things about the country, which we wanted to know. A very pleasant evening. Am still feeling very weak and used-up but am on the mend. Weather wonderful, bright & sunny but pleasantly cool at this altitude, i.e. about 1000 feet.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 131. Thursday 3 May 1917 - Pineville

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More proofs from Putnam’s but only driblets alas! Directly after breakfast M[aud] and I motored out to Orly[?] about 2_ miles and drew all the cabins there for songs but returned at dinner time empty-handed! We have come to the conclusion that there are too many people here connected with the mines & the railway and too few who are supporting themselves on the produce of their land to warrant our staying on here. So we decide to move on to Harlan tomorrow & wire Campbell accordingly. We make a few more abortive attempts in the afternoon which go to confirm the wisdom of our resolution to be off to other fields tomorrow. I write several letters in the evening including one to Mrs W. W. Kettlewell. Weather still fine but less sunny and more sultry — thunder about I expect. Sent off proofs to Putnam’s in the forenoon.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 132. Friday 4 May 1917 - Pineville — Harlan, Kentucky

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Went round to Mrs Townsley & Mrs Wilson in the morning and took 6 good songs off them. They are nice people & we must tap them again on return. In the afternoon we left for Kelly Hotel Harlan arriving about 7 p.m. The view from the train was not encouraging — little else than coal-mines and Colliery Co’s tenements and Harlan itself looked still worse for our purpose. Mr Kelly very obliging but quite as dirty & grubby as his hotel where we spent a very unpleasant night in thoroughly dirty airless surroundings. Weather very cold and cheerless which together with absence of prospects for the morrow sent us both to bed thoroughly depressed!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 133. Saturday 5 May 1917 - Harlan — Pineville

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After breakfast Maud and I tramped several miles in the direction we were told was the most favourable. But 3 hours walking convinced us we had come to a thoroughly bad place for our purpose so we determined on return to go back to Pineville at once. This we did despite Mr Kelly’s protestations and were glad when we were once again decently and cleanly housed at the Continental. We did a little shopping , wrote letters and went to bed early after very enjoyable warm baths — the last we shall see for some weeks I expect.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 134. Sunday 6 May 1917 - Pineville - Barbourville, Kentucky

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Left Pineville at 9.37 and arrived at Barbourville & the Hotel Jones at 10.45. Prospected at once and found omens much more favourable. After lunch I rested while Maud explored in another direction but brought back unfavourable news. After tea we went out again and tried a third direction and about _ a mile from the Hotel struck a nest of singers of the right sort from whom in an hour and a half we take down 11 songs. Delighted at this turn in our luck. Arranged to call again at same place at noon tomorrow. Wrote up book in the evening and wrote long letters to Mrs Storrow & Constance. Hotel fairly comfortable Bath rooms but no hot water! Rather grubby and bed clothes distinctly "off". However, might be worse and so long as we get some songs we can put up with this amount of discomfort.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 135. Monday 7 May 1917 - Barbourville

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Up early and tramped in the rain to the depot to see after our trunks as we decide to stay here a few days before going on to Manchester — wire Campbell accordingly. Then call on President Franklin at Union College & promise to address his students in the evening.1 Write letters until noon when we have a hurried lunch and then repair again to our singers. Had a long séance, a third sister Mrs Poff turning up. Got some good songs but there were so many squalling children in the room it was very hard & tiring to note the tunes. Gave some dollars at the end which bucked them up tremendously and promised well for tomorrow. After dinner went round to Union College & addressed the students — not a very well behaved lot, particularly the girls. Got nothing of any value from them but Mrs Franklin sang me a beautiful version of Two Sisters which she had learned in her home at Ohio. Very tired on our return. Weather cold, wet & cheerless.


1: Union College, founded in 1879. Affiliated with the United Methodists.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 136. Tuesday 8 May 1917 - Barbourville

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After breakfast went out for a long tramp in atrocious mud along the road we went on Sunday morning. Called on several cabins, Mrs Sutton, Banvaver[?], & Adams, but got nothing. Mrs Adams however gave us the names of one or two singers. They were all very friendly in the mountain manner and our visits were very pleasant though abortive so far as songs go. We returned at noon and after a hurried lunch went off again to our singers. Mrs Alice Sloan tried to keep children away & succeeded except for Mrs Poff’s little girl who squalled incessantly. Mrs Broughton the mother, a dear old lady, sang most of the songs being the fount & origin of them. Returned at 3.30 dreadfully tired. After a short rest looked through & posted proofs which had arrived in the morning then began writing out tunes, adjourning at 6.45 for dinner. Wrote Campbell & Norman Wilkinson.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 137. Wednesday 9 May 1917 - Barbourville

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In the morning we went round to rout out a Mrs Delie Knuckles. After going to her former residence (and having a formal visit with her former hostess) we struck her present dwelling. Wouldn’t sing then — too busy, washing — but promised to do so tomorrow at 5. Then on to a Mr Ben Henson, a nice good-looking farmer chap of about 35, who by mere chance happened to be home. He gave me a beautiful version of B[arbara] Allen & promised to sing tomorrow night after dinner. At 12.30 we went again to the Broughton-cum-Sloan group and got several more good songs. On return found a lot of proofs awaiting me — only 2nd or 3rd proofs alas! — After a rest & some tea, did the proofs and posted them myself at 5 p.m. special delivery. At 6 went to the Franklin’s to dinner. Found them very friendly & hospitable. Rather like a slightly older & more sophisticated version of Storey & his wife of Mt Smokey! They entertained us pleasantly and it was a nice evening. But I am very tired & feel far from well.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 138. Thursday 10 May 1917 - Barbourville

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Felt very rotten on waking up and decide to spend a quiet morning at home. First wrote up my tunes gathered yesterday, then wrote a few letters including one to Aldrich. After lunch went round to the Sloan’s, or rather on this occasion to Mrs Broughton’s house where I got another 10 or 11 interesting tunes including a first rate Frog song and a Cock Robin, & curiously enough, a Cuckoo Song. Returned home feeling very seedy indeed and lay on my bed for an hour or two. Took my temperature 101 and got into bed. Clearly in for another attack of the infernal Flue or Grippe as they call "it" in these parts — From the way it starts it bids fair to be a pretty bad attack.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 139. Friday 11 May 1917 - Barbourville

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Slept much better than I expected, but of course feel very ill on waking. Temp[erature] still up, & remains up all day, somewhere about 100, rising in the late afternoon a degree or more. Feel very depressed for it is clear this puts a stopper on further collecting — at any rate it puts out of court any possibility of doing Manchester, Oneida, & Clay Co, and I fear I am in for another few years of susceptibility to Grippe like the awful years 1894-1906.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 140. Saturday 12 May 1917 - Barbourville

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Temperature very persistent. Some headache behind right eye and sometimes extending down right side of face, as I had at Harrogate. In fact attack similar except that it is more constant & persistent in the matter of temperature and there is no cold or cough — thank goodness. Very depressed at the smashing up of all my hopes & projects. But for this infernal disease this would have been pretty nearly a record week. Maud most devoted. Camping out in my room every night and does everything she can think of to help me. The Proprietors of the Hotel, Brothers Beales are most kind & helpful. The Hotel is a very second rate affair but they do what they can to accommodate me.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 141. Sunday 13 May 1917 - Barbourville

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No better. Temperature remains about the same. I eat nothing of course, and am feeling dreadfully weak. In afternoon call in a doctor Dr Logan — after consulting Mr Franklin over the telephone. He gave me some very powerful purgatives and promised to see me again tomorrow. Feeling very ill & hopeless. Change into a better room — next to Maud’s — in the afternoon. It is larger & more airy and the bed is not jammed up against the window[?] as in the other one. This Maud worked through the Beales.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 142. Monday 14 May 1917 - Barbourville

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Wake up feeling very weak but with less headache. D[octor] came after breakfast and says I am a bit better. Thinks temperature will not rise so much today. Hope he will prove a true prophet! Alas the temperature not only rose, but much higher than before. Indeed I had a really bad bout of fever with rigor[?] from 3p.m. till 11p.m.. The Dr wouldn’t come round nor did he suggest anything to relieve the fever mainly apparently because it would interfere with his diagnosis! Clearly the patient is made for the doctor in these as in other parts of the world.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 143. Tuesday 15 May 1917 - Barbourville

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Wake up feeling very weak after a disturbed and I expect semi-delirious night. But curiously enough my head is clearer intellectually than it has been for some time. Perhaps that fever bout yesterday was the last & worst kick from the fiend! D[octor] seems to hesitate as to whether I am down with typhoid, or grippe, or what he calls auto intoxication. Is going to call in another doctor tomorrow. Maud wires Campbell who wires back that he is coming here and will arrive 7.30 tomorrow. In the afternoon Dr Logan turns up accompanied by another brother saw- bones, ironically named Albright, a good-natured, smiling , rather old, and obviously stupid person who examines me and makes non-commital platitudes. Anyhow I feel a bit better and wire Campbell to postpone departure till he hears from us in the morning. Temperature rises again in the evening, not so severely as heretofore, but sufficiently to leave me like a chewed rag, in which state I embark on another night.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 144. Wednesday 16 May - Barbourville

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Feeling very ill, but on the whole a trifle better. Wire Campbell to come down if he can do so without any personal inconvenience. He wires later that he will arrive tomorrow at 1.30 accompanied by Dr Packhard who by chance was with him when my wire arrived. I have a lot of proofs to go through and in the afternoon early Maud gets Mrs. Knuckles to come round to sing to me. I take down five rather nice ones including a curious version of Lady Maisry which adds to my "Child" finds. I get off all the music proofs — quite a lot — but hold back the Introduction. I have practically no fever at night and am beginning to eat a little. When I shall be even decently strong again it is impossible to say but it must be a long time even if I do not get another attack which I am practically sure to do.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 145. Thursday 17 May 1917 - Barbourville

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A fair night, but always feel most seedy in the morning. Mail letters came yesterday and I re-read these and begin work on reading proof of Introduction. Campbell & Packhard turn up at 2 and I see a good deal of them in the afternoon. P. seems I think to favour Grippe theory and I expect he is right though probably I have had some other poison as well. Find it rather tiring to talk with my friends and am glad to be alone in the evening. My temp[erature] keeps down but is continually straying up a point or two. I do not feel I have done more as yet than arrest the attack. We discuss plans. Packhard wants to take me off to Berea tomorrow and look after me on the journey, but I veto this not feeling capable of the necessary exertion — I have not been out of bed yet!

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Friday 18 May 1917 Barbourville After breakfast I made a great effort and got up, dressed and tottered downstairs escorted by Dr Packhard. Then with his help I went over to the barber’s and got 8 days beard removed, then went up to my room again, had lunch and rested. After tea I came down again and sat in the hall where it was much cooler and I got away from the smells of the painting that was going on on the top floor. We discussed plans and decided to make a dash for Berea in the morning Campbell telephoning to get us rooms and deciding together with Packhard to wait & see us through our journey. Maud packed all the evening while I lay in bed quite exhausted after my effort. In the morning Mrs Knuckles came in before I got up and gave me a few more songs. Weather distressingly hot which makes me perhaps feel my weakness more than ever. I never remember being such a crock.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 147. Saturday 19 May 1917 - Barbourville — Berea College, Kentucky

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Dressed soon after 9 and then at 10 motored with the Dr [Packhard] & Maud to the station C[ampbell] going ahead to see after baggage. We caught the 10.15 to Corbin changed there and after a very hot, stiflingly hot and wearisome journey — we stopped at every station — arrived at Berea at 1.15. Had lunch & then to my room. Tried to lie down but it was too hot. So had some tea & then came downstairs and sat in the verandah till dinner time. Campbell & Packhard went & called upon President Frost and rooted out particulars about singers. After dinner sat in verandah till 10 p.m. said good bye to Dr [Packhard] & Campbell who were going to catch midnight train back to Asheville. I completely collapsed when I reached my room where the heat was intense. Unless I can get a better room tomorrow I must go elsewhere.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p148)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 148. Sunday 20 May 1917 - Berea

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Woke up feeling very tired, but after breakfast in bed got up got up and went out into verandah. Then wrote up tunes in my books till lunch, after which I rested in my new & better room. After tea I finished writing out my tunes & then wrote to Miss [Peggy] Scovill and then again to verandah for dinner. Afterward some students came & sang 3 good tunes to me after which I addressed the company & Maud & I sang The Cruel Mother — Then talked to several people and finally went and had my pipe in the verandah talking to Miss Child (daughter of Prof[essor] Child) and Mrs Embree whose husband is Sec[retary] of Rockefeller Trust in N[ew] York! Two rather influential women if I could only get on the right side of them! To bed feeling certainly better though still very weak and good for nothing.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 149. Monday 21 May 1917 - Berea

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Weather very hot but rather better night in my new room. After breakfast make friends with some people of the name of Henry from Louisville. Miss Violet Henry sings me some very interesting songs which she learned as a child on her grandfather’s knee, the grandfather having come from Virginia. After dinner Mrs Vanhook sings me a few fairly good ones. My day is as follows. Breakfast at 7.15, sit on verandah, talk to people and try short walks till 10 when I lie down till dinner at noon. A pipe and a short walk in the verandah and then to bed till 3.30 when Maud makes me tea. Write up tunes etc or letters or sit on verandah till supper at 6, and then go to bed at 8. This evening President & Mrs Frost dine with us at the hotel and kindly promise to make better arrangements about my food with Miss Cameron who is a very ill-natured person who for some reason resents my being here. I have never spoken to her.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p150)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 150. Tuesday 22 May 1917 - Berea

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A very slow and uninteresting day. The weather is breaking up, storms etc. and it is getting rapidly cooler. I try to get in touch with Prof[essor] Smith & Rayne but it is difficult. The latter comes & sees me for a few minutes in the morning and I return him his MSS. He leaves some more of his collection for me to look through but it contains very little of any value — very largely made up of modern stuff quite worthless. He has a little more discrimination than Smith which is about all there is to be said. In the evening after dinner Droghan comes in & sings me a few more songs. He is a mountain boy but is now only interested in things that contain "great thoughts" and regards the fool songs as something far beneath his intellectual notice!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 151. Wednesday 23 May 1917 - Berea

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In the morning Maud and I walk to the Carnegie library & have an interesting talk with librarian. A very poor collection of ballads and not a single volume with music. Then feeling still no better although weather is now quite cold, 50 or lower, call in Dr Packhard’s friend Dr Cowley the College Dr. He examines me very thoroughly and thinks I have had mild tubercle for 20 years or more thus accounting for recurrent attacks of Flue in the past and the present. Strongly advises X-ray on my chest. Prepares to inject arsenic into me, but I promptly veto this. A nice, clean & sincere man but like all doctors full of one idea — in his case incipient tuberculosis from which he suffers himself. In the afternoon Miss Lilian Ogle and Miss Mayene Baker come in & sing me some songs.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p152)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 152. Thursday 24 May 1917 - Berea

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Weather still very cold. At last my mail arrives from Asheville — have had nothing for 6 days. Letters from home very pleasant reading. No less than 5 packets of proofs from Putnam’s which occupy me all day — get them all off except one (Introduction) in the evening. In the afternoon 3 students come in & sing very nicely. The only ones of use to me here are those who have just come in from the mountains and are beginning their course. They are nice girls and sing prettily. Am asked to address Faculty tomorrow night at 7.30. No further calls from Smith nor Rayne! Every one seems to shun me. Weather gets warmer in the evening. I am much about the same with about as much strength as a mouse!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p153)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 153. Friday 25 May 1917 - Berea

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Feeling rather seedy again, and temperature goes up ominously in the afternoon. However, nothing comes of it, and it soon goes down again to about a degree below normal, where it seems to like to sit more than anywhere else! Three students — the Hyltons & Moseley — come in in the afternoon & give me several songs. In the evening I address the Faculty, President Frost in the chair, and evidently interest them a good deal in my estimate of the ballads and of the mountain people. Professor Raine — hitherto rather snuffy — now adopts a most humble manner. I think they classed me before they knew me with Wyman, Brockway, McGill & that crowd!1 Find speaking rather tiring, but less so than I expected. Talked, sitting down, for the best part of an hour, ending up with songs.


