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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p1)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 1.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p2)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p3)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p4)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p5)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p6)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p7)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p8)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p9)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p10)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p11)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 11.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p12)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 12.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p13)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 13.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p14)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 14.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p15)  

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p16)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 16.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p17)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 17.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p18)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 18.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p19)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 19.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p20)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 20. Sat 1st January 1916

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1st Jan 1916

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p21)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 21. Sun 2nd January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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2nd Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p21

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p22)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 22. Mon 3rd January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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3rd Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p22

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p23)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 23. Tue 4th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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4th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p23

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p24)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 24. Wed 5th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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5th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p24

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p25)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 25. Thu 6th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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6th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p25

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p26)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 26. Fri 7th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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7th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p26

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p27)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 27. Sat 8th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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8th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p27

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p28)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 28. Sun 9th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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9th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p28

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p29)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 29. Mon 10th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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10th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p29

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p30)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 30. Tue 11th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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11th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p30

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p31)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 31. Wed 12th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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12th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p31

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p32)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 32. Thu 13th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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13th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p32

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p33)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 33. Fri 14th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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14th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p33

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p34)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 34. Sat 15th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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15th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p34

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p35)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 35. Sun 16th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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16th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p35

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p36)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 36. Mon 17th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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17th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p36

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p37)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 37. Tue 18th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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18th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p37

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p38)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 38. Wed 19th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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19th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p38

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p39)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 39. Thu 20th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
20th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p39

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p40)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 40. Fri 21st January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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21st Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p40

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p41)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 41. Sat 22nd January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
22nd Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p41

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p42)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 42. Sun 23rd January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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23rd Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p42

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p43)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 43. Mon 24th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
24th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p43

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p44)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 44. Tue 25th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
25th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p44

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p45)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 45. Wed 26th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
26th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p45

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p46)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 46. Thu 27th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
27th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p46

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p47)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 47. Fri 28th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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28th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p47

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p48)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 48. Sat 29th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
29th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p48

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p49)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 49. Sun 30th January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
30th Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p49

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p50)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 50. Mon 31st January 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
31st Jan 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p50

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p51)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 51. Tue 1st February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
1st Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p51

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p52)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 52. Wed 2nd February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
2nd Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p52

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p53)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 53. Thu 3rd February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
3rd Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p53

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p54)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 54. Fri 4th February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
4th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p54

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p55)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 55. Sat 5th February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
5th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p55

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p56)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 56. Sun 6th February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
6th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p56

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p57)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 57. Mon 7th February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
7th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p57

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p58)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 58. Tue 8th February 1916 (Page is blank and was not digitised.)

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Diary date
8th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p58

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p59)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 59. Wed 9th February 1916

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Diary date
9th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p59

 

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p60)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 60. Thursday 10 February 1916 - London — Falmouth

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England : London / England : Cornwall : Falmouth
Diary date
10th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p60

 

Left Paddington by the 10.25 a.m. boat train for Falmouth with Joan [Sharp] and Maud [Karpeles]Dor[othea Sharp] seeing us off. Arrived at F[almouth] at 4.30 in pouring rain; stayed at Falmouth Hotel. My ship the Dutch liner Nieuw Amsterdam still riding at anchor at the Downs!

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p61)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 61. Friday 11 February 1916 - Falmouth

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England : Cornwall : Falmouth
Diary date
11th Feb 1916

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Permanent URL: https://vwml.org.uk/record/SharpDiary1916/1916/p61

 

Cold & boisterous N. Wind but sunny & bright. We three went an exploratory expedition into Falmouth doing some mild shopping in the morning and again in the afternoon after tea. My ship came to anchor about 3.30 p.m. and we received orders to be on the quay at 9.30 a.m. on the morrow to be examined by the alien agent.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p62)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 62. Saturday 12 February 1916 - Falmouth

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Waited a long time on the pier before being examined. I was the last to go through — about 1.45 — so as to be with Joan & Maud as long as possible. Got on board at 2.45 very hungry. Found the ship large, roomy & comfortable. A good cabin and a a cabin mate a man of my own age who like myself was a seasoned traveller — by name Stanley Fletcher. Mrs Penelope Wheeler was the only passenger I knew. We sit together at the Captain’s table in the saloon.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 63. Sunday 13 February 1916 - TSS Niuew Amsterdam

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No chance of our sailing to day as the 2nd class passengers are being minutely examined by alien agent. A polyglot lot of passengers on board — Dutch, French, Japanese, Germans, American, German-Americans & English! Harris Brown — a portrait painter & member of the Savile [Club] introduced himself to me — also brother of Aston Johnson. Guy Nickalls the oarsman another passenger.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 64. Monday 14 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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We sailed at last at 11.30 and ran into a cold boisterous wind & high sea down the channel. Passed the Scilly Islands about 5 p.m. but made small headway against the gale. Ship very steady considering the sea which was very high — pitching a bit but not rolling. Began to make friends with Miss Evans, a Chicago journalist friend of Charlotte Foss who was returning to America after spending several months in Germany & permeated with pro-German heresies.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 65. Tuesday 15 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Made a slow run only 265 miles! Sea getting steadily worse and many passengers feeling it a good deal including Miss Evans, Mrs Wheeler etc. Dr and Mrs Coomaraswamy on board. He showed me several interesting books of Indian pictures & frescoes. Made friends with O’Neile a New York World journalist who had been in Holland for several months.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 66. Wednesday 16 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Run worse than ever only 200 miles!! At this rate cannot get to N[ew] York under a fortnight! Sea worse than ever. The Coomaraswamys & Mrs Wheeler and a large proportion of the passengers retire altogether. Saloon very sparsely filled — scarcely any women. Rather a dull lot of passengers. Do not feel the sea at all myself but find the time go very slowly. Had some arguments about war with Miss Evans. Find S. Fletcher most agreeable.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 67. Thursday 17 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Score a trifle better 282 miles. Weather much calmer in the morning but got worse again in the evening and it became very rough in the night. Played some Chanteys, folk songs etc in Social Saloon to Miss Evans, S. Fletcher, Ward & Mrs Ward & Mr McCutcheon. Felt very seedy in the evening. Neuralgic headache & went to bed early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 68. Friday 18 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Only 275 miles to-day — a great disappointment as conditions pretty favourable. Captain told me that coal very bad yielding over 40% of ashes. As it is German coal the large percentage of refuse is comprehensible. Head better but not feeling over well. Weather quite windless though rather cold. Sea calm except for a ground swell which makes us pitch a good bit.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 69. Saturday 19 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Wonderfully fine day, no wind nor sea might be in the Mediterranean except for the colour of the sea. A slight fog in night & at intervals during the day necessitating the fog horn but no reduction of speed. Run 320 miles — our record so far. Mrs Coomaraswamy sang some Indian art-songs on upper deck accompanying them on her Indian Instrument. Highly interesting.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 70. Sunday 20 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Weather still fine but some wind & much colder. Got out some of my folk- song books in the morning out of baggage room & before dinner we played & sang a lot of the Somerset songs which interested quite a lot of people. Run 330. If continued thus we ought to be in N[ew] York on Thursday next. Much colder in the evening. Runs so far 265 200 282 275 320 330 1672

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Sharp diary 1916 page 71. Monday 21 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Weather very cold indeed and rather rough. Run only 313 miles. May with luck get into N[ew] York on Thursday afternoon but it is a bit doubtful.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 72. Tuesday 22 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Terribly cold night 24 degrees of frost — ship covered with ice, sea calm. Found it hard to get warm in bed. Temperature rose rapidly during the afternoon and evening quite warm. Passed Sable Island about 9 a.m. Quite close to Halifax. Run 295 miles.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 73. Wednesday 23 February 1916 - TSS Nieuw Amsterdam

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Run 330. Should get in to N[ew] York fairly early tomorrow. But there is a lot of fog about and we may easily be delayed. Weather much colder again.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 74. Thursday 24 February 1916 - New York

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Arrived off Sandy Hook about 9.30 and docked at 12.30. Customs took a long time — paid 6.25 on my slides, and $7 for taxi to Algonquin which I reached at 2.30! Found scores of letters awaiting me. Answered Mrs Storrow, Mrs Callery, Miss Helen Frost of Kalamazoo (important) Mr Hamerschlag of Pittsburgh (important), Sec[retary] of Bennett School, Millbrook, N[ew] Y[ork]. Had chat with E[lizabeth] Burchenal after dining with P Wheeler & N[orman] Wilkinson at Hotel.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 75. Friday 25 February 1916 - New York

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Wrote Mrs Storrow, Percival Chubb, Coomaraswamy & Fisher (Boston) after breakfast. Interviewed Banker after buying new umbrella! Then to Dr Crampton & Beiderhaze. Fixed provisionally upon 3 courses of 5 lessons each in M[orris] S[word] & C[ountry] Dancing week after next March 6-10. $10 for single courses, $25 for all three courses. Burchenal to lunch & talk till 4 p.m. Then letters to Constance, Maud, Campbell, Chubb, & Mr Thomas Clark (Victor), & Charlie [Sharp] & Mrs Storrow. Went to N[ew] Y[ork] centre C.D. dance after dining with Gray. Reception arranged for next Thursday. Am to meet Percy Mackay sometime on Wed[nesday]. (Mrs R. A. Anderson, 160 W[est] 74th (4149 Col) is arranging this). Class at Gilman studio Wed 5-6.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p76)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 76. Saturday 26 February 1916 - New York — Lincoln, Massachusetts

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Letters after breakfast to Miss E. Fitzgibbon, Drama League Pittsburgh Mary E. Grass, Baltimore Mrs Livingstone, Fort Lodge Iowa. Miss Fitch Chicago. N[orman] Wilkinson came & had a long chat with me. We agreed to lunch Marcosson on Tuesday at 1. Then to Boston by 1 train — met by Mrs Storrow & Lily [Roberts] & motored to Beacon S[treet]. Lily & I dined alone (Mrs S had political meetings) and then all 3 motored down to Lincoln. Very tired by the time we got there & soon all went to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 77. Sunday 27 February 1916 - Lincoln

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Breakfast at 9.45. Then letters as follows Mrs Beach, Ronald [Sharp], Aldrich, Squires Hapgood, Surrette, Mrs Grant (St Louis) Miss Swan (Evanston) Miss Boutelle (Minneapolis) Dr Farnsworth, Karl Young (Madison), & Child. Lunch at 2, then motored with Mrs S[torrow] & Lily to Boston. Committee meeting with Professors Baker, Ward & Peabody. Dined with Mrs S at Women’s Club. Weather terribly cold — not many degrees above zero.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 78. Monday 28 February 1916 - Lincoln — New York

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Went to Dr Ellis, Kensington House, Baylston Street and had a treatment. Then to Oliver Ditsons. Fisher gave me proofs of 5 ballads. Left for N[ew] Y[ork] at 1, looking through proofs in the train. Found stacks of letters awaiting me one from Constance & another from Maud. Dined alone downstairs & spent evening writing letters to Mrs Storrow, Mrs Callery, Miss Trilling Mr Langdon, Miss Brower & Miss E. Evans. Prospects of work at Pittsburgh look bright. Wrote to Constance & other English letters in the evening after dinner here by myself. Went to bed rather early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 79. Tuesday 29 February 1916 - New York

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Telegram from Dr Chubb arrived at 7.30 a.m. asking me if possible to postpone visit to St Louis. Sent off reply. After breakfast wrote letters to Nat[ional?] Arts Soc[iety] (declining invitation to dinner) and Miss Beegle. Had a call from Rabold at 11. Called on Gray and discussed Burchenal & copyrights with him. Lunched here with Wilkinson. Presented letter of introduction to Glenn (who was engaged at a Directors’ meeting). Called on McDonnell at Victor Lab[oratory] and saw Huntington who told me Mrs H away from New York having lost her father. Wrote long letter to Clayton about (1) Cheque from Victor Co[mpany] (2) B’s pirating of my C[ountry] Dances (3) Sellenger’s Round in sheet form. Also letters to Marcosson & Mrs Squires. Called on Miss Gilman & spent the evening with Miss Beegle at 620, W[est] 116th Street.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p80)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 80. Wednesday 1 March 1916 - New York

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Directly after breakfast I finished off letter to Joan. Then an important letter from Chubb came which required a long & careful answer. This I did from the Hotel typewriter — a very indifferent female! Rabold then called to discuss the work I am to do at the Gilman classes. A long cable from Mrs Storrow then arrived about doing M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] dances at Boston in May. Replied as well as I could. Then went to lunch at Players Club to discuss N[ew] Y[ork] Pageant with Percy Mackaye and then at Shakespeare office 10 East 43, with his sister & others.1 Just in time to get up to 120 St, Barnard Coll[ege] to rehearse Morris & Flamborough for tomorrow night, and to get to University Club in time to dine with Fletcher & Julianda. Home at 9.45 to write to Barker & Maud about M.N.D. copyright and to send a long letter to Mrs Storrow about free weeks etc. A very long & tiring day rendered all the more arduous because of a headache & sore throat — neither very bad but both objectionable in the circumstances.


1: ‘Caliban: by the Yellow Sands’, pageant/masque by Percy MacKaye based on The Tempest, and marking the tercentenary of William Shakespeare’s death.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 81. Thursday 2 March 1916 - New York

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Wrote letters after an early breakfast. Then to Gray at 11 to discuss copyrights of gram[ophone] records & to instruct him to register my 8 records at Washington. I looked through Miss Hinman’s, Miss Burchenal’s & Crampton’s books for infringements. Found 2 in Miss B’s Bobbing & Joe & Ribbon dance. G[ray] is communicating with Schirmer. Then to Custom House to get my film freed, but found this impossible. It may be a week or more before I can do this! American red tape is like German barbed wire! Lunched with Gardner at Woolworth Building & had a long talk with him about records which may come in useful later on. Home again correcting Ditson’s proofs — nearly finished them. Went to Academy for reception — nearly 200 there. Taught for an hour "If all the World", "Tideswell" & "Jenny Pluck Pears". Demonstration not very good — except the Flamborough. Afterwards had a long consultation with Miss Beegle, Mrs Anderson & Miss Beiderhaze at a hotel over drinks about the N[ew] Y[ork] Pageant. Fear there is no money in it but I may be advisable to direct it. On reaching home — though 1 o’clock — I sketched out the items of an English interlude. It ought to go if well done.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 82. Friday 3 March 1916 - New York

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Still feeling very seedy with headache & sore throat — neither acute but both very unpleasant. I should not be surprised if it turned out that I were trying to get Influenza! Hope to goodness not, but in any case I shan’t get it badly. Wrote letters all the morning till 11.30 when I lay on my bed in my rug trying to get warm — bad sign! Mistook time of lunch with Aldrich and arrived 10 min[utes] late. Had a long talk with John Glenn after about the Campbell’s & ballads. Wants me to go & see the Campbell’s as soon as possible and suggests that I go there between St Louis and Pittsburgh and that I go to Charlottesville en route to see Professor Alonzo[Alphonso] Smith who has a ballad article in Mus[ical] Quarterly this month. Accordingly wrote to Campbell & Smith. Long letter from Mrs Callery — P[ittsburgh] people are thinking of offering me 900 dollars for 4 weeks. Say I will accept & suggest April. Wrote long letter to Maudie & others posting one to Constance in the morning. Marcosson came to tea & we had a jolly talk for an hour or more. Dined alone as Wilkinson at Yale. Am going to bed early as I feel seedy. Took aspirin at dinner.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 83. Saturday 4 March 1916 - New York

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Had a disturbed night & took another aspirin at 4 a.m. after which I slept well & woke up a good deal better. Still a bit of headache however which disappeared as the day went on. Fletcher & Miss Evans came to breakfast at 9.30. Talked till 11. Made out improved Scenario for Pageant & then went to Gilman studio for class. Taught Upon a summer’s day & Boatman to 4 sides of 6. Quite successful. Mrs S. Anderson lunched with me and we discussed pageant affairs till 3.30. Then to Rabold’s studio where I coach Miss Kilborn in folk-songs. She has a fine voice & ought to do well. Then went to Squires for dinner at 6.30 where I met Brett, agent of Macmillan — discussed war, copyright’s etc. Wire from Chubb early in morning making St Louis engagement for March 29th. Wrote Langdon to tell him date for lecture & Bloomington. Also Mrs Storrow.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p84)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 84. Sunday 5 March 1916 - New York

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Breakfast rather late. Very tired. Worked at Pageant for a couple of hours and then began Queen Jane for Oliver Ditson. Lunched at John Glenn’s 136 E[ast] 19th St. Met Mrs Rice a philanthropic garrulous Y.M.C.A. old lady. Then to tea at Burchenals — a large crowd of rather uninteresting second rate people. Then home to Hotel at 6 p.m. [Norman] Wilkinson was to have dined with me but cried off in favour of Mrs Norman Hapgood. Wrote letters, finished off proofs for Ditson’s, did my washing & cleaned up generally. Dined by myself and spent evening reading English papers at City Club next door of which — thanks to Glenn I am a member. Home 10 p.m. & to bed. Weather very cold with a nasty N & NW wind.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 85. Monday 6 March 1916 - New York

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Went up to Col[umbia] Univ[ersity] to take practice of Pr[incess] Royal with Misses Smith & Binney at 11. Bought a music case, also ticket for Philadelphia for the morrow and got home at 2 p.m. Madewell interviewed me from 4-6 p.m. Dined early & took classes at The Academy from 7.30-10.30. Very successful considering weather. It had been snowing & freezing all day and by the evening after a 6-in[ch] fall the roads were almost impassable. Very dangerous getting about but so far have evaded accident.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 86. Tuesday 7 March 1916 - New York

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Breakfast at 7. Caught 8 a.m. train for Philadelphia & reached Camden, Victor Lab[oratory], at 10.30. Thank heavens I had another conductor — one Mr Rogers — who really was a musician & knew his work — consequently I was able to finish off all the records. With the aid of a taxi from Camden I caught the 4 train back. Arrived at hotel 6.15, found letters & telegrams awaiting me & had great rush in attending to them, getting some food and reaching The Academy at 7.30 for my classes. However, I managed it but was dreadfully tired when I got to my room at 11.45. A very heavy day indeed made more arduous by the state of my side which aches continually.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 87. Wednesday 8 March 1916 - New York

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Breakfast early after a good night which I wanted pretty badly. Wrote letters — Storrow, Callery & Young (Cincinnati) and then went to Mackaye’s where I dictated particulars of Pageant Interlude to typist.1 Wrote several letters after lunch and then went at 4 o’clock to teach at Gilman Studio. There I saw Rabold’s Morris & Sword Class & then taught some C[ountry] Dances including Broom. After a 2 h[our] class I returned to Algonquin at 6.15 with Rabold had something to eat & then went off to the Academy with R for my classes there. Very tired when I got home. Back still very painful. It snowed hard all the morning and, the temperature being low the streets were terrible. It is freezing tonight with N. wind but no snow.


