October 11, 1852 – “Young Julia back to school”

Monday. 11th October 1852.

Clear, and warm sunshine.

The storm has passed over leaving all clear
and bright. I feel dull in the morning, but G. is more
willing to get out of bed.
Julia, went to school for the first time this morning.
Fannie, went sick with a bad cold. She is very
delicate, but not in appearance; sickly
I have a slight cold on my chest. Went through
the house putting all things in their place.
Took a walk, left some fine collars & sleeves to be fluted.
Met Rebecca Champlin and sister in Canal St.
Laid on the sofa an hour; to reflect.
Wrote three pages in this book.
Went to bed, did not sleep. Julia came in from
Mr H. came in late, took a slight dinner, looked wor.
ried, but did not tell me his trouble.
We went to ride, Charly. Still lame, but not skittish. A lovely afternoon for riding, we did not
go far; I was not fatigued; but enjoyed the air.
Mr H. told me his trouble, a mistake of 100
shares of stock, either lost, or stolen, not accounted
for at the bank. I do not know how to sympa.
thize in such afflictions; but wish to try and allinate [sic]
the grief. I am opposed to all business of the un.
certain kind; it is so depressing to the spirits.

Julia goes to her lessons like the martyr to the
stake, and no doubt will pass the fiery ordeal
with victory and triumph.
She frets at the confinement of school, but I
am truly happy to get her mind once more prop.
erly employed. Three moments of perfect rest
should inspire fresh ordour in the breast of the
rotary of learning.

Mrs Berger called to.day, during my ride.
Mr Leati, gave a lesson.


October 10, 1852 – “Special words to mothers and Julia backtracks”

October. 1852. New York. 19 Charlton St.
Sunday. October 10th 1852.
Dark, heavy rain, but mild as spring.
The weather keeps me from church, the
young gentlemen [,] Louis & Remsen, went to represent
the family.
Since our return to the city, the weather has been too
warm & close for comfort, with the exception of a few
cold days. A fire burns in the basement to dry the
air of the room
Louis & Remsen commenced school on the 4th of
October at Mr Parkers.
Julia, took her first lesson of Mr Leati, on the 4th
October, Monday.
On Friday the 8th October she
went to New Rochelle, under the care of Mr Bolton
and staid two days with Fannie Tileston.
They returned on Monday the 4th.
Tuesday the 5th I went with Julia to shop.
We took from Meyers mourning store, two graduated
dresses, and, One grey silk for Julia.
Went to [Alboni’s] concert in the evening, delighted with her.
Miss Fannie T. came in on Thursday to stay with Julia.
Fridaya 8th Mr H. took us to [Madame Sontag’s]
Concert. The audience was splendid, but the Mu.
sic, a failure. Sontag’s voice weak, and unsatisfying,
her form handsome but face homely.

We had sofa seats, the best in the house, and kept
ourselves from melting away by fanning.
The evening so close, my clothes were moist.
Fannie looked beautifull; the sweetest face in the
whole room. Julia very pretty & gentile.
I was bright with diamonds, showered upon me by
my generous husband; could he but give me youth!!
Simon Krum, and Charlotte called to see us.
Our dinner confused, as Mr H. was not at
home to preside. Louis & Remsen, are not models
of politeness, and deserve a thump occasionally.
Mothers are destined to be imposed upon, and
their influence cannot control the growing will
of sons.

It is only at the two extremes of life that a son
truly clings to his mother, at his birth & at his death.

In the periods of his existence, her arm is his
shield, her bosom his pillow. She nourishes the faint
spark of divinity entrusted to her care, and often in si.
lent agony closes in death the eyes, dimmed by years
and misdeeds. Why do the young forget these things?
or neglect the mother.

October 9, 1852 – “Vampire mosquitoes”

Saturday. 9th October.

Julia, Fannie, Laura
Maria, and Mary Woodruft went down to the Fair.
They returned to dinner, tired out.
Louis & Remsen spent the afternoon at the Fair.
Rain fell before tea hour.
Moshetoes [sic] are very troublesome and
we have them by the hundreds.
Mr H. is death to the race, and his slippers are as
efficacious as the jaw bone of an ass in the hands of a
We sleep under nets, for the first in our lives.
and G. torments me by his nightly combats.
The boys suffer from the Vampires and put
up nets, with great precision.

Louis had a return of chills, the last week
in September, 4 slight attacks, took Quinine & wine,
and Bitters. I nursed him carefully.

Margaret has had two attacks, and seems weak
and miserable, in October. She is determined
to fight it off, and sticks to her work.

Louis & Remsen, have each two complete suits of
clothes, and new over coats, caps, and gaiters in
this month. They are fitted out for the winter;
and look very fine in their handsome suits.
I think they improve in health and looks.
Go back to their lessons without much groaning.

I have taken two rides since my return home.
Mother has been once to see me, I have taken tea
with her, and called several times.
Called on Mrs Ogiline. She returned the visit.

A friend, Oh the days are gone when beauty bright
My hearts chain [wore]!

September 20, 1852 – “Back to the City”


September 20th 1852.

Stone Ridge; New York.

We left for our city home to.day, the weather
was lovely, getting warm.
Maria & children went with us.
I rode with G. in the trotting waggon, expected to
be worn out, but really enjoyed the ride. The air
was exquisite, and my aching bones felt better.
The country looks lovely.
We had a merry time, until the Cars came.
Bade our friends adieu.
The heat uncomfortable in the cars.
Reached home at four oclock.
The girls give us a good tea. I was happy to
get home safe at last.
The children grumbled, no wonder, for they are
cooped up in the city.

September 11, 1852 – Ten days at the Ridge and the death of Julia’s younger brother, David! (Julia writes sporadically for a bit)


Stone Ridge
Saturday. 11th Sep. 1852.
A fine day, quite warm.
Louis, came for us in Dr Wicks
waggon [sic]. My ride tolerable, but my spirits low.
All well at Benjamins [Benjamin Hasbrouck, Garret’s brother]. Maria better than usual.
We remained ten days with our friends.
Kept fires, as the country was very cold.
I was anxious to get home, could not be happy at
the Ridge, every thing so rough and so discordant.
Harmony is the order of “ a superior intelligence” but it
does not reign among mortals.
Congenial spirits, and the charm of a country life.
Margaret and Maria were kind to me, and petted the
children as usual.
They had no return of chills, and recovered their
appetites, seemed perfectly happy, on the old farm.
I was cold as ice during my visit, wore a
thick dress, but began to feel better after the first
We went to the New Church, and called on some
of the neighbours.
Julia, would have been very gay, had she staid any
longer. She enjoyed every thing. Had a new
beau a “tall Dr, not quite equal to the Southern D.

I have spent some pleasant days at the
Ridge, but could not stay in peace this time.
My nerves unstrung. Davids death a shock[Charles David Lawrence – 1817-1852].