1: Loraine Wyman (1855-1937), Josephine McGill, song collectors in Kentucky whose work was contemporary with or predated Sharp’s.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p154)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 154. Saturday 26 May 1917 - Berea

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A very busy day. Attend chapel at 9.30 and address students afterwards singing 3 or 4 songs. Makes a considerable stir and various students call on me during the day to sing to me. Mrs Frost brings Mr Baker round to sing to me together with a gift of honey in the comb. The honey of better quality than the songs! Prof. Raine dines with me and we have a long discussion afterwards about ballad singing at Berea. Also Miss Scotton[?] & Miss Jamieson call on me in the evening and we talk on verandah, the former showing me her dulcimer of three strings tuned in octave A. Weather very windy, but hot & muggy nevertheless.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 155. Sunday 27 May 1917 - Berea

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Mr J. L. Baker came in after breakfast and sang me some songs. Spent the morning writing up tunes, sitting in the verandah and resting on my bed. Mr Rigby the music director here lunched with me and we discussed Amherst and I strongly advised his being one of the President’s nominees. At 4 p.m. Mrs Frost drove us in a motor to a Mr Kinnard who sang me several songs but nothing very startling. Spent a quiet evening and had a bath before going to bed. Weather hot but boisterous. Do not seem to be getting much stronger yet. I finished off proof of Introduction and posted it to Putnams.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 156. Monday 28 May 1917 - Berea

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A lot of proofs arrived. I looked them through at high pressure in the morning and got them off to Putnams by the 1 o’clock post — record time! In the afternoon Miss Corwin[?], the librarian called for us and we went down to interview Mrs Talithah Powell, in the Hotel Bus! She sang me some good songs including Bailiff’s Daughter of Islington. At the end of the séance her sister started a prayer meeting, praying herself, followed in succession quickly by her brother who especially commended us to the Almighty for the "profitable" work we are doing! I was in deadly fear that the prayer making would extend to me but happily I was spared this ordeal and indignity. Prof[essor] Raine dined with us. We breakfasted with the President who consented to find money for Berea Ballad book. He is quite interested & asked me to address Faculty again on Wednesday.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 157. Tuesday 29 May 1917 - Berea

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Maud and I with Prof[essor] Raine walked round to a Mrs Hayes in the morning. She sang only one song of any value but promised to "stud" up some more for tomorrow at 4p.m. In the afternoon paid a visit to Mr Ehrenberg’s[?] "Log Cabin", the shrine of the weaving, basket making etc. All Arty & Crafty of the worst kind. Several people there including President & Mrs Frost and Bradley the mountain litterateur whom I met at my lecture in Boston in April. He is an interesting man. He dined with us and we talked long while afterwards in the verandah. Weather hot and not very pleasant.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 158. Wednesday 30 May 1917 - Berea

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Maud and I walked round after breakfast to see Mr Combes who sang me several nice songs. Finished writing up my tunes before lunch. After rest wrote several letters, including one to Constance, sent off cable to her "Accept" concerning Novellos’ book of songs for Training Colleges. At 4 p.m. went to Raine’s office to meet Mrs Hayes who gave me one more song. Miss Stoton also sang me Golden Vanity and a Mr Flannery several others. In the evening I addressed the Faculty — a very full meeting. Didn’t talk very well, but managed to get a good deal said in some sort of fashion. Very tired when I went to bed after a very warm sultry day. More thunder brewing and a stormy night before us.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 159. Thursday 31 May 1917 - Berea — Pineville

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It blew a great gale again in the night and rained torrents with the result that air is a little cooler. Packed after breakfast for our journey to Pineville at 12.40. Talked with Miss Corwin[?], Mrs Duncan, Raine etc. Several students came in in the morning and I took some good songs from Maud Kilburn and Ollie Huff. Went & said good bye to the President who told manager of Hotel to remit the payment of my personal expenses — an unexpected courtesy. Directly after lunch at 11.45 went down to station in motor, Bradley accompanying us and left by the 12.40. Changed at Corbin and reached Pineville at 5 p.m., glad to get to our old rooms and a comfortable hotel once again. Weather very hot in the morning and fairly warm on the journey, but it seemed a bit cooler at Pineville. Sat out in the cool on the verandah after dinner till bed-time.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 160. Friday 1 June 1917 - Pineville

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Maud went out after breakfast to follow up some clues while I wrote up my tune books and wrote several letters. A terrific thunderstorm broke at 11, and a large piece of my ceiling fell down, on the bed — not the one I sleep in — Fortunately although only a few feet away none of it fell on me! Maud returned at dinner time with satisfactory results and it looks as though we may get on to some new singers here. After tea we go out to see two of these but get nothing, one of them — Mrs Thompson — being out and the other not any use. Weather very hot but it is always cool here evening & morning and as we have 7.30 breakfast we get a good deal of the cool morning.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 161. Saturday 2 June 1917 - Pineville

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Breakfast early and then sally forth to our old friends Mrs Townsley & Mrs Wilson who were ready to hug us with delight if we would have submitted! They had heard that a man & woman had been arrested for spies at Middlesboro and all their neighbours assured them that we no doubt were the criminal couple. Mrs Wilson nearly came to Middlesboro to see if she could help us! They gave us 7 good songs and a Mrs Lawson a beautiful version of The Cuckoo. Weather stifling. I found the walk very trying mainly because of the intense & close heat — 85 in the shade. A heavy thunderstorm at 5 a.m. this morning, and another at 3 p.m. After the latter had cleared off we went out and caught Mrs Thompson at home and took 3 songs from her, including a beautiful dorian version of Mrs Tom Price’s[?] Cruel Ship’s Carpenter tune. My temperature keeps consistently subnormal. Tonight it is only just over 96!!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 162. Sunday 3 June 1917 - Pineville

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Wrote letters all the morning to Campbell, Rabold, Packhard, Krehbeil, Shaw, Peabody, etc while Maud went out to follow up two clues of singers at Wallsend. She found one woman died last week and the other had gone away for a holiday! In the afternoon after tea we called on Mrs Field and her grandaughter sang to us, also an Aunt — quite a pleasant little party. Then I went to call on Mrs Sharp and give her the photograph I took of her children. A poor dinner and then early to bed, feeling very seedy again. My teeth are beginning to bother me and the heat is intense. Two heavy thunderstorms today, so much cooler — though very damp in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 163. Monday 4 June 1917 - Pineville

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Woke up with another, a front tooth beginning to ache. Didn’t sleep very well. Went round to Mrs Townsley & Mrs Wilson after breakfast, first looking through and getting off some proofs. Got several songs and returned home at 11, very tired, chiefly I think because of the great heat. Lie down till lunch, and lie on my bed pretty nearly all the afternoon. Look through some more proofs at 5, & send them off. Do not feel much like going to Barbourville tomorrow as arranged, but we make plans to go by the 9.36 train, telephoning to Mrs Franklin. I go to bed very soon after dinner, feeling good for nothing. My teeth still bother me.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 164. Tuesday 5 June 1917 - Pineville

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Had a long and apparently a good night, but feel so weak that after breakfast sitting on the verandah we decide to give up Barbourville and make tracks for Hot Springs tomorrow by the 4 a.m. train. Lucky we decided to do this for directly afterwards my front tooth suddenly began to ache violently necessitating a hurried visit to the dentist who very cleverly patched it up and stopped the aching. It is clear I must have my teeth properly seen to so decide to give up projected stay at Hot Springs & go direct to Asheville tomorrow. Wire Campbell accordingly. Mrs Wilson comes in in the afternoon to tea, and sings to me. Then I write up my books & Maud packs.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 165. Wednesday 6 June 1917 - Pineville — Asheville

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Called at 3 a.m. No water (except a single pail of it) because water supply in this individualistic community is cut off between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. However, make tea & wash after a fashion and catch 4.10 train, arriving at Middlesboro 4.50. Breakfast (!!) there at 5.30 and catch 6 train for Knoxville arriving at 9, where owing to 8.30 being late we catch a train for Asheville immediately and arrive there at 3 p.m. instead of waiting at Knoxville as we expected to do till 4, and getting to Asheville at 11 p.m. Campbell met us and after looking around take rooms at Grove Park Inn, a very wonderful and crazy sort of place where however we shall get clear & good air and wholesome and well cooked food, and those are what I am after for the moment. Weather piping hot but I stood journey wonderfully — considering.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 166. Thursday 7 June 1917 - Asheville

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Yesterday I asked Campbell to make an app[ointment] for me with a good dentist. This he did. Accordingly I go down and see Dr. Sinclair at 11.30. He said the six front teeth must come out — the sooner the better — and that he will try & fix me up with new sets, top & bottom, by Sunday next. Decide to have extracting done at 10.30 next morning. Then home to lunch and at 3 going out to Campbell’s new Log Hut in West Asheville, where we had tea and showed Mrs Campbell the songs we had collected on last trip. Had a nice chat & a pleasant afternoon getting back to our Inn at 8, in time for dinner, and to hear organ recital & see Movies afterwards. A curious set of people here. All very rich & respectable. Contrast between Grove Park Inn and Central Hotel Sevierville, pretty striking!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 167. Friday 8 June 1917 - Asheville

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I faced the 2 doctors at 11 and had the teeth all out. But I never got properly under the influence of the gas, owing, I believe, to the bad & clumsy way in which it was administered, consequently it was a very painful business and I suffered a great deal from shock. The gums bled all day and all night and I had rather a miserable time of it altogether. Sinclair took a plaster mould of lower jaw and promised to put in teeth there tomorrow morning. Weather cooler, thunder storms etc and everything seems favourable except my unhappy condition owing to the operation this morning. However, it is a relief to know that the worst is over!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 168. Saturday 9 June 1917 - Asheville

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To the dentist again in the morning to have a mould taken of the upper jaw, and to have the lower plate fitted — rather a nasty business. Sinclair promises to fit the upper plate either this afternoon or tomorrow morning — later on he telephones me to come tomorrow. The lower plate feels very peculiar but I feel I shall soon get used to it. Back to lunch. At 3.15 Campbell comes in and has tea with us and stays till 5.30. I have not yet met Mrs Crane who is staying at this Inn nor the crazy proprietor Mr Seely whom I am told, if I could engage his interest, might be inclined to help me financially. This Hotel is a fad of his, built & given to him by his father a man who made a fortune with a patent medicine.1


1: The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, was opened in 1913 by Edwin W. Grove and his son-in-law Fred L. Seely.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 169. Sunday 10 June 1917 - Asheville

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To the dentist again at 10 a.m. and am fitted with a new set of teeth for my upper jaw. At first it seemed impossible that I could ever talk again with any distinctiveness of enunciation but after practising a little and finding the difficult consonants I improve wonderfully and so rapidly that by the evening I believe I could have lectured had I been called upon to do so. the Campbells come to lunch and stay to tea and we have a very pleasant reunion. I am getting very sick of this idle, rich sort of life, and am wondering how I am going to stick it through the present week. I suppose the rest in such healthful conditions is good for me — but I hate it none the less on that account!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 170. Monday 11 June 1917 - Asheville

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Decide to take a day off from the dentist to-day! Dictate letters to Putnam etc in the morning. In the afternoon go to the Perry’s where we meet the Campbells. Maud and I sing several songs and I play through my draft accompaniments which meet with very general approval. Get back in time for dinner at 8.30. Weather hot but not unpleasant. Am getting better in myself but very it takes very little physical exercise to knock me up. Have a good appetite.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 171. Tuesday 12 June 1917 - Asheville

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The lower plate hurting one of my teeth I go again to dentist. When he has put it right he proceeds to finish me off, first scraping tartar from teeth in lower jaw, then polishing them up to look nice — as good as new — and finally stopping the eye tooth in upperjaw. All very unpleasant but not actually painful. It was an immense relief when at the end of it he said there was nothing more to be done! I could hardly believe it. Home to lunch and a rest after. After tea Maud went to see Campbell while I sat in the verandah and put modal indices to my mountain tunes.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 172. Wednesday 13 June 1917 - Asheville

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My lower plate hurts more than ever so that I cannot use it. As Campbell had asked me to lunch to meet Revenel, I went down a little early and saw Sinclair who on the second attempt succeeded in making it all right — apparently. Then to lunch with Revenel, a Huguenot lawyer with property at Highlands, in N. Carolina. He gave me a good deal of information and seemed so interested in my discoveries that he suggested I should speak before a literary soc[iety] of which he is President — The "Pen and Plate" tomorrow night — to which I agree if it can be arranged. He telephones later on to say all is arranged. In the evening after dinner I have a long talk with Mrs Crane about Russia, Y.M.C.A. and other exciting questions. Maud seedy all day but better in the evening. Wire Algonquin that I arrive on Sunday & leave here on Sat[urday] aft[ernoon].