1: Sharp introduced into Mackaye’s ‘Caliban: by the Yellow Sands’ an ‘English Interlude’ depicting May Day in a village of Shakespeare’s time.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 88. Thursday 9 March 1916 - New York

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Wrote parts for Victor people after breakfast — 29 of them, a horrid grind. Then to Hotel Gotham at 12 to see Mrs Callery. Discussed Pittsburgh affairs for an hour & then lunched with her, Miss Newport & Revd S. N. Lay. Got back at 3.30. Found Wilkinson & Marcosson in bar where I had tea. Then letters till 5.30. A short rest, dinner & 6.30 & off at 7 for classes at the Academy. On return found Wilkinson & Mrs Wheeler in dining room. Had my milk & soda with them. Wrote one more letter & am now going to bed — 12.30. Very tired. A lovely day, cold, clear, sunny & frosty. My side rather better. Is it the result of the strain I gave it last night?

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Sharp diary 1916 page 89. Friday 10 March 1916 - New York

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Wrote piles of letters after breakfast. Robert Jones came to lunch with me to discuss costumes for pageant. Is to come again on Monday next at 11.30. Wrote more letters, learned[?] up dances, dined by myself — having had tea with Marcosson & Wilkinson — and then off to last dancing classes at the Academy. Went fairly well. Taught amongst other things Hearts Ease. Terribly tired on my return but glad that the classes were over. Had milk & biscuits with Mrs Wheeler & Wilkinson & to bed at 12.30.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p90)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 90. Saturday 11 March 1916 - New York

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Letters as usual after breakfast and then made out lists of costumes and analysed music for the Masque. Took copies to 10 E[ast] 43 [Street] to get typed. Took dance class at Miss Gilman’s studio at 12.30, taught Grimstock, Heartsease and Hyde Park. Lunched at City Club with Perry of the Russell Sage Foundation and had a long talk with him afterwards to 4 o’clock. Wrote letters to Tet etc & then went off to dine with Miss Newport at 222 W[est] 59th S[treet]. Very pleasant little dinner and afterwards went with her to Chiltern’s 22 E[ast] 15th S[treet] where I met a motley lot of people including Dr Guthrie, Forsyth, the Grays etc. Saw Miss Newport home & returned to Hotel 12.30. Very late to bed I guess! Wilkinson sailed for England by the Rotterdam. He breakfasted with me.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 91. Sunday 12 March 1916 - New York

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Late breakfast with Mrs Wheeler. Letters till lunch when Cecil Forsyth came & we talked about many things till 4 p.m. Called on the Hectors — found Mr H in bed — then to Miss Beegle’s where I met Mrs Anderson & Miss Beiderhaze and we discussed Masque matters at great length till 10.30. Then home & to bed fairly early. Rather a restful day which I wanted badly. An important express letter from Mrs Callery came at 5 p.m. which I answered immediately.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 92. Monday 13 March 1916 - New York

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Letters as usual after breakfast with Mrs Wheeler. Jones came at 11 and told me of difficulty with Mrs Alexander about costuming the English scene of the Masque. Went out & bough razor auto-strop which seems a solution of my perennial difficulty with regard to my morning shave! In the afternoon went to the Woodleigh School 114th S[treet] to meet Miss Beiderhaze & teachers to instruct the latter in Black Nag, Tideswell, Brighton Camp & Row Well. Came a bad smash over the latter — accidents will happen. Dined hurriedly on return & then to St Agatha’s School 87th S[treet] to see Mr Farwell about music for masque & afterwards to take practice of E.F.D.S. members. Taught Winster Proces[sional] & Reel, Tideswell, Helston & singing games. Read synopsis of masque & described May Day and its meaning. Received very satisfactory accounts of last week’s classes from Miss Beiderhaze. Returned here for milk & biscuits with Rabold & then to bed rather late.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 93. Tuesday 14 March 1916 - New York

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Went off at 10 to Customs & Washington S[treet] about my cinema film. Dodged between the two places trying vainly to get it. At last got hold of a decent fellow & find that I may get hold of it tomorrow! Three hours of precious time wasted. Found Julianda awaiting me at lunch at 1. Had a nice quiet lunch with her & then went & saw her nice new rooms at W[est] 39th. Returned at 3 to meet Jones who took me round to Mrs Alexander’s where we 3 had a 2 h[our] consultation about costumes. Returned at 5 about my telegram from Victor which came in an unintelligible form earlier in the afternoon. Still unable to understand it but got a telephone message at 6 which cleared matters up & wrote a letter giving them what they wanted. Had Jones to tea & consulted further with him. Dined alone and then to Rabold’s about Padstow May Song & dance taking him music which I had written from memory & harmonized. Returned after 11 and then to bed. Very tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 94. Wednesday 15 March 1916 - New York

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Another long morning at the Customs, 3 hours, but finally returned in triumph with the film. Weather dreadfully cold snowing hard all the time. Find it rather trying. Went in the afternoon to the Woodleigh School again & taught Helston, Tideswell, Black Nag & My Lady Cullen much to Miss Beiderhaze’s delight. Back at 6 & began long business letter to Maud. Wrote to Barker acknowledging cheque & then when I went down to dinner heard that Barker had just arrived & was in his room. He went out almost immediately and I have not yet seen him. Curious fellow he is! An important letter from Mr Clark about Victor Records, & another important one from Dr Chubb both of which occupied me all the evening. Also wrote Lady Gomme. Expect I had better go to Camden tomorrow but don’t want to in this horrible weather! especially as I have the Academy affair in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 95. Thursday 16 March 1916 - New York

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Breakfas early & took 9 train to Camden — a very cold morning but fine though very slippery. Saw Mr Clark for a while & was left to go through records myself. All right except Merry Conceit which must be done again. Mr C disappeared & left me with Mr Harold D Smith to whom I explained what I thought of the Victor people generally! He was nice & polite. Train very late & did not get back till 6 when I found letters confirming my engagements at Kalamazoo, Cincinnati & Pittsburgh much to my delight. Held exam for C[ountry] D[ance]’s — two candidates whom I did not plough but postponed. Took a long & enthusiastic class of members & taught them Black Nag, Grimstock & Chestnut. They all seemed very pleased. Had drinks afterwards with the Grays & Chilton. The latter told many funny stories especially "One toot & yer oot". Home rather late & very glad to get to bed. Weather very fierce.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p96)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 96. Friday 17 March 1916 - New York

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Breakfasted early and set to work at letters. Interrupted by visit of Miss Browell — very nice but just a little mad! Went out had a long business talk with Gray, went to Shakespeare shop, saw Farwell a parson called Kent and left copy to be typed. Bought some figs at Childs. Lunched here with Barker. Then more letters till Cecil Forsyth came to discuss instruments for masque. Long & interesting talk with him. Walked with him to the Flatiron[?] & bought some tobacco for tom[?], also tooth brush etc. More letters till dinner. Dined with Mrs Wheeler, then more letters till my arm completely gave out. I wrote 20 altogether and some of them very long ones! Much to do before I get away on Sunday.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 97. Saturday 18 March 1916 - New York

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Wrote long letter to Miss Young of Cincinnati after breakfasting & saying good bye to Mrs Wheeler. Went out at 11 to get words of May Song at Public Library, made friends with Music Librarian & saw that my books were all there. Clinton[?] came at 12 and we talked for a long while about records of my tunes on the pianola[?] and other things till close upon 2. Then lunched with Miss Burchenal here. Partly corrected proofs of Masque Synopsis and then to tea with Miss Evans where I met a youngish fellow Mr Robert Wheelwright from whom I noted down 5 Chanteys. Then to dinner with Rabold at Brevoort’s at 6.30 en route to Petrushka1 at the Neighbourhood Theatre at the invitation of Miss Lewisohn. Went behind after and had a long talk with her & her sister, promising to let them know when I returned so that we might arrange a meeting & a talk. Escorted Miss Gilman & friend home, finished proofs & posted them and now to bed!


1: Ballet (1911) with music by Stravinsky.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p98)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 98. Sunday 19 March 1916 - New York — Asheville, North Carolina

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Wrote a couple of letters and after 2_ h[ours] packing managed to get my clothes etc sorted into their respective boxes. Left Hat box, Ulster, suit case portmanteau & empty film case behind at Hotel. Caught the 1.8 train at Pennsylvania station, lunched & dined in the train. My car got a hot-box between Washington & Salisbury & we were held up about 1_ h[ours] at a wayside station while they put a new brass in.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 99. Monday 20 March 1916 - Asheville

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Arrived at 1 about an hour late. Mr Campbell met me and drove me up to his house in a cart with a pair of horses. Lunched with and made the acquaintance of Mrs Campbell. Had a walk in the woods in the afternoon feeling very headachy and did some ballads with Mrs C in the late afternoon. A lovely place with a grand view of the mountains. The house is practically in a pine wood about 2 miles from the station overlooking the valley in which Biltmore station is situated. Had long talks in the evening and went to bed about 10.45. Slept well though there was a thunderstorm. Vegetation very backward. Practically no signs of Spring though the weather is so warm. Biltmore is about 2400 feet up. Answered telegram from Mason Gray of Rochester.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 100. Tuesday 21 March 1916 - Asheville

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Weather quite warm & everything looking very fresh & nice after the thunderstorm. Wrote several letters of some importance and sent telegrams to Chubb & Miss Hinman, to the former about second public demonstration next week at St Louis, & to Miss H refusing offer for week beginning April 9th. Went through a great many ballads with Mrs C[ampbell] in the morning and again after dinner mid-day & after tea in the evening. Shall get through them all I hope tomorrow.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 101. Wednesday 22 March 1916 - Asheville

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Finished ballads in the morning with Mrs C[ampbell]. Am going to take some away with me to copy into my books. Mr Campbell brought two men to lunch with us Mr Norton of California and Mr Hart of Russell Sage Foundation. Went a walk with Mr C in the woods and after dinner went to Presbyterian College close by and taught and talked for 3 hours from 7-10! I taught a squad of girls Sellenger’s Round and Black Nag and afterwards went into a room upstairs & talked to the staff about various matters, trying to set them thinking! Rather tired after & very glad to get to bed. Weather very warm in the morning & blew a gale for the rest of the day, getting much colder in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 102. Thursday 23 March 1916 - Asheville

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A perfectly lovely sunny cloudless day after a cold & windy night. Wrote to Mrs Storrow in the morning after breakfast & then walked into Asheville with Mrs C[ampbell] to Mr C’s office where I consulted maps of the mountain country to make plans for August. Then bought my ticket for St Louis arranged about my luggage (about 23 dollars!) and then walked into Grove Park a beautiful suburb of Asheville with Mr C & called upon Dr Vincent an old man permeated with Herbert Spencer’s views. Then came home to lunch and rested in the hammock in the library. Played several tunes etc to Campbell and Miss Sheck came in & stayed to dinner. Went to bed about 11 after discussing with C about the August campaign, outfit, Maud & Lily etc.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 103. Friday 24 March 1916 - Asheville — St Louis

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Went carefully through all the ballad tunes again with Mrs C[ampbell] and decided to take copies of them with me to put into my books etc. Started early in a trap to catch the 2.55 for St Louis, driving round the hill on the way to the station. The journey to Knoxville very beautiful indeed through the mountains & weather very warm Stayed 3 h[ours] at Knoxville, dined at the Atkin hotel and walked about the town, 6.30-9.40 when I boarded the train again, had a pipe & then turned in — very hot & stuffy. Train got stuck up in the night for some reason I have not been able to discover and made it impossible to sleep. In the morning heard we had lost 4_ hours in the business.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 104. Saturday 25 March 1916 - Asheville — St Louis

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A long dull & uninteresting day. The scenery the greater part of the way was nice but nothing very startling. The most striking sight was Louisville with the Ohio river which is a grand and huge stream. Very few people on board & very slow travelling. After Louisville we went rather under 30 miles an hour stopping every 3 or 4 miles at a wayside station. Some rain and one hail storm, otherwise fine & still very warm. Arrived at St Louis at 11.30 just 4 h[ours] late and drove in a taxi to Westmorland Hotel, pronounced West mor land with strong emphasis on middle syllable. Very glad to get to the hotel but of course I shall not get my trunks till tomorrow. The check system is an abominable one!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 105. Sunday 26 March 1916 - St Louis

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Mr Hagenow[?], newspaper man interviewed me from 11-1. Then to lunch at Chubb’s where I met Miss Grant & consulted about work. Got back at 4.30. Mr Leslie Thompson who is in this Hotel motored me to Mrs O’Neil’s for supper where I found a great reception of 60 or 70 people awaiting me. A very gorgeous supper. I had to speak and play the p[iano] f[orte] rather an ordeal through which I came but fairly. My throat is bothering me very much and I am wondering how I am going to stand the work here this week which is clearly going to be very strenuous. Got to bed a little after midnight.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 106. Monday 27 March 1916 - St Louis

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Breakfasted at 8.15 and got to work at letters. Miss Tiernay the secretary turned up at 10 and discussed plans. My mail with letters from home, Mrs Callery, Miss Frost, Miss Young etc came at 11.15. Chubb called for me at 12.15 & took me to lunch at the City Club to meet the Committee of the pageant at lunch. Then I went on to the library and took a rehearsal at 3 and then the first 2 classes at 3.30-4.30, 4.30-5.30 returning just in time to dress & go off to my lecture. A Bumper audience. I did fairly well but it was a difficult — in some respects an impossible — place to speak in. Still people were interested. It will be nice to see what sort of audience I have tomorrow. I believe I am speaking every day this week! My throat held out wonderfully, far better than I ever expected it would and I talked for 1_ h[ours]. Mrs Travers[?] & her husband brought me to & from lecture in their motor.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 107. Tuesday 28 March 1916 - St Louis

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Wrote letters till 11 when I was interviewed by a newspaper woman. Took class at 12, then was photographed at Gerhadt Sisters’ Studio. Wrote letters till 3.30, took class at 4-5, then home to dress etc & motored by Mr Gundlach to lecture which went fairly well. Long telegram from Mrs Callery urging me to get Maud out to help me at Pittsburgh. A very heavy and tiring day. but my throat is gradually getting better. In other respects I am pretty well.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 108. Wednesday 29 March 1916 - St Louis

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Many letters in the morning and then to town sending following wire to Maud. Could you sail April 8th or 15th & join me at Pittsburgh? Class 12- 1, then lunch and lecture at women’s town club, long talk with Chubb at City Club about Pageant. Class 4-5 then home for _ h[our]. Dinner at Jefferson with Swope, Miss Rumbold, Hull & his brother. Class 8.15-9.30, then to private dance club, Mrs Thompson, Tausig & Co & home at 11.30! pretty tired!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 109. Thursday 30 March 1916 - St Louis

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Wrote many letters after breakfast & then worked out songs for May pole procession to be sung by different guilds. Took class at 11, then to City Club (men) and talked till 2. Lunch with Chubb & Fischer & discussed music of pageant.1 Class 4-5, and again 7.45-10.15. On getting home got cryptic telegram from Maud "Can manage fifteenth shall I book St Louis?". Have instructed them to repeat from New York.


