May 27, 28 and 29, 1850 – “Fashion, poor pens and a good horse”

Monday. 27th 1850.
Sun shine, the storm is over.
Some clouds still fly
over us, looking dark, but no rain has fallen.
I was much engaged the whole morning, with household
affairs. Sent Ann for my dress from Mrs B. It does
not suit, must be altered. I do not like it much.
I took my cold wash laid an hour in bed, slept.
Took a walk to get some lace, to add to my new Cape 4 [d].
Met Mrs Phelps, & Mrs [Costar], Julia & Lancy, that was.
I did not dress and felt shabby in my old mantilla,
with the last fashion in my [drawer]. Garret, laughs at
me for not being the first in the fashion; but I
dread colds, more than the “[worlds] dread laugh”.
How miserably my pen writes; or rather my fingers.
The sun very warm on my back, quite sultry. A great
change from to coldness of the past two weeks.

Tuesday. 28th May. 1850.
Very warm, summer heat.
I went with Garret to ride, tried the
David horse in the big waggon. He is gentle and goes well.
The sun very hot, I called in “nineteenth St.” borrowed C.’s
sun shade. Saw Henry, Pa in the basement.
We stopped at “Woodlawn” a new place, walked to the river.
Our ride home pleasant, few rideing.
I was not fatigued, but took a short nap.
G took the boys after dinner. I sat in my room untill
teatime. Mr F. staid untill ten.
G. took a bath.
I returned Mr F. the concert tickets, for the “philharmonic”.

Wednesday. 29th May. 1850.
Damp, almost rain, quite cool.
Summer was short, now it is
an easterly wind.
I washed all the glasses in the closet, my hands tired.
Took a cold bath. Maria called in, looks pale, I gave
her C.’s sun shade.
G. rode out with Louis

May 24 – 26, 1850 – “Young Julia still ill and idleness remarks”

Friday. 24th May. 1850.
Showers, dark clouds, and gleams of sun. shine.
The Moon is a wet one, we will hope for fair days
when she changes. I am fearfull of takeing a walk and tired
of sitting in the house. Shall not clean house untill the
last of next week, the weather is too cool. I could not sit
without a fire.
Julia’s cold does not leave her, I am anxious, as she coughs
and raises, the first attack of the kind she has ever had
How much I dread ill health for her, it is so hard to
bear. Louis came from school, complained of not feeling
very well, I gave him peppermint.
My back aches sewing. makeing pantaletes [sic] for Sis invisible
articles at present.
The birds, pull their nest to pieces, and make no progress.
Ann, is cleaning the hall closet, we go on by degrees
Mr H. took the boys to ride, they returned late. A
heavy shower threatened. The boys did not go.
I walked in Broadway, Julia would not go as she wished
to practice her music.
Mr F. took tea, and chatted untill near ten. He left
four tickets for the Philharmonic concert to. morrow.
Catharine sent me an invitation to tea, this evening
to meet Mrs Cummings & [Bell] from Princeton. Also for
Sis, to meet Emily Cumming.
G & Ferdinand stopped in the waggon [sic] to give my apology
to C. we could not go on account of the Music lesson.
and damp evening.
I felt much regret, and wished to see them all, Mrs C.
in particular.

Saturday. 25th May. 1850. 19 Charlton St.
A day of dark clouds, and heavy showers.

All Julia’s pleasures frustrated,
she did not get even to see her grandmother.
Fanny Wood called early, they went to Mrs Okill’s, and
were grievously received by Mrs O. I do not know the
purport of their visit. Mrs O expressed a wish to
pass the evening with us, and talk over old times with
mother. I wish it could be accomplished.
My day was passed in sewing
Ann broke the glass in Remsen’s room. She is
very clumsy.
Torrents of rain through the night.

Sunday. 26th May. 1850
Heavy rain from morning till night
We could not think of braveing
the pitiless storm, and passed our day within
doors. I feel anxious for the boys on this day, they are
so prone to idleness, and loungeing on sofa’s & chairs.

Often wish myself a hearty man, able to take them
by the hand to the house of Prayer. Their habits
of indolence will grow upon them; the results will
be a dislike for any restraint or method of devotion on
the Sabbath.
I read a book on Romanisms, proveing the antiquity of
their church. Do not like the style of their writeing.

May 20-23, 1850 – “Writing young Julia’s compositions and a new horse”

Monday. 20th May. 1850. 19 Charlton St. N. Y.
A dull day, dark showers, and thunder.
My day was passed in sundry evocations
Composed a Composition, writing for amusement, subject
“A spirit of the air”.
Wrote one for Julia on “Bonaparte on Helena”.
in the afternoon. She does not like to take it, think.
ing it deceit, but where is there anything original
Late breakfast, Julia walked to school.
Good reports for Louis & Remsen this week; few marks.

Tuesday. 21st May. 1850.
Cool, and Windy; showers threatening.
Maria, came in, Miss B.s [Babcocks] and the Miss Halls decline my
invitation for Wednesday. They leave the city on Thursday.
I went up to Mrs Bloodgoods, left a pink muslin
to be made for me. Gave orders about my silk.
She is tiresome in her dress makeing, not carefull
enough of her goods. A large shawl comfortable for
Mr H. took the boys to ride, the dark clouds prevented me from
venturing out. I went to walk in Broadway, Julia prac-
tised [sic] her music. Mr Fullgraff came not as gay as usual.
The Bride & groom Mr & Mrs Priestly spent the evening with us.
I treated them to cake & wine.
Julia played two opera’s with Mr F for them.
They left at ten.

