The journal is a typical farmer's diary - a daily log of work pursued,
monies spent, visits from neighbors and friends, etc. One entry
mentions that he went to Homer & registered that he had freed his
slaves. I copied perhaps 15 pages, but it is much more extensive.
You can order the microfilm via the LDS FamilySearch site. Go to
surnames and enter Howell. The journal appears under "Dr. W.F.
Howell of DeSoto Parish (La.)." The good doctor never used the
journal, since he died in 1861. Journal entries start after that year.
Hope this helps.
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