July 8-22, 1851 – “The family in Sing Sing (Ossining)



Friday. 8th July. 1851. Sing Sing.

Showers threatening, not so intensely warm.
This is a fine situation, the air is
so pure, and the ground so high.
I like it much better than the Leggetts; because our
rooms are so pleasant. and the family small.
Mrs Swain is a little gem, and Mr S. intelligent and
obliging. Julia, makes him sociable, and they joke
often to.gether. I begin to feel at home and think
it delightfull in this calm retreat.

Wednesday. 9th July. 1851.
Warm day; extremely so.
Mr H. came in to tea, walked
from the cars, much heated. out of patience with both
boat, and Cars. He does not love any trouble; complains
of being un well, eating too many uncooked oysters.
He went to bed early and slept soundly. I was restless.
A contented mind, the true [makes] of life, I wish they those
who aspire, would remember this truth.

Thursday. 10th July. 1851.
Intensely warm; mist and heavy sky.
G. proposed going to Tarry.town.
we set off, but repented before half way, the sun broke out
We took some lemmon.ade, and returned from our ride. feeling
this day the climax of hot weather.

Friday. 11th July. 1851.
Very warm; no breeze to fan our cheeks.
Mr H. went to the city, we escorted him
part of the way. I took comfort in my room without clothes
in this hot weather. Sew a little, and read by turns.
I love to be alone in very hot weather, as my pleasures are
tranquility and amusements for the mind. Company or
excitement annoys me. Julia is different in her tastes.

Saturday. 12th July, 1851.

Still very warm weather.
Mr H. came up to.night tired with
the heat. Brought us some news papers. He is complaining of
a cold. I think him imprudent in eating, and sleeping; but he
is not to be reproved.

Sunday. 13. July. 1851.
Cool, fine day.
Mr. H. took us to Church, the Presbyterian
church in Sing Sing. We heard a missionary sermon from Mr. Green,
chaplain of the prison. Saw the Reymes family. Remsens,
and the Miss Phermy’s. Julia had a confab with them.
They came to the gate to see her after tea. Miss Remsen leaves
Sing Sing, on Monday. Julia regrets the society of these young
ladies; and misses her school.girls.

Monday. 14 July. 1851
A fine day.
Mr H. left us to day for the city.
This week passes away agreeably, but I must try to think
of some particulars, having neglected to note them daily.

Tuesday.15- Very warm.
Margaret rubbed the
skin from my feet, left them sore. Mr Swain took us to Sing Sing.
I called on Mrs Hale; passed an hour with her.

Wednesday. 16. Sore foot, put on plasters.

Thursday. 17. lame.

Friday. 18. lame.

Saturday 19. Mr Hasbrouck came up, bringing a piano for Julia,
the waggon, saddle, and jug of brandy. He looks very pale
has a cold. Is cross before he goes to bed and after also; tired
perhaps; but I must coax him to be good, as usual.

Monday. 21st.

Tuesday 22nd A friend from abroad; to be welcomed. S.B.
No pain or aches, this is true friendship; without alloy.

July 4-7, 1851 – “Summer in Sing Sing”

Friday 4th of July. 1851. Sing Sing.

Bright, and cool after the shower.
A Glorious fourth.
Mr H. felt stiff and did not get up
untill late, borrowed a dress from Mrs Swain. old clothes of
Mrs S. We dined and after dinner took a ride to Tarry.Town.
Every thing quiet, but few demonstrations of the fourth.
Margaret washed Mr H.s clothes, he resumed his own garb.
Fireworks in the neighbour hood, shone prettily, but it
appeared more like Sunday, so quiet, and serene. I do not
wonder they sigh for a sight of our fun in the city.

Saturday 5th July. 1851. Sing Sing.
Very warm.
We passed this day quietly, on
the bed most of the time, I felt so dull and sleepy, it
must be the change of air, and debility.
We rode to Sing Sing, met E. Reymes; he bowed.

Sunday. 6th July. 1851. Sing Sing.
Excessively warm
I did not feel well enough to go
to Church; G would not go alone.
Our day passed in reading. Books of all kinds plenty here.
How charming the quiet of the Sabbath day in the country.

Monday. 7th July. 1851. Sing Sing.
Warm as ever.
Mr H. left us to.day for the
city. I rested myself out, and read untill tired.
Arranged all our clothes, in their proper places.
The Miss Leggetts called.

