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This journal concludes on November 10, 1908, the day that James and Martha McMillan moved from the farm near Cedarville to a home in Yellow Springs. Martha's final words in this journal are, "Now this is the end - the book is closed - forever and it came sooner than I thought - 'Where the tree of life is blooming meet we there. Farewell & Farewell.' " That same day, she started a new journal with these words: "While one book is closed another is opened."

Pages 293-300 have been removed from the book, but probably contained no writing, as pages 243-292, following the last entry on November 10, are blank.

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Journal Dimensions

8.0" x 9.5"

Number of Written Pages


Digitization Date

May 2, 2016


University Archives

Archives Collection

Martha McMillan Journal Collection

Archives Container Number


Archives Identification Number

RG 16/46

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1908 Journal



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