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Sharp diary 1917 page 173. Thursday 14 June 1917 - Asheville

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Thunderstorm brewing in the morning. I sit in the verandah writing letters etc while Maud goes to Campbell to get mail, arrange about reservations for Saturdays journey etc. At noon we give Mrs Crane and her daughter a little private talk and concert concerning the mountain songs. Very nice old lady whose vision is limited by Y.M.C.A. affairs! Spend a quiet afternoon, resting & looking through proofs and then after dinner go down to the Manor Park Hotel and lecture to the Pen & Plate Club for 2 hours or more. Find to my satisfaction that I can talk as easily and as clearly with my new teeth as I used to with my old ones! and that 4 days only since I was fitted with them. Mr Hayes with Campbell motor us back to the hotel where we arrive about 11.30, have some milk & go to bed!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 174. Friday 15 June 1917 - Asheville

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Spend a quiet morning on the verandah smoking and writing in lovely bright and cool weather. Maud goes down to the dentist while I interview a man from the Asheville Times who wants to put an article in next Sunday’s paper or the week after. Westray Battle comes to lunch and introduces me a flame[?] of his own a Mrs Liddell, rather a pretty woman. Campbell turns up to tea, all agog about last night’s lecture and the impression that it made on his friends! Mrs Campbell comes later on and we all dine together. They go rather early which gives us a little spare time to pack before we turn in. Weather quite cold to-day but fine & bright. Max[imum] temp[erature] only 64! Have to ask for a third blanket before going to bed! What a changeable climate this is!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 175. Saturday 16 June 1917 - Asheville — New York

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Finish off packing after breakfast and prepare to get away to Campbell’s office for a farewell visit. Weather colder than ever. Call on Campbell and see the dentist for the last time and get him to make an adjustment and give me the name of a dentist who will do the same for me in N[ew] York, if required. Bring Campbell back to lunch and catch 3.45 train. Mrs Crane & her daughter in the train as far as Washington. Have a talk with her in the evening and say good bye, as she leaves the train early tomorrow before we get up.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 176. Sunday 17 June 1917 - New York

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A fair night and a nice breakfast — much nicer than the dinner last night which was in a Southern dining-car and very so-so, as all Southern things are. Arrive at New York at 1 p.m., drive to the Algonquin where we have lunch. Then a rest and begin unpacking boxes left behind here — our own trunks arrive in the evening. Empty mine in order that I may send trunk to be mended tomorrow. Go to bed rather early after writing several letters to tell people we are here. Miss Gilman came in & we had a long chat in the evening. N[ew] York about as cool as Asheville.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 177. Sunday 23 June 1918 - New York

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So cold that on getting up I arrayed myself in a winter suit with undervest and pants — March attire. A hardish ground frost not many miles from N[ew] York. Wrote a long & careful letter to Winthrop Rogers about my ballad book in the morning. Gowing resplendent in private’s uniform (at least as good as any officer’s) is staying here & called on us in the morning. He gave our lunch to the Gilmans downstairs, Rabold unfaithfully crying off. We had a nice talk at lunch and a longer one afterwards up in our room. After tea Mr Lioll Suete[?] the actor- manager called on me about the music & dances of a pageant-play he is to produce in the autumn. Had a long talk with him about Barker, Benson and other mutual friends. Iden Payne dined with us. He goes to St Louis to direct a pageant there on Tuesday, poor devil. We hope he will avoid the tentacles of the arch-fiend Le Beaune! After dinner he came up to our room and we sang & talked to a late hour. He is a very good friend of ours and it was nice to see him again.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 178. Monday 24 June 1918 - New York

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Called at 6.30 — early breakfast and then to the opening of the school in 93rd St[reet]. Our worst fears realized when only 5 or 6 students turned up, increased to 9 or 10 as the day went on. Rabold was at White Plains all day superintending the postponed pageant but Maud and I were more than enough to attend to the needs of our little flock. I took two Morris Classes, a C[ountry] D[ance] Class & Sword class and of course the singing class but didn’t talk — it seemed so unnecessary. Whether more will come or not I don’t know but expect not. Maud and I discuss whether we ought to advise the stopping of the school and on mentioning this to Miss Gilman agree to discuss the matter again on Wednesday. Weather beautifully bright but quite cool, not to say cold in the morning. Found the first day in harness very tiring and of course the failure of the venture was very depressing. It is bad enough for us but infinitely worse for poor Miss Gilman for whom I feel deeply sorry. This is not the country for an artist to exploit. Its taste is shown by its predilection for Rag Time, Bunny Hugs etc.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 179. Wednesday 20 June 1917 - New York

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Looked through proofs and took them to Putnam’s together with the map which Campbell had sent me. Had a long talk with Savage who was much more civil now that I went to him and not S. W. Putnam of whom he is clearly very jealous. He says book ought to be ready by September. The printers are going rather faster but I do not think he will prove a true prophet. Rested after lunch and then did a couple of hours harmonizing at Grays, dining with Maud at old English place in 43rd St[reet]. Weather warmer than yesterday but quite bearable.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 180. Thursday 21 June 1917 - New York

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Began Gilman week with classes 10-11.30 and lecture till 12. I taught a couple of dances and Maud did the rest. Home at 12.30 when we lunched. Maud went to dentist at 3.15 to have her tooth out and I accompanied her — it all went off pretty well. Classes again from 5-6, Maud & I sharing the work. Have a long talk with Mr Hills who foreshadows an engagement at Albany. Hough comes to dinner — rather late, 7.45. After dinner we go out to see illuminations in honour of Italian War Commission then return home and talk till nearly midnight when we roll into bed very tired! Weather much hotter.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 181. Friday 22 June 1917 - New York

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Miss Gilman again 10-12 and I get thro’ my second lecture with fair credit. Dr Wilson comes after and talks. Then to do some more proofs and entertain Miss Beiderhaze to lunch at Algonquin. Finish proofs after lunch, a short rest, tea at 4, take round proofs to Putnam’s and see proof of Map. Promise to see printed proof on Tuesday. Class as usual in afternoon. Dinner at Old English place in 43rd St[reet] then quiet evening at home & bed early. Weather very hot. This is the hottest day we have had in N[ew] York between 80 & 90. Miss Hamilton of Toronto came to class in the afternoon & we had a nice chat. She leaves tomorrow & wouldn’t dine with us.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 182. Saturday 23 June 1917 - New York

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Went out soon after breakfast, first correcting proofs for Putnam’s & returning them. Called on Everley at Rockefeller Foundation to discuss financial aspect of mountain work — not to much effect, alas! — then to Ames & Rollinson about certificates, leaving several with them & finally to the Swan Fountain people. Lunched in 6th Ave[nue], and after a rest went round to Grays and did 2_ h[ours] harmonizing. Returned in time to dress for dinner. Mr & Mrs Meredith dined with us and we went to his theatre in the evening. Saw 3 one-act plays, two of them very so-so, the 3rd, The Pariah, by Strindberg — very fine1.


1: Pariah, or the Outcast, play (1889) by August Strindberg (1849- 1912).

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Sharp diary 1917 page 183. Sunday 24 June 1917 - New York

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A very quiet day. Rather late breakfast. Wrote some music at Hotel and then went to Grays at 10.45 to harmonize till lunch. The Misses Gilman lunched with us. After tea and a rest I went to Gray’s again till 7, when Maud and I dined at Henri’s. Rabold came round in the evening and we talked till late. Weather for last 2 or 3 days stiflingly hot & very trying. A cooler change seems to be beginning now. My hay fever is also coming on, and is pretty bad to-night. Maud went out & got me some adrenaline.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 184. Monday 25 June 1917 - New York

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After the school in the morning go to Players Club to lunch with Iden Payne. Then home calling at Cross’s about my trunk which of course they have not returned as per promise. After school in the afternoon go to Brevoort Hotel to dine with Hough . I went round to his room after and spent a very pleasant evening chatting over the piano etc. I liked him this evening better than I have done before. He is a very nice fellow despite his rather priggish manner. But then he has been in the Consular service & he is very young. Weather very hot.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 185. Tuesday 26 June 1917 - New York

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Rabold lunched with us after the morning school. I then work at proofs, take them round to Putnams see & discuss proof of map and then go to afternoon school. Rabold dined with us at Algonquin & talks of breakfasting with us tomorrow morning! Terrible evening packing for tomorrow’s journey. I am thoroughly sick of trying to stow away my clothes in my various boxes. Weather very hot but not unbearable.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 186. Wednesday 27 June 1917 - New York — Boston

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Rabold breakfasted with us. Weather hotter than ever! Usual classes in the morning after which we all lunch with Rabold at new place in 40th St[reet] i.e., the Gilmans Maud & self. After a hurried return to Algonquin to finish off packing begin classes again at 2, and the conduct C[ountry] D[ance] certificate exam with 4 candidates all of whom pass very well. Then back to Algonquin for our small luggage & to settle up, & then to station where after having tea we leave at 5 p.m. for Boston. Arrive at 10.10 and taxi to Hotel Touraine where we get good if rather gorgeous rooms on same floor.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 187. Thursday 28 June 1917 - Boston

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Sleep very well and have breakfast at 8. Telephone Mrs Storrow who promises to come to lunch at 12.15. Then to Mrs Coolidge’s to interview Newfoundland maid. Latter no singer but I have interesting information about N[ewfoundland] singers. Return to meet Mrs S, who, instead of lunching with us drives us about in her motor in search of Lily. After vain travellings hither & thither for an hour we return — Mrs S to go back to the Girls Scout’s camp we to entertain Belden at Lunch and afterwards to discuss our recent songs. At 5 we go to Girls camp, have dinner there and afterwards talk, sing, teach songs & dances etc. To bed at 10.30. Very tired.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 188. Friday 29 June 1917 - Boston

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Write letters after breakfast to Constance & others. Then go to see Fischer of Ditson’s to arrange for some of my books to go to Amherst & to discuss new Mountain Song book. He tells me they are negotiating for an Agent in London probably Kling, admiss[?] who has bought Chester’s business in Brighton & is setting up in London in Breitkopf & Hartel’s place in London. After early lunch catch 1.40 for Amherst. Raining hard when we arrive but cooler thank Heaven. In the evening see Miss Flanders, unpack and settle in generally. Prospects of School very gloomy. Partly because of war, partly because Mrs Storrow spread rumours of my illness abroad, the number of students woefully small. Then too there has been actually no advertising.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 189. Saturday 30 June 1917 - Massachusetts Agricultural College

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[M.A.C.], Amherst1 Start school at 9. Only about 20 students. Lily not yet arrived — at Pageant in Boston — so content with 3 classes, Nora [Jervis] taking 2nd class, and Miss Chapin 3rd. Nice singing class & demonstration. Students though few in number excellent in quality and top class a really good one. Make many arrangements with Thompson, the professor of M.A.C. who takes Herd’s place, and Miss Flanders who is our Secretary. I lecture in the afternoon and everything goes very smoothly. We are quite comfortable at Cosby’s who look after us wonderfully well. I have the same rooms as last year but we have our meals here this year which is a far better and pleasanter arrangement.