1: The masque/pageant ‘Caliban: by the Yellow Sands’ was being repeated at St Louis and Cincinnati.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 110. Friday 31 March 1916 - St Louis

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Cable repeated the same. Ascertained from American Line office that the St Louis leaves Liverpool on 15 April, so it means that Maud is going to take passage on that ship. Cabled her "Yes. Delighted". Had a long talk with Miss Grant about her delinquences. She took it well but rather hard to fathom. Then took 12 class, motored to lunch at Miss Bernay’s. Back to City Club to go through costumes with Swope, scenario with Chubb & Platt & Gundlach. Class at 4. Chubb came back here to tea & to discuss Victor imbroglio. Dinner & classes 7.45-10. Found letter from Miss Young awaiting me telling me to put up at Hotel Gibson. Have taken train ticket & checked luggage. Leave by 10.40 tomorrow night, arriving at Cincinnati about 7.50 a.m. on Sunday. Fare 8.65. Con[ductor?] 2. Baggage 1 i.e. 11.65 in all.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 111. Saturday 1 April 1916 - St Louis — Cincinnati

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Chubb called at 10. Packed my boxes till 11. Then went down to 12 p.m. class. Afterward to meet & harangue University professors, Lones, McKenzie & co, Chubb presiding. Then an hour’s talk from 3-4 at Library about foundation of Society. Classes 4-5. Home with Chubb to discuss final matters. Paid Hotel Bill (34.77) and motored down in Thompson’s car with hand luggage to classes 7.45-10. Thompson took me to station and I went off by the 10.40 for Cincinnati (Big Four route). A very good permanent way compared with Southern Railway and slept rather better than usual.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 112. Sunday 2 April 1916 - Cincinnati

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Arrived at Cincinnati at 8 a.m. taxi’d to Hotel Gibson, washed, shaved etc & then had breakfast. Telephoned to Miss Young who arranged tea for afternoon, and wrote a large number of letters. After lunch slept on my bed for nearly 2 hours when my baggage arrived. Changed my clothes and then met Miss Young & several professors & people downstairs in the Hotel at tea. Mr & Mrs Reed, Mr & Mrs Chandler, Mr & Mrs Retting & others whose names I cannot remember. Went out & bought throat spray as I am very hoarse and am getting anxious about my throat for this week’s talking. Unpacked, dined by myself, and went to bed fairly early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 113. Monday 3 April 1916 - Cincinnati

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Nice quiet morning by myself breakfasting at 9 a.m.! Wrote to Constance and then went for the Carolina Ballads revising 8 or 9 of them in Mrs Campbell’s copies, and putting them into my own book. Then went out for a whistle for my classes. Throat still very troublesome but spray seems to have done it some good. After lunch went to University being very much amused and a little frightened by the "incline railway" up which the trolley climbed! Talked to Professors from 3-4 & then went to classes in Gym. Hopeless pianist and had to play myself. A crowd of people. Then dined with Miss Young and took evening classes another two hours. Got back to hotel very tired & rather depressed. Classes didn’t go so well as last week though material better in many ways. Chief trouble the lack of a decent pianist. Changed my room this morning at the hotel as the first one was too poky & airless. Weather rather warm but dry.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 114. Tuesday 4 April 1916 - Cincinnati

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Wrote several letters after breakfast and then copied eleven of Mrs C[ampbell’s] tunes into my book. Went up to the University by 3 & took private practice till 4, then usual 2 classes till 6. Dined with Miss Young at University and then the usual two classes 7.30-9.30. Accompaniments quite hopeless — had to accompany myself at both classes! Very tired when I got back with a lot of letters from home to read and some to answer before going to bed! Throat rather better but not much to boast of at present. Weather still very warm. Not so stimulating as heretofore and do not feel so fit as I did at St Louis.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 115. Wednesday 5 April 1916 - Cincinnati

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Had a baddish night coughing. I don’t know what to do about my throat. Letters after breakfast & did 3 or 4 tunes of Mrs Campbell’s. Then to University at 12.30 for lunch with the President Mr Dabney of Somerset. Lectured for _ h[our] or so to the faculty. Then motored round Park with Miss Young & Ogden to select site for pageant. Rehearsal for lecture at 3.15 then classes 4-6. Dinner with Professor & Mrs Read (he is the librarian) and classes 7.30-9.30. Bad accompanist this afternoon and none this evening. Really very trying & tiring. I am pretty well done up! Heaps of letters from home etc on my return & telegrams from Langdon & Mrs Storrow enclosing cheque for ballad- collecting.1 Going to bed absolutely fagged out. Hope I may sleep without coughing. Shan’t get up till late.


1: Helen Storrow gave Sharp $1,000 towards his Appalachian collecting work.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 116. Thursday 6 April 1916 - Cincinnati

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Another broken night coughing. This place I find very relaxing. If I come here again will try & get rooms higher up. Wrote a lot of letters after breakfast and then got lantern slides etc into order for lecture. Was interviewed at length after breakfast by Mrs Enaline(?) and gave her one of my photos. After lunch was motored up to University with Miss Young. Had a rehearsal of cinematograph film & dances (Rufty & Hey Boys) & then lectured in Univ[ersity] Auditorium. From 4-5.35 showing cinema, slides & dances. Seemed very successful. Audience crowded, some standing. Dined at Univ[ersity] by myself and after a pipe went over to Hughes High School and took evening classes 7.30-9.30. They danced 11 dances quite decently Peascods, Sellengers, 2 Processionals, Maze, Bl[ack] Nag, Row well, Butterfly, Rufty , Heartsease & Sweet Kate. Seem to be suddenly interested & getting into the dances. Applauded & encored quite a number of them.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 117. Friday 7 April 1916 - Cincinnati

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Went out after breakfast to Willis 137 West 4th S[treet] to arrange about keeping a stock of folk dance sheets etc. This he promised to do. Then got typist to do a long letter to Child for me which I posted before going out. Then trolleyed to Chandler’s house in Warren Avenue Clifton to lunch. From there to University where I lectured from 4-5.30. At 6 I was entertained at a big dinner given to me by the Faculty & students of the University. At 7.30-9.30 took usual classes as well as my fatigued self could taker them. Dr Ziegler very kindly motored me down to my hotel in a horrid snow storm. Packed etc & got to bed soon after midnight.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 118. Saturday 8 April 1916 - Cincinnati — Kalamazoo

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Finished packing, bought railway ticket & arranged about checks (8.95) for Kalamazoo. Wrote some letters and then went to University to take classes 11-1. Lunched with Miss Young & Mr Read the Librarian. Then classes again from 2.30-4.30. Taught Jenny Pluck Pears, Fine Companion & Hit & Miss, making 14 dances in all — not bad for a week’s work. Got back to hotel about 5.15, washed & finished off packing of small luggage. Miss Young then met me and we had a nice little dinner together at the hotel which was very pleasant indeed. I caught the 8.5 train for Kalamazoo, feeling very tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 119. Sunday 9 April 1916 - Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Arrived at Kalamazoo at 4.55 a.m. very sleepy although I had slept but little owing to my cough. Made for the Park American hotel just opposite the station. Engaged a nice room and after airing it, turning off the steam heat & reducing the temperature retired to bed where I slept till 9.15. Late breakfast & then letters to lunch. Afterward Miss Frost & Miss Fancrook[?] called & we discussed matters. I walked back with them to the College a very large building about 1_ miles from here. Returned to hotel at 5.30.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 120. Monday 10 April 1916 - Kalamazoo

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Wrote two letters and several ballads into my books in the morning. Had some coffee & crackers at 12 and then went up to Normal College to lecture 1-2. Had some milk & a pipe & rested till 3. Then C[ountry] D[ance] class till 4 and folk-song class till 5. A hasty return to Hotel & dinner and back again for classes 7-9. Telegram from Child asking me to return contracts at once. Get Miss Frost to witness them & do them up on my return ready to go after breakfast tomorrow. Rather a heavy day and I am glad it is bed time. A very lovely day and not so cold as yesterday — quite like spring.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 121. Tuesday 11 April 1916 - Kalamazoo

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Sent off contracts & letter to Child. Wrote to Constance and then did ballads. Went out to do some shopping buying tobacco, collars & [....?] to fill my swan filler. After lunch Dr Cameron called and took me for a motor ride depositing me at College at 3 for my classes. Returned to dinner at 5.45 and back again for classes 7-9 which showed for the first time as if they meant to go. Very tired of course but fairly well, but the gymnasium is very trying to my voice. The whole college is very noisy — the main Michigan railway runs at its foot.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 122. Wednesday 12 April 1916 - Kalamazoo

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Quiet morning writing letters and doing my ballads. Dr Cameron motored me up to College where I lectured with slides from 2-3, classes 3-5, dinner with faculty classes 7-9.30. Rather too long & sustained an effort and felt over done at the end of it with the same feeling in the region of the heart that I felt last year at Boston & Pittsburgh.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 123. Thursday 13 April 1916 - Kalamazoo

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Had a baddish night. It was terribly noisy outside what with motors, trolleys & trains especially about 1 a.m. Was interviewed by Miss Draper for a Kalamazoo paper at 9, then went up to college & gave Miss Frost & seven others a special class teaching them Newcastle & Nonesuch. They are a gad lot. Then home & lay down on my bed till lunch time. Got through classes fairly well in afternoon. Then dined by myself at the Blue Bird, Bendick[?] S[treet], and returned to take classes from 6.30- 8.30. After short interview about pageant with Miss Fancrook[?], was motored home in heavy rain. Weather very close & sultry all day, but rain promised a change to cooler weather.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 124. Friday 14 April 1916 - Kalamazoo

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Had a good night & feel all the better for it. Weather much cooler, and quite fine. Went up to the College for special class at 10 and decided to pass all the 8 for C[ountry] D[ance] certificates — they are quite good & have learned Chelsea Reach, Nonesuch and Newcastle in 2 mornings. Lectured at 2 with slides, then classes 3-5. Home to rapid dinner & back again to classes 7-9 before large audiences! Signed certificates & received fees from Miss Frost tacked on to my cheque. Have done most of my packing so as to get my boxes off tomorrow at 10 o’clock. Hope to catch 10.5 train for Pittsburgh. Still rather seedy but expect I shall pull through all right now if I am careful for a day or so. This cooler weather is good for me.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 125. Saturday 15 April 1916 - Kalamazoo - Pittsburgh

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Finished packing. Class 11-12 — presented certificates to 8 students. Have taught at Kalamazoo the following Helston, Tideswell, Gath. Peascods, Sellengers, Black Nag, Rufty, Heartsease, Merry Conceit, Row Well, Butterfly, Three Meet, Sweet Kate, Jenny Pluck Pears, Confess, Old Mole, Summer’s Day, Maze on a cree, If all the world, Chelsea Reach, Nonesuch, Newcastle, Oranges & Lemons, Hunsdon House, Hey Boys, Broom Bonny Broom. After lunch went & took class 3-4, came home and arranged about journey wiring to Mrs Molyneaux, then entertained Miss Frost to dinner at Blue Bird, took my last classes 6.30-8.30 & left by 10.5 train. Arrived at Fort Wayne at 1 a.m. and waited a miserable 2 h[ours] for sleeper, 3.5 a.m. & then at last to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 126. Sunday 16 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Arrived in Pittsburgh at 10.30, really 11.30 by Eastern time. Mrs Molyneaux met me with car & drove me up to University Club. Comfortable room. Miss Sherar telephoned me & suggested drive this afternoon but I cried off feeling very tired. Have been lying down nearly all day after unpacking & getting things into order. Mrs Shiras telephoned & asked me to dine with her at 7.30 and this I did she sending a car for me. Met a Mr McClintock there who sang some very interesting Indian songs. He lived with the Indians for many years. Had a very nice evening & got home about 11 p.m.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 127. Monday 17 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Was to have begun with the Playground people at 10.30 but they put me off till tomorrow. Mrs Callery returned from Atlantic City unexpectedly this morning and said she would take me for a drive at 12 and lunch with me here. I looked through proofs of ballad book in the meanwhile. Bassage, Mrs Shiras & Geoghehan were here to lunch so we had a nice party, I arguing at great length with Bassage who is a native of Paris & I should say a very interesting man. Then I took a class at the drama school coaching them for dances in Winters Tale they are doing next week. At 6.30 I dined with Miss Sherar the Stevens’ being there & then to the E.F.D.S. room. I made a long speech & showed cinema film they showing the Pittsburgh film. Afterwards danced till late. Home at 11.45 very tired. A most exciting day, but nice to be amongst friends again.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 128. Tuesday 18 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Gave the Playground people a good two hours in the morning from 10.30-1. I have about 40 people with a good sprinkling of men. I do first hour C[ountry] dancing, 2nd hour morris & sword in equal dollops. They are an intelligent lot & make a nice class. Then to the Drama class at 3.30 and after dining alone to the E.F.D.S. from 8 to nearly 11. Dr Schleiter came back with me here to milk & biscuits. I like him though he is a German. But he is clever and anything but pro-German. I am doing dances for Winter’s Tale which the Tech. boys are doing next week. Sellenger’s round for general lot, Heartsease for Florizel & Perdita & two others, and I have yet to compose something for the Satyr dance.1 I can’t think of anything at present, but am too tired to think and may do something tomorrow.


1: ‘Tech-boys’: students of the Carnegie College of Technology, which included a drama department. The dances Sharp arranged were for Act IV Scene 3 of The Winter’s Tale.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 129. Wednesday 19 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Mrs Molyneaux called at 10 to discuss about music from Gray. Then to Playground class which was again very successful. Taught them new Peascods, Mage on a cree, Black Nag, Winster Process[ional] & Morris Reel and Helston & began Kirkby Malzeard Sword Dance. Lunched by myself & then made a shot at Satyr dance to tune of Scotch Cap — an excellent tune for the purpose. Did Drama Class in afternoon. Dined quietly at the Callery’s in the evening walking home about 11.30. Weather getting warmer.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 130. Thursday 20 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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A very close & muggy day. Took Playground class in morning 10.30-12. Went over to Schenley Hotel with Mrs Molyneaux to see about rooms for Maud & myself — very expensive I fear. Then to Drama class where I tried Satyr dance which will I think do quite well after a little practice. Then home to find any number of letters from England sent on from N[ew] York including a most egregious epistle from Clayton of Novellos — O ye lawyers! E.F.D.S. class at Duquesne Gardens till nealy 11. These evening classes are rather trying. Very tired indeed and rather stiff after teaching satyr dance!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 131. Friday 21 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Wrote to Gray after breakfast & then went through some proofs. Mrs Callery then called for me & we saw some rooms which we thought might do for Maud but we came to the conclusion they wouldn’t. Lunched at Ellsworth Av[enue] with Miss Sherar, then went a motoring thorough the park and saw Bakst pictures at Carnegie Institute. Then took rehearsal of Winter’s Tale dances. Walked home in pouring rain, wrote one or two letters & then went to Mrs Callery’s to dine. After dinner went to Miss Dunanck to meet Miss Young from Cincinnati; we with Miss Seymour had a long & interesting talk. I walked home — nearly _ hour — sometime after midnight.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 132. Saturday 22 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Finished proofs; wrote one or two ballads into my book and then took trolley into town to do some shopping. Bought things at Druggists, cigarettes, collars, 2 pipes etc & returned about 12. Mrs Callery called for me in motor and told me she had arranged for Maud to live at the Century Club & for us to have an office at the Schenley Hotel hard by — which seems a very good arrangement. Lunched with her after trying[?] over some of my proofs, then taught Mary the Bampton bacca-pipes jig, afterwards taking rehearsal of Winters Tale dances at Tech. Got very wet walking back. Dined here & then was motored to Tech for further rehearsal Mrs Callery calling for me at 9 & taking me to meeting at Miss FitzGibbon’s house concerning interlude in Mackaye Pageant. Returned with her & Mrs Shiras to have milk & biscuits & then home here about 11.30 utterly tired out.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 133. Sunday 23 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Wrote several letters after breakfast which I had very late — 10.20! Then to lunch at the Callery’s. Called by app[ointment] on Mr Seymour, Dunanck & Young at 5 & met many interesting people there. Back to Callery’s to dinner where Mr Gonnard[?] Orr joined the party. Walked home at 10 and had a drink in smoking room which led to a general talk & discussion with other members lasting till 1 a.m! Telegram from Maud came in the afternoon saying that she would arrive here at 6.55 a.m. tomorrow. So gave orders to be called early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 134. Monday 24 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Called at 5.45. Callery came with the car at 6.30 & took me to the station where the train arrived to the tick. Maud [Karpeles] looks very well & delighted to be at the end of her journey. She brought a whiff of home with her and made me feel a bit homesick especially about Joan because she will miss Maud the most. We breakfasted here viewed our office at the Schenley Hotel & then walked on to Mrs Callery’s about 9. Back to the office at 11.30 and then again to Mrs C’s for lunch. I went to theatre at 3.30 & tried to teach fidler the tunes for the W[inter’s] T[ale] dances. He said they all sounded alike — which as he plays them was more or less true - & advised me to get a rag-time player! Back to the office for an hour & then to dress & clean up for dinner at my club. Class of E.F.D.S. from 8-10. Milk & biscuits at Mrs C’s walked home to bed very tired. A long & exciting day.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 135. Tuesday 25 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Class of Playground people from 10.30-12.30 while Maud took Miss Sherar’s school. Directly after M and I went into the town by trolley to do some shopping & then lunched together here going afterwards to class of children at 3.30-5 and the adult morris 5-6. Dinner here at 6.45 and a meeting in the evening at which Postgate showed children’s games — Oats Sweet Peas — King William — School girl - Roman Soldiers & Barbarees, I spoke & Maud danced Jockey [to the Fair] & Pr[incess] Royal & we demonstrated Confess, Heartsease, Rufty & Hey Boys and then got up a general dance Butterfly & Three Meet. Afterwards home & bed. A very busy day indeed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 136. Wednesday 26 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Class of Playground people at which Maud helped me with the morris. This is going very well and I have arranged to take extra class at 10.30 on Friday morning for certificate people. Afterwards lunch at Club together, where I went to rest & Maud to take Mary & Nancy at morris jig. I took class at Drama School and then came back to do some letters with Maud. We dined together here & then took E.F.D.S. class in the evening — quite successful — over 40 people in second class at 9-10. Very wet night & glad to get home.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 137. Thursday 27 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground class 10.30-12.30 & then a short lesson with Mr Close & Miss McClenahan[?]. Went back with Mrs Callery to lunch and had a long talk with her & Maud afterwards. Then back here to do some letters while Maud took Mary & Nancy at morris. Met Maud at office & did a lot of letters. Afterwards dined here and took advanced E.F.D.S. class 8-10.30, trying M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] dance at finish. Hope to do this at final demonstration in the last week. Back rather late and wrote letter to Constance. Now to bed past midnight. Made myself very breathless to night doing a little dancing. Must be careful.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 138. Friday 28 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Woke with one of my bad headaches. Took special Certificate class of Playground people from 10.30-12.45. Then to University to talk to students about May day celebrations. Drama boys at Tech from 3.30-4.30 then to Maud’s class at Duquesne Garden. Wrote one or two letters at office, dined here and took class (E.F.D.S.) 8-10. Head pretty bad, on & off, all day. Weather rather better.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 139. Saturday 29 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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No classes in the morning so Maud & I went into Pittsburgh to shop. Rather nice for a change. Returned in time to lunch at Mrs Callery’s to meet several people, Miss Gilchrist, Miss Sherar, Mr Stevens etc. We had a general E.F.D.S. talk afterwards. Then a motor drive in the park with Mrs Callery till 5 when we took a Morris Class. Afterwards dressed & went with Miss Sherar & others to Winter’s Tale. Sheepshearing scene a great success — the dances quite good. That was the one redeeming scene in the whole play and as a matter of fact was far better than the corresponding scene in Barker’s production.1


