May 1852 – Julia has been ill

May. 19 Charlton St.

This month passed away, and in consequence of a
cold, and pain in my chest, I could not continue on
with my I regret these breaks in my
journal, as memory will not give back the minute
events interesting to myself.


Julia does not write again until the end of MAY!

Julia becomes ill this month, so I will not post until the end of May. I may post some entries from young Julia’s October 1852 diary, since many of you are so curious about it.



Good time to catch up

April 23 and 24, 1852 – “I was once the center of Garret’s happiness…”

Friday. 23rd April. 1852.
High wind, and cold as winter.
The storm has not left us yet; clouds cold & dark.

I went to get 1 yd silk for Julia’s dress
from Stewarts, they expect it on Monday.
Looked at some pretty muslins at Meyer’s. Walked up,
the air cold and piercing; but I feel well in this cool air.

G. went to ride, finds his horses starved and
thin; called Mr [Wier] to an account. Consoled himself;
by two stews of oysters, and something to keep them down;
after tea.
I sat alone in the basement, finishing a flannel skirt.
how different our lives, no excitements for me.
Julia took Remsen to the “fair” again
they staid untill twelve oclock. Saw the infant
drummer, and had fine times.
Mr O. there, spoke of D.
Mr [Kemer], brought Julia home.

Saturday. 24th. April./1852.
Clouded, and cold, like December.

I have been busy with my sewing this mor.
ning. Julia went over to pass the day with Josephine.
Louis would not wait for her to dress, he is a rude boy.
My morning has been very still, no calls, and nothing
to harass me.
Mr H. looks fashionable with his moustache, he feels
like a youth of twenty in his Spring Suit; and enjoys
his Broadway rambles.
What changes a few years make, our habits, feelings, every
thing seems to change. G. becomes more fond of style,
while I hesitate and cling to quiet, and comfort.
Dominie St. house, tho small, was my happiest home;
there, I was the centre of G.’s happiness; now he has
many sources; and seeks variety to charm his unoccupied

April 21 and 22, 1852 – “Rainy days and the return of Dr. Outlaw”

Wednesday. 21st April. /52.

Rain falls in heavy, showers, gleams of sun.shine

Hopes of a clear day frustrated; as the
clouds still seem full of water.
I dislike any complaints against the weather, and love
rainy days. Then no one molests me, and my time
is not wasted. I feel much better
Sent some papers to Mrs Smith. a message from Rima
to Julia.
Found some dresses to bestow on little Laura of Julia’s.
She has outgrown them.
The sun almost shines, through the showers.
An auction at the Mr Denisons they leave
Charlton St.
Jane spent the evening with Julia. She improves, and
is quite an actress.
Julia went to see Fanny & Rima in the rain.
Mr Outlaw, has arrived from the south.

Thursday. 22nd April. 1852. 19 Charlton St.
Storm still continues. Rain at intervals.

I went to walk in the morning, bought
a pair of lace sleeves. $1.
Walked with Julia after dinner, and left Eugene to
keep house, he came in to pass the evening.
Julia went to a fair, sat at a table with Fanny.
Mr Kremer, escorted her home. Louis took her there.
She had a confab with Mr. O.

April 20, 1852 – “All that’s bright must fade”

Tuesday. 20th April. /52.
Rain, Rain, rain.
The Storm continues. Wind easterly.

We slept late, and even buck.wheat
cakes could not drive us from our pillow.
I passed the morning doing a little of every thing.
Sent a note to Catharine.
Julia’s dress to Mrs B. to be trimmed.
The Miss Baileys called, Magdalene, and Anna.
I went down in my dishabille, to receive them, they
had no news.
Ann, brushed my head, and frightened me by pulling out
the gray hairs, quite a bunch; how serious this makes me
feel, youth is over, and the frost of age appears.
My hair was once luxurious, & soft and beautifull.
it is still very good and glossy for my time of life,
and requires no artifice to keep it in order.
“All thats bright must fade;” myself an illustration of
the poets sentiment.

Remsen, and Louis unruly at the table. I must put
them from home one year; to gain restraint, and manners.

Mr H. came in to tea, had no dinner; teased us about
the house, told us it was Sold. A Fib! Julia looked grave.
Mr Leati gave Julia her lesson, she practiced after tea, wrote
her French composition.
We returned at ten. G. before nine.
Storm continues.