1: Founded 1863. Now centre of University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 190. Sunday 1 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Breakfast at 8.30. Then sit, smoke & talk on verandah with Rabold & others till 11 when I work at my proofs till lunch at 1.30. After a rest and tea, Maud and I go a short walk and afterwards read till dinner at 6.30. After dinner Maud and I sang some mountain songs on the verandah to a chosen few and then after milk and biscuits go to bed early. Weather fairly cool and it looks as though there were going to be more rain. Country very beautiful. The view from the M.A.C. looking its best just now.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p191)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 191. Monday 2 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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The school went very well to-day though it is sad to see so few students. Maud’s class of 10 students is a fine one, but the other classes are feeble. Lily turned up yesterday so she is teaching. The delightful Peabody sisters motor us to & fro the school every day which is most kind of them & very helpful. I talked to day about ballet, aesthetic dancing etc, having on Saturday discussed the philosophy of folk art generally.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p192)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 192. Tuesday 3 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Nothing important to relate. The weather is very hot but not unbearably so. I sleep badly but feel quite well and well able to dance again which is a great delight to me. I lecture in the evening finishing off yesterday’s discourse and then describing origin of Sword dance. We have our meals at Cosby’s (where we rent our rooms) which is a much better arrangement than last year.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p193)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 193. Wednesday 4 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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This being the national holiday we only hold our morning session and adjourn for the afternoon one. There was a pageant on the common which I went to see for 5 minutes but it was so dull I left it. I had piles of proofs to look through and this occupied me all the afternoon 3.30-6.45. Maud went out with the Peabody party a picknicking. Rabold came in in the evening and I played him some of the accompaniments (I have recently been writing) on my piano here. In the morning I started teaching the Handsworth sword dance.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p194)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 194. Thursday 5 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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A perfectly lovely day, fine & bright but not too hot. School went very well in the morning — I continued the Handsworth and find I remember it wonderfully. In the afternoon we gave our first public demonstration to quite a large audience. It went very well and I danced in 6 or 7 country dances! The Steinbergs motored over for the afternoon.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 195. Friday 6 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Classes as usual. Resumed my lectures continuing discussion of Morris & Sword dances. Weather keeps wonderfully fine and nice. In the evening go to Movies with Charlotte and a bunch of students — great fun!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 196. Saturday 7 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Several new students I am glad to say and this brings our numbers up to nearly 30 which is fairly respectable. Maud ill and retires home after first class in the morning. I take her other classes as the day goes on. Meet Mrs Herd and Mrs Newlin on Common at 6 p.m. to discuss about demonstration on the 12th. Go to movies again in the evening with Charlotte etc and to drug store afterwards for drinks. Maud better.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 197. Sunday 8 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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A very quiet day. Breakfast at 8.30, look through two lots of proofs and write 8 or 10 letters to Mrs Storrow etc. Rest after lunch. Go walk with Maud after tea. Play tunes to select company on my piano in the evening. Maud got up about 11 a.m. and seems fairly well. Weather less sunny & rather cooler.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p198)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 198. Monday 9 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Usual classes. Decide to institute 4th class tomorrow as Lily’s class is too heterogeneous. Maud teaches Midsummer Night’s Dream Mound dance to her class to be performed at tomorrow’s demonstration. They learn it very quickly & seem to like it hugely. Campbell arrives and calls on me in the late afternoon but we fail to meet. Maud and I dine with Miss Scovill and spend quite an interesting evening — Rabold being other guest. Weather quite cold, and people complained of the wintry blasts when sitting out under the trees listening to my evening’s discourse.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p199)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 199. Tuesday 10 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Some little difficulty with Prof[essor] Thomson about rooms, but eventually straighten it out. Four classes in nice working order now. In the evening we did a demonstration in aid of the Red Cross on the Common in the town, doing amongst other things the M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] dance round a tree. Rain threatened all day and grass rather down[?] Ground lightens up. Danced from 7-8. Afterwards walked with Campbell & Miss Dame[?] to who is doing a pageant here and has rented a nice house for the year he has been here. Very pleasant evening with him & his family. Walked home about 10.30.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p200)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 200. Wednesday 11 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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A Miss Hewitt from Williamstown who had previously written to me arrived in the morning and arranged with me to give her a private singing lesson each day for 10 dollars, or 50 for the week including school fees. This will help our empty coffers a trifle. I give her first lesson to day. In the evening having come to an end with my talks about the 3 dances, I gave a lecture on Children’s Games, in the Chapel alas! as it was raining outside. Weather very dull and quite cold unusually so for this season of the year.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p201)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 201. Thursday 12 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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A very heavy day. I give Miss Hewitt her hour lesson during the morning country dance hour and practice Haxby with the demonstrators in sword dance hour. Display in Drill Hall in the afternoon a very good one. We did amongst other things, the M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] dance, Haxby and Step Stately, the latter a beautiful dance, going very beautifully. Herd Langdon & Campbell there and a very good audience. In the evening I lectured on Appalachian songs at Stockbridge Hall with lantern slides. Quite a successful little meeting and a nice audience of students & outsiders, the latter outnumbering the former.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p202)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 202. Friday 13 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Still very dull but getting hot again and we swelter in a very muggy damp heat. Hold senior exams in the afternoon and pass the three who come before us, Mrs Gibbs, the Misses Bolles & Foss — the first Advanced Certificates awarded in America. They are very good indeed. Shall probably have 4 more candidates for same exam next week. Gave Miss Hewitt her third lesson 5.15-6.15. Began a nasty headache in the afternoon doubtless from the heat, so did not go to the C[ountry] D[ance] ball at the Chapel.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p203)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 203. Saturday 14 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Maud not very well but is able to take her classes as usual. A few new students come in and about the same number leave — amongst the latter Miss Bolles whom we are all sorry to lose. Lecture on Chanties in the Chapel in the afternoon, Rabold illustrating. Dine with Professor Herd where I spend most pleasant evening meeting Prof. & Mrs Newlin and Prof. and Mrs Estey. A Thunderstorm bursts upon us when at dinner in the verandah but did not interrupt us. The more I see of Herd & his wife the more I like them.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p204)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 204. Sunday 15 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Very asthmatic & hay-fevery in the night — 4 a.m. At 9 I give Miss Hewitt her 5th lesson. Then have short confab with Peabody. Afterwards look through proofs till lunch. Catch 3.30 Trolley for Northampton where Miss Hewitt meets me and Taxi’s me to Mr Cable’s where we have tea in the garden. He is an interesting man and sings some Creole folk songs collected in Louisiana. Trolley home again rather late for dinner — write letters & go to bed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p205)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 205. Monday 16 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Weather very dull & showery. Classes as usual though unhappily we have lost 2 of our men Gowing and Wheeler. This reduces us to 3 which means I have to dance a good deal. The staff entertain Miss Skovill & Rabold to dinner — later Mrs Storrow just arrived from Boston, joins us. We have an English dinner, roast fowl, bread sauce etc! Lily made up a folk dance menu rather cleverly in which the fowl appeared as "Roast Black Nag". All very good fooling. Nice to have Mrs Storrow back again. Mrs Peabody has joined her daughters. I lecture on Modes etc in the late afternoon.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p206)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 206. Tuesday 17 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Weather brighter & hotter. I give Miss Hewitt her last lesson this evening. She is really very nice but horribly nervous and fearful of a mild person like myself! School quite up to previous weeks in numbers and in general interest. I lecture to day on Ballads, Maud and I singing a couple — The 2 sisters and Edward.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p207)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 207. Wednesday 18 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Weather cloudy & muggy. Everything as usual. Make great preparations for Demonstration tomorrow. Wheeler, our fourth man went away on Monday but is coming back tomorrow with the Kilborns. We practise, Lull me, Step Stately & Greenwood, especially, in all of which I have to bear a hand. I have danced more in this school than I have ever done before and feel fully capable of doing it.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p208)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 208. Thursday 19 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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Demonstration a great success. A very crowded hall and great enthusiasm although we did no sword dance. Rabold sang Spanish Ladies, Miss Kilborn Crystal Spring and W[illiam] Taylor, Wheeler, Jenny of the Moor & Sally my dear. We dine with Miss Freer at Davenports and then go on to C[ountry] Dance Ball where I dance every dance which — after my efforts at the demonstration is really rather an achievement. Very exhausted however when I get to bed.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 209. Friday 20 July 1917 - M.A.C., Amherst

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A very pleasant morning. We sang all our favourite songs; then I gave a little talk, summing up Summer School and called upon them to teach accurately and uphold the accurate dissemination of the dances which is after all the main purpose of the E.F.D.S. Then we did a good many dances in the way we knew best and afterwards for the fun of the thing Fifine [Peabody] & Mrs Gibbs did I’ll go & enlist, and Maud & Lily Bonnets [so Blue] — all to rapturous applause & laughter. Mrs Storrow & Lily departed for Plattesburgh in the afternoon after the exams at which we passed 4 advanced (Rabold Vichman, Louise Chapin & Fifine) 4 Elementary & 4 C[ountry] D[ance]. Rabold & Peggy Scovill dined with me — Maud going to the Herds. Finished packing & then to bed.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p210)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 210. Saturday 21 July 1917 - Amherst — New York

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A very hot day, unfortunately. Finished up everything and then motored to Northampton where we caught the 11.4 train and arrived at N[ew] York at 4 p.m., very glad to be back again. Got fairly nice rooms. Had several letters to attend to and then went out to dinner. After dinner, our boxes having arrived, we unpacked before going to bed. Miss Hinman & party called when we were out at dinner, & left a message asking us to sup tomorrow. I looked through proofs before going to bed. Weather almost stifling with heat & humidity. Cannot stay here longer than necessary, not later than Wednesday I hope.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p211)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 211. Sunday 22 July 1917 - New York

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Terribly hot. Breakfast at 8 wrote letters etc in the morning, rested after lunch when a terrific thunderstorm burst over N[ew] York, one of the fiercest I have ever seen, with hail & tropical downpour. After tea we went to supper with Miss Hinman near Columbia University where I had a bad attack of asthma and only got home with difficulty — probably because of the very humid & heavy air after the rain. I could hardly breathe for some hours till I got back and burnt some of my [....?] powder. Miss Foss & Miss Rout at supper. Quite a nice little party though very little to eat! Went to bed early.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p212)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 212. Monday 23 July 1917 - New York

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Early breakfast & then to Putnam’s about proofs etc. Called at Gray’s. Gray in N[ew] York but not at office. Then down town to Ames & Rollinson about certificates, to Waterman’s for a fountain pen for Maud & to Chambers’s for note books, paper, ink etc for mountains. Then had my hair cut. Miss Young came to lunch and had a nice talk with me afterwards in our rooms. Began sorting things for mountains after tea and then went round to Miss Gilman’s to dinner meeting Rabold & Dr Wilson. We danced several 4-C[ountry] dances & Rabold did some jigs. The weather is unbearably hot and we go about more or less head-achy all day long. No prospect of any change.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p213)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 213. Tuesday 24 July 1917 - New York

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After breakfast write letters and then at 11 to Arnold Shaw about lectures in November. At present he has very little for me, only one lecture for certain at Maddison N[ew] J[ersey] Nov[ember] 20th at 10.30 a.m. 50 dollars. The Brooklyn people want me for 2 lectures at same price. Call on Gray after; not a very pleasant interview. Lunch with Glenn at Century Club and have a most interesting talk with him. Home to rest & then tea. Go out to shop, taking trousers (white) to be cleaned, shirt to have cuffed & 2 evening shirts to be put right at Rasllers[?]. Bought new pair of walking shoes for mountains. Home to continue packing. Rabold was to have come to dinner but Emanuelson who is going to England calls on him & he has to put us off.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 214. Wednesday 25 July 1917 - New York

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Dr Schleiter of Pittsburgh came to breakfast with us. Afterwards, hearing that the Alta Pass Hotel was closed, we decided to change our plans and go direct to Asheville, cabling Campbell accordingly. Went to Putnam’s to give directions about the sending of proofs etc & received a large batch from them. Rabold came round about 11.30 and accompanied us to the station and saw us off by the 1.10. I looked through the proofs and got them posted at Washington — a great weight off my mind. Weather very hot & sultry and carriages hot & dusty.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p215)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 215. Thursday 26 July 1917 - Asheville, North Carolina

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Wake up feeling pretty cheap as usual after a night in the train. We arrive at Asheville at 10.55, Campbell meeting us and make our way to the Langren where we take rooms. After a wash, shave, bath etc we have lunch here Campbell joining us. At 3 we motor to the Campbells, at West Asheville, have tea there and take down a song from an old man Connor. Leave after 7, have late dinner and to bed, very tired indeed. Hotel fairly comfortable but very noisy at night. It was a long time before I go to sleep on account of the noise within & without the hotel — I don’t know which was worst.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 216. Friday 27 July 1917 - Asheville

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Called at 4.15, get to the station at 5.30 breakfast there & board the 6.10 train for Hot Springs, which however didn’t move out of the station till 7.10 — in true Southern fashion! On arrival call on Mrs Gentry & get 3 or 4 songs from her. Then on to Mrs House & Mrs Ellie Johnson who however were taken so unawares they could remember nothing! Made friends with Mrs Julie Williams, now living in Mrs House’s old Cabin, and got 2 good songs from her. Returned by 12.40 train (an hour late of course!) lunching in the train. After tea wrote up my books, and some letters. After dinner went to Movie show which was amusing.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 217. Saturday 28 July 1917 - Asheville — Balsam

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Get up pretty early in extremely hot weather. Pack, get tickets for Balsam, call on Dr. Sinclair (abortively) do some shopping and have a long talk with Campbell at his office concerning projected trip & other matters. He lunches with us and then we go to the station & catch the 3.20 train arriving at Balsam at 5.45, a very terrible journey, stuffy & hot, carriages overcrowded, while Engines poured coal dust & cinders by the bucket into the carriages. I never saw such a horrid mess nor got myself, hair, etc, dirtier. The curious thing was to notice the quiet unconcerned way in which the passengers accepted the situation — evidently inured to the devious ways of the Southern Railway! Got very decent rooms at Balsam Hotel, 5500 feet up, wonderful view. Few guests & those nice ones. Whiteside the manager quite a nice man.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 218. Sunday 29 July 1917 - Balsam, North Carolina

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Began prospecting directly after breakfast. First of all discovered that Mark Connor, brother in law of Zack Connor died last spring — just my luck! Why do old singers invariably disappear just before I hit upon them? Walked down Addy road. Call on Rufus Jones, nice people but no songs, and Mrs Addy Crawford, a dear old lady who sang me one tune & no more. In the late afternoon we prospect further and call on another Mrs Crawford and a Mrs Dills but it becomes increasingly clear that we have struck a very sophisticated place. They all say young people haven’t sung love songs for 25 years, or more. The whole neighbourhood has been dominated by religious & secular teachers & missionaries since the line was builded — probably[?] — i.e. 30 years since. Make plans to move on but decide to give up one day more to prospecting.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 219. Monday 30 July 1917 - Balsam

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Weather warmer than ever. We hear N[ew] York is making heat-records day by day! Tramp off in another direction, nice fine views — as magnificent mountain scenery as I have ever seen — but no singers. Call on John Jones brother of Rufus, and Mrs Miles and Mrs Crawford the latter singing me one or two goodish songs. Her two nephews play banjo & fiddle ([….?]) rather characteristically. In the evening we call on Mr & Mrs Medford down the line. He has been a good singer but not much use now. He confirms what we had already divined that love songs are on the decline in these parts. Mrs M said she had not taught them to her children because no one else did! Medford sang me 2 or 3 nice songs including version of Edward. In the evening after dinner Maud & I sing some of our ballads. Decide to move on to Sylva tomorrow.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 220. Tuesday 31 July 1917 - Balsam — Sylva

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Leave for Sylva in the morning arriving at 12. Had lunch and a rest and then called on Mrs McKee[?] who asked us to call in the evening when her husband would be home. She told us of Watson’s cove about 3 miles off whither accordingly we tramped — a very hard & warm walk, mainly up hill. When we reached the cove we found it peopled entirely by niggers!! All our trouble & spent energy for naught. In the evening a long talk with Mc Kee. He said Bushville & Fontana[?] no good and seemed to think that this line altogether too sophisticated an opinion which I was already arriving at. Suggested a few days at Almond where Mrs Carley[?] keeps a nice boarding house. We decide to go thither tomorrow.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 221. Wednesday 1 August 1917 - Sylva — Balsam