1: Harley Granville Barker’s contact with Sharp came about because he introduced folk dance into his 1912 production of The Winter’s Tale, using dancers from Mary Neal’s Esperance Guild.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 140. Sunday 30 April 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Rather sleepy but got over to office at 9.50. Worked out M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] dances technically and then wrote long letter to Clayton. This took us up to 1.20! Then to Mr Shiras to lunch to meet Miss Vermachen(?) and had an interesting discussion about the influence of puritanism on Art. A drive in the park and then held a 2-h[our] rehearsal at Duquesne Garden. Did M.N.D. dance & several others. Rather interesting. Then to Mrs Seymour’s where I met Mrs Lichfield & Rebecca — both first rate pianists. Geohegan, Schleiter, and many interesting people there. Left with Maud at 9, had a light meal at Schenley Hotel, saw M[aud] home and am now ready for bed myself.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 141. Monday 1 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Quiet morning at office writing letters and then to Carnegie Library to see books on folk song & advise purchases. Lunched at club & then to Mrs Callery’s where Maud was teaching Mary & Nancy. Had tea & then motored to Tech. for class. Dinner at club and then E.F.D.S. class at Duquesne.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 142. Tuesday 2 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground class at 10.30-1, then lunch at Mrs Callery’s to meet Miss Beguin[?] & Mr Spare[?] of Sewickley. Then to class of children 3.30-5, & morris class 5-6. Dinner at Club & class 8.30-10.45 of advanced E.F.D.S. people finishing up with rehearsal of M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] Mound dance. Did new dances, Whirligig, Oaken Leaves & Put on thy smock on a Monday. All good especially first two.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 143. Wednesday 3 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground class 10.30-12.45 during which Mr Ashe, Mr Adams of the Academy, and Mrs Callery etc came in. Class going very well. Taught Confess & Hunsdon House. Afterwards walked back with Mr Shiraz & Callery. Lunched at 1.45 with Maud, had half an hour’s rest, wrote letters, Romeicke, Belman, Storrow,Maurice Brown, then had tea & a talk with Mrs Callery. Motored to Theatre to take Tech. students, walked back in heavy rain with Mr & Mrs Meredith. Dined with Maud & took evening E.F.D.S. class 8-10. Very muggy all day till evening when after storm it got quite cool.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 144. Thursday 4 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground class 10.30-12.30 when Mr Ashe brought 4 University Professors to see the dancing including Dr Bassett. Interview with Mrs Mattern at 20th Cent[ury] Club at 3 concerning Mr Watson of Eyrie who may want classes there. Tea with Mrs Callery at 3.30. Tech. 4.30- 5.30. Dinner with Mr Shiras to meet Mr & Mrs Browne etc. Advanced class later till 11 p.m. Home very tired indeed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 145. Friday 5 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Certificate class from 10.30-12.30. I however left at 11.15 in order that I might lecture at the Tech. school, showing lantern slides. Rather a small audience but I managed to interest them I think. Maud carried on my class in my absence. Helped her at children’s class in the afternoon. In the evening she took my E.F.D.S. class while I dined with Mrs Callery & lectured at East Liberty Branch of The Carnegie Library. Poor audience & lecture to match. Piano so out of tune I could not use it! Home rather depressed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 146. Saturday 6 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Wrote long letter of introduction to Lily who is now in Cincinnati then went into town to shop with Maud. Went to Stehring[?] about some new spectacles, lunched at Hannah[?] and returned about 2.15. Took morris class at 5 and dined with Mrs Callery going with the children & Mr Orr to the movies to see the Maid of Portici with Pablowa in the title role.1 Rather dull but interesting in many ways.


1: The Dumb Girl of Portici, film (1916) directed by Lois Weber. Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), actress.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 147. Sunday 7 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Letters with Maud all the morning. Lunched at the Club. Then at 4 to the Garden to take M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream] rehearsal at which however failed because Dr Schleiter & others didn’t turn up! Mrs Callery drove me to the Golf Club to take tea with Mr Shiras. I met a lot of interesting people there including Dr White of the University. Went a walk with Maud on to the top of the ridge by the University and then came back to dinner, strolling round to Mrs Callery’s later on. To bed fairly early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 148. Monday 8 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Letters with Maud in the morning. Early lunch. Tech. practice in Margaret Morison Coll[ege] — large attendance. Class at Garden from 5- 6.30 & again in the evening from 8-11. rather a long day but an uneventful one.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 149. Tuesday 9 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground 10.30-12.30. Meredith coming to sing Captain’s song at Sword dance — Kirkby. Then to lunch at Athletic Club at the invitation of Bassange & Scaife where I met Chancellor McCormick, Dr Davidson, Dr Cramer (Carnegie Librarian) Dr Aitcheson (Penn[sylvania Coll[ege]) Payne. Had a very interesting talk. Then to see children’s class (latter part of it) and to take Morris class 5-6. Dined at Club with Maud.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 150. Wednesday 10 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground Class till 12.45 when Maud & I went into Pittsburgh by trolley to see after my spectacles. We lunched there & returned about 2.30, had tea at Schenley before I went to Tech school for lessons. Dined with Mrs Callery & settled form of reprint of Miss Boutelle’s article.1 Maud took first part of 3-h[our] class in the evening while I managed the rest of it. Weather terribly hot, with strong dry hot wind.


1: G. H. Boutelle, ‘A Leader of the Folk Dance’, The Bellman vol.20 pp.429-31 (15 April 1916).

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Sharp diary 1916 page 151. Thursday 11 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Playground class till 12.30. Then to lunch at Athletic club with[Iden] Payne the actor-man — very interesting conversation with him. Then the Gilchrists called & motored Maud & me into town to catch the trolley to Butler a town about 35 miles away. We took a troupe of dancers including 6 Playground swordsmen & gave an hours entertainment there — very enjoyable trip. Got home soon after midnight — very tired of course. Weather rather cooler but still quite fine. Posted long letter home to Constance.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 152. Friday 12 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Exams from 11-2. I had to leave at 12.45 to lunch with Bassange at Schenley Hotel where I met Solomon, Erhadt (Public Schools music) William Poel, O’Brien, Payne etc. Afterward Mrs Callery called for me and motored me to her house gave me tea & took me to Tech where I gave my last class 4.30-5.30. Had a long talk with Eyres afterwards. Dined with Mrs Callery & then went to see Mrs Close’s class of morris & c[ountry] dancing which was very good. Then to class at Garden from 8-11 & home to bed fairly worn out. Weather very fine but cool. Asthma getting rather troublesome.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 153. Saturday 13 May 1916 - Pittsburgh

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Packed hard till 11 then to Schenley to meet Maud & have a cup of coffee. Then to Garden to take a private class, Miss Whitehead, Mrs Vermachen[?] etc. Lunch with Mrs Callery to meet a lot of people where the Bellman article was written. Home for a rest and dress for evening affair. Dined at the Callery’s, took chair at Annual Meeting of E.F.D.S. at Garden and superintended C[ountry] D[ance] Party after. A great success. Over 100 people dancing. A short Demonstration in the middle, consisting of Kirkby Sword Dance, Jockie [to the Fair] and Pr[incess] Royal (Maud), Ladies Pleasure (Meredith), Confess, Argiers, Boatman & Picking up Sticks (I danced in Confess) and finally M[idsummer] N[ight’s] D[ream]. Mound Dance. Went on till 11 p.m. Home very tired to bed. A very warm sunny day.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 154. Sunday 14 May 1916 - Pittsburgh — New York

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Left by 9.52 train at East Liberty. Mrs Callery saw us off, Dr Schleiter & others. A very pleasant journey through wonderful country. The Horse Shoe bend very marvellous. Arrived at 7.30 in thoroughly cold dank weather! Terribly tired but train journey to a certain extent restful: the first comparative quiet I have had for weeks. Talked to Mrs Kirk on the train. Dined at Algonquin at 8.15 unpacked & went to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 155. Monday 15 May 1916 - New York

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Went out after breakfast with Maud, first about type-writer, then to Bank and afterwards to Gray. Lunched at Vanity Fair. Then back to Algonquin when Mrs Anderson fetched us, picked up Miss Beiderhaze, and motored to Stadium. Returned at 5 to have interview with Gardner respecting Columbia Records. Dined at 6.30 with Rabold. R & Maud to Miss Gilman’s studio for lesson while I went to Stuyvesant Gym for rehearsal of Interlude. Drove back with Mr Mackaye & Fuller. Had milk with Maud & then to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 156. Tuesday 16 May 1916 - New York

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Krehbeil came at 10.30 to interview me about Masque & stayed to 12.30. Then to Library to get Twankydillo and to lunch, Maud & I, at Women’s City Club, Hotel Vanderbilt with Ernestine Evans. Then home to do letters till 7 when Mrs Anderson & Farwell called to have long interview about music. Dined at 8.15, talked over details of masque & went to bed at 10.30.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 157. Wednesday 17 May 1916 - New York

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Wrote out music for clarinets & string quartet. Took me practically all day. But Miss Valentine lunched with us and we three went a shopping afterwards. I left Maud at this & returned to my music which I finished about 5.30. An early dinner and then masque rehearsal not at Stadium as had been arranged but at the Foyer of the Opera because of the wet. A very indifferent practice. Find things very slipshod. Properties unmade. Brinton, Urban’s understudy, returned with me Rabold & Maud to Algonquin where I explained to him The Padstow H[obby] Horse etc. We all had dinner together. I sent a long night letter to Mrs Storrow & arranged to go to Springfield tomorrow night instead of Friday morning so as to get back from Friday night’s rehearsal.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 158. Thursday 18 May 1916 - New York — Springfield, Massachusetts

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Maud seedy, so I had breakfast alone. She came in about 10 and made a very frugal meal. I went off to 86th St[reet] (10) to make arrangements about musicians, saw Farwell and fixed matters up with Streitz. Returned & wrote letters. Had lunch with Maud. Rested for a while. Wrote more letters & then left for Springfield by 5 train arriving at 8.38. Put up at Kimball Hotel, quite a good place. Mrs Storrow out, but expecting me. She came back about 10 p.m. we had drinks together & then to bed, both pretty tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 159. Friday 19 May 1916 - Springfield — New York

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Breakfast at 8.30 & then motored to Northampton with Mrs Storrow expecting to meet Mrs Gibbs there, Mrs G not turning up we went on to Amherst & saw rooms etc for the classes at Summer School. I caught the 1 p.m. trolley back to Northampton, the 1.30 train to Springfield & the 2.33 to N[ew] York arriving at 6.30. Dined with Maud & then to the Stadium at 8 for rehearsal of clarinet men etc. Waited about for Interlude rehearsal till 11, and no sooner had we got on the ground than it pelted with rain so we all had to go home! Not a single rehearsal shall we have now before the performance! Home at midnight terribly tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 160. Saturday 20 May 1916 - New York

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Went with Maud to Gray, to Meyrowitz about glasses, bought a "sailor hat" from John Knox and lunched with Glenn of Russell [Sage] Foundation where I met Mr Woods head of Settlement movement. Went up to N[ew] Y[ork] University College Hall about pageant, returned home to tea and then to Stadium for rehearsal. My back began to bother me again very acutely and I went to bed in some pain feeling very rheumatic & seedy.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 161. Sunday 21 May 1916 - New York

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Breakfast at 9 after a broken night — found it hard to get into a comfortable position. Wrote letters all the morning except when Mr Stuart Walker called. He is the Portmanteau Theatre man and I gave him drinking song tune from Gammer Gurton’s needle.1 Rested, after having lunch at Cafe des Beaux Arts, had tea, and then a walk with Maud. Gardner came to dinner & we discussed Columbia contract at some length after. He suggested (1) I be allowed to conduct (2) 2-year contract (3) 10 dollars per side (1 or 2 tunes) for supervision (4) 2 cents royalty on each side. Is to write me further on the subject.


1: Gammer Gurton’s Needle, play of uncertain authorship first printed in 1575. The ‘drinking song’ was ‘Back and Side Go Bare’.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 162. Monday 22 May 1916 - New York

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Felt very seedy indeed & in considerable pain when I got up. Went to see Chubb at Wellington Hotel at 10 and had a long talk with him. Miss Beiderhaze & Miss O’Keefe called at 2 & we made several arrangements about Interlude & fixed up a special rehearsal at 7.15. Had a short rest & then went to tea with the Lincolns at 43 Fift[h] Av[enue] — very pleasant. Then up to Stadium for rehearsal in drizzling rain. Got some very indifferent food up in Broadway & then went back for one part of the final rehearsal which really went rather well. Got home about midnight, had some supper & went to bed feeling rather better!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 163. Tuesday 23 May 1916 - New York

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Soaking wet day. Went up to Stadium in the morning to see about Hobby Horse - as it wasn’t ready for me. I heard then that the first performance of the Masque was postponed till tomorrow. Had a rest after lunch, then tea in our rooms. Went to Public Library for rules of F[olk] S[ong] S[ociety] but failed to get them. Had dinner with Maud. A quiet evening & to bed early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 164. Wednesday 24 May 1916 - New York

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A little shopping in the morning then to Maxine Elliot theatre to Mrs Callery’s box to see Marie Tempest in A Woman’s Name.1 Met Mr Franklin (American Line) Miss Montgomery, Marcella, etc. Maud & I had tea and then a hurried dinner & up to the Stadium for first performance. Thing went pretty well but too many dancers on ground. Musicians played everything too slow except Morris Reel which went far too fast.


1: Marie Tempest (1864-1942), English singer and actress whose real name was Mary Etherington. I have not been able to identify the play.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 165. Thursday 25 May 1916 - New York

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A little shopping in morning, then met Mrs Callery & Mrs Chilton ("Aunt May") & motored down to Dobbs Ferry about 25 miles away to see Miss Gilman’s & Rabold’s school show or Allegory. Very aesthetic C[ountry] D[ance] & morris dancing. Had tea there then drove to Garden Club, dropping Aunt May at station on the way, where we dined very pleasantly & proceeded to Stadium.1 Performance went very well & English Interlude most popular. Drove back to hotel after a very jolly day. Weather delightfully warm & sunny.


