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 to.day.
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 to.day.
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 to.day, 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.

July 10, 1850 – “The death of General Taylor and packing for the Ridge”



Monday. 10th July. 1850
zachary-taylor-death-of-president-zachary-taylor-taylor-on-his-death-CWB8A0A fine day, delightful weather.
The death of General Taylor throws a gloom
over the city. papers in mourning.
A long letter from Julia, all well; and safe; the house
unfinished; just as I supposed from the first. I wish _____
had gone to Mr Leggetts, our priveledges [sic] are so much greater.
Remsen rode out with his father to the Abby, they almost
had the “Cayauga Maid” a race horse.
I went to see Mrs Berger, sat an hour, she expects to be con.
fined before many days. Louis cheerfull & happy. Took her
fan by mistake, returned it through the window.
Jane came in; sat all the evening, seemed lonely.
Remsen and I packed our trunks, I sent mine away after
reading the letter, so discourageing.

July 5-9, 1850 – “Remsen still ill and Julia leaves for Stone Ridge”



Friday 5th July. 1850.

Excessively warm.
Remsen feverish all day.
I prepared Julia’s trunk. She was pale & fatigued.
Shopped with her Aunt Maria. Louis p_____ on his father
to let him go with his Aunt. I put up a few clothes for
him in haste.

Saturday. 6th July/ 1850.

Close in the morning, a breeze at breakfast.
I went to the Boat with the children,
parted with them with great anxiety of mind. Think
they will enjoy the sail, the air springs up cool on the water.
Remsen better to.day, no fever, kept still in bed.
I rode out to the Abbey.
Mr Cornell, left a kind note from Rima.

Sunday. 7th July

A cool day.
I kept with Remsen, he improves
arose and dressed himself. looks pale & thin.
Garret went to Hoboken to get cool air; he eat [sic] too
much Lobster for dinner; My appetite miserable.
I took a walk in the evening, was suffering from debility
and great distress; Must try the Hip bath.
Had news from mother all well, from Pa also.

Monday. 8th July.

Pleasant day.
Sent a long letter to “Glen Cove”. We arose early, I rode out with
Garret to the Abbey, took milk punch, found the ride de.
lightfull. Went out to buy a drawing book & paper for Remsen.
A head.ache all day. Slept two hours before dinner.
Rode up to see Mrs Swherin, sat an hour with her, Mr S.
went to ride with Garret. Found pa waiting for me,
he sat an hour, took our tea Remmy hungry.
G. returned late from his ride. I came home in an
Omnibus. Rested my feet for head.ache; slept well.
A letter from Bell, at Fort Hamilton. Paid Mrs Bloodgood 37. $.shillibeers_first_omnibus

Friday. 9th July.

A fine day.
I passed it in a sluggish kind of manner.
Walked to Crowens purchased paper, notes, “Mrs [Hermans] works.”
Wrote a long letter to Isabella.
Almost ready to cry because I get no news from Julia.
Slept two hours, flies troublesome.
Remsen, quite well to.day. appetite good.
I sent for the boys books, from Mr Parker, sent a note,
Garret went out alone; returned home early.
Walked with G. to Millers, bought thick shoes; also a trunk
for the boys clothes.


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