Wednesday. May. 22nd
Louis, is thirteen years old to day. A fine, stout handsome
boy, but rather silent, and cold in manner. I hope his
affections will develope [sic] themselves, and his heart increase.

High wind, dark clouds, heavy rain in the evening.
We were later in bed I arose dull,
and full of weariness in my bones. The atmosphere affects
me. Mr H. went to the boat, led up his new horse, from
Mr De Puy. took him to the stable.
I dressed; went over to see Mrs Dr Smith. She was so agreeable
as to detain me two hours. We talked over old times, and over
children. Her figure still looks well, but her face is thin.
G. tried the new horse. “David” by name [,] after dinner,
he likes him better than “Charly”.
It rained before they returned. We could not go to Mr [P__ison’s]
concert, or see the “mon stre piano”. Garret went and was
much pleased. He begins to like music; is proud of “Sis”.
Julia wrote in Miss Church’s Album, a piece “original”.
I gave Louis, some advice & money for his birth day gift.

Thursday. May 23d. 1850.
Clouds, sun shine, winds, rain threatening.
Mrs B. tried the waist of my new silk.
I wish to go out, but fear a shower, how provokeing this
weather. Had a chat with Jane Marshall they are cleaning house.
Put on my bonnet, and went to Rysers, bought lace, buttons,
and cord for my new silk. Looked without envy on Mrs S.
Clark, sitting in her barouche conversing with a gentleman.
A grown daughter at her side, does not inherit her mothers
good looks. Mrs C. has cheeks which tell a tale.
Rain fell before I reached home. I hastened my steps, as
the clouds looked threatening. Was much fatigued on my
return, went to bed & slept an hour. Could not cut Crullers

May 18 and 19, 1850 – “Shopping, visitors from the Ridge and church”


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0069Saturday. 18. May. 1850. N. York.
Cool, and blustering; after the showers of yesterday.
Julia dressed, and went with
me to shop. We rode to “Stewarts,” purchased a black
_____ mantilla for myself 18 $.
Green ___tezed parasol 4 $.
White shawl for Julia 5 $.
Calico dress 2.50.
We stopped at Middletons, on our return, Julia took
a pair of black boots, and was measured for a light pair.
Met Maria on our return, Julia, returned to shop with [. . . ]
I was glad to take a stage, and rest in bed on my return.
Charlotte from the “Ridge,” surprised us.
She has left Benjamins service, not to return. They
were in the midst of painting, repairing, she their
only servant. How much they will miss her, quick
and smart as she could be.
Julia, went to see Josephine, returned to tea. Her
cold on her chest, and troublesome.

Sunday.19. May. 1850.
Beautifull morning, cool wind at noon.
I went to church in the morning.
Julia’s cough troublesome in church. We remained at
home after dinner. The wind blew high and cold.
G. took the boys to Hoboken for country air.
Remsen appetite fails him, he seems indolent .
Louis is fat as butter. A noble English looking boy.
Mr Miln, and Mr Christian, spent an hour with
Julia, she likes the young Englishman, who told her
of Jenny Lind
I took a warm bath to night, the first in a month

May 16 and 17, 1850 – “A visit with Aunt Gardinier, brother Sterry and Ferdinand”

0068Thursday. 16. May. 1850.
A fine day. Almost too warm.
Had some blankets and white spreads,
Washed to. day. I went after dinner to see Mrs Mary Smith.
sat an hour with her; find sickness & age doing its work on her.
Found Catharine on my return, she remained to tea, Mrs
Vradenberg, and William Brinckerhoff, came in late to tea.
Henry came for them in the evening.
I suffered from heat, Julia played for Mrs Vradenberg.

Sun shine, and showers.
I rode to Chelsea in the morning, Eleanor
had gone home. Aunt Gardinier, visiting mother, the
old lady fails. Steery [Julia’s brother] was passing the morning, his
teeth look miserably, but he appears quite lively for him.
I returned in a little gust, but it passed over. Catharine
had a dress.maker.
Ferdinand [Julia’s brother], went to ride with Garret, he is quite sick,
with one of my colds. It rained before their return,
but he did not get wet. Isabell [Ferdinand’s wife] took a nice chat
with Julia, & myself, in the meantime. Mr Fullgraff
gave us some songs in the evening.
The moon shown brightly to night.
Louis, bought a cage for the birds, we put them together
for a trial of their skill. I take them under my
particular care. Keep them in the third story, quiet period.
Siblings of Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck
Dr. Samuel Sterry Lawrence (1804-?), married to Christiana Knell (1810-1854)
Catharine Lawrence (1805-1875)
John Remsen Lawrence (1806-1807)
Ferdinand Lawrence (1807-1893), married in 1835 to Isabella Eliza Burgoyne ( -1895), Isabella is often referred to as “Bell”.
Henry Lawrence (1810-?)
Horace Lawrence (1814-1851), married in 1839 to Laura Kelly
Charles David Lawrence (1817-1852), often referred to as David or “Doe”
Maria Lawrence (1821-1903)
Eugene Lawrence (1824-?)


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