1: ‘Caliban: by the Yellow Sands’ ran for five nights from 23 May at the Lewisohn Stadium, City College, New York.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 166. Friday 26 May 1916 - New York

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Letters to Fisher etc after breakfast. A little shopping and lunch at The Old English Café in 43rd St[reet]. A rest & then to tea at Hotel Gotham with Mrs Callery, "Aunt May", Chilton, Mrs Alccut[?],Miss Sherar & Mary. Maud & Mary danced and I played. Left about 6.30 walked home, read letters from home & then had dinner at 8. Wrote some more letters & now to bed at 11. Weather beautiful, warm, but not too hot, & very sunny. My back nearly well again.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 167. Saturday 27 May 1916 - New York

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Packed after breakfast, then to Miss Gilman’s studio where I discussed with her & Rabold arrangements for her Summer School. Then to Gotham Hotel to lunch with Mrs Callery & discuss plans with Miss Beiderhaze. Home to have some tea, continue packing & write letters concerning [Robert] Jones’s costume drawings. Iden Payne came to dinner afterwards. More packing & to bed at midnight. Very warm day, but colder after 3 p.m. with thunder & rain in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 168. Sunday 28 May 1916 - New York — St Louis

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Finished packing of heavy luggage by 10 a.m. Afterwards wrote numerous complimentary letters to Mackaye, Farwell, Alliston, O’Keefe etc. Had early lunch & caught 2.5 train from Pennsylvania Station for St Louis. Weather terribly hot and we felt quite ill in the train until the evening when we got to higher ground & cooler weather. Prospects of night anything but exciting!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 169. Monday 29 May 1916 - St Louis

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Had a horrid night and woke up with a very bad headache. Took an aspirin at breakfast and got gradually better as the day wore on especially as it got cooler. Felt very tired & washed out however as we neared St Louis which we reached punctually at 5.25. Then motored to Buckingham Hotel, had a wash-up & quick dinner & then to Miss Lambkin’s class, which was very fair, & Mrs Hardcastle’s which was very bad. Mrs Post an excellent person escorted us she being Chairman of dancing committee.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 170. Tuesday 30 May 1916 - St Louis

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Mrs Post called for us at 10.45 & drove us to see the site of the pageant. Here we met Gundlach, Le Beaune, Miss Tiernay Miss Anglin etc and had more or less heated conversations about stage etc, in the end reaching a compromise — suggested by Maud — that our scene should be an epilogue instead of a prologue. Then to lunch when Editor of Star phoned me about Mrs Hardcastle who was exciting the papers against me about her dancers whom I excluded for incompetence.1 Her interview appeared later and amused us, rather than frightened us! Saw Miss Bates’s students at 4 which were very good. Then after a quick dinner saw Miss Lancaster’s which were even better. After that Miss Martin’s which were quite good. Weather very lovely but hot and very muggy in the stuffy rooms. Now home again very hot sticky & tired & so to bed.


1: See St Louis Times 30 May 1916.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 171. Wednesday 31 May 1916 - St Louis

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Went up to Clark’s in the morning to settle about costumes & properties. Lunched at Planters Hotel, then saw Miss Lamkin’s milkmaids dance & sing Dabbling in the Dew. Home for tea & then to Miss Boehm’s class which was excellent. I taught them Scotch Cap. In the evening we saw an impossible Morris side of men & then a moderate lot of dancers — Miss Cady’s. Cold drinks very acceptable when we got back to hotel.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 172. Thursday 1 June 1916 - St Louis

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A very warm summer’s day with bright & hot sun. I looked through proofs in the morning while Maud made out group plans for pageant. Then to lunch with the Chubbs while M[aud] took practice of Morris boys. Mrs Post & M came back & had tea with me in our room. Dinner early & then to general meeting & Miss Bates’s studio where I ran through clarinet players, harangued company about the Interlude etc. Home late after a very hot but successful day’s work.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 173. Friday 2 June 1916 - St Louis

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A nice morning at home writing letters & looking through proofs. Lunched with Gundlach to discuss proceedings concerning E.F.D.S. branch here. He gave me a free hand. Rehearsed on ground at 4.30. Rather a muddle. Arrangements very bad and ground soppy & dirty. The Posts dined with us and spent the evening. Very pleasant. A heavy thunderstorm in the morning & weather rather cooler afterwards.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 174. Saturday 3 June 1916 - St Louis

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Went to High School early to practice boys at Morris dance. Back to lunch with the 7 heads of groups. Rehearsal 3.30-6.30. Rather better than yesterday but I am afraid it is not going to be very good — the stage is small & stagey! Dined alone and afterwards Maud snoozed on the sofa while I wrote out band parts for the clarinets — Fischer having muddled them disgracefully. Weather warming up again.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 175. Sunday 4 June 1916 - St Louis

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Letters all the morning till 12, when we went to the ground with Mrs Post to see about costumes in a tent stifling with heat. A very hot day. Then back to lunch & again out to field at 3.15 for dress rehearsal. This we got through with considerable success except for the music. We went through the scene 3 times at least. Then back to hotel very hot & tired at 7. Had dinner, walked round to the Chubbs where we sat on the verandah & talked. To bed fairly early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 176. Monday 5 June 1916 - St Louis — Cincinnati

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Raining a little when we got up & very cloudy. Maud went to Morris boys practice while I packed. Then at 11 I went to Musicians Union in Pine St[reet] for rehearsal of clarinets — made Mr Trovato my leader. Back to Hotel where Maud & I finished off the packing of our trunks which went off at 2. Then in the afternoon we wrote many letters & cleaned up generally. About 6 the weather took a turn for the worse & the performance was officially cancelled. A nice anti-climax! However, we exchanged our seats on the 1 a.m. train for some on the 9.30 & got down to the station in comfortable time.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 177. Tuesday 6 June 1916 - Cincinnati

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Rather a bad night as the road was very uneven — the Ohio & Baltimore Line. Got rather indifferent rooms at Gibson Hotel, bathed, changed & had breakfast. Rained hard all night and was still pelting when we arrived at the hotel. Went up to University at 1 and held rehearsal in Gymnasium. Afterwards en route to Miss Young’s to tea the motor ran into the curb and in backing out I got the middle finger of my right hand in the hinge of the door & crushed it badly. Dr Caldwell of Ludlow Avenue put a stitch in it. Suffered a good deal of pain. Lily dined with us in the evening at the hotel.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 178. Wednesday 7 June 1916 - Cincinnati

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Finger very painful. Hold another rehearsal at Gym. Show postponed till Friday. Have had to give up my week in Asheville so have decided to stay here. Had an early dinner and then took a practice at Gym of 8 men & 6 women. Taught them Scotch Cap, Picking up sticks & Put on thy smock.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 179. Thursday 8 June 1916 - Cincinnati

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Up to gymnasium at 10.30 to take rehearsal of 2 clarinets as the others can’t play tomorrow. Went back to Hotel for lunch then to doctor & class of Morris Sword etc. Back to Hotel to write mail letters. Wrote Legge, Constance etc. Miss Young & Lily came to dinner & we spent a pleasant evening. Weather very showery & cold. Finger getting on all right but very uncomfortable.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 180. Friday 9 June 1916 - Cincinnati

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Went to doctor to get finger dressed at 1 then to show in Burnt[?] wood. I looked after the musicians. It went well. Had tea at the fair, then returned to superintend dancing on the lawn 7-7.30. Back to dinner at 8.30 & to bed very tired but pleased that show had gone as well as it did. Weather held up wonderfully although there were a few showers.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 181. Saturday 10 June 1916 - Cincinnati — New York

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Maud’s friend Kurby[?], a ship acquaintance talked with us at break fast time. Packed & settled up things in the morning & then to the University to lunch & meet Alphonso Smith. A large gathering President Dabney in the chair. I made a speech — fair. Then to the doctor who did my finger & explained to Maud how to bandage it etc in future. Had tea settled up at the hotel & caught the 5 train for New York, Lily meeting us at the station & going with us. Quite a number of students saw us off — Miss Young & Helen Beck of course among them.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 182. Sunday 11 June 1916 - New York

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Breakfast at 9 after the usual stuffy night on the train. Arrived at N[ew] York at 3 and taxi’d to the Algonquin. Found a tremendous lot of letters awaiting me. Had a wash, some tea and then went out to buy medicaments for my finger & call on Miss Gilman about the arrangements for the Summer School course I begin on Thursday. Back to the hotel, unpacked & dined at 7.30. Afterwards wrote many letters all going to bed at 10.30 very weary.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 183. Monday 12 June 1916 - New York

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Breakfast fairly early. Then to Packhard Theatrical Agency and to H. D. Williams who wants me to do the dances in his production of Galsworthy’s play "A Bit o’ Love".1 We all 3 lunched at Old English place in 43rd St[reet]. Afterwards I rested for a while. Then Maud made tea — I wrote several letters — and Raybold came to join us at dinner at Vanity Fair. Afterwards we went to a Vaudeville & saw some dancing mostly indifferent. Ginger ale on return & bed.


1: Play (1915) by John Galsworthy (1867-1933). Sharp had arranged the dances for its London production.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 184. Tuesday 13 June 1916 - New York

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Telegram from Miss Burchenal about the Gilman classes. Maud seedy. Called on Gray who is away for a month but saw Trench & talked business with him. Wrote 3 important letters to Mrs Post, Callery & Storrow. Lunched with Iden Payne at the Beaux Arts meeting Wanger and a Metro[politan] Opera man, one Cottone(?). Te’d at home & drafted constitution for U.S.A. Branch, then walked out with Lily & bought some flowers for Maud. The latter better when we returned & was dressed in her best so we all went out & dined at the Beaux Arts. To bed early.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 185. Wednesday 14 June 1916 - New York

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Wrote letters in the morning sending E.F.D.S. constitution to Mrs Storrow, after showing it to Mr Rabold who approved of it. Went to Dr Frederic Wilson, 40 East 41st St[reet] with Maud in the afternoon. He dressed my finger & is to see it again on Saturday. Maud Lily & I went to movies at The Strand in the evening & had drinks (ginger ale after).

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Sharp diary 1916 page 186. Thursday 15 June 1916 - New York

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Went to Miss Gilman’s school in the morning 10.30-12.30. Maud & Lily danced very well and things went brilliantly. All lunched here and Lily went off to Boston by 5 train while Maud & I went again to the school from 5-6.30. Dined at Old English Cafe & wrote letters all the evening. Weather quite cold. Glad to have my new coat from Stenison.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 187. Friday 16 June 1916 - New York

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Gilman school again from 10.30-12.30. Then to lunch at Brevoorts with Rabold & Eric Parson while Maud entertained Margaret Valentine elsewhere. School again as usual in afternoon. Mail letters after dinner & sent cable to Miss Kennedy about Pittsburgh app[ointment]. To bed at 10.30 very tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 188. Saturday 17 June 1916 - New York

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One or two letters after breakfast, then some shopping when I bought some stationery a pair of outdoor shoes & some black silk stockings. Then Maud & I lunched with Miss Gilman. Rabold & Eric Parson were there & we had a most interesting talk. I then went to a chiropodist to have my feet put in order for Amherst — a regular foot-day — tea in our rooms and dinner at Old English. Letters at night & then to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 189. Sunday 18 June 1916 - New York

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Breakfast at 9.30! Letters to Mrs Storrow etc. Lunch at Beaux Arts with Iden Paine & Wanger. Tea at home. I wrote a 4-dance when lying down. Went to supper at the Burchenals. Rabold came in after & we rehearsed several fours and tried my new dance which may become quite nice with a little alteration. Home rather late.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 190. Monday 19 June 1916 - New York

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Gilman School at 10.30. I talked on C[ountry] Dance. Lunched at Henri’s with Stuart Walker — a very nice & interesting talk. Rested awhile, then tea here and off to the Gilman school at 5-6.30. Dined at Algonquin & then made for Washington Irving [School] to attend meeting to found Community Drama Asso[ciation] in N[ew] York! Rather a dull affair but worth going to on business grounds.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 191. Tuesday 20 June 1916 - New York

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Gilman School. Met M. Gee a Frenchman there who was very interested in our work. AlsoMr Bingham the "Dobbs" musician. Lunched with Maud at Henri’s. Dined at Algonquin very hurriedly and then went to St Agatha’s school for general meeting of N[ew] Y[ork] Centre. Spoke to the meeting & then was presented with "gold" medal & decorated there & then! Afterwards a huge crowd of dancers assembled and I taught them Oranges & Lemons & Picking up sticks, Maud doing a Jig and she, I, Rabold & Miss Burchenal doing C[ountry] D[ance] fours, in between the two dances & after the second. Any number of dancing masters present. A most successful meeting on the whole. It showed that the interest in our dances is steadily & surely growing apace.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 192. Wednesday 21 June 1916 - New York

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Gilman school where I gave a long address on Art & Dancing. At 4, I held an exam giving 7 certificates. Lunched here with Wanger after a long talk with G. Barker. Miss Beiderhaze had dinner with us & we had a long conference after up to 10.30. It was all very interesting & amusing. She is a curious but able person. To bed at 11.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 193. Thursday 22 June 1916 - New York — Springfield

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A very busy morning. Packed till 11, then to Dr Frederick Wilson (40 East 41st) to have my finger looked to. He said I could do without bandages, merely protect it with a stall. Then to Remington people to arrange about typewriter for Joan. Home again getting my slides from Underwood, fixing up my boxes. Barker lunched with us at 2. Tea at 4 and caught 5.3 train for Springfield en route to the summer school. Couldn’t get a room at the Kimball; nearly got caught at a beastly pot house — the Cooley — finally secured rooms at a very decent place Hotel Worthy[?]. To bed awfully tired at 11.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 194. Friday 23 June 1916 - Springfield — Amherst, Massachusetts

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A little shopping — feeling very tired — then letters home to Constance & Joan, found Read, Mrs Storrow’s chauffeur by chance and motored after lunch to Amherst, arriving about 4. There we met Lily, Mrs Storrow & plenty of other friends. Looked over Agricultural College & our own rooms etc, teaing & dining with Mrs Storrow.1 Made out lists in the evening for the morrow and went to bed fairly early as we have to make an early start in the morning & we are a good mile from the teaching rooms.


1: The 1916 Summer School was held at Massachusetts Agricultural College (founded 1863), now part of the University of Massachusetts.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 195. Saturday 24 June 1916 - Amherst

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Began classes at 9.00 rather 9.30 before we got under way as the arrangements were not very good. Classroom good but rather dirty. Students rolling up famously and a very nice lot of them. Lunched at the College caffetaria quite pleasantly. Rested for a while, had tea with Mrs Storrow & then to afternoon session. Gave a small demonstration (at which I danced Rufty Tufty & M Conceit with Mrs Storrow) after my talk. Did some shopping in the evening and made friends with Hopkins prof[essor] of Chemistry in Amherst Coll[ege].

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Sharp diary 1916 page 196. Sunday 25 June 1916 - Amherst

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Breakfasted at Amherst Hotel — won’t go there again in a hurry!! Rabold came round in the morning and Maud Lily & I with him practised my new dance Daphne — goes quite well. Lunched at Prospect with the Steinbergs then rested, had tea and then a long private talk with Mrs Storrow at her house. Dined with Rabold & the rest of the staff at Prospect. Mrs Storrow, Charlotte Foss, the Steinbergs, Fifine [Peabody] & Miss Chapin all came up to my room & talked & frivolled[?] To bed at 10 as School begins at 8 a.m.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 197. Monday 26 June 1916 - Amherst

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Breakfast at 7. We were called at 5.30 instead of 6 and Maud actually got up at 5.30 in error! The first full day of the school went spiffingly. We lunched at the College Commons & dined at Prospect. More people joined the school so we shall have over 60 people this week. After dinner M[aud] & I went to Professor Hopkins where we metPresident Meiklejohn of Amherst College, Prof[essor] Stack[?] Young, Stanley Lee of Northampton ( a very interesting man) a Mr Glass whom I rather took to and a woman who was chief of Holyoke Coll[ege] who wants me to teach at her place. Returned home at 10.20 & to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 198. Tuesday 27 June 1916 - Amherst

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School as usual. Raybold sang at the morning song-hour and things generally go pretty well. We had a dance in the Chapel in the evening at 8- 9. Quite successful in its way.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 199. Wednesday 28 June 1916 - Amherst

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Nothing especial to record. School as usual. Coached Mr Wheeler in songs after dinner and then we all went to the Drug store and sat at the counter drinking ginger ale etc.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 200. Thursday 29 June 1916 - Amherst

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Gave a demonstration in the afternoon in the Drill Hall. Really a very good one but scarcely anyone from Amherst turned up which was a great pity & a terrible waste of effort. C[ountry] Dance Party in the evening a great success.