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Take the precaution of telephoning to Mrs Carley[?]. Lucky we did as she is full up and will be for several weeks. Proprietor of Commercial Hotel, our hostelry at Sylva, advises us to try the Mac’s Settlement, all MacMahan’s. We go there, a terrible walk about 5 miles, through Dillsboro. Heat almost intolerable and to make matters worse we found the Mac’s quite useless for our purpose. It now seems clear that this piece of country as "advanced" too far on the down grade towards sophistication and that we are wasting our time & money in staying here. On reaching Middlesboro we have drinks (lemon’s) at a drugstore, Maud has 3 I have 2! Then we get a motor back to Sylva, pack up our suit cases and return to Balsam — tails between legs!!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 222. Thursday 2 August 1917 - Balsam

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Decide to give the thing one more chance and go to Clyde to look up Medford’s relatives. Take train at 10.36, lunch at Inn and then walk off to Mrs Meg Shook, Medford’s sister. She takes us on to Mrs Haynes where they both sing to us the while a tremendous thunderstorm rages without. Get very little of any value, and their attitude to the songs etc confirms us as regards the futility of going any further in this part of the country. Coming out of Mrs Haynes cottage we find the creek a raging torrent leaping over the foot log we had passed in peace a few hours earlier. Had to take a circuitous route to station where as usual the train was 1_ hours late! Glad to get back to Balsam Hotel where I was so tired I went to bed at 9 p.m. Weather after storm much cooler.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 223. Friday 3 August 1917 - Balsam — Asheville

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Decide to return to Asheville & make for Barbourville. Maud ill, worse than usual. But we manage to get to Asheville somehow or other — a very hot and uncomfortable journey. Maud goes straight to bed and stays there all day. Heat worse than ever. People dying in N[ew] York & Boston by the score every day. Worst heat wave for 50 years. I go to Campbell’s office and do my proofs and dictate long letter to Putnam’s, about lettering on cover etc. Dine by myself at 7.45 and then get into my pyjamas and eventually get to sleep. We shall have to be very careful with this intense heat. I have never felt it so much since my last trip through the Red Sea!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 224. Saturday 4 August 1917 - Asheville

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Up betimes. See Porter about train. Find that by leaving 2.55 tomorrow for Knoxville & staying night we can get to Barbourville by 2.30 on Monday. Maud and I go shopping, she for a trunk[?] I for a white umbrella — both of us in vain. At 12.30 see Dr. Sinclair about my teeth. He adjusts lower plate and says my gums have not yet contracted enough for a new upper plate. Advises me to come back to him in 6 or 8 weeks time. Maud and I go to tea at Campbells and have a nice time there. On our return we dine at hotel & go to Movies — a very good show indeed. Neither of us is feeling particularly well — suffering from the heat of the last few days, I suppose.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 225. Sunday 5 August 1917 - Asheville — Knoxville, Tennessee

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Wake up very early, 5 a.m. with a sneezing fit — either hay fever or a cold, or a combination of both. After breakfast pack and send our trunks off to the station. Write several letters and after lunch catch the 2.55 for Knoxville. A terrible experience waiting for the train, herded about 150 of us like pigs in a stye, not even with the information that we were in the right stye! After nearly half an hour of this purgatory the train drew up and we were let out one by one through a narrow opening. The windows so dirty in the train that we could not see the mountain scenery. Heat almost unbelievable — no air. There we remained till 9 p.m. (8 central time) when we reached Knoxville and decamped to Hotel Atkin. How we lived through that night I shall never know. I am feeling very seedy, headache, asthma, & general lassitude.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 226. Monday 6 August 1917 - Knoxville — Barbourville

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Breakfast soon after 6. Weather just a little cooler for the moment. Then take train, 7.15, for Middlesboro arriving 10.15. By that hour sun was blazing again and having to wait at this new garish town till 12.40, we took refuge in a Drug Store, bought some provisions which we afterwards eat in the train. The final stage of our journey to Barbourville which we reached at 1.55 was as hot as hell! Got rather indifferent rooms — but the best available. With the aid of an electric fan rested awhile in my room, feeling very seedy. To add to my troubles my side is playing up again and I may be in for lumbago once more. After tea walk round to the Sloanes, only to find Mr Sudie Sloan had blown himself up with gunpowder and the family too upset to sing. Our luck has departed for the moment!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 227. Tuesday 7 August 1917 - Barbourville, Tennessee

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The sight of Sloan lying on a bed covered with burns and black with flies was not refreshing! Maud went to see them after breakfast and gave them (between us) 5 dollars. Called on Mrs Broughton who promised to come and sing to us tomorrow at 1 p.m. In the afternoon we called on Mrs Knuckles — senior & junior — but got nothing whatsoever out of either of them, nor out of Ben Henson whose "holy" brother was there and forbade singing! Last evening we called on Mrs Franklin — husband away — and found the doctors after her again. She having been relieved by them of her appendix, adenoids and tonsils was now suffering from Tb which they had only discovered by X-raying her at Cincinnati. When will the world rise up against this medical enslavement?

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Sharp diary 1917 page 228. Wednesday 8 August 1917 - Barbourville

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Having practically finished off our work here discuss next move. Maud advises Pineville for a week or more with a piano to harmonize songs for next week, where we can recuperate during the heat. I am still very slack and generally seedy with much asthma & lumbago. But Pineville can’t take us in, we learn by telephone! So we decide to risk Manchester, but alas Mrs Potter has no room for us! Our luck has not turned yet! Mrs Broughton & Mrs Poff turn up at 12.30 and I get some songs but nothing very exciting. The gatherings so far have been dismally disappointing and I am all for a dash on Manchester whatever the risk! Maud gradually comes round to this view more especially after her evening out with the Hotel Proprietor Beale, who escorts her to the Movies and then whispers sweet nothings at the Drug Store till a late hour.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 229. Thursday 9 August 1917 - Barbourville — Manchester

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Directly after breakfast — weather hotter than ever — we decide to go to Manchester by 2 p.m. train. Find we can get rooms — probably pretty bad ones — at Webb’s Hotel. Pack directly after breakfast and finish up generally, wiring to Campbell and getting directions at P[ost] O[ffice]. Just catch train by the skin of our teeth and then for 2_ hours sway from side to side, the timbers of the carriage creaking like a ship’s in a storm, and eventually lurch into Manchester in the middle of a terrific storm of thunder & drenching rain. Wait at station till over, and then walk to Webb’s hotel, get rooms of sorts, settle in and then sally forth to present letter of introduction to Walker the banker. He out, but his wife does the honours, a nice buxom woman with many children. Supper & to bed. Fare just eatable, fairly clean.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 230. Friday 10 August 1917 - Manchester, Kentucky

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Didn’t sleep well as night very chilly with a dank, clammy mist which swept through the windows and wire door of my little out-house. No blankets, only counterpane sheet and cotton quilt. Dress with cold water and not too much of it, at 6 and breakfast at 6.45. Call on Mrs Broughton’s sister — a nice woman but no singer. Make 2 or 3 blank calls and then on return make friends with Walker, Judge Lyttell and his father, Dr Manning etc and get hold of a singer, Ben Finlay who gives me a new Child Lizzie Wan, much to my delight. Unhappily he is leaving his home tomorrow for a few days. Am very asthmatic sneezy etc. Weather damp and hot in the day but very cold in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 231. Saturday 11 August 1917 - Manchester

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Wake at 6 after a very bad night. Cold mist etc much worse than previous night. I wake at 3 sneezing and wheezing. Burn powder but cannot get properly to sleep again. Am cold even under my three layers of bedding. After breakfast we sally forth to go up Little Goose Creek after Finlay but start wrongly directed and are wrongly directed all day and though we call at several places get no songs, nor singers and never get nearer than a mile and a half to Finlay’s house. Weather very hot, roads very rough, and I sneeze and run at the nose and wheeze with asthma every yard of the 7 or 8 miles we cover! Return at 3, get some milk and then sleep. After tea to druggist to get remedies. Square in front of Hotel crowded with lorries, men on horse & mule back and women & children from surrounding creeks. Am feeling very seedy and a little feverish. Evident the cold nights here don’t agree with me.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 232. Sunday 12 August 1917 - Manchester

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A very restless night but get up on the whole a little better. Cold left my nose & head and settled in my throat — hoarse as a crow. Pretty bad asthma, but night less cold & damp. Caught up arrears of correspondence in the morning, posting some 16 or 17 letters between us. In the afternoon at Manning’s invitation go to Walkers, where a large company of Mannings, Walkers & Lyttell’s meet us, gaze at us, and take stock of us generally! Maud sings, I croak a bit and play on out-of-tune piano to the interest if not exactly the admiration of the company! Go to bed early very tired & knocked up.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 233. Monday 13 August 1917 - Manchester

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After breakfast, weather being very hot decide not to go out and stay at home and write letters to Grove, Tet etc. Maud goes prospecting up Beach Creek but returns at 12.30 empty handed with poor report as to the people. They are evidently sophisticated here and are rapidly giving up the singing of folk songs although the country is extremely primitive. I am afraid we shan’t get much here. After tea we go along goose creek, call on Mrs Samples again and make friends with her mother Mrs Ellen Jones. These are real nice people but being "holiness" converts refuse to sing love songs. Tell us however of Mrs Polly Patrick a widow said to sing, and Mrs Cis Jones, Mrs Ellen’s mother. Decide to follow them up tomorrow.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 234. Tuesday 14 August 1917 - Manchester

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Maud not very well. This place is horribly insanitary and I am nervous about her. We go however to Goose Creek again, try Mrs Cis Jones with some result and then tramp 2 or 3 miles further on after the widow Mrs Polly Patrick. She sings some fairly good ones but owns she has not sung love songs for 25 years — "just like others about here" she adds ominously. Call on the Samples on our way back and at their suggestion on Mrs Cis Jones who they tell me used to sing Lamkin. She promises to study it and try to remember it for us. A very nice woman although an adherent of the Holiness sect. I am better — nights have been warmer, if days also — but I have a nasty hacking cough, throat rather than chest.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 235. Wednesday 15 August 1917 - Manchester

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Got hold of Campbell the jeweller to look at the hinge of my trunk which is broken. He tells me he can do nothing without a casting which I can only get from the manufacturers. I accordingly write to Hartmann’s for one. Spend the day making preparations for our journey to Onieda tomorrow. Maud is far from well and the heat and my cough does not make me feel very fit. Write a great many letters and pack my suit case with care as I may have to live on it for some time. Make friends with a Mr Glenn, a geologist, who knows the mountains very well and learn from him something about the more secluded and unsophisticated spots. He collects old weaving patterns. Shall be glad to leave Webb’s hotel for a while as the poor food, dirt and beastly manners of the travelling men who frequent the hostelry, especially in the matter of eating, rather get on one’s nerves after a while.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 236. Thursday 16 August 1917 - Manchester — Oneida

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Make a start in our jolt-wagon under the guidance of one William Sawyer at 8.15. The roads are just awful and the jolting indescribable! We first make a stop at Mrs Cis Jones who sings us a splendid version of Lamkin and several other fine songs assisted by Mrs Patrick and Mrs Nanny Smith who look in. Then we go on to Mrs Samples to say good bye. About half way a heavy rain comes on and Maud and I pay a call on Mr Jim Samples who sings us one or two nice songs and gives us dinner. Eventually after much jogging we arrive jolted, stiff & weary at Oneida. Miss Aldrich shows me my room, a very nice one and we settle in and make friends with the people here; Mr & Mrs Adams, the acting President, Mr & Mrs Walker, the business head are the chief ones.1 Food very spare & very indifferent. We shall find it hard to make a living if we stay long, but are lucky in having a friend in Miss Aldrich.


1: Oneida Baptist Institute, founded 1900 by James A. Burns.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 237. Friday 17 August 1917 - Oneida, Kentucky

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Breakfast at 5.30! and then start off, cross Goose Creek in a boat about 2 miles down the river and call on a Mr Geo Brewer, a garrulous old man of 70 who regales us with War Songs made by his father, but who knows nothing folk. Find people about here giving up folk-singing very much like the people about Manchester. Call on Mrs and her daughter Mrs Dora Robertson, nice people who give us dinner but utterly outside the folk- cult. Then to Mrs Sophie Annie Hensley and her daughter from whom we get good things including Johnnie Scot. On our return have to wait an hour or more to get ferried across Goose Creek! In the evening I address the students on the Campus and sing them many songs which seems to please everyone very much. Some of the students must surely know a good many songs.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 238. Saturday 18 August 1917 - Oneida

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After breakfast, singers begin to flock in as a result of last evening’s talk. First a Mr Nolan worker at the School who sings some and probably knows a good deal. Then 4 or 5 girls from whom I get something but not very much. This till lunch. Afterwards rest awhile as much as my cough will allow and then Miss Aldrich joins us at tea. We eat crackers from the Store here and marmalade a pot of which Miss A[ldrich] has given us. Maud & I then go out prospecting but get nothing — too weary to try very hard. Weather warm in day time but not unpleasantly so, and very cold at night. I use a double blanket and quilt which are none too much for warmth. Have a hot bath before going to bed. Find the scarce food rather trying. My cough is still troublesome and I have plenty of asthma.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 239. Sunday 19 August 1917 - Oneida

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Started off after Mrs Dan Bishop up Teges Creek directly after breakfast. Found her away on a visit and that we had had our trouble for nought! We called on Mrs Wilson hard by & found her nice though songless. Then we trudged up Crane Creek calling on innumerable Allen’s but getting nothing, not finding even a trace of what we were looking for. Everyone said that no one had been practising these songs for years. Then up Doyle Creek to find Lloyd Doyle who again was away from home. We trudged home about 4.30 very weary & hot and more or less famished with our pencils & books unused! Maud made me some tea and I drank 4 cups. In the evening after dinner we sang a lot of songs to the students on the campus.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 240. Monday 20 August 1917 - Oneida

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Started at 6.15 for the Hensleys only to find Mrs Hensley in bed — too ill to sing, alas! Our bad luck follows us! Her daughter Sophie Annie gave us what she could but it was nothing of any great value. We watched her sister do her Toilet & her hair, carefully adding a long spray of artificial stuff to the bun at the back. This cannot be said to be a primitive country! Miss Aldrich had tea with us. Did very little in the afternoon but took down a few songs from the students in the evening. This one of the hottest days we have had for some time and I have a very bad attack of asthma after dinner. Certainly not from indigestion as I only had a few crumbs of corn bread and a baked apple & water. We are being starved here. Miss Aldrich asked us to supper at 8 and we were glad of something to eat to enable us to sleep.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 241. Tuesday 21 August 1917 - Oneida

