July 24, 1842 – “Such a hot day”


012_Page 10Sunday.24.th.July.1842.
The thermometer standing at 96. in the shade untill noon. A heavy thunder shower then came to our relief.

I felt too much debilitated for Church, and laid on the bed all day. Strove to improve the hours, by meditation, reading, and prayer. The air very oppressive, untill the shower purified it, we all felt much debilitated. I dined on rice, feeling no appetite. The evening was cool, and agreeable.

July 23, 1842 – “Feeling ill, but relieved by mother’s visit”

011_Page 9Saturday.23.d July.1842. A sultry warm day. I was quite unwell all this day, ate nothing but two soda biscuits, and some port-wine. My stomach, deranged; and bowels loose. Henry Varick, called in. I slept two hours, and felt better at noon. Mother surprised me by a visit, she staid to tea, and done me good by her sympathy. Half the ills of life can be relieved by this, shareing our griefs with others. I went to the stage with mother, took a short walk with G. the streets smelled disagreable [sic]. Read a letter from Maria Hasbrouck, she wants us to come up in August.

July 22, 1842 – “Losing a note and a walk on Canal Street”



011_Page 9Friday.22.nd.July.1842.

A clear fine day, not too warm in the shade.

I sat at home all the morning sewing. Garret missed a note for fifty dollars, which he thinks he dropped in getting out money to pay the cab.driver. This was another misfortune attending our visit. We procured another, so I hope this will not be lost; the amount I mean. Julie, and I walked out in the afternoon, it was quite cool, we took some collars to be pressed, and then went up Canal Street. Met Garret, and Brown, “two pale faces.”we returned home with them.

July 21, 1842 – “Lazy mornings and some company at mother’s”


010_Page 8Thursday. 21.st.of July.1842.

A lovely cool day. A westerly breeze blowing.

I am sorry to be obliged to record my own bad
habits, which grow upon me daily, the f— of ex
ample in “mon moir” must have some influence.
We do not jump up at hearing the bell at six o.
clock as have promised, but generally lie in
bed untill near breakfast hour, losing our ap.
petites, and time, for this improper indulgence.
Garret, is incorrigible, he will not get up untill
I go down to pour out the coffee. The children
do not assemble, untill my dijeuni* is half over.
and both newspaper read through.
Garret complaining of a weakness across his chest, he
looks thin, and pale. I did not think he would
accept his invitation to Chelsea, but he promised to call
for me in the evening. We both took a nap after din
ner; but I was aroused from mine by the arrival of
the “Dr., Anna, and sons.” They spent one hour, on their
way home from Hoboker. Sent for a cab, to ride home.
The boys are smart and noisy.
After tea I dressed and rode up to mothers, was the
first arrival. The company soon assembled, and we pass.
ed a pleasant evening. Miss Mary, sang, and played
one set of cotillions. G. came in, but seemed rather
distraught, and did not seem to enjoy himself, more than
usual. Simon, looked very well, and got us,
cab at eleven oclock to ride home in. Ferdinand, and
Bell, came down with us. Garret, was displeased at-
my rideing, and wished me to walk, I did not dis-
cover it untill my return home. The moonlight
was beautifull, but alas, for human nature our plea.
sures were not as placid, or bright her beams.

*déjeuner; French for breakfast

July 20, 1842 – “Met Garret at the Battery and another attempt to see Bell”

009_Page 7Wednesday. 20th July. 1842.
A fine summer’s day, the soft south wind blowing charmingly.

I sat at home, cutting a muslin dress for Remsen. Eugene and Maria came in to set an hour, from commencements. Maria invited me unto spend to.morrow evening with her. I took all the children on the battery, met Garret there, he escorted us home. Julie, and I called to see “Bell”, she was out as usual, we sat an hour with Miss Roberts. I spent an hour reading the life of Burrows. G went out in the evening. An alarm of below us, kept us up until near twelve o’clock.


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