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Cecil Sharp Diary 1916 (1916/p201)  

Sharp diary 1916 page 201. Friday 30 June 1916 - Amherst

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Exams in the afternoon. 6 entries for El[ementary] Cert[ificate] & 5 for C[ountry[ D[ance] Cert[ificate]. All passed — a very unusual result. Some of them very good indeed e.g Mr Vichmann & Mr Gardner & Mrs Gibbs in El[ementary] & Miss Logan & Miss Smith in C[ountry] D[ancing]. In the evening we were entertained by a so-called Am[erican] Indian woman who gave a first class faked show of pseudo savage dances & songs decked out in Grand opera fashion. A terrible affair, attended of course by the whole neighbourhood!!!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 202. Saturday 1 July 1916 - Amherst

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Usual classes etc. Mrs Storrow who arrived last night was present. I gave a long talk at 5 p.m. describing difference between folk and cultivated art and then pointing out how our understanding of this was sufficient to answer 3 questions often asked of me. Why should cultivated people trouble about the rude art of the unlettered? What is the age of this or that? Why trouble our heads about an art in the stage of infancy? A very nice dance in the evening, somewhat sparsely attended.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 203. Sunday 2 July 1916 - Amherst

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Letters with Maud in the morning. Then round to send telegram to Miss Young and to call on Mrs Storrow to ask her to tea. At lunch Miss Young unexpectedly turned up! looking very well & very pleased to see us. Mrs Storrow & Miss Young to tea. Music in the evening with Rabold.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 204. Monday 3 July 1916 - Amherst

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Usual classes. School about same size as last week. Miss Young unwell and in bed. Talked about Chanties in the afternoon, Rabold singing several by way of illustration. Miss Young ill in bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 205. Tuesday 4 July 1916 - Amherst

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Independence day. We gave a demonstration in the afternoon in the drill hall and then repeated it to another huge audience. A much quieter & les boisterous day than at Eliot last year. Weather sultry & inclined to rain.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 206. Wednesday 5 July 1916 - Amherst

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Getting very warm again. Usual classes but people rather tired with heat & work yesterday. Lectured on Ballads in the afternoon, Rabold, Miss Kilborn & Wheeler illustrating. Miss Willard & Mrs Abbott came over in the afternoon and stayed for my lecture & we all dined together at Prospect house in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 207. Thursday 6 July 1916 - Amherst

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Demonstration in the afternoon went fairly well but not so well as last week. A very good audience. We did the Kirkby Malzeard sword dance, Meredith doing the part of the Captain. In the evening I showed my slides in the Stockbridge Hall and everyone seemed very pleased with them. Miss Willard came over again in the morning with another friend whose name I cannot remember.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 208. Friday 7 July 1916 - Amherst

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Usual classes in the morning. In the afternoon we held examinations & awarded 7 Elementaries & 5 C[ountry] D[ance] certificates failing two for the C.D. In the evening we met the Amherst Summer School students in the Drill Hall and gave a very good demonstration — the best perhaps that we have ever given.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 209. Saturday 8 July 1916 - Amherst

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Classes in the morning. The Executive of the Branch met in my room at 3 to tea. Then we went to College and held General Meeting of the Branch from 5-6.30. We passed the new Constitution I had drawn up and elected the following as officers for the year. President, Mrs Storrow; Vice Pres. Mrs Callery; Treasurer Miss Hinman; Com[mittee] members Dr Chubb, Miss Young, Rabold & Miss Beiderhaze. A very successful & pleasant meeting. In the evening Miss Hinman, Rabold, Mrs Storrow & myself conferred at great length.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 210. Sunday 9 July 1916 - Amherst

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Letters all the morning. A very hot day. Had a long talk with Miss Hinman about my week in October. Said I was prepared to make it a fortnight if necessary. Stuck out of 100 dollars extra for Maud if classes materially increased in number. She advised me to close with Maurice Brown’s offer of the Little Theatre.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 211. Monday 10 July 1916 - Amherst

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Usual classes at the school. I lectured on Morris & Sword dances in the afternoon. Classes rather smaller than last week. In the evening I lectured at Stockbridge Hall to a large audience showing cinematograph films — Handsworth & Pittsburgh — which seemed to delight everyone. The President of the Ag[ricultural] Coll[ege], and many of the Faculty present.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 212. Tuesday 11 July 1916 - Amherst

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Maud unwell so I took her classes teaching Cuckoo’s nest, Parson’s Farewell, Upon a Summer’s Day & Lady in the Dark in the morning, and None so Pretty & Molly Oxford in the afternoon. Lectured on the Country Dance.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 213. Wednesday 12 July 1916 - Amherst

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Maud still unwell but came to the school. I taught part of her classes in the morning and took the Jigs in the afternoon. I lectured on the Modes at which several outsiders were present. Weather terribly hot and everyone found it hard to work — both staff & students.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 214. Thursday 13 July 1916 - Amherst

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Still terribly hot, but thunder in the morning and a heavy downpour in the afternoon which interfered somewhat with the Demonstration. Nevertheless we had a very fair audience. Rabold, Wheeler & the Merediths left immediately after the affair was over. Very tired when it was finished. C[ountry] D[ance] Party in the Drill Hall in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 215. Friday 14 July 1916 - Amherst

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Last day of classes. Stopped at noon when I lunched with the President & met the Faculty in a conference respecting the advisability of planting the dances in the rural villages for social recreation. Then exams at 2.15. Passed several Elementaries & Country Dances, but ploughed 3 or the former & 1 of the latter. Packed afterwards & then dined with Maud & Lily at the Clover[?] Inn. A very nice dinner.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 216. Saturday 15 July 1916 - Amherst — New York

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Up early breakfasted at Cooly’s and settled up a/c etc & then motored with Lily & Maud to Northampton & caught the 11.4 for Springfield and the 11.55 for N[ew] York arriving at 3.30. Went to the Algonquin and got nice rooms but not high up. Very tired. Boxes arrived in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 217. Sunday 16 July 1916 - New York

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A very quiet day. Breakfasted at 9, wrote letters all the morning & lunched at Algonquin. After tea bussed to Central Park which was too hot & crowded for comfort. Dined at Beaux Arts very extravagantly & to bed all the better for a quiet day, after a long talk with Mrs Storrow at the Belmont Hotel.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 218. Monday 17 July 1916 - New York

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Met Gardner at the Columbia Laboratory 102 West 38 St[reet], from 10-2. Not very satisfactory but decided to try records on Wed[nesday], Th[ursday], Fri[day] & Sat[urday] mornings. In the afternoon went a shopping with Maud. Rabold turned up to dinner & stayed the evening with us. He stays at this hotel for the week. Did some proofs of the O[liver] Ditson book in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 219. Tuesday 18 July 1916 - New York

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Proofs all the morning till 12 when M[aud] & I shopped, I getting some pyjamas, Maud presenting me with a tie and buying a Madagascar grass curtain for Constance. Lunched here, then after tea went to Woolworth Building to discuss contract with Gardner. Home again & more proofs before dinner. Rabold came in after dinner & we did much music together.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 220. Wednesday 19 July 1916 - New York

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Letters after breakfast then went shopping at the Chinese[?] place, buying presents for the Gilman’s in the evening and a pair of garden scissors for Constance. In the afternoon Miss Hamilton came to tea and we fixed up about Toronto in December. Rabold then came in & we got into flannels & all went to Miss Elizabeth Gilman’s birthday party at the Gilman studio. Dr Wilson couldn’t come unfortunately but Miss Scovill was there & Miss Browell came in later to practise dances for the morrow. Maud Rabold Miss Scovill & I all went & had cold drinks at the Biltmore getting home here at 12.30.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 221. Thursday 20 July 1916 - New York

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Wrote several important letters in the morning, then went out to buy stationery note books etc for collecting. Lunched at Hotel & then went to Gilman Summer School at 3.30 to distribute C[ountry] D[ance] certificates. Had a grand tea there then went on to Columbia Teacher’s Coll[ege] where I lectured before a very large audience on Folk Dance: Maud, Rabold doing Jigs and with Miss Browell & me 4 — C[ountry] D[ances]. Dined with Rabold here in the evening & to bed early very tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 222. Friday 21 July 1916 - New York

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Letters after breakfast then up town to the Chaliff school where I made his acquaintance & saw some very seedy & indifferent dancing.1 After lunch to Columbia Gramophone place where I made several records with a very tired band. A very unsatisfactory business & mismanaged. Wrote a lot of letters & sent several telegrams & then dined at hotel with Rabold who spent the evening with us in talk & music. Weather stiflingly hot.


1: Chalif School of Dance, opened 1905 by Louis H. Chalif (1876- 1948), Russian-born ballet dancer.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 223. Saturday 22 July 1916 - New York

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Hotter than ever. Sent more telegrams about Asheville trip & then went out to make enquiries at S[outhern] Railway office. Finally took tickets to Knoxville by 3.45 on Sunday & decided to try & get through by Copper Hill & Murphy arriving at Asheville on Tuesday evening about 6.47.1 Lunched with Rabold & said good bye to him. After a rest had tea & began to pack.


1: Serious flooding had washed away part of the railway line from Washington to Asheville.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 224. Sunday 23 July 1916 - New York - Asheville

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Got boxes off at 11. Weather stiflingly hot. The Gilmans, Susan & her sister came to lunch to say farewell. Then we taxi’d to the station and began at 3.40 a very hot & tedious journey. It didn’t get any cooler as we went along and I found it very trying.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 225. Monday 24 July 1916 - New York — Asheville

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Weather still very hot. Arrived at Knoxville at 2, texi’d over to the L & N Station & checked our luggage & got tickets for the train leaving 4.34. Tried to get lunch at the Atkin Hotel but the dining room was closed! So we had a very dirty & indifferent meal at a second rate restaurant. We bought some cheese etc at a provision shop for the journey. Very hot still & train very primitive. No parlour cars! Very crowded & very slow. When at last we reached Copper Hill, about 10 p.m., Maud’s suit case was missing — we fear stolen!! The rooms at the Blue Goose where we stayed were just execrable. However, we made the best of it as there was nothing else to do.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 226. Tuesday 25 July 1916 - Copper Hill — Asheville

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Breakfast — such as it was — at 5.45 or 6. Then to station — glad to say good bye to the Blue Goose! Train didn’t start till 7.45! Made enquiries about suit case etc. Train went very slowly and at last arrived at Murphy about 11.30. There we hung about after changing stations for the Southern Railway till 3.30 when we began the last stage of our journey. It was only 125 miles but it took us till 11.30 to do it. Wonderful mountain scenery. The Campbells met us at the station & drove us to Biltmore. We were just done up and glad to get to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 227. Wednesday 26 July 1916 - Asheville

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A quiet day at Blithewood1 although Maud had to go into Asheville to shop and make good some of her losses. Mr Campbell’s sister Mrs Ruth Carledge & her children were staying there. We decided to start for the mountains next day so I spent a long time scheming what to take in my suit case & dispatch case which was the utmost I could take with me. Very nice to see Mrs Campbell again but wish she was able to come with us.


1: The Campbells’ home on the Biltmore estate.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 228. Thursday 27 July 1916 - Asheville — White Rock, North Carolina

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Breakfast at 7, then we motored to Weaverville where we transferred ourselves & luggage to a pair horse Surry and started across the mountains to White Rock, via Marshall. One of the most frightening experiences I have ever gone through. There was not a vestige of a real road until we got to Marshall, nothing but deep mud, sometimes nearly up to the axles, or huge stones & boulders. Marshall a horrible place, smelling very badly after the devastating flood it had suffered. We eventually arrived at Dr Packhard’s, White Rock at about 6 p.m. taking pretty well 11 hours over the 13 miles. A small but comfortable little house. Weather terribly hot still.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 229. Friday 28 July 1916 - White Rock

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Miss Helen Fish staying here, the sister of Edith Fish of Allan Stand who is to introduce me to some singers. She went off early after breakfast to tell her sister of my arrival. So Miss E. Fish arrived about lunch. She looks a very grim old maid but I dare say she isn’t. She took me to Granny Banks who has taken up religion lately and was rather impossible. I got one song from her. Then to Aunt Polly (Shelton) from whom I got 3 or 4 good songs, including a rare version of Earl Brand. Thoroughly satisfied with my first afternoon’s work.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 230. Saturday 29 July 1916 - White Rock

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Mr Campbell drove a buggy and Maud and I walked or rode in it while Miss Fish rode a horse & all repaired to Alleghany. Miss F and I called on Mr Noah Shelton who sang me 2 or 3 beautiful songs including "On Friday night", a lovely dorian tune. Then Miss F returned home and after a picnic lunch, we then called on Mr and Mrs Sol Shelton & family — a most delightful lot of people. Here I got 3 or 4 more songs including an interesting variant of Bruton Town, and a fine form of Wife of Usher’s Well. Walked home beaming with pleasure after so successful a day — with 9 good songs as a result of my first 2 day’s work.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 231. Sunday 30 July 1916 - White Rock — Allanstand, North Carolina

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Wrote my tunes in my book directly after breakfast, then went to church to hear Dr Finlay preach — not very exciting! After lunch a rest, then at 4.15 Campbell riding with our luggage in his saddle bags, Maud & I walking, we set out over the Franklin mountain for Miss Fish’s at Allan Stand.1 There we arrived at 6.45 after a very hot but beautiful walk. Miss F[ish] most kind & gave us a delightful supper in the verandah. Campbell and I sleep in the Cabin a curiously built shanty but mighty comfortable, on the other side of the road Maud staying in the main house with Miss Fish.


1: Allanstand in the Laurel Field. Presbyterian mission established in 1897 by Frances L. Goodrich, catering, however, more for material than spiritual needs.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 232. Monday 31 July 1916 - Allanstand

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Mrs Mary Sands the mother of 9 children (and expecting another very shortly) arrived soon after breakfast about 8.30 to sing. She proved to be a prize folk singer and started off with six first raters, including The Silk merchant’s daughter, The Perbadus Lady, Lady Margaret & S[weet] William and a curious version of The Suffolk Miracle. In the afternoon Mr Frank B. Shelton came and sang to me The Daemon lover & some others, but he was rather a poor singer. After supper I gave a little informal lecture having heard that it had been reported that I had come into this country to make note of the ignorance of its inhabitants! Mr Tom Shelton tried to show us a dance — not too successfully — Maud danced Jockey. I play a piano dreadfully out of tune. Then to bed rather late.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 233. Tuesday 1 August 1916 - Allanstand

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Mrs Sands came over again after breakfast and I take 6 more from her including Arise Arise, The Daemon Lover Earl Brand. In the afternoon Campbell and I walked up the creek to Mrs Dora Shelton who after some persuasion sang Wife of Usher’s well — a very good tune, and one or two others. A quiet evening when I wrote some letters. Miss Tinney Shelton, school mistress turned up to tea.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 234. Wednesday 2 August 1916 - Allanstand

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I went over to Mrs Sands this morning, gave her 5 dollars with which she was very pleased though anxious that it should be understood that I was not paying her for the songs. She sang me an interesting version of the Golden Glove & Outlandish Knight. In the afternoon Maud & I walked over to Mrs Dora Shelton who gave me one or two more. Campbell rode over to White Rock and brought me my tune book and Maud’s typewriter. Mr and Mrs Leferne come for the night, also Dr Packhard & Miss Rich so we sat down 10 to supper. Afterwards I played a little & Maud danced. Campbell brought me my mail including one from Helen telling me of poor [Perceval] Lucas’s death — which shocked me terribly. Nice letters from Constance, Joan & Charlie.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 235. Thursday 3 August 1916 - Allanstand

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Campbell departed with the Leferne’s after breakfast for Asheville. Very sorry to part from him, he has been so nice. I woke up rather seedy with a nasty attack of dysentery. Weather very hot & sultry. Didn’t collect very much today but got 3 or 4 from Mrs Sands. My left foot which I hurt in walking on Saturday from White Rock to Alleghany, still hurts me a bit. Dr Packhard has attended to it since Sunday, but it is still far from well. A very quiet evening, there being a rehearsal of Cinderella. I walked over to find the Gunters who are said to sing, but could not find their house.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 236. Friday 4 August 1916 - Allanstand

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Mr Mitchell Wallin an old singer & fiddler came to see me in the morning. He was a bad singer and a very difficult fiddler to note from. In the afternoon went to Mrs Gasnell’s where Mrs Sands joined us. Both she & Mrs Gasnell sang and I got some very good songs indeed. A very fruitful day on the whole. In the evening the Gunters were to have come but for some reason didn’t show up. So we had a quiet talk. Miss Fish is very nice and we have become very friendly. She is really not at all old-maidish or prim but on the contrary a very hard & generous minded woman who is looking after the material wants of these people in her proper place.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 237. Saturday 5 August 1916 - Allanstand — White Rock

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A very hot day indeed. Everyone says that this continuous heat is very unusual. At Chicago they are having a very bad time of it so I suppose the heat wave is pretty general. I walked over to Mrs Sands in the morning took 3 more from her, tested one or two of those she & Mrs Gasnell sang to me last night, said good bye and got back to Lunch. Packed up and left in a jolt wagon — rightly named! — with Maud for White Rock shortly before 5, arriving in time for the evening meal — Tom Shelton driving the pair of mules which drew us. Nice to see the Packards again.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 238. Sunday 6 August 1916 - White Rock