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Directly after breakfast — at 6 a.m. — tramped off 5 miles to Teges Creek to make another shot at Mrs Bishop. This time found her at home. Got there at 8, stayed 2 hours and returned by 11.30 in time for dinner — good walking considering state of roads and great heat. Rested after dinner, wrote up books, entertained Mrs Adams at tea, then wrote up books again till supper. After supper George Gibson, stone-mason, came in and sang me two good songs. Then set to work to pack ready for early start tomorrow for Manchester. Have decided there is no useful purpose to stay at Oneida any longer.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 242. Wednesday 22 August 1917 - Oneida — Manchester

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Started off walking to Manchester 14 miles at 7 a.m. after saying good bye to the staff and depositing our suit cases on the Mail-Hack. Weather sultry but no sun, one or two showers on the way. We called on Jim Samples but he was out. Some school children, as we left the Samples, called out "we can sing", so I took down a couple from them and would have got more but the school bell rang and they scampered off. We then called at the School, sang them a couple of songs & made a little speech. Called on Polly Patrick and had a pipe with her and a vivacious talk — no songs but arranged to meet her and Mrs Nanny Smith on Friday. Called on Mrs Cis Jones who promised to sing us some more on Friday. Got back to Manchester at 3.30 pretty hot & tired. Directly after our arrival a very heavy shower with thunder — we were just in time to miss it. The smells and greasy food seem worse than ever!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 243. Thursday 23 August 1917 - Manchester

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Had a very bad night with much asthma — burnt my powder 3 times. Three separate thunder storms in the night, with deluging rain, a good deal of which poured into my room but happily missed my bed! The air so steamy & thick there seemed nothing to breathe! After breakfast we slopped through the mud & mire to Harker’s[?] creek after Ben Finlay who sang us very little alas. Got back to dinner and didn’t go out again but wrote up our books etc. Met rather an interesting man, Campbell, at the hotel who strongly advised Leslie County and agreed that Clay Co[unty] is anything but primitive. He is a deputy collector and has toured this part of the mountains for 30 years or more.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p244)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 244. Friday 24 August 1917 - Manchester

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Another very bad night, similar to the previous one, and for the same reason viz thunderstorms! Felt just awful when I rose but improved as the day went on. Campbell the jeweller came to do my trunk which I had to empty at 8 a.m. The new part arrived from the Hartmann people last night. We got away soon after 9. Mrs Cis Jones sang us Musgrove and Lover’s tasks — the latter a new "child". Then on to Mrs Polly Patrick who with Mrs Nanny Jones sang us several. Had dinner with them at 2, and got back to Drug Store at 4.30 where we regaled ourselves on grapejuice — Maud is fast becoming a toper. In the evening sang some songs to the Webbs, Patterson and Ralston etc. A really lovely day with fresh air, fleecy clouds, just like an English summer’s day with S.W. wind. Quite cold in the evening.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p245)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 245. Saturday 25 August 1917 - Manchester — Pineville

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Slept much better — night quite cold, no rain and fairly clear. Finished packing and then caught the crazy train at 9 for Barbourville where we arrived at 11.30. Lunched at Hotel then to Mrs Broghton who sang us several songs. Saw Mrs Poff and Mrs Sudie whose husband has more or less recovered and was away at his mother’s. Caught the 4.10 train for Pineville and reached Continental Hotel at 5.30. Did some shopping, unpacked, had dinner, sat outside on the verandah, then walked out to see the shops! Nice to find ourselves in civilization again and to have warm baths before going to bed. Not very good rooms as they are hot getting the afternoon sun, which, though the nights and mornings are cool, is still very powerful.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p246)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 246. Sunday 26 August 1917 - Pineville, Kentucky

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Had a fair night, warmish, and only burnt my powder twice. A nice breakfast mainly on honeycomb which we bought here last night. Wrote a pile of letters in the morning to Mrs Storrow, Maurice Brown, Shaw, Fuller girls, Ronald, Raine, Alphonso Smith, and Miss Pettit. In the afternoon called on Mrs Wilson & Mrs Townsley and Judge & Mrs Ingrams. Maud still very seedy with dysentery which came on pretty badly last night. Make friends with a Mr & Mrs Day at the hotel. Spend a quiet evening & go to bed pretty early.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p247)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 247. Monday 27 August 1917 - Pineville

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Maud no better. We make a vain attempt to see a Doctor but couldn’t wait long enough. So I persuaded her to go to the drug store and have a dose of castor oil. Later in the day she shows so much improvement that we decide to make our start for Pine Mountain on the morrow as arranged. I call on Mrs Wilson etc in the morning and get several songs, though nothing of any great moment. Later in the day go out shopping with Maud and lay in stores of biscuits, cheese, etc, stamps and after dinner begin the wearisome packing again, taking our suit cases & leaving our trunks at the hotel.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p248)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 248. Tuesday 28 August 1917 - Pineville — Pine Mountain Settlement

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Breakfast at 6.30 (Maud is certainly better) and catch train 7.35 for Dillon where we arrive very travel worn & dirty at 11.45. Here we are met by Mr John Lewis and a pack horse. We load the latter with our suit cases type writer, dispatch case and mackintoshes and begin our long trek up the mountain side. I only just manage the first half of the journey i.e. up, because of my asthma which is pretty bad. Going down on the other side an easier matter, but the journey takes a full 3 hours though only 6 miles. On arrival am given room at Mr Zandae’s the Farm Superintendent and Maud one in a tent to be exchanged eventually for a room in Miss Pettit’s house.1 Meet everybody, Miss Wells, Pettit, De Long etc at tea under apple tree. Sing to children after supper at 6.


1: Pine Mountain Settlement School, established 1913 by Katherine Pettit and Ethel de Long.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 249. Wednesday 29 August 1917 - Pine Mountain Settlement School

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Breakfast at 6. Shortly after Maud and I tramp up Greasy Creek after songs and get a goodish lot from Mrs Mary Ann Short and her mother Mrs Berry Creech. Return home rather late for mid-day meal at 12 in the large dining hall. The latter is a magnificent room in which 70 or 80 people dining at round tables take up only part of the accommodation. The feeding of the children is excellent and a great contrast from Oneida. The general atmosphere is very good. The children most of whom are kiddies are just delightful, clean, bright & intelligent and are indistinguishable from the children of gentle-folk. I rest in the afternoon have tea at the office with Miss Wells, Dr Little etc and again after supper sing songs which are greatly appreciated by children & elders. Have a long talk with Miss Pettit in the evening.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p250)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 250. Thursday 30 August 1917 - Pine Mountain Settlement

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Maud is not at all well — nor indeed am I as I have been struggling against an attack of dysentery. Night very stormy & wet but cleared up in time for breakfast. Left Maud in bed (she got up for lunch) and sallied forth to the William Creech’s but Aunt Sally with whom I smoked a pipe, refused to sing. A Miss May Ritchie sang me a few songs in the morning and picked up a few in the evening. It is clear to me that there are many to be got here and we are thinking of returning here later on. Have tea again at the office. After lunch & again after supper we teach the staff Gathering Peascods & Rufty Tufty, having last night taught the children Roman Soldiers. In the evening sit till late on Miss Pettit’s verandah listening to men singing — nothing of great moment. Had many talks with Miss De Long.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p251)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 251. Friday 31 August 1917 - Pine Mountain Settlement

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After breakfast Miss de Long and I have a long talk. I should dearly like to help them here with folk songs & dances as I am greatly enamoured with the way in which things are conducted here. I expected to find Miss de Long a very precious, Arty & Crafty sort of person but she really isn’t, while Miss Pettit is a really capable, energetic person of wide vision — just the sort of person for this job. They pay considerable attention to the aesthetic side of things. The houses are well & picturesquely planned, flowers are everywhere and the children dressed very simply but quite nicely & prettily. It is a lovely spot, this valley and there is no doubt but that a great work is being done here, well & nicely too. In the evening we go to Miss de Longs and see a Running Set. This must be carefully noted some day. It is a fine dance and may serve to throw light on some of the older 17th and 18th cent[ury] dances.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p252)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 252. Saturday 1 September 1917 - Pine Mountain Settlement — Pineville

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After breakfast we pay our farewells and then walk down the mountain again escorted by Mr Damon Lewis, a mule with our suit cases. We start at 9, get to Dillon Station soon after 11 — rather good time — have some lunch there and catch 12.40 for Harlan. Wait there an hour and get some cold drinks — the weather is intensely hot — and then continue journey to Pineville, where we arrive at 5 p.m. Rooms on east side but everything, our rooms included very hot. After dinner we unpack a bit, write a few letters and then to bed pretty early, after indulging in delicious baths!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 253. Sunday 2 September 1917 - Pineville

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Had a bad night again with dysentery, this time with some pain. Maud also continuing bad so we send for a doctor. He says it is a bacillus form of dysentery and that we have probably picked it up in bad water. No danger so long as we avoid complications. It will take about 2 weeks to go through — must be careful about diet. In the morning I write up my tunes — about 20 of them — then letters to Glenn, Campbell etc. After tea in the evening have a long argument with a Mr Duffy about the mountain people, their culture etc. He sneers at them, their songs & everything. We offer to sing some of the songs which we do after dinner. No one of course appreciates them but for the moment it silences opposition. The medicine the doctor gave us does not seem to have much effect so far, but we hope for an improvement tomorrow.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p254)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 254. Monday 3 September 1917 - Pineville — Lexington, Kentucky

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We pack & settle up affairs in the morning and then take the 1.14 for Lexington, a very weary & hot journey with two changes and a long wait at Corbin — a very detestable place! It is Labor Day. I went to the P[ost[ O[ffice] to find it closed and a notice posted up to the effect that it was Labor Day Sept[ember] 4th etc. The inaccuracy one meets with in this country is just marvellous. It is no wonder that the postmaster made such a muddle over my letters! We stay the night at the Phoenix Hotel quite a good one, like the Gibson at Cincinnati — the best one we have struck in the South except Grove Park. Have a decent dinner, nicely cooked & served. Then proceed to hunt up Luther Shadoin. After a long hunt I run him to earth and persuade him to come to my room where he gave me excellent songs Golden Vanity & Edwin of the Lowlands Low — both of which he had learned from his mother.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p255)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 255. Tuesday 4 September 1917 - Lexington — Beattyville

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After some shopping we catch 11.30 train and after the usual dirt & discomfort of a Day Coach we arrive at Beattyville at 3.10 and take very indifferent rooms at Hotel Roberts. The people who run the hotel, by name Jones, are highly respectable! They do nothing but sit & be waited on by negroes. Everything is slip shod, & slatternly and it is difficult to get water or towels or indeed anything done at all. Find Capt[ain] Beatty died some months ago. Met a Miss Kate Reid who interests herself in our mission so far as she — a missionary — is able to do so! Tells us of a Mrs Margaret Couch of St Helens (about 4 miles off) whom she says can sing. Decide to walk over there tomorrow. Weather still keeps uncomfortably hot but the nights are cool and that makes life possible.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p256)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 256. Wednesday 5 September 1917 - Beattyville, Kentucky

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Breakfast at 6.30 then start off for St Helens which is the next station on the line. A nice shady walk by the river (Kentucky river) for the first two thirds of the way. Get a couple of songs from a Mrs Bagley, a young woman just married, who tells us to go & see Mrs Carter, her aunt, and Mrs Couch her mother. Arrive at St Helens and after many enquiries find that N. Couch living a good 2 miles away. Get a boy, Mr Kincaid, to pilot us thither through the woods — a complex trail — and then we find our victim in bed — happily with a bad leg only, so able to sing. She has lately married a 2nd time to a Mr Dunagan, a very nice man. She turns out to be one excellent singer and I take down 6 rattling good songs including a really fine & full version of The 2 Brothers. We stay 2 hours or more, promise to return on the morrow & walk home again, reaching the hotel at 5 p.m. thoroughly done up — a good 12 miles walk in great heat.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p257)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 257. Thursday 6 September 1917 - Beattyville

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We hear there is a gasoline paddle boat which goes down the river to Malowby[?] — 3 miles on our way. So we take this at 8 a.m. & then walk on to the Dunagans buying a parcel of coffee & other dainties to take to the old lady. We get several more songs from her and a neighbour Mrs Thomas who looked in sang us a good version of Queen Jane — my 42nd Child! We like these people very much and sing many songs to them as well as they to us. No boat to help us on our way back so have to tramp it home arriving at 4 p.m. Our dysentery is rather better though Maud has still a good deal of pain. I fancy it is going slowly and that in a day or so we shall be all right. But we are both pretty weakened by it, though our weakness may be partly due to the lack of food. Feeding and accommodation here very indifferent. Can’t get anything done for us.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p258)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 258. Friday 7 September 1917 - Beattyville

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Go off soon after breakfast to Proctor across the river. This is a place of bridges, there are three at the back of our house; they cross Silver Creek Kentucky river & South Fork. To get to Proctor you cross three of these. We called on a Mrs Carter in the morning, she was out but we found her in in the afternoon. Her husband sat cobbling in the corner while we sang and she sang. She is a first rate singer nearly as good as Aunt Mar Dunagan — a rare piece of fortune to find two such singers in a week. We get no new Child from her, but a magnificent & fresh version of Young Hunting. We are very uncomfortable at Roberts Hotel, the Mrs Jones & daughters who run it being as disobliging as they can be. We can get no washing done, nor anything to eat and things are dirty and poverty stricken while Mrs J & her children, dress, make dresses & gossip all day, leaving 2 negroes to do the work as well as they can unsupervised. My bedroom contains a small broken table, a chair and a bed!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p259)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 259. Saturday 8 September 1917 - Beattyville

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Go off to Proctor again in the morning and pay Mrs Carter another visit to very good purpose. She sings me seven or eight more, all well worth taking down. This has been one of the richest weeks we have had, though a short one because of travelling 2 days. We draw other houses but get nothing else of value. As we intend to leave for Jackson tomorrow we begin packing in the afternoon, arranging about our transport & making other preparations in which we get no help, merely supercilious interest from the egregious Mrs Jones & Co. Make friends with Rev Alex Patterson the Episcopal minister who takes great interest in what I am doing. Everyone here very nice & friendly barring the hotel people. We are both nearly starved. I am eating nothing and Maud very little, partly because of the heat which is stifling but mainly because of the indifferent food.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 260. Sunday 9 September - Beattyville — Jackson

