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Sally Wister's Journal
The diary of a young girl during the Revolutionary War. In 1775 Sally Wister was sent to the countryside to avoid harm. This is a delightful historical record of a young girl's life during a perilous and all-important time in American history.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Applewood Books
(first published 1902)
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This really-truly genuine journal is adorable. Sally Wister is an irresistibly cute Quaker girl who will banish all of your preconceived notions of a Colonial era young lady. She writes her journal 'to' a dear friend she will not see for some time so that Deborah will know exactly how her days passed as officers - handsome, ugly, attractive and otherwise - flit in and out of family life. She is quite artless about herself and her friends being appealing to these young soldiers: "A polite good-mo ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Kayla rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Interesting... but the Quaker language is sometimes hard and annoying to read. Lately I have been reading a LOT of true diaries (majorly those of young people and children) and this has been one of the most interesting so far. Sarah Wister (a Quaker) was 16 years old when she wrote her journal in 1777 and 1778, during the Revolutionary War. In her journal, Sally describes her meeting of several American Captains.
Sally is a delightful, naturally gifted writer who makes her circumscribed world come alive, but the fact is that she didn't do much other than flirt with soldiers, so her journals' value is more historic and linguistic than it is emotional.