A fine day, rather too warm at noon. I wrote a long letter to G. to beg him to leave us one week longer in the country. We dressed in haste to visit “High Falls”. Maria, Julie, myself and “Dr Wicks” set off at twelve oclock, in a small open waggon, but the beauty of the scene, and the fresh air, compen sated for all lack of room. Maria, sat on a little bench in front. We found our friends expecting us, and passed a charming day, in their tastefull mansion. After dinner we all went to the Mill to be weighed. I only reached 92.lbs. Margaret joined us at tea, the Dr. also came in. I rode home in his waggon, with Julie on my lap. Dr.Wicks gave Maria a great fright, on the way home; and I felt a little apprehensive for the childrens safety. But our excursion ended well, and is a green spot to dwell upon; when memory pictures the past to my view. The children looked sweet.
Clouded sky, rain at hand. Marble Town.
I felt remarkably well this morning, more bouyant than usual, hopeing to hear from mon marie to.day. Dressed, Louis to ride out with Uncle Doe; unfortunately he has a patch on his knee; unperceived by me, but not unseen by Uncle Doe. A long letter, and bundle of papers from G. to cheer my solitude; all well at home. Charlotte, came over to see us, brought us some plumbs. This was the last day of summer, a pleasant season for me, and I part from it with regret.
Tuesday. 30 th. August. 1842. A Fine cool day, air pure, and charming. I kept my usual hour of ariseing six oclock. Bridget, washed this morning, the care of Remmy devolved on me. Julie, rode out with “Uncle Doe,” went to see Mrs Buddington. Looked sweet in her buff muslin dress. Brought home a superb bunch of flowers for Maria and I. from Mrs B. I mended clothes, and gammoned Maria, in the morning. In the afternoon at two oclock the “Farm- Waggon was brought up, and Margaret, the children, Bridget and myself, with Black Devy for our diner, set off for Uncle Benjamins (1764-1843). The sun at this hour, was broiling over my head, and little Remmy asleep on my lap, while slight shocks from the rough roads, made my ride any thing but agreable.
On our arrival at the house we found ourselves quite unexpected guests. I had warned Margret of this, but in the county, their mottoe is “Take me, as you find me.” The lady to whom our visit was intended was busily engaged in the fields, and we were left to survey a cheer- less scene, until she arrived. We found dust, dirt, flies, confusion, old age, infancy, good cheer, and hospitality, a singular mixture all combined in this antiquated mansion. The house was ancient, and the birth place of Garrets father. his old Uncle, who now inherits it fast approaching the grave. A portrait of his great, great, great, grandmother, a stylish old lady, still graces the walls. Her dress both in colour and fashion resembles mine, altho probably a century has passed over it. Annette, is a clever woman, quite pretty, and full of hospitality. She gave us a good tea, and we returned late at night quite pleased with our novel entertainment. I sat a few moments in the old mans room, the scene was a painfull lesson. Here was a picture new to my eyes, old age, death, and an undying spirit struggling for mastery and in the absence of every worldly luxury, or even comfort, sat the dying man. His mind was wandering and the expression of his face unpleasant. I played back gammon with the Dr on my return and then to bed, sleepy and fatigued.
A clear sky, and the promise of a warm day. I arose at six this morning, slept well last night. Dr Wicks mended me some pens and I wrote two pages to Garret. Maria, took it to the Office, and brought me in return a “New World,” This was a disappointment to me as he constitutes the only “world” I care for. The receipt of this paper however assures me of his health and of his remembrance of me. We had a pleasant day. I finished Julie’s buff muslain. Mrs De Puy and Miss De Witt- called on me in due favour. At the tea table Louis behaved so badly I was compelled to whip him with a stick he is an unruly boy. The chastise-ment scene was beneficial to Julie, and Remsen, they had never seen me punish him before. The gentlemen were all out, or I should not have dared to make so much confusion. After tea Maria and I walked to the store. Called in at “Dr Issacs” was introduced to Edgar’s wife. Omitted my nap to.day.
We had no conveyance for Church, and remained
at home. The day was not spent agreeable to my feelings, or principles, and the children follow the example of those around.
To control them seemed almost impossible.