September 1850 – “Back home and true happiness”

0099-copySeptember. 1850.
Charming weather through out this month.
We left the Ridge on the 16teenth.
Called on Mrs Rosa at Rondout. Dined at the Hotel.
Took the afternoon train of Cars; reached home by seven oclock.
Margaret & Ann cleaned the house and were awaiting our
arrival; gave us a fine tea. How charmed I was to find
myself once more safe at Home, with my dear ones
around me; this was true happiness.
A week previous to my return I had been quite an in.
valid, called in the aid of Dr De Witt. Feared the Dysentary
but had, a slight touch of this painfull disease.
Kept my room one week, Nanny slept on the floor with
me. Julia, felt, much concerned for me, I was pleased
to see her so thoughtfull. We wrote for G. to come up,
I was more nervous, than sick; and wanted to get home.
How delighted I was to see him enter my
chamber, and how soon we became happy, and gay.
He left home sooner than he wished, and many little
improvements were unfinished.
On my return I found some of my wishes gratified
the old pump was removed, this being an eye sore to me.
The Arbour had been mended, and all that a thoughtfull,
husband could do, had been accomplished.

August 1850 – Julia is in Marbletown – (Sorry – this is all she has to say for this entire month)



0098August. 1850.
A fine month. Showers frequent.
Garret came up, to pass this month with
us; brought David [Julia’s younger brother] & waggon with him. We had many
charming rides. Snake hill, & “Cripple bush” drives the
most romantic. Passed a day with Mrs De Puy.
I took tea at Mrs Palen’s, Mrs Cantines, Bensens. called
on our other friends.

July 16, 1850 – Last entry for July – “At the Ridge”


July. 16. 1850.
0098Warm, and misty.
Mr H. Remsen & myself left the
city this morning; locked up our house and started for “Stone
Ridge. The fog on the river, frightened me, but by ten it
disappeared. We dined at Rondout, rode to the Ridge
in our own carriage, Charly felt the heat. Met Benjamin
on the rode, he had met with an accident.
Found Julia & Louis expecting us.
G. remained two weeks, then returned to the city, I felt
sad enough to lose him.
Louis, had a sore foot one month. I called in Dr De Witt.
[Nanny] Quin, and Big Ann assisted Margaret in the work.
The weather delightfull in this month. Rain fell
plentifully; keeping all things green.

July 13, 1850 – “Bad bowels and young Julia is dull in Stone Ridge”

Saturday. July. 13. /50.
0097 Cool & agreable [sic] weather. unless the suns rays.
I find my bowels out of order
this will keep me in the house. Took a short walk,
bought lace mitts 1$ for Julia. Finished a cape with blue
galoon [sic]. Sold my crib bed, mattress, bed tick for 4 $. to
Margarets sister Mary. Slept two hours, ate little at dinner.
Garret, packed a trunk, and then went to ride with Remmy.
I received a long letter from “Sis”, they wish us to come up on
Tuesday. She poor child seems dull for the want of society;
and urges me to hasten up. I think our [homes] will hang
heavy enough, when night comes on. the idea fills me
with little pleasure, but we must not repine.
The bells toll, and cannons resound for the loss of
General Taylor, his funeral takes place in Washington
It has a mournfull sound, and bids us all “prepare.”

July 11 and 12, 1850 – “Still busy packing and making calls”


Thursday. 11th July 1850.
Cool and pleasant.
We slept late this morning.
I busied myself arranging things to be taken, and left.
Had the bed.stead taken down in the girls room for fear of
My complaints better, use cold water in plenty.
Sent a long letter to Julia, and my note from Bell.
Jane brought a small note for her; to be sent to.morrow.
I rode up to Chelsea, went to see Pa; found him very well, and
busy with his gas pipes. Went in to see the Miss Babcocks,
they gave me an agreable [sic] reception, with a glass of Port Wine
Went back, took tea with Pa, he returned home with me.
Garret rode out with Mr Swherin; Remmy staid at home.
I walked with G. it was very cool and pleasant in the

Friday. July. 12th /1850
A fine day, cool & pleasant.
I intended going over too see the Dr &
Anna, felt badly at my stomach; gave up.
Slept after washing two hours.
Dressed and took Remsen to drink tea with Mrs Swherin.
Went all through her house, it is convenient & beautifully
settled, every part like [wax].work. She looked beautifull, in
_____ _____, pink embroidered muslin, her children improve.
The baby is a fine fellow, like his father in expression.
Our tea.table was very genteel, the china elegant. indeed
Mr & Mrs may be called people of taste.
We rode at ten oclock, Remmy fell
asleep, very soon after his return home.
A long letter from Catharine, all well at “Glen Cove.