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Rise early as we intend to take boat to Malowby[?] walk to St Helens, interview Aunt Mar [Dunagan], and then catch afternoon train from St Helens on to Jackson. They charge us 2.25 [dollars] per day for our rooms & keep — each of us — 22.50 in all. I pay by cheque which is promptly refused. Unhappily I have only just enough cash to pay so have to get Revd Patterson to endorse my cheque, which he kindly did without murmur! Then to station with luggage to get tickets & cheques and afterwards just catch boat by the skin of our teeth. Aunt Mar surpasses herself and sings me a dozen more fine songs. We get to Jackson and a very comfortable hotel — as things go in these parts, called the Jefferson — at 5.30. Have a nice room in which after a good dinner & bath I write up my tunes and seven or eight letters. Weather very hot, but it is nice to be cleansed again!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p261)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 261. Monday 10 September 1917 - Jackson, Kentucky

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The weather suddenly changed and it is cool, almost cold to-day. We breakfast at 6.30, write up our books till 9, then go out. I arrange at Bank to get money and then we walk along the river towards Quicksands, but find nobody to sing. Everyone is friendly but in the town not the country manner. Probably we shall have to set out into the hills to get anything here and perhaps even then we shan’t get much. Anyway we do not intend to stay here more than 2 or 3 days as Hazard offers us many more opportunities. We sally forth again in the afternoon but with no better luck so to-day we drew a blank! Yesterday at Aunt Mar’s I took down by 4000th tune, and my 200th for this trip — quite a double event. I want about 150 more here to complete my 1000 tunes in the mountains.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p262)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 262. Tuesday 11 September 1917 - Jackson

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Determining to test this place we went a long 10 mile walk to Cave Creek, striking back straight into the country. We drew 7 or 8 cabins but got very little and that of small value. Some of the people were the sternest, dourest, people I have ever met, living in great squalor and very difficult to handle. Four of them gave tongue and not altogether unwillingly but I am satisfied that they knew but little. They are the most primitive people I have yet struck, the survivals of a past day. Rested and had tea on our return. Then wrote letters before and after dinner. Wrote a long one to Mrs Storrow about a possible Boston engagement. I offer her first week in Dec[ember], last week in Nov[ember], or last week in Oct[ober], in order of preference. Sang a few songs (solus) to Mrs Little, her daughter & husband round the fire in the evening. Nights very cold indeed but warmish in the middle of the day.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p263)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 263. Wednesday 12 September 1917 - Jackson

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Took the 10 train to St Helens and then walked through the woods to Mrs Dunagan, calling upon Mrs Thomas on the way and bringing her along with us. Both sang us a good many songs, but nothing very exciting except a nice version of Cherry Tree [Carol] and another of Soldier wont you marry me? (modal). Came back by the 3.16 — late as usual — had tea, then went & got my hair cut at a very indifferent barber’s. After dinner, wrote up my books and began packing again. This cold weather has affected my liver and I am feeling dull, sleepy & stupid. The change is too violent for my delicate constitution!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p264)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 264. Thursday 13 September 1917 - Jackson — Hazard

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Finished our packing, paid my bill, and caught 10 train for Hazard where we arrived an hour late at 1.30. Hazard a beastly place, mining operations everywhere, the greater part of the town new and all of it filthy. Full of raw crude people tumbling over each other dollar-hunting — the one and all engrossing occupation. Hotel quite nice but rooms hot although in other respect large and airy. Water from the river dirty & I imagine foetid, as at Jackson. Drinking water from well. In the afternoon look around and are properly disgusted with all we see. It is a literal Hell on Earth. Call on Miss Bertha Little who is kind & nice but not over intelligent — her grandfather founded this place and she is unaccountably proud of the fact. I should keep it mum if I were her and spare her grand-dad’s reputation!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p265)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 265. Friday 14 September 1917 - Hazard, Kentucky

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We sally forth on a very hot day — all the cold spell has departed, alas! — to Lot’s creek. Get hold of a singer, Mrs Mennes[?], on the way and hoped to get more from her on our return but meanwhile she had been poisoned against us and fled at sight of us — or one of us, I know not which. Tramped 14 miles to no purpose. The first 4 or 5 miles mainly mining & other manufacturing operations. Everything filthily dirty, and what with the heat and the dust and our empty note-books we were glad to get back again about 4 p.m. Decide to take train to Krypton tomorrow and prospect there. We are both bit slack as the weather is very hot & muggy. Still we are comfortable here and the food is better than we have had for some time — barring Lexington. Hotel people nice to us and pay us much attention. Offer to lend me their piano — glad to have it, even if a bit out of tune.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p266)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 266. Saturday 15 September 1917 - Hazard

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Went to Krypton in the morning returning at 2 — train 1[hour] 40min[utes] late. Got nothing but scarcely expected much in the time. Learnt a good deal about country and Hyden and think we ought to get a good deal so soon as we set our backs on Hazard. The train is always lat e — they say because the engines are not strong enough. I asked why they didn’t either get stronger engines or change the time table! But everything here is slipshod & everybody inaccurate — I call the place Hap-Hazard! My cold water tap yields hot water & hot water tap, cold water — this is the 3rd hotel where I have found this. American plumbers are a wonderful race. Do some harmonizing after return from Krypton and in the evening. Have to see doctor about growth on my back which is sore. He advises electrocuting it & appoints 8.30 tomorrow for the operation.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 267. Sunday 16 September 1917 - Hazard

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Call on doctor after breakfast but electric current cut off for the day so operation postponed to the evening. Harmonize all morning & all afternoon doing 2 or 3 songs. Have now roughed out most of the 12 songs for first book of harmonized songs, or rather 6 ballads & 6 songs. Have a very quiet day, but it is terribly hot and I have a stiff neck or back which makes me feel very seedy. Do not go out all day except to our meals — our rooms are in the Annexe about 200 yards from the hotel. We have decided to go on to Hindman tomorrow in the Mail Hack — do not look forward to it! Go round to Dr Grasse in the evening who wipes off my offending protuberance by electrolasis. It hurts a bit but not for long. Terribly tired after doing my packing for tomorrow. I wonder how much time I have spent this year on packing my boxes! aHazardH H

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p268)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 268. Monday 17 September 1917 - Hazard — Hindman

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Breakfast at 6.30 then settle up at hotel etc and finally get away in the Mail Hack quite a comfortable conveyance, hung on springs and spring under seats which are padded! We ride very comfortably half our distance to Feisty driven by a very delightful man, Combs, whose voice and manner of talking was a curious admixture of F. R. Benson & President Frost! Alas at Feisty we were turned over to another Jehu and another hack without seats & without springs, so we deposit our luggage in it and set out to walk the second half of the way — 10 miles. 1 Meet Bradley on arrival and dine at his hotel and then make for the School, where we are very cordially received by Miss Stone & her staff — too numerous to mention or remember — I am given the Guest room, a very comfortable nice little room and a nice bed into which I am very ready to tumble my tired body at 9 p.m.1


1: Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 by Katherine Pettit and May Stone.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p269)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 269. Tuesday 18 September 1917 - Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky

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Maud and I go off with Bradley to collect and make for Mrs Stamper who lives about 4 or 5 miles off. Bradley tries to find a short cut but as usual lands us in difficulties. We get tied up first of all in a dense wood and then in a thick cornfield on the side of a hill and when we get to our destination we have gone nearly as far as the long way round and have taken rather longer time. Don’t get many songs but a few very average ones. In the evening go to a dance, walking 2 miles along a very muddy road. All the men indulged in whiskey by way of a preliminary and danced badly — as badly as the half-dozen girls there. We didn’t learn much about the Running Set, but we got something. It was a queer business because in these parts a party is always a public affair and we were crowded out with loafers who didn’t dance but took up the space on the floor. Returned about midnight.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p270)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 270. Wednesday 19 September 1917 - Hindman

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Visited Bradley at his hotel in the morning and heard a Mr Triplett play the fiddle, but got nothing of value from him. In the afternoon we went to the Childers in the hope of seeing a man who could describe some of the dance figures they vainly tried to perform last night. But he was out. A cow, while we were there, swallowed an apple and nearly suffocated, but eventually coughed it up, greatly to the relief of Mr Childers who quite expected to lose what he called his "cow-brute" or his "property". Then we were entertained by Miss Stone and her staff at the Rest House, a log-cabin high up on the hill behind the hospital where I sleep. A most pleasant evening. A rare good supper for which we were very grateful and a nice general talk. We sang & Maud danced some jigs — altogether a very restful & enjoyable evening — but so far collecting here has been a complete failure.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p271)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 271. Thursday 20 September 1917 - Hindman

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In the morning tramped out 4 miles to Mrs Webb Pratt who sang me 4 or 5 excellent tunes. Back to lunch with Bradley at his hotel and drinks at the drug store afterwards. In the afternoon I spent 2 or more hours with Hilliard Smith who gave me quite a lot of most interesting songs. Back in time for supper at 5.30 and afterwards the girls in the school sang me a lot of songs, some of them very first rate ones. I gave them a talk about the songs and cross examined them afterwards as to what they know and in this way got a lot of splendid songs. One of the best days I have had for a long time and I must have taken down over 30 songs! I am beginning a bad cold in my chest, probably the result of the dance on Tuesday and the wet feet I got going to it. Got a mustard plaster to put on in bed.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 272. Friday 21 September 1917 - Hindman

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Had a baddish night with asthma & coughing. Hope I’m not going to knock up, but I feel very seedy. Go with Maud to Austin Ritchie about 2_ miles off. He sings a little and then escorts us 3 or more miles through a wood and over a mountain to Mr Warton’s. There we dine (alas!) and Warton sings quite a lot of songs, some quite good ones. On the way home we get caught in heavy thunder rain but fortunately have umbrellas and keep fairly dry. Get back just in time for supper after which some of the girls sing to me again and then we have a social at which I try to speak and sing but am prevented from doing myself justice by much coughing. Maud teaches them "A Hunting", "Roman Soldiers" & dances Jockey [to the Fair] & Princess Royal — a very successful evening which the children enjoyed mightily.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p273)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 273. Saturday 22 September 1917 - Hindman

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Maud and I and Miss Watts — one of the staff who was at Knoxville — go to Mrs Lucindy Pratt and we got some excellent songs. After dinner I rest and then have tea with Miss Watts and Miss Cobb. Begin to write up my books which are sadly behind hand as we have taken down between 50 and 60 songs in the last 2 or 3 days — pretty well a record! My cold is very bad and I am glad there is not much to do to-day. Jason Ritchie was to have come over but they couldn’t get hold of him — also Wylie Parkes. There is a great deal to be done here but I think it better to leave on Monday and come here again next year perhaps. Spend evening in sitting room where one of the children gives me a song. We have supper there — spaghetti etc — and then to bed, five minutes before electric light goes out (9.30).

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p274)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 274. Sunday 23 September 1917 - Hindman

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I had a very bad night, much coughing and very cold and feeling pretty seedy when it becomes time (6 a.m.) to get out of bed! After breakfast tackle my books in earnest and write hard till 12 when we have lunch. Rest, then write again, have tea with Maud & Miss Watts, then write again and finish just before dinner at 5. Weather warmer today but chilly out of the sun. Nights very damp and misty — a hard climate to keep well in! Supper at 5, all sitting on chairs — not at table — with a very short simple service afterwards which was quite nice. Took down some more songs from the school girls. Bradley & Hilliard Smith came in to bid farewell. Packed before going to bed by candle light, the electric being turned off at 9.30!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p275)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 275. Monday 24 September 1917 - Hindman — Hazard

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Breakfast at 6 as the Mail Hack started at 6.30! Miss Stone, Miss Huntington, Miss Cobb and the ever faithful Miss Watts were all up to give us our breakfast and speed us on our way. The journey was very trying and we did not reach Hazard till 5 p.m. — 11 hours, very nearly, over the 20 miles! We arrived sore and shaken after many bumps & rollings. At one time we had 7 people in the wagon, the driver and his cook on the front seat, Maud I and another female on the second seat, and two men standing up on the mail bags behind. Very glad to get back to the quiet of the Beaumont Hotel. Maud rather seedy but I am feeling a bit better, though my cough is still very troublesome! Saw the doctor who says my back is all right. Charged me 2 dollars quite moderate for America!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p276)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 276. Tuesday 25 September 1917 - Hazard

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Started harmonizing directly after breakfast and continued in the evening up to dinner time. After dinner wrote letters. Our rooms are terribly hot and this is a noisome noisy place but nevertheless it is nice change after the hurly burly of the last few weeks. If I can make a good hole into my harmonized book, the time here will not be wasted. And I must have a rest. I am feeling the strain of the last few weeks. My cough and my asthma bother me not a little especially the former — otherwise I am physically all right except that I am very tired. I believe the fatigue is largely due to the lack of proper nourishment and that I can remedy here, for the hotel provides if not first rate fare, food that I can at least eat. The joy of getting & eating lettuce again!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 277. Wednesday 26 September 1917 - Hazard

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Peg away at my accompaniments again and get on very well even though I started the day feeling very chippy after a disturbed night — disturbed by much coughing. I have now drafted nearly all the songs, doing to-day "Come in Come in" and Young Hunting. That leaves me only one more "Once I counted" and one more verse of "Come all ye tender" to finish and these with luck I may do tomorrow. The pleasure of finding harmonies to these lovely tunes is very great even though my instinct tells me they had far better be not be fitted with any! Write several letters in the morning, one of condolence to the poor Leicesters, one to Peggy Scovill and a reply to Mrs Sidgwick. The rest, despite my piano-work, is having its effect and I am already feeling much better, but I wish these rooms were more airy. They are very hot.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 278. Thursday 27 September 1917 - Hazard