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After a very hot night and a rather late breakfast wrote out my tunes in my tune book, no.47 which occupied me till dinner. There was a smart thunderstorm just while we were getting up and 2 or 3 more attempts in the afternoon with some rain, but the air remains close & sultry. Maud made me some tea in the afternoon and I wrote letters till supper. Then a smoke in the verandah, more letters & bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 239. Monday 7 August 1916 - White Rock - Alleghany

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Another steaming hot day. In the morning got off letters etc written yesterday then called on Aunt Polly who was too ill to sing though well enough to gossip. Decided before dinner to go to Alleghany although we had not heard from the Hamiltons, so we packed up our things & after lunch started off to walk, leaving the postman (Clifford Shelton) to bring our luggage. A very hot but pleasant walk. On arrival found Hamilton still away but Miss Bacon very kindly took Maud in for the night & gave us both supper. Shotwell & the Hamiltons appeared very late & very wet so it will be all right for Maud tomorrow. I had a cot bed made up in the cabin. Rather primitive quarters!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 240. Tuesday 8 August 1916 - Alleghany

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Slept well. Went up to the Hamiltons & got directions how to get to Carman whither at 10 a.m. Maud & I started to walk. A very wet & troublesome though pretty path. We could not find Hensley’s house but happened on Mrs Memory E. Shelton’s. She asked us in and sang a version of Outlandish Knight very sweetly. Then she directed us to Hensleys. Found Mrs H & her daughter Emma in — the latter very pretty, looked full grown but was only 13. Made great friends & get them both singing. Dined with them and after dinner Hensley turned up & played his fiddle. It rained heavily & we waited till it was over. I gave Mrs H 5 dollars to help Emma to go to school at Hot Springs this Sept[ember]. A wet walk home. Went to Mrs Chandley with laundry, dined at Hamiltons & wrote up my tunes & a letter to Charlie in the evening. Very tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 241. Wednesday 9 August 1916 - Alleghany

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Started off after 7.30 breakfast to Mrs Noah Shelton’s. Found her out, but Memory her daughter gave me one rather good tune. Then walked towards Carman to try & find an alternative route to the dangerous log bridge, but failed. Called on Sol Shelton’s in the afternoon and had a long talk then taking down one song from Donna. In the evening wrote many letters to Miss Hinman (re second week at Chicago in October) Mrs Callery (about Pageant at Pittsburgh) and Miss Henricks (about arrangements to catch Frizzly Bill for next week).

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Sharp diary 1916 page 242. Thursday 10 August 1916 - Alleghany

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Went off directly after breakfast to the Hensley’s fording the river to avoid the dangerous foot log! Spent the whole day with them, dining with them at 3.30, and sitting in the verandah or walking about near the house all the time. But whatever we did there was singing and fiddling all the time and I got some very interesting stuff. We got back to Alleghany just in time for evening meal.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 243. Friday 11 August 1916 - Alleghany

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Directly after breakfast made for Carman called on Mrs Mandy Shelton and despite the flies and her husbands garrulous accompaniment got many songs. Then went on to Mrs Lizzie Shelton but got nothing, then looked in on the Hensley’s again. Found him on his back with bare feet in the verandah reading. Got me to explain significance of the dardanelles and questioned me about the Pyramids and the Panama Locks! He & the others gave me more songs. Miss Helen Fish stayed night with Miss Bacon. Was glad to see her.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 244. Saturday 12 August 1916 - Alleghany — White Rock

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Long talk with Miss Fish & Miss Bacon about Settlement & sch[ool] and work in the mountains. Packed our things early and then put them on Mr Sol Shelton’s wagon for White Rock. Went to Mrs Chandley’s about laundry & settled up to date including what we then take to her. Afterward Mr Harris & Mr Banner Chandley sang me songs. After lunch at the Hamiltons Mr Hensley turns up paying a call and sang 2 or 3 songs there to me. Had a cup of tea & then walked with Maud & Miss Rich to White Rock. Very tired on arrival as weather continues as hot as ever. Indeed today & yesterday were as hot as any days we have had yet.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 245. Sunday 13 August 1916 - Alleghany

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Wrote up my tune book in the morning & cleared up my correspondence. Read & wrote letters in the afternoon and then called on the Jimeson Tweeds to arrange about my baggage to be taken to Big Laurel tomorrow. Packed in the evening and went to bed fairly early after writing a long letter to Constance.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 246. Monday 14 August 1916 - Alleghany — Big Laurel

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Breakfast at 7. Called at the P.O. to get my camera, and then took a song off old Tweed — "it’s a wonder, a miracle, a wonder"! Then Maud and I walked over Sapling Gap to Big Laurel accompanied by a boy on a horse with our two suit cases dangling on either side — a goodly weight as mine contained the type writer! Miss Henricks was very nice & kind on our arrival. We called on Mrs Gasnold before dinner but failed to get anything of any value from her. Dr Packhard’s Miss Rich had dinner with us. Then Maud & I walked to Mrs Bishop’s without however getting anything. Wrote letters and did proofs in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 247. Tuesday 15 August 1916 - Big Laurel, North Carolina

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Frizzly Bill was to have turned up in the morning but failed to do so. After waiting for him till 11 I gave up and walked to Mrs Clare Franklin. There I sat in a stiflingly hot room while they dined — the men first & the women after (while the men sat on the verandah & chewed tobacco) — and then saw Gonsery[?] and Gold Seal beds of flowers, wh[ich] give in 3 & 5 years respectively very valuable medicinal roots. In the afternoon went a difficult 2 mile walk over the hills to Rice Cove where I got a few songs. Returned at 7.15 very tired. Wrote letters after supper.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 248. Wednesday 16 August 1916 - Big Laurel

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No Frizzly Bill! Things look so hopeless here that I try to get a horse to take my luggage to Alleghany or Allanstand and get thither for the rest of the week. Suddenly Miss Henricks remarks that Mrs Tom Rice down the road is Granny Banks’s daughter. Off I go to find that she is a small mine to be worked. Get several interesting songs from her and in the afternoon others from Viney Norton. On the whole a very good day. Wrote to Frankland King for more music books.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 249. Thursday 17 August 1917 - Big Laurel

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To Mrs Tom Rice after breakfast where I got several more songs, one or two rather nice. After lunch Mrs Becky Griffin (daughter of Frizzly Bill) came & sang me some songs including Lord Barnard & Lady Musgrove. Weather terribly hot the hottest day I think that we have had in the mountains and that is saying something. What must New York be like?

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Sharp diary 1916 page 250. Friday 18 August 1916 - Big Laurel — White Rock

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Again to Mrs Tom Rice where she & Mrs Minnie Rice (her daughter in law) gave me several nice songs. Arranged for Clifford Shelton to take my luggage on the postal buggy. About 4 Maud and I started for White Rock. I was very asthmatic at first but it wore off & we arrived all right about 6.15. They were glad to see us. Did a lot of packing for the morrow. Weather hotter than ever.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 251. Saturday 19 August 1916 - White Rock — Asheville

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Breakfast at 7. Then Maud and I left for Marshall in Wallin’s motor car arriving there about 10.30. We were lucky and caught the N[orth] Carolina express which was very late and arrived at Asheville about 12.30 and taxi’d up to the Campbells. Glad to see them and to get a bath. Went through a good many tunes with Mrs C[ampbell].

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Sharp diary 1916 page 252. Sunday 20 August 1916 - Asheville

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Very busy all the morning writing and filing away papers that had accumulated while we were away. In the afternoon I called on Dr Westray Battle at the Battery Park Hotel and presented Lewin’s letter of introduction. Had a pleasant hour with him and returned in time for dinner.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 253. Monday 21 August 1916 - Asheville

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Went into Asheville at 10 and did a lot of shopping with Maud, arranging about my camera buying shirts, note books, boots & house shoes, pencils, satchel etc all of them things which experience showed were necessary. Lunched with C[ampbell] Miss Dickey at Y.M.C.A. Didn’t get back till well after 4.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 254. Tuesday 22 August 1916 - Asheville

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Maud Mr Carledge & Campbell went a day’s excursion up Mount Mitchell but I remained behind to write up my tune book, having now got two books bound in Asheville. This took me 2 or 3 hours. I went into Asheville for an hour or so to complete my purchases. A tremendous thunderstorm burst over us after I had got back about 2 p.m. and put out our electric light. One of the angriest storms I have ever seen. The others returned home about 8 p.m.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 255. Wednesday 23 August 1916 - Asheville — Hot Springs, North Carolina

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Went into Asheville with Campbell at 9 a.m. to arrange about Maud’s type writer and see about my shirts which hadn’t come back. On my return finished off packing & Maud Campbell & I caught 1.55 train for Hot Springs. Met by Miss Schafer and escorted to school where we had a plain & frugal repast.1 Saw C[ampbell] off by evening train back to Asheville and, my asthma being very bad, retired to bed.


1: The Dorland-Bell school, a Presbyterian mission. Now part of Warren Wilson College.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 256. Thursday 24 August 1916 - Hot Springs

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Asthma rather better, but weather still terribly hot & stifling. Had breakfast at 7 and at 8.30 sallied forth with Maud, crossed the river in a punt with the aid of a wire manipulated by the ferryman — a perilous business — and then called on Mrs Gentry. She sang till 11.30 some excellent songs. Returned to lunch at 12 and called on her again at 2.30 till 4.45 & got more songs — 20 in all — and then after a short stroll by the river returned to supper at 6. Spent evening writing my tunes in my book. Very tired & rather late getting to bed.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 257. Friday 25 August 1916 - Hot Springs - Asheville

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Packed and said good bye after a 7 o’clock breakfast, and talked with Miss Schafer about Emma Hensley. She said she would accept her for 35 dollars, but that she must enter her name & pay 3 dollars down at once if she wanted to secure a place. Then went to Mrs Gentry and got several more ballads — making 30 in all — some splendid ones. Then wandered in the woods for a while & bought some bread & cheese for lunch & caught the 12.40 back to Asheville. Mr Campbell delighted to hear of our good luck. Wrote my tunes out in the evening before dinner & went to bed fairly early. Evening nice & cool.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 258. Saturday 26 August 1916 - Asheville — White Rock

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Looked through proofs for Oliver Ditson & got them off. Also letter & revised prospectus to Miss Gilman & several business letters. Then Campbell Maud & I caught 1.55 train to Marshall arriving very late at 4.30 owing to breakdown of train at Volga, the Pullman immediately behind ours running off the track weakened by recent floods. Then motored to White Rock, a very nervous journey behind a thoroughly incompetent driver in a crazy motor car. A lot of asthma in the evening & feeling very done up.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 259. Sunday 27 August 1916 - White Rock

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Quiet morning, Maud typing words while I wrote letters, long over[?], to Peggy Ernestine Evans, Mrs Storrow and Constance. Slept a little in the afternoon but too hot & too many flies for comfort. Had a long argument — Puritan ideal versus Catholic — in the evening with Mrs Packhard. Went to bed feeling irritated & depressed.HHH

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Sharp diary 1916 page 260. Monday 28 August 1916 - White Rock

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Drove with Maud & Mrs Packhard to Carman in Motor — a very beautiful drive. Met Mrs Anelize Chandley and — Mrs Bacon being away from home — took 3 good songs off her on Miss B’s verandah, Mrs Chandley borrowing a "chew" from me. Settled in the cabin, called on Mrs Hamilton & then M[aud] & I walked to Carman to the Hensleys. Got several more songs there and settled about Emma’s schooling, Maud writing letters about the outfit to Hot Springs and entrance form etc to Miss Schafer. I sent 10 dollars in former letter Mrs H[ensley] 3 in latter. On returning home met Campbell who had found Frizzly Bill & brought him with him, the latter staying night at Mr Sol Shelton’s & promising to sing tomorrow morning for me at 8. What will he give me?

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Sharp diary 1916 page 261. Tuesday 29 August 1916 - White Rock

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Frizzly Bill came in directly after breakfast and we had a long séance till 12 when we adjourned for a recess. As I feared he was practically no use. He is a poor singer and did not know even the words of a single ballad I asked for. Reputations are made here in the mountains as they are elsewhere on small foundations. Floyd Chandler sang Matty Grove very beautifully and he is but 15. Did not tackle Frizzly again after recess but dismissed him with 5 dollars as a solatium. In the aft[ernoon] arranged for luggage to be taken to Rocky Fork by Sol Shelton on Thursday, we preparing to walk over tomorrow.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 262. Wednesday 30 August 1916 - White Rock - Rocky Fork

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We three started off at 8, Campbell riding with our packs for the night & the lunch, we trudging. I started with a bad headache and found the sun & fatigue didn’t do it much good. A very beautiful walk to Devil’s Fork but poorish after that. Called on Minta Carter on the way & eat our lunch in her house. Arrived at Rocky Fork quite done for at 2.30 to find house shut up and Mrs Moore away. However the 3 teachers Misses Held & Lieb & Mr Bolch (all german names!) had instructions to look after us, and we got the house opened & later on when school was over they came over & made our supper. To bed very tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 263. Thursday 31 August 1917 - Rocky Fork

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Directly after our 6.30 breakfast went toward Flag Pond collecting from Mr Alfred H. Norton on the way from whom I got a few songs. Then up Higgins’s Creek on Mrs Tony Shelton’s track. She couldn’t sing anything but met a Mrs Crane in her house from whom I got one good song & several moderate ones. Back again home about 2.30 & made ourselves some lunch — the teachers at school. Later on the 3 Norton boys came in & sang & their elder brother afterwards gave me 3 or 4 more. In the evening Mr Bolch showed cinematograph pictures in the schoolroom.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 264. Friday 1 September 1916 - Rocky Fork

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Mrs Crane having arranged to take us to see her father Mr Blankenship we left home at 7 and called for her. She took us a weary stony walk up to the top of Higgins Creek where we made friends with the B[lankenship] family a large number of relatives belonging to three or more generations! Got a few songs and on the way home called on Mr and Mrs Coates from the latter of whom I got a fine ballad The False Knight [on the Road] and an interesting variant of Wraggle Taggle Gipsies O. Altogether a very successful if fatiguing day. We must have walked 14 miles over very bad tracks. We got back thoroughly tired out at 6.30 p.m. nearly 12 hours since we left in the morning.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 265. Saturday 2 September 1916 - Rocky Fork

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Went off directly after breakfast, i.e. about 7.30 to Mrs Coates — rained nearly all the way. I sheltered under a borrowed umbrella, Maud in her oil skin. Didn’t get much for an 8 mile walk. Returned to dinner at noon. At 2 o’clock I sallied forth again and repeated the walk to catch Mr Crane but found him out & returned with nothing but tired feet for my pain except for a couple of songs I got from the Nortons — rather good ones. In the evening the mail came from England and brought me the terrible news about poor George Butterworth’s death. Go to bed feeling very very sad.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 266. Sunday 3 September 1916 - Rocky Fork

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Breakfast half an hour later this morning — 7. Then wrote up my tunes. Service at 10 — 11 — a very terrible business. Then after dinner I walked over to the Crane’s again found him in but didn’t get the wether skin song I was after. It turned out to be a very moderate version of my boy Billy! On my return at 6 found Miss Moore here. Wrote long letter to Constance during the day.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 267. Monday 4 September 1917 - Rocky Fork

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Went off early in search of Jeff Stockton on Hogskins Creek. Made a muff shot first & called on Mrs Henry Stockton but afterwards ran Jeff to earth next door. Turned out to be a very fine singer who gave me 17 songs. Stopped from 10 — 3.30 dining with him his wife & daughter at 12 — not so bad a business as usual. Then home and wrote out most of my songs before bed time. Packed ready for early start to Alleghany in the morning.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 268. Tuesday 5 September 1917 - Rocky Fork — Alleghany

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Got luggage off at 7, and then started to walk over the mountains to Alleghany after taking down a good song from the postman first. Called on Mrs Gwynne on the way and got 3 or 4 songs from her. At Devil’s Fork called on Minta Carter who told me to look up a blind girl, Linnie Landers, between there & Carman, in the forest. This we did & got 5 good songs from her. Arrived at Alleghany about 3, changed, called on Hamiltons and wrote out songs before dinner & after dinner. Arrange to go to Spillcorn tomorrow & Asheville on Thursday.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 269. Wednesday 6 September 1916 - Alleghany

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Maud not very well. Probably only indigestion but she has suffered a good deal. We have been working very hard and I think she wants a rest as I do myself. We started off for Spillcorn at 9 a.m. A very difficult walk over ’Tater Gap very steep, and very stony, but for the most part in shade — all very wild & beautiful especially the latter part up Spillcorn creek. Called on Harland Shelton but did not get much in the way of songs largely because an old "Holiness" roller, Silas Shelton was there and groused against "love songs" as the folk-ballads & songs are called in this country! Maud got better as the day wore on, and we had a pleasant trudge home arriving about 5.15 very thirsty!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 270. Thursday 7 September 1916 - Alleghany - Asheville

