Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

Hale's Life in Connecticut  |  The Years At Yale  |  In The Revolutionary War  |  How Sculptors Saw Him  |  George Dudley Seymour  |  Images & Namesakes  

In The Revolutionary War: One year and a fateful final fortnight
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Hale's receipt book / Alice's diary
Hale recorded cash disbursements in this little leather-bound notebook kept in Beinecke's vault. This page (far left) shows two late payments in July 1776, both of which reflect the army's strapped resources: one for wages to a man in his company who signed with an X for 58 shillings, the other to Hale's sergeant Stephen Hempstead, for May wages and his back allowance for provisions.
After Hale died his step-sister Alice used some blank pages to record thoughts, mostly morose, such as this one which begins: "A heavy gloom hangs upon my mindů" On another page she admits she intended to keep a diary but failed miserably.