July 3, 1851 – Travel to Sing Sing and thoughts of father”

Thursday. 3rd July. 1851.

Close, a heavy shower in the morning.
Mr H. arose early, the dull clouds
looked ominous. I could not consent to go in the first
train; my bones ached. from fatigue. Rain poured down,
fortunately, so G. had to give it up for that hour.
After so many plans, he wanted me to wait for the Boat;
but this I would not do, and left in the cars at 12. oclock.
Mr [Frainer], a clergyman, was a very kind escort, and paid
us every attention. Our ride was long, and very warm.
We took a carriage and rode up to Mrs Swain’s. She received us
kindly, gave us a lunch. We then went to our rooms; and
found them prettily furnished, mine with a pretty set of
mahogany furniture, a dear little rocking chair, and every
thing neat as wax.
A heavy shower came on before six, in the after noon, we waited
tea for Mr H, but in vain as they did not arise untill
nine oclock. Thunder, lightening and the heaviest rain I have
heard in years, came pouring down in torrents; how glad
we felt at having escaped its fury. At length they arrived [;]
Remsen, Margaret and Mr H. the horse, carriage & trunks.
The boat was four hours coming up. G. was wet to his skin,
He took some brandy, and went to bed immediately. and did
not take any cold. The others escaped the rain, but the trunks
were wet.
I was thank full to get safe in bed, after the tears, toils and
troubles of this day. To leave home is a regret to me
at any time, but now it seems more painfull.
My father is on a sick bed, but thin and feeble from pain. this
casts a gloom over my summer enjoyments; as I feel
that in his sufferings, mother must doubly suffer.

June 29-July 2, 1851 – “Heat, poor sick father, and the trip to Rima’s”

Sunday. 29th June. 1851.

The heat intense, to.day.
I did not dare venture
to Church; went to lie down exhausted. Louis & Remsen
went alone. G. put on his night-gown to keep cool.
I rejoiced at Julia’s escape from the city.
Dr. Foggo rode up on horseback; bringing me a long note from
Julia, she is delighted at Rima’s. Begs to remain.

Monday. 30th.
Extremely warm.
I commenced packing our
trunks. Went through the house to put things in
Wrote to Julia, hoping Mr C. might call. he did not come.

Tuesday. 1st of July. 1851.
Still very warm.
This hot weather unfits me
for any thing, I cannot get out for any distance.
Put up all my small ornaments from the parlour. Covered
the furniture.
Wrote to Maria Hasbrouck.
G. rode with Remsen, to Claremont.

Wednesday. 2nd.
Sultry and Close.
Mr H. proposed taking us up to
19 St. in the waggon [sic]. We left our trunk of Silver, and [Bird]
under Catharine’ Case. She received us kindly as usual.
I pitied her from the depth of my heart; her anxieties
seem to bear her down. She is thin, and her hair is becoming
quite grey. but her smile remains to cheer the sick.

I went up to see father, he lies on his bed, and looks like death; so
changed. He seemed glad to see me, and felt interested about
our trunk, which he ordered under his bed. Mother is better,
than usual around all her troubles. Maria looks less happy
than the others, she does not possess the same soul or sense.
rather objected to our bird, but C. overruled her objections.
Mr H. invited C. to go with us to Rima’s, she accepted.
I bade all good.bye, went home to sleep, could not rest well.
C. came in at two oclock. We dined on chicken, and Rasp.
berries. Left home at four oclock, sun very warm; every
thing wet on me, as I sat in the carriage.
Some difficulty in finding Dr Carpenters. Julia sat at the
window, came to receive us unwillingly. A cordial welcome
from Rima, Dr C. and Hugh C. the clergyman. Dr Chapps
and another gentleman, were there to tea, Mrs C sick in her rooms.
We rested but did not stay to tea, took some of Rima’s Spice
Cake. Julia, left with tears in her eyes; all their fine
plans frustrated. Our ride home more pleasant, it was
nine oclock, before C. got to 19. St. She enjoyed the ride; and
was not so tired as myself.
Julia, fretted about most terribly, when she got home, every
thing displeased her. I wished her back with Rima.
Went to bed tired out with my excitements.
We were all much pleased with New Retreat, had no time
to go to the Beach. G. went with the boys.