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Mat Willan in his motor with Mrs Packhard called for us at Alleghany at 7.15 & motored us to Marshall, calling to pick up a few things at White Rock. Not at all nervous this time, feeling quite safe behind Willan. Spent 1 of the hottest hours of my life at Marshall looking for A. R. Metcalf a singer whom I eventually found had flitted to Penrose. Reached Asheville at 3.30 bought fruit on the way up to the Campbells. There the English mail reached us and I read the awful news of poor [Reginald] Tiddy’s death. Now that he Butterworth, Lucas & Wilkinson have gone I seem to have lost all my pillars except one — V[aughan] Williams and any day something may befall him. I feel too sad to get to work to do anything.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 271. Friday 8 September 1916 - Asheville

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Went into Asheville in the morning to get some more note books and sundry effects & to have my hair cut. Slept in the afternoon, looked through some proofs of which I have 18 to do, and after dinner played a lot of songs & ballads to the Campbells & Mrs Carledge. Went to bed early after having a hot bath. Feel rather the worse for wear.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 272. Saturday 9 September 1916 - Asheville

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Maud and I start off early to Biltmore intending to take train to Penrose in search of Metcalf, but after taking our tickets and waiting _ of an hour for the train — there having been an accident overnight — I demanded my money back & returned to Asheville. Looked through & finished my proofs by 1 o’clock. Then at 2 Maud, Mrs Campbell and I motored to Swannanoah and saw a singer there one John Wells from whom I got some nice songs including my first version of Geordie in this country.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 273. Sunday 10 September 1916 - Asheville

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Did a long morning’s work with Maudie clearing off arrears of correspondence, amongst other things writing to Alphonso Smith. Slept after lunch — still feeling very done up & depressed, being unable to shake off bad news from England — walked with Campbell who urged me to stay in America for a few years where he said I was greatly wanted. Long political discussion in the evening with Campbell & Mrs Carledge.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 274. Monday 11 September 1916 - Asheville — Hot Springs

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Feeling so feeble & unwell decided to give up Georgia idea and so instead for a few days to Hot Springs having ascertained the hotel was now open. I feel I cannot rough it any more for a while. So Maud & I went there by the afternoon train and secured quite decent rooms. Immediately after arrival we called on Mrs Gentry who at once fired off "The Two Sisters" and on enquiry said she knew the Golden Vanity and sang the first verse a modal tune! Promised to give it me tomorrow. Told her not to die in the night or catch cold or do anything that would endanger my getting the song on the morrow!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 275. Tuesday 12 September 1916 - Hot Springs

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In the morning crossed the river soon after breakfast & walked to the Garrett’s where we had a nice and pleasant chat, called on Miss Weir on our way back, did a little shopping lunched at 1.30 and again crossed the river to see Mrs Gentry. She gave me 15 more songs, a goodly lot including Lamkin — a new Child ballad! Quite tired me out taking down so many & very glad to get home to some tea — After dinner began to write all her songs into my books but couldn’t finish before bed-time.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 276. Wednesday 13 September 1916 - Hot Springs

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Directly after breakfast finished writing up my books & then heavily laden with our lunch started west in search of John Wells. Called on a Mrs Carver on the way who sent us on to a Mr Sam Freshoar her uncle where alas we lunched. He promised to sing to me but a visitor, "Brother Clark", calling he backed out of his promise & refused to sing anything but hymns — o these infernal Methodists!! Then we tramped endless miles to John Wells from whom we got nothing. Returned about 5.45 very tired after a 14 mile trudge with no results. Called on Pack[?] Tredway who also was smitten with Methodist scruples & refused to sing ballads. A weary day without gain.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 277. Thursday 14 September 1916 - Hot Springs

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On the ferry en route to Silver Mining Creek the ferryman told us his wife Mrs Roberts sang, so we called on her. She promised to stud up ready for us tomorrow morning. Then we went to a Mrs Hester House where we got quite a lot of good songs including Earl Brand etc. Then to Mrs Ellie Johnson. Directly after lunch we tackled Mrs Gentry and came home richly laden. So we made up for our blank day yesterday. Sat up late writing up books. Emma Hensley came to dinner with us at the hotel and behaved very nicely indeed. She is very homesick poor girl, but we bucked her up a bit I think.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 278. Friday 15 September 1916 - Hot Springs

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At the ferry in the morning, between the showers (it rained all night) who should we meet but Emma and another schoolgirl, running away home! We tried to stay them but this was of no use. So we said tender farewells after she had invited us to go with them. Then to Mrs Roberts, Mrs Harris Mrs Ellie Johnson, and in the afternoon Mrs Gentry once more. We got a splendid lot including The two Brothers & The Cruel Brother, two new Childs! Quite a wonderful day!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 279. Saturday 16 September 1916 - Hot Springs — Asheville

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Packed early then off again to Mrs House & Mrs Johnson & Mrs Gentry. I took several photographs. Got several more songs making this the richest week I have yet had 70 songs including 5 new children! Caught the 12.40 train to Asheville. There we discussed plans, decided to go to Black Mountain on Monday for a night, sample Mrs Buckner, Mrs Johnson’s mother and so on to Charlottesville Virginia on Tuesday.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 280. Sunday 17 September 1916 - Asheville

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Wrote several letters, did some packing then walked into Asheville with Campbell to get mail & parcels from the office and get railroad tickets for Tuesday. Rested after lunch, people called at tea time including Mr & Mrs Hayes, packed & talked business all the evening, running thro[ugh] my recent finds with Mrs Campbell.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 281. Monday 18 September 1916 - Asheville — Black Mountain

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Got our trunks off at 7.30 and ourselves at 8.30 to catch the 8.50 to Black Mountain, to find when we got to the station that the train had been changed! Came back & went into Asheville with Campbell to do some shopping. Wrote long letters to Ditson about publication of new f[olk] song book, and to Constance. Finally Maud & I got off by the 2.30 and reached Bl[ack] Mountain at 3.30. Put up at Gresham Hotel — a very second rate affair — and then called on Mrs Buckner from whom we took a dozen songs.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 282. Tuesday 19 September 1916 - Black Mountain — Charlottesville

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An unpleasant night in an unclean bedroom! Spent all the morning & afternoon at Mrs Buckner’s and Mrs Susan Sawyer’s (her sister). Got 26 songs altogether and some very good ones including "The Farmer’s Curst wife" and Little Sir Hugh two more "Children". Caught 6 train for Salisbury where we arrived at midnight after going through some marvellous mountain scenery — the finest we have yet seen. Hope some day to go & stay at Marion.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 283. Wednesday 20 September 1916 - Charlottesville, Virginia

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Arrived at Charlottesville 2 h[ou]rs late at 9.30 and repaired to the Gleason Hotel. This hostelry is run on the "American Plan" which means that it is a sort of glorified Boarding House with meals only at stated times. So we had to go back to the Station for a very indifferent breakfast, it being after 9 a.m. Called on Prof[essor] Alphonso Smith at tea time and found him a very nice, courteous & friendly man. He telephoned to a Mr McManaway, a School Inspector to call on us at the Hotel tomorrow morning.1


1: Howard M. McManaway, Divisional Superintendant of Schools, Albemarle Co.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 284. Thursday 21 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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Mr McMannaway called at 9.30 and we discussed the qualities of different districts for song collecting. He promised to motor us out to Brown’s Cove — about 18 miles off — tomorrow. Acting on his advice we hired a motor and went out to a school house between Simeon & Woodridge, about 8 miles off. There we interviewed the schoolmaster Mr Taylor who advised us to call on a Mrs Campbell. This we did & got a couple of ballads from her. Then on to a Mr N. B. Chisholm who lived in a most inaccessible place which we had great difficulty in finding. He was a first rate folk singer but it was late & we had 12 miles to walk home so we promised to call again on Sat[urday]. A very tiring walk home the last 3 or 4 miles in darkness and we stumbled about & hurt our feet rather badly.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 285. Friday 22 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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A long day in the motor car with only about 2 hours at Browns Cove. We lunched — rather dismally — at Crozet and when at last we reached our destination it was some little while before we hit on a singer a Mr Wesley Batten from whom however we got 2 rare songs, one a fine version of The Two Sisters. Got home at 5.30, dressed and had a hurried cup of tea and then went out to dine with the Smiths at the University. Had a very jolly time there & like him better than ever.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 286. Saturday 23 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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Motored out again to N. B. Chisholm. (He was christened Nebuchanezzar but his uncle told his father that was a "mean Jew’s name", so he had it officially altered to Napoleon Buonaparte — he is now known as "Nep"). Spent several hours there from 11 to 3.30 having dinner there and got plenty of songs. A very tiring & hot walk home again but fortunately got a lift in a motor given us by a stranger, one Todd! Quiet evening & early to bed after writing out some of my songs.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 287. Sunday 24 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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Breakfast at 8.30. Finished writing out my songs & then did letters with Maud till lunch time. We called on the Smiths at 4 p.m. and had supper with them, returning home at 9 p.m. A nice quiet day after a very racketty week, which was just what we wanted. Answered Mrs Callery’s rather unpleasant letter and wrote to Mrs Storrow amongst others.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 288. Monday 25 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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Spent morning looking up Nep Chisholm’s relatives in Charlottesville. Mrs Rosie Smith remembered part of a very good version of The Two Brothers and promised to give us the rest in the afternoon if she could recall it. Got an ear trumpet for Mrs Batten at Jeweller’s shop. In the afternoon went out again to Mrs Smith’s and found to our delight that she had remembered all the words. Quite a good find. Mrs Puss Smith Chisholm’s elder sister also sang to me.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 289. Tuesday 26 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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Hired a motor and went out to Brown’s Cove. Spent a long day there hunting up people and got songs from Mr Walter (who sang on horseback) and Mrs Keeton. Walked a long way to Mrs Keeton’s and still longer to a Mr McAlister a reputed singer but failed to find him. Got home at 7 p.m. pretty tired & had to pay 12 dollars for the motor. Brown’s Cove offers great possibilities but one would have to live near there (at Mrs Bibb’s?) to work it properly. Came home with 8 songs including versions of Two Sisters, & Two Brothers.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 290. Wednesday 27 September 1916 - Charlottesville

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Took Alphonso Smith with us in our motor to Woodridge and collected quite a lot of songs from the Chisholm & Smith clan, returning home about 4.30. Wrote out tunes in my book and then after dinner went to the University where I addressed several members of the faculty at their private Club meeting. Bed at 11.30 pretty tired.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 291. Thursday 28 September 1916 - Charlottesville — Cincinnati

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Finished off packing then went to the station to buy tickets for Cincinnati. Home again & found telegram from Campbell about offer of Child for 75 dollars. Decided to buy it & wrote to Glenn & Campbell accordingly. Went round to Mr Ben Burgess to try & get tune to The Three Ravens. Got the tune but he could not remember how to fit the words. Went round again to Burgess and got some more but not complete information. Called on Mr [Alphonso] Smith & take typed words of songs collected in Virginia & to say good bye. Wrote letters to Campbell & Glenn concerning copy of Child’s ballads for $75. Caught 5.30 train for Cincinnati.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 292. Friday 29 September 1916 - Cincinnati - Chicago

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Arrived Cincinnati at 8.15 & then went to Gibson Hotel to breakfast & meet Miss Young. The latter could only give us a little more than half an hour alas. Caught train at noon for Chicago (Big Four) where we arrived at 8 at 53rd St[reet] & went to Elms Hotel where we engaged rooms. Made friends with an exceedingly nice man, Donald Fraser of Fowler, a place a few miles from Chicago. On arrival found 3 telegrams from Constance giving bad news about poor Charlie. As much depended upon the order in which the telegrams left London tried to find this out from local office. They were too stupid so went into Chicago to main office & got some information but not much. Wired Constance and Algonquin saying I was at Elms Hotel.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 293. Saturday 30 September 1916 - Chicago

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No further news from Constance about poor Charlie. Miss Hinman came in after breakfast to tell us arrangements about classes in the coming week. I then went down to town to buy a bowler hat and to see the people at the Little Theatre. Saw Mrs Clements and arranged for Storey to come & call upon me in the evening which he did. Maud and I walked along the lake in the afternoon and entertained Miss Foss and Storey in the evening. Weather bright and cheery and rather cold. Two of our trunks turned up at 7 p.m. The other — my book box — still missing. Oh this infernal check system!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 294. Sunday 1 October 1916 - Chicago

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Still no news from Constance. Maybe she has been travelling to France. Fear no news is ominous. Wrote many letters in the morning (about my lecture in N[ew] York mainly). Rested after lunch. Charlotte Foss was to have come to tea but didn’t! Maud & I sat by the lake then called on Mrs Axtell and ran through several songs for my lecture. Dined quietly & Mr Foss & Charlotte came in and spent some time with us.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 295. Monday 2 October 1916 - Chicago

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Began teaching 9-10 but decided to begin in future an hour later. Came home & began writing out tunes for new book. After lunch Miss Hinman took us down in her auto leaving me at N.W. station from whence I went to Evanston where Miss Fitch met me & took me to hall. I taught a very crude lot for two hours. Got home at 7, had dinner & then went to the studio where I took a sword dance class. No news from home about Charlie.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 296. Tuesday 3 October 1916 - Chicago

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Heard from Constance telling me about news from Charlie — just what she herself heard at first. Did same day’s teaching as yesterday except that Charlotte Foss motored me down to Evanston and took me back again. I met Miss Washburn there who took C[ountry] D[ance] certificate when I was last in Chicago, April of last year.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 297. Wednesday 4 October 1916 - Chicago

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Very much the same as yesterday. Maud and I lunched with C[harlotte] & Mr Foss at Union League Club. I got my music books from P[ost] O[ffice] & then Charlotte motored me again to Evanston which makes the journey very easy & pleasant. The ride home by the lake is quite wonderful when the lights are up. Baskervill came in in the evening after the classes. Had a telegram from DorotheaCharlie rather better are you receiving Mothers reports’. I replied "Yours received have had no other report since last Friday".

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Sharp diary 1916 page 298. Thursday 5 October 1916 - Chicago

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Had another letter from Constance sending me a copy of Charlie’s letter telling the story of his having been wounded — a very wonderful but harrowing account, all the more poignant because of its extreme reticence. I pray that he may pull through poor boy, but I am still without further news of him.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 299. Friday 6 October 1916 - Chicago

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At 9.35 a.m. got a wire from Constance. Decided improvement. "Appetite good. Later in the day, this from Dorothea — "Sleeping better pulse & temperature still high". Possibly messages sent in reverse order, but Constance’s came from France. These messages give me some hope. Maud went to Evanston and I took her classes in the evening.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 300. Saturday 7 October 1916 - Chicago

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A very long & tiring day. I began class at 9.30-10.45, then to park by the lake to dance. Then we came back and M[aud] & I took an examination & passed 7 out of 11. A hurried lunch & then off to Evanston for last time by train. Went back to Studio at 8.15, then to park again for another dance & on return examined again passing 6 out of 11. Everyone very tired — too tired to do themselves justice.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 301. Sunday 8 October 1916 - Chicago

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A long morning writing letters & rehearsing dances. After lunch I rested and after dinner went down to Little Theatre for the lecture on Folk dance. A good audience. I showed pictures and we danced Confess, Parson, Rufty, Hey Boys, M. Conceit, Old Mole. The lecture etc went quite well.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 302. Monday 9 October 1916 - Chicago

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I wrote away at the book nearly all the morning & afternoon and got through quite a lot of work. The main stuff of the book ought not to take so very long to prepare.1 No further news from England or France about Charlie. In the evening we had a rehearsal at Hinman Studio of dances & we taught them several from the 4th book including Picking up Sticks and Scotch Cap.1 We lunched with Mr Foss & daughter.


1: Country Dance Book Part IV.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 303. Tuesday 10 October 1916 - Chicago

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Wrote tunes in the morning together with some letters. Rested in the afternoon then went down town to dine with the Foss’s at the Tip Top Inn after which I lectured at the Little Theatre to a good audience, Mrs Axtell singing half a dozen songs fairly well — just passably.

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Sharp diary 1916 page 304. Wednesday 11 October 1916 - Chicago

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Wrote out some tunes in the morning etc. After lunch went down to Little Theatre where I lectured on Folk Dance, repeating Sunday’s illustrations together with Picking up Sticks. The audience was most enthusiastic. We then had tea in the Cordon Club with the Browns with whom I had some good talk. In the evening I dined with the Baskervills meeting 4 members of the Faculty, Tolman, Cross Smith & Lovat. Afterwards we went to a C[ountry] D[ance] Ball given by E.F.D.S. at University Gym. I had to speak of course!

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Sharp diary 1916 page 305. Thursday 12 October 1916 - Chicago

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Miss Foss called for us at 10.30 and took us to Tchaikowsky’s studio where we saw his sculpture work — very interesting but rather young & full of mannerisms. Then