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Wilbur wrote daily page-length entries describing significant events in detail, including her political activism. Wilbur was dismissed from the Patent Office in January 1886 and spent several months unemployed before being rehired in May. The memoranda at the end include a reflection on the year as a whole, a summary of the state of her family, a description of things she saw on a visit to Philadelphia, and various facts, figures, and literary extracts.