August 16 and 17, 1851 – “Garret arrives with dirty clothes among other items”

Saturday. 16. Aug. 1851       Sing Sing.

A fine, cool day
Mrs Swain took a carriage full of
boys to the barbers. Brought Mr Swain home quite sick from
fever. A cousin George Swain, staid with us two days.
Mr Hasbrouck came up in the evening with his trotting horse.
and waggon. he unloaded a basket of peaches, a bag of Clavet,
a load of sugar, nutmegs, and grater. A bundle of dresses
black muslin for Julia & I. A gingham for her, none for me.
Letter paper, dirty clothes, and new papers.
He is well, and told us mothers family would be up on
Tuesday. I trust the rooms will suit them.
I went in the Church with Louis. My head ached very
much all day; mouth dry & bitter.

Sunday. 17 Aug. 1851.
A storm of rain.
We all welcomed this rain;
the country sadly parched.
The basket of Peaches suffered and the boys teased their
Aunt Maria & Julia, for eating so many & taking peppermint [sic].
We looked for Margaret, she did not come.
G. displeased at my letting her go to the city. Sarah went to
the dock in all the rain for her. Garret escorted the Miss
Leggets home, was caught in the rain. Borrowed some clothed from E.

August 15, 1851 – “Camp Meeting”



Friday. 15. Aug. 1851

Cool & pleasant, sun powerfull.
We took an early stroll after break fast up the
road leading to Mr Coutneys. Julia met Mr [Knowlton]; he addressed her, a few words. The girls went to the river to see the Cars. I kept out untill tired. then came in to write. finding my window too cool, altho the sun is hot enough.
Mrs Wetherby took Julia & Maria to Camp meeting, at “White plains”, they left at 1- and returned at 8 oclock. Miss Anna Remsen went with
them and they had a jolly time.
Maria, was chilly on her return, I gave her some brandy. She had the tastes of a girl, and likes a frolic.

August 14, 1851 -“Young Julia sings and trouble with mosquitoes”

Thursday. 14. Aug. 1851
Mist, and slight rain, in the morning, hot sun at noon.
We have true August weather. but
my room is always cool, and delightfull. I worked very hard
to finish the dress. Completed it, and sent it to “Miss Julia”. Louis very unwillingly took his Aunt Maria, Julia to call
on Debby L; she was not at home, they left the dress for the
baby. Louis , bought a bag of oats. 10 shillings.
We walked after tea. Miss Wetherby and her brother spent
the evening here, I did not go in the parlour. Julia played
some of the Opera’s; and sang for them two songs.
The evening is cool, all my windows are closed to keep
out Moschitoes.
Showers in the distance; this tempers the atmosphere.

August 10-13, 1851 – “Back to the City and then back again to Sing Sing


Sunday. 10th Aug. 1851

Cool fine day.
Mr H. took us to Church; Miss Davis ___
Mr Frainer gave us a good sermon. I think him energetic.
“Jesus Christ the only Mediator between God and Man”. his text.
Communion in the afternoon; Miss Davis remained.
We shook hands with Mr Frainer, he is very affable.
I shrink from public view, having on a dark dress, not black.
Maria, Julia & Louis went to Dr Creighton’s, after dinner.
We rode to after tea. G was chilly & returned.

Monday. 11th Aug. 1851.
Mist, but a warm day.
G. took the waggon [sic],
and Remsen for drives, we went to Mr Courtneys, back of
the village. G. engaged board for mothers family. They
will be too far from me, but I must learn to ride up hills.
Mrs Courtney is plain, but good hearted, her house small. I
only wish her bed rooms were larger & on the second floor.
Mother will miss her fine rooms at home. I thought
of waiting to see Mrs Hortons, but G. decided on this place.
So there was no appeal. If C. gets her health; all will
be well. I wish Henry; could be with us. it suits him so well.
G. took me to Tarry town before tea, the dust was
terrible, I was covered on my return. Remsen drove us.
Miss Creighton, called on me, leave for New port to.morrow.

Tuesday. 12th Aug. 1851.
Warm, after the mist went over.
I rode to the Cars with Louis &
Mr H. Shopped on my way home, bought Muslin for night gowns.
and sleeves. Was not afraid of the horse, Louis drove well.
Julia, Maria, Miss Davis, Louis & Remsen, went to tea with
the Miss Leggetts. had a fine, jolly time.
I passed the afternoon in tears, thinking of my poor father.
It is a longing to indulge my grief, but I find no sympathy.

Wednesday. 13 Aug. 1851. Sing Sing.

Close; and sultry, showers in the distance.
Louis went to Mr Leggetts to play
with the boys. We rode to Sing Sing after tea before tea. Maria,
Mrs Swain, Josy, myself and Louis. I took my hat to be dyed could
not get it done, Bought inked trimming for the little dress. Maria H.
treated to Ice cream, and Soda Water. We met Miss Wetherby on our return.
A warm night, Remsen complains of moschitoes [sic].

August 8 and 9th, 1851 – “And life goes on…”

Friday. 8th Aug. 1851.
Warm and misty.
Mr H. returned to the city.
I rested myself, from my exertions to be gay. Thought of my
poor father; now I trust in Heaven. How soon we return
to the little things of earth. I am surprised at myself, but
shocked by others; transient sorrow for the lost.

Saturday. 9th Aug.
I went to Sing Sing with Mrs
Swain and Louis, took our bonnets to be trimmed with black.
`Brought Mr Swain, home with us.
Louis, went for his father before tea, and brought
home my band box, the hats tolerably trimmed. G. took me to ride
by moonlight, Mr H. left them all well at mothers but C. who improves.
Eugene arrived last night. from Savannah.
I went to Mrs Walkers & Ayr’s, to get board for mothers family.