October 1, 1842 – “Sewing and a pleasant stroll”


053_Page 51Saturday. 1st.of October. 1842.

A fine day, the sun too warm, for fires.

I remained at home all the morning, sewing on pantalets for Remsen. Walked out with Julie after dinner, met Deborah in the street. The air was cool, and fine for walking. My bonnet came home, it did not suit me exactly. I did not shew [sic] it to Mon Marie.

September 30, 1842 – “Noble Mr. Hasbrouck”



053_Page 51Friday. 30. th. September. 1842. New. York.

Clouded sky, and some appearance of rain. We all felt sleepy this morning, haveing kept later hours last night than usual. I employed myself for two hours, washing up cups, and putting all things in order. At twelve oclock went down to pay Mrs Sayes for Cake. Mrs Parsons, pronounced quite an eulogium (1) on Mr Hasbrouck. Calling him generous, noble, and good, all of these fine qualities she had, had the penetration to discover. I paid her twelve shillings. A slight shower over took me but I persevered, and went up Hudson Street to get some collars, which were an expense to me of five shillings. I stopped to order a white bonnet, unfortunately.
(1) eulogium – a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently

September 29, 1842 – “A dinner party and trouble with the cook”


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051_Page 49Thursday. 29. th. September. 1842.

A fine, cool day, temperature about right for me.
I did not feel well when I arose, have not been strong the past two days. Was engaged all the morning, and in fact all the day, prepareing for my guests. Bridget excited herself, and performed her duties well; but all the head work devolves on me, and I am miserable on such occasions. Sent a note to Bell, with an invitation for Mrs [Trirelle] her friend, also a “toilette cover” as a present. She sent me an acceptance. Dispatched a note to Chelsea; they are all complaining of colds. Julie, and I dressed in white, as five oclock, and at seven our friends arrived. Mrs [Trirelle], did not accept; so our party was quite small. Mr & Mrs Brown, Bell, Catharine and Henry composed our party. Ferdinand, came in late. We took tea in a sociable way, around the table, as I wished…
052_Page 50to make my guests as comfortable as if at home. Our table was nicely spread, every thing on it of the best; and well arranged. Mr B. is a host within himself, so intelligent, original, and comic in his character, we were all entertained, and kept in a good humour by his witticisms. Mrs B. looked sweet, I did not think it possible, dress, animation, and health, could have improved her so much. I love her tone, and pronunciation, very much, it goes to my heart; and her details of sorrows gained for her, my sympathy, and friendship. She said her evening was pleasant, and eleven oclock had almost arrived; before our circle was broken. I gained the promise of at least one more visit; before she leaves New.York. Julie, looked sweet, and took Mr & Mrs B. to see her baby.house. Louis was rather troublesome to.day, he does not mind having his ears boxed; as any other punishment. Mr H. bought me some elegant peaches, and pears, for the evening; they ^were superb, and patronized considerably. I gave each one, a load to every home. The still champagne, was quite gentle in its influences no one seemed too much exhilarated. I had some domestic trouble this evening, with the cook, she is a fretfull old maid, and fond of grumbling. My patience with her as is almost exhausted, and I gave her a sever reproof, for her impertinence. It is impossible to keep calm on all occasions, they are so ungratefull, and provoking; these “Irish folks.” Bought a pair of shoes for Remsen to.day. Mr. H gave me five dollars to buy cake.

September 28 1842 – “A stage for Broadway and making a call”

051_Page 49Wednesday. 28.th. September. 1842.

Warm weather, the air quite oppressive.

Julie, and I prepared ourselves to visit Mrs Brown. We rode down in a Broadway Stage, and found my new friend at home. We were equally delighted to see each other; her fine eyes brightened up, while a glow of pleasure brightened up every feature. I sat an hour chatting with her, and attained the promise of a sociable visit form her, to morrow evening. Frome [sic] there we went over to “Aunt Bell’s”, and sat an hour with her, we then took a stage and returned home, much heated and fatigued from our jaunt.

September 27, 1842 – “A hot day for more bonnet shopping”

051_Page 49Tuesday. 27.th. September. 1842.

A warm day, summer come back once more. Louis, and I went down to the store, we rode part of the way down, but walked up. The heat was really oppressive we both felt it, and were glad to rush home. Louis, behaved very well, not getting out of patience more than three times. My intention was to get a ribbon to trim my bonnet, but concluded to get a cheap bonnet for the Fall. Garret, gave me a small crovet [sic], and seven yards mous de laine for Remsen, and Julie dresses. I would not accept his generous offer to take a dress myself, as it really was not nesscessary. I met “Mrs Hubbell”, she did not recognize me. Her appearence was quite stylish. Spent one shilling in my travels. Looked at Bonnets in Miss Aikin’s, also the “coloured amazons”, in Broadway. Mother, and Catharine sat an hour with me in the afternoon. They did not remain to tea. I sat sewing all the evening.


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