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A soaking wet day — the very first of the kind we have experienced in the mountains. Wiseacres predict the rain may last for 2 or 3 days. Heaven forbid for we mean to go to Hyden in the Mail Hack tomorrow and rain would stop us. We have a very difficult trip in front of us, Hyden & Pine Mountain: both cross-country journeys very difficult and arduous, and with wet weather almost impossible. I finish my songs in the morning and the 12 are now completed except for final writing out & revision which I hope I may do at Asheville. It is curious job writing a book in hotels. This is the second I have essayed in this way! Much packing in the afternoon as we shall not see our trunks again for 3 weeks at Pineville, whither we shall express[?] this directly we find we can get through to Pine Mountain from Hyden.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 279. Friday 28 September 1917 - Hazard - Hyden

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Rain had stopped when we were called at 5 a.m. so decide to risk the journey to Hyden. Breakfast at 6 and start soon after 7 in the worst mail hack ever seen. No springs, a crazy "Tarpoleon" covering it, seats without cushions and soaking wet and a young casual irresponsible Jehu to drive us. We stood it for the first mile or two then got out and walked, and except when the road went down the middle of the creek — which it did for about 5 miles of the journey — we tramped all the way. Quite the worst road we have seen, far worse than Hindman or Oneida road. We crossed 5 mountains, pretty steep ones. On arrival called on Revd Byers Presbyterian Minister who found out for us that the Ray’s could not take us in so we took rooms at the Lewis Hotel a newish building, fairly clean but very primitive in the way of food, furniture etc. Mrs Lewis however has a nice smile and as she is a martyr to asthma we have one thing in common.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p280)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 280. Saturday 29 September 1917 - Hyden, Kentucky

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A very bad night with coughing and asthma and woke up feeling very tired & good for nothing. We walk up Owl’s Nest creek, make friends with a Mrs Eversole[?], aged 15, very pretty, with a 7 months baby in her arms. She takes us to her mother, Mrs Brewer[?], who sings but nothing of any value. Then call on Felix Roberts; Miss R also sings, but not to much purpose. Feeling very slack & seedy return to lunch, rest afterwards and then call on Byers who asks us to dinner tomorrow at noon. Am afraid this is going to be very bad for my asthma, although my room is up high with a clear view all round the house. The mists at night, however, are very trying. No electric light here and the lamps are very primitive so life after 5.30 when it gets dark not very exciting. Go to bed between 7 and 8 feeling very asthmatic & seedy generally.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 281. Sunday 30 September 1917 - Hyden

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Have a very bad night, the worst asthma I have ever had, I think. This is going to be a very trying place for me to stay in I fear. Call on Mrs Haskyns, wife of Tho[mas] Haskyns, barber and — so Mr Byers tells me — fiddler & singer. He is still "barbing" this morning so make app[ointment] to meet him in the "evening" i.e. after noon. Go to lunch with Revd Byers — wife & two children. Miss Byers, head of dormitory in connection with the public school is there. She is a sort of Miss Dame, unimaginative, proud of her power of organization, loves to manage people etc — an American analogue of ‘Evelyn Lamport’. After tea go to Haskyns. He plays the fiddle very indifferently & sings nothing of any worth but is a nice modest man. A Mr Asher clerk of C[ounty] Court comes in. I tell him of our desire to see a Running Set. He says people dance them about here and that he may be able to get one together for us.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 282. Monday 1 October 1917 - Hyden

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Go round to school at 8 o’clock, talk to the children and Maud & I sing them several songs. A very sticky hum-drum sort of school permeated with presbyterianism and sloppy bible religion and utterly devoid of art of any kind. Then call on Mrs Eliza Pace an old lady of 67 who we afterwards hear has been a great offender in retailing Moonshine and has been sentenced several times. But she has good songs. A Mr Davidson gives me one tune. Look in on the court and hear the judge charging the grand jury. Plenty of melodramatic American spread-eagleism, every platitude uttered as though it were a deep & serious truth and every sentence punctuated with the use of the spittoon. Quite amusing and quite a revelation of one side of American life. Hyden quite full of people attracted by the opening day of the Sessions. I like Hyden but the climate is very bad and I am wondering how long I can stand it. Have never had such asthma before in my life.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p283)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 283. Tuesday 2 October 1917 - Hyden

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After a very bad night start off down Owlsnest Creek in search of Mrs Leona Melton. Go very much out of our way along Cutshin Creek which we have to ford several times but after 5 hours tramping get to mouth of Mackintosh creek where she & her husband live. They are nice people & she sings very prettily and gives me a new "Child" — the Mermaid. They tell us of a "nigh-way" home, only about 4_ miles, which we take and reach Hyden about 5, thoroughly done up — we get some grape juice at the Drugstore — no ice alas, here. Am writing up my books when Asher comes in and says he can get up a dance if I will come. Maud is in bed! but gets up and we go round to a house run by two bachelors Westcott & Brown, agents of Peabody Colliery Co. Lewis the postmaster, son of the hotel proprietor, leads. There are 4 couples who dance sufficiently well for us to learn the figures. This delights us as it may now make a visit to Pine Mountain unnecessary. I like Westcott who invites me to dine with him on Thursday at 6.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 284. Wednesday 3 October 1917 - Hyden

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Directly after breakfast Maud and I discuss & write out dance. There are 13 figures. We find we know it quite well but there are a few points upon which we have doubts. Have more or less a quiet day, pumping Mrs Eliza Pace again and getting a further instalment of good songs. But at our first visit we are pursued by a lot of lazy gossiping females who come in to see the show! There is no privacy in this country! So we retire and call upon Mrs Linda Walker, a coloured "lady" who sings very beautifully to us. Then to Mrs Pace again who gave me more songs. In the evening young Lewis comes in and I go through all the figures with him and clear up the few remaining doubtful points. He is a clear headed little man, nicely dressed, regular mountain manners and a good specimen of the mountaineer who has gone up a peg in the world.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 285. Thursday 4 October 1917 - Hyden

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We go off again to the Meltons taking the short cut, which enables us to get there in about 2_ hours — in this case at 10.15. We spend several hours with them, having dinner there. Mrs Leona sings me some more songs — one very good one. On our return home Maud gets very tired and nearly collapses. The day is sultry & hot — very trying after the cold weather we have been having. Two doses of grape juice on our arrival do her a lot of good. After some tea & a short half-hours rest I change my clothes and go round to Westcotts where I spend a very pleasant evening. Rather nice to get a talk with a man of his sort, for a change. Stay there till nearly 10, come home eat cheese, raisins & crackers with Maud & then to bed, pretty tired.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 286. Friday 5 October 1917 - Hyden

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After breakfast tramp off to Short Creek after a Mr William Morgan, better known as T Hawker[?], presumably because he is a purveyor of illicit whiskey! A long walk, very rough under foot, but very beautiful. While at Morgan’s house a small thunderstorm which suddenly produces quite cold weather. He sang 2 or 3 moderately good songs — these singers of wide reputation, e.g. Frizzly Bill — rarely have very much of value to me. Feel much stronger to day walking and get back at 1 feeling less tired than usual. Directly, however, I lie down to rest, I get a shivering fit and fever. Maud take my temp[erature] - which is 100.4 so I am in for something — suspect lungs as I have been coughing continuously since my Manchester cold 8 weeks ago. Call in doctor — little better than a labouring man, who finds my temp is now 102. Gives me some aconite & aspirin and advises canned soup. I have a lot of asthma but don’t feel particularly ill - no headache. Temp normal at 10 p.m.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 287. Saturday 6 October 1917 - Hyden

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Sleep better than usual — only one burning of asthma powder — about midnight and wake with tubes clear and a temp[erature] of 97.7 below normal. Wonder what I have had and what I am in for, if anything. Decide to stay in bed to-day and to get away from this place as soon as I am strong enough to stand journey to Hazard. Mrs Pace comes in in the afternoon and sings to me. Miss Byers follows and I talk pretty freely to her taking the Running Set and their barring of it as my text! Write out some of my tunes into my book as well as I can manage it in bed. Maud goes out at six p.m. to the Mayor’s dance. I am feeling pretty chippy, my legs and arms very nervy and jumpy, but temperature keeps down. Maud returns at 11 packs me off to bed, but I don’t feel like sleeping.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1917 (1917/p288)  

Sharp diary 1917 page 288. Sunday 7 October 1917 - Hyden

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Had a nasty restless and largely sleepless night although not much asthma. Get up after breakfast and dress and go downstairs to lunch. Feel very ill and thoroughly rotten in the afternoon, so after tea, take to my bed again where it is at any rate warmer. My temperature keeps down but I feel as though I were recovering from a long and bad illness. Feel rather better in the evening and put lights out at 9 p.m. Finish writing up my books when I am up. Read a good deal and doze and think and wonder how I am going to get out of this place and back to Asheville! Dictate description — or the beginning of it — of Running Set to Maud, when I am in bed in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 289. Monday 8 October 1917 - Hyden

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Slept rather better when I got to sleep about midnight and did not burn my powder during the night — the first time for a long while. Get up slowly after breakfast. Maud goes off song hunting and I write letters to Neve, Miss Wells etc. Temperature still sub normal 97.7. Rather a dull day. Maud returns without any luck. In the afternoon I dictate the rest of the dance to her from my note book. This is a great relief to me to know that the dance is at last on paper. This dance is as valuable a piece of work as anything that I have done in the mountains. I may get some more figures to add but I do not think there is anything else to learn about it.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 290. Tuesday 9 October 1917 - Hyden

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Feel rather stronger to day and decide to go out to bid farewell to friends and make a dash for Krypton and Jackson tomorrow. Engage a wagon to start at 6.30 tomorrow. Call on Mrs Byers first, then say good bye to Miss Byers at the school and then go to Westcott where I have a nice chat. Back to lunch and after a rest & tea go for the last time to Mrs Eliza Pace who rather unexpectedly sings me some very good songs. These I write up in the evening after I have finished my packing. The walk made me feel pretty groggy but I expect if it is a nice day tomorrow that I shall compass the journey all right. It is curious how weak that short attack of fever has left me.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 291. Wednesday 10 October 1917 - Hyden — Jackson

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Wagon of course late so I go out to say good bye to young Lewis and to Asher at the Court House. We start at 7.15 Mr Lewis lending us some wraps — for it is very cold — and a bolster to put on the seat. The road proves to be a much better one than the Hazard route and our mules are strong and well driven by Begley. We get 3 parts of our journey in good time, then rest the horses and eat our lunch and then walk very slowly over a mountain and partly down the other side, riding the rest of the way to Krypton — a very rough piece — where we arrive at 2 p.m. Get some hot water at hotel and make ourselves some tea, catch train at 3.30 and reach Jackson at 5. Install ourselves in fairly comfortable rooms, have a nice dinner with some real milk and coffee that tastes of coffee, a warm bath and go to bed at 7.45.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 292. Thursday 11 October 1917 - Jackson

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Wake up with a headache chiefly owing to this damnable arrangement of steam heating. My radiator cannot be turned off — here like everywhere else, all things are going to rack & ruin and inefficiency reigns supreme — and nothing I can do or say will prevail upon anyone to get it mended. Have a very quiet day. Write letters all the morning, Bradley, Lanier etc and in the afternoon and evening also, Charlie, Gray, Peggy Scovill, Mrs Storrow etc. Go out in the afternoon for an hour or two, have a curious interview with Hammond a friend of Revd Patterson of Beattyville. After dinner more letters then finding my room unbearable get another one to sleep in. Headache better but expect I shall get it bad again through sleeping in such a heat.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 293. Friday 12 October 1917 - Jackson

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Felt very groggy in the morning, a warning that I have not yet got rid of the effects of that infernal fever. But I got better as the day wore on. We caught the 10 train to St Helens. First called at the Store where Snowden directed as to Dunaway’s house. Mr D & his wife both sing and they both sang us a song or two and promised to do more if we came to see them next Sunday. Then we walked through the wood to Mrs Dunagan who is now out of bed. She sang me several good songs but was very distrait owing to the visit of 2 women who haggled with her over the purchase of some of her potatoes — I am sure they cheated the old lady! We caught the afternoon train home and got to the hotel at 5. In the evening Sewell Williams came in and told me many things about the Running Set as danced in this County. Weather very cold indeed — froze last night.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 294. Saturday 13 October 1917 - Jackson

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Had a fairly good night but it is difficult to get used to the cold. It froze again last night, and a fortnight ago at Hazard it was so hot we had to keep the electric fan going! Wrote several letters in the morning, and wrote up my books. Then got two empty bottles from the Drug Store and then got them filled with distilled water at the Ice Plant place so that we can make some tea — the sulphur water here is just impossible. In the afternoon continued writing out my notation of the Running Set for Maud to type — rather a big business for both of us. Wrote to Mr Glenn about the use of his Hall for my lecture next month and went to bed early so as to prepare for St Helens tomorrow, my last day this trip which we shall spend in collecting songs. The tunes I took down yesterday bring the number of those I have collected in America to 1001 — which is the number I hoped to reach this year.

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Sharp diary 1917 page 295. Sunday 14 October 1917 - Jackson

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Alas the 10 train was an hour and a half late and so we had to forgo our trip to the Dunagans & Dunaways. This line from Lexington to MacRoberts is the worst one in my experience. The annoying part is no one here seems to mind the unpunctuality and the hideous waste of time which it involves. It seems to suit the sloppy inconsequent way of living in which the Southern Stater appears to delight. So we had to return to our rooms and spend a quiet day. At least it has relieved me of one extra chance of knocking up before I get to Asheville. I am still very far from well I cannot shake off the feeling of intense fatigue & lassitude happily physical rather than mental — I can write and do my desk work without any trouble. The weather is quite warm again — what a wonderful climate! Here ends my last collecting trip for the year in the mountains. I have taken down 600 tunes and the Running Set, perhaps the most prolific year’s collecting in quantity as well as quality that I have ever done. May it not prove to be my Swan-song!

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Sharp diary 1917 page 296. Monday 15 October 1917 - Jackson — Richmond, Kentucky

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Finished packing after breakfast, settled up at the hotel and then caught the 10 train for Richmond. The train was fairly punctual, the journey hot with a change at Ravenna. It was nice passing through our old hunting grounds at St Helens and Beattyville, but very sad to see the mountains gradually disappear. The first realization that there was a horizon around one was a curious sensation, and a quite unexpected one. Richmond is a nice place, rather an old look about it, j