Text corresponding to transcription. HCP Collection

A couple of notes from the end of Baird’s first diary. Please let us know if you are able to decipher the word marked [illegible] from the image to the right.


Never break over the truth. There are many who are called men of wit who make a practice of entertaining others with their brilliant stories and fine speeches, but they invariably break over the truth. A man of wit (falsly so called) can never be an honest man. Always tell the truth in everything, if you do appear awkward.

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1 Gray woolen shirt, marked with a gray woolen patch on corner of flap

1 pr woolen socks marked each at tops with do do

1 pr Cotton drawers, marked on waistband, with do. do.


Who’s Matthew Baird?