I am only 5 cards into a 100+ file and I can't even keep this to myself.
In the thousands of admission records I've seen, not a single person ever came and went -- and came back and left again -- and then again -- oops and one more time.... --- like this case here -- My best guess is that he was intermittently fighting with a few of his spouses at Oneida and/or suffering bouts of jealousy from the communal/complex marriage experiment.
OK, there are very few files from the 1850s and 60s as Oneida was growing.
This file says that the applicant (54 year old female) was a little fast in her young age and is striving to do better.
A little fast. I can't even.
Next to Habits the clerk wrote "Bad"
Cause of dependence? "Nearly blind, cause of debauchery."
(I think the clerk thought she/he wrote "Cause of? Debauchery" )
Remarks: "This woman left her home and followed an awful life and is now reaping her reward."
I think the clerk is shady-diagnosing this woman with a sexually transmitted disease, ya'll, and it's delicious. There is no mistaking how the clerk feels about activities at the Oneida commune.
I'm only on record 4 out of 143...
I should stop. I need to grade. Actually, I need to sleep.
OK, just one more.
Meet Mary Kelly, 42, born in Ireland. Cause of dependence? "Wild and Destitution" I
Go judgy clerk. Illuminating and vague. Wild. What does that even mean? Does she have bad hair? No manners? Doesn't want to get married to a man?
Under comments: "This woman is a poor nervous creature and when I first knew her she would sware (swear/curse) awful but she is trying to do better. "
Awww. My judgy clerk friend just basically silently said "bless her heart" and I can't even figure out how I am going to sleep knowing there are still over 130 files to read.