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Day in the Life

Mar 6, 1841

Journal Entry

March 06, 1841 ~ Saturday

6th I spent the Day at Sister Morgans reading the history
of Rome which was truly interesting esspecially the history
of the twin Brothers of Romulus & Remus sons of Rhea
Sylvia
, which she said was by Mars the God of war, they
war[e] flung into the river to be Drowned, but they wer saved,
suckled by a wolf, & brought up by Acca Laurentia.

After acting awhile the part of a shepherds they learned
their real birth, both were eager to reign & had a battle
Remus was killed, Romuleus being now sole comma-
nder and eighteen years of age laid the foundation of a
city that was one Day to give laws to the world it was
called Rome after the name of the founder & built upon
the palestine Hill on which he had taken his success
ful omen which was twelve vultures this city at first
was almost square containing about one thousand
houses about a mile in compass. Hannibal after fighting
nobly for his country untill he was old being persecuted
from country to country & Deserted by his friends he took
poison, & expired as he had lived with intriped bravery
Pompey's & Caesar career was noted in the history of Rome
Pompey was finally Defeated by Caesar Deserted by his
friend & murdered upon the sea shore in sight of his wife
his head taken off & presented to Caesar. Philip & an
other Roman soldier who had served under pompey in his
youth paid their last honours to his remains which laid
exposed upon the beach by burning his body & burying his
ashes under a little rising earth over which they pla
ced the following inscription "He whose merits deserve
a Temple can now scarcely find a tomb,["] & Caesar fared
but little better for after serving his country faithfully
& fighting near 200 pitched battles was assassin
ated in the Senate house among the conspirators was
Brutus his son. But Brutus & Cassius both sought Death

at the hand of their friends or soldiers & obtained
it becaus they [were] Defeated in battle. It is observed that
not one of those who had a hand in the Death of
Caesar Died a natural Death but either killed themselves
or were killed by others, in fine suicide was a
common thing among the grecian & Roman Generals
soldiers & poets, many Died by the use of hemlock
& other poisons, as well as by the Dagger. Cleopatra
sought Death by the sting of the Asp rather than to
have Augustus take her to Rome. Anthoony killed
himself with his sword, which left Augustus sole
master of the Roman Empire. He Died a natural
Death at 76 years of age after reigning 41 years &
having the affections of the Roman people, His
power began in slaughter & terminated in the good of the
people, so that it was said of him "that it would have
been good for mankind if he had not been born, or
if he never had deied.["] Tiberius next took the govern
ment of Rome many were executed During his
reign But he was smotherd or poisond in the 78
year of his age after reigning 22 years. It was
in the eighteenth year of the reign of Tiberus
that Christ was cruscified, shortly after his Death
Pilate wrote to Tiberus an account of his passions
resurrection, & miricles, & requested that Christ might
be accounted a God by the Romans. [FIGURES]

Caius Caligula reign was the most strange extravagant
inconsistant, & cruel of any tyrant that ever
reigned in Rome. He was killed with daggers by Cherea
& others at one of his games at 29th year of his
age after a short reign of three years ten months &
eight Days. Claudius next reigned in mildness he restor-
ed Judea to Herod Agrippa which Caligula had taken from
Herod Antipas his uncle the man who had put John
the Baptist to death. [Matthew 14:1-12] Nero began his reign in AD 54, though
but 17 years of age his reign was Dreadful tyranical
cruel & wicked, even with the Romans but more
esspecially with the Christians, among the many
Christians that were marterd in Nero reign was the
beheading of St Paul & crucifiing of St Peter
he also put to Death Seneca the philosopher & Lucean
the poet, & after gluting his ungodly passion
with the Death of thousands, he eagerly sought
Death many ways before the wrech could find it

& at last cut his own throat after reigning 13 years
7 months & 28 days. Galba next reigned 7 months &
lost his head. Otho took his place & was killed in
battle. Vespacsian was declaired emperor in AD 70 &
gave his son Titus command of the army that was
to lay siege to Jerrusalem, while John & Simon were
at war with each other in the city of Jerrusalem &
the roman army without, & the vengeance of God
from above the citiy was soon distroyed, the temple
not excepted, the number who perished in the
siege was above a million of souls & almost 100,000
led away catptive. Vespasion died a natural death
standing upon his feet. Titus Died from a fever a
little Distance from Rome. Domitian commenced
reigning AD 81, which was cruel & unmerciful he
was put to Death by Stephanus & succeded by Nerva
in AD 96, who Died of a fever after a reign of one year
four months & nine Days, he was succeded by Trajan
who has been noted for his perseverence in great under-
takings among which was the stupendeous work of build-
ing a bridge across the Danube, this amazing structure
consisting of twenty two arches a hundred & fifty
feet high & a hundred & seventy broad, the ruins of
this structure remain to this Day, & show modern
architects how far they were surpassed by the Ancients
both in the greatness & boldness of their Design. the chr-
istians
suffered during his reign. Trajan died of
the apoplexy in AD 117 after a reign of 19 years 6 months
& 15 days. Trajan Column erected at Rome AD 114
after the reign of several others Maximin comm-
enced his reign in AD 235 this gigantic man was no less
than eight feet & a half high he had a body & strength
corresponding to his size, his strength was so great that
he was able to draw a carriage which two oxen could
not move. He could strike out a horse's teeth with a
blow of his fist & break his its thigh with a kick. He
genearally ate 40 pounds weight of flesh each day &
drank six gallons of wine, his guards finally slew him
with his son while they were asleep in their tent
Constantine the great commenced his reign in AD 308
He united church & state & acknowledged Christianity
At about 60 years of age after reigning 30 years he
Died of the ague, but was baptized & received the
sacramant just before his Death. The foregoing items

is taken from the history of Rome by Edward Coxe
After reading this History I walked to Br Thomas
Rooke
& met in council with the officers had a
good time from thence to Br John Holley & spent
the night {Distance of the day} 3 miles

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