Journals offer glimpses into people's lives and personalities. Many of the journals that we've surveyed so far are not illustrated and I always look forward to coming across ones with sketches.
Here is an example of a poem and drawing of a sock found in the journal of Isaac W. Baker. It was written on the ship John Q. Adams while he was on a voyage from Boston to California in 1852.
The poem shows his sense of humor and I think his use of the pun 'darn' is great!
The poem says:
Ode to my old stocking!
Heeless and toeless work of artAlas! thou'st getting old.So worn and torn I scarcely knowThe relics I behold!Thy foot, sore scratch'd by many a nailIn many a place worn thin,Indeed 'twould be a darned hard taskTo make you whole again!
From the Isaac W. Baker journals, BANC MSS C-F 53--A. Croft