January 16 and 17, 1851 – “No guests?”

Thursday. 16. January. 1851.


















Bright, and mild, a summers sky.
We were all in readiness for the stage.
Julia looks pale from late hours.
I put my rooms in order, looked for guests this morning.
They have not arrived yet if they so not come soon I shall
take a walk for my health.
My appetite is good, but my head is heavy and mouth bitter
5 gallons in the morning, this calls for medicine; dieting, and exercise.
Oil to day. Sewing steadily does not agree with my poor back, my
complexion seems better this month past. This is a com-
fort in the midst of discomforts.
Went out tp get Julia’s sun shade, paid 3 shilling for mending.
Mr H purchased “Coopers works” to.day. 20$.

Friday. 17. January. /1851.
A fine day, unpleasant in the morning.
I sat down this morning, thought some
one might happen in but one arrived.
Walked out with Mr H. after dinner, for the first in 5 weeks.
Mrs Smith came in , wanted me to go down town with her
I declined. She invited Julia for to.morrow.

January 14 and 15, 1851 – “Extravagant milliners bill and young Julia out too late!”

Tuesday. January. 14. 1851.
A delightfull day, like Spring.
The sky was beautiful this morning, pink and bright blue.
I dressed at eleven, and went up to 11th St. Called on Mrs
Varick, she was too unwell to see company. Susan from home.
Sat an hour with Mrs Moore, she had a room full of visitors.
Was introduced to Mrs [Bostwick], Miss Gillingham[,] that was
Jenny Lind, admired her singing; and often sent for her.
I stopped at Mrs Leggetts, left my card. Rode home and
took my lunch, and lemonade.
Mr H. borrowed a book from me, a shocking tale of the Crusades.
We sent for our bills to night, paid Mrs Falconer, Bloodgood, Sayers
Middleton, [Lorines]. G. is settling up a;; our out.standing debts.
I was ashamed of the Milliners bill. She is so extravagant in her
Wrote a note of apology to Catharine, could not go up there alone.
Purchased a tin kettle and molasses cup for the kitchen 3 shi. 6d.

Wednesday. Jan. 15. /50.
Mild as Indian Summer.
I dressed and rode down to see Laura,
sat a few moments with Bell, she is hoarse and sick with the
remains of a cold, but chatted with her usual loveliness. She rode
up town and I went to see L.[Laura Lawrence, Horace’s wife] found her packing up her trunk.
Pitied the poor young thing, a petulant husband, cross child, and no
new friend to fly to for sympathy. His lot has been made dark, by
his own misconduct, and is blighted by his passions, and
the deceptions of years. I wish them both safe at home;
where they should ever after remain. Could not evade his
escort home, found on getting out at Canal St, my sun shade was
broken, stopped at Bells to get it mended.
Susan Chenery, came in for Julia, to pass the evening, but she
was engaged to Mrs Ruton. Rima also called in to secure her
for to.morrow. Mr Woodworth, came around at nine oclock,

for her music, I gave it to him, although in *dishabille.
Garret, complains of his head, walking fatigues him makes him
very pale. He went to bed at seven oclock. I sat up until
ten, Julia did not return home until after eleven oclock.
I regret these late hours & engagements, but can not stop
them, without disappointment to all.
My back ached when I retired to my pillow. fatigued myself
too much this morning. Purchased a lace collar for Julia, 3 shi.

*dishabille: the state of being dressed in a casual or careless style

January 12 and 13, 1851 – “Young Julia has a beau!”


Sunday. 12th January. 1851.
Mild, and lovely day.
I went to church with the boys,
and Julia. felt very dull, and sleepy during service. Mr H.
monotonous, and not eloquent. The truth of Christianity his subject.
I did not go out after dinner; sent the children. G. much
improved, but does not walk out as usual, feels too weak & full of
worriness [sic]. He ate cakes this morning for the first time in four
weeks. The night sweats, seem to be broken, as he sleeps much
more natural than he did. Nitrol drops, seem efficacious in this

Monday. 13. January. 1851.
A charming day, like May. Streets dry & walking fine.
I took Nanny to shop, we purchased
a tea kettle, 22 shillings. Returned home much tired by my
excursion. No calls this fine day. employed myself sewing.
Sent Nanny to collect my bills, dread to see them, milliners in
[part__near] Dined alone with Julia, we then prepared to walk.
I left her at Rima’s. Mrs Smith called in my absence.
Changed my Kettle for a larger size 3 $.
Mr Cornell, returned home with Julia, they are both too young,
and too well pleased with each other. What can I do!!

Jane came in, prevented Julia from practicing her music.
H. [Horace] and Laura, came in at nine oclock, I was obliged to re.dress,
_______ prepared for tea, they sat until ten.
Laura pleased me moiré than ever; she is fascinateing [sic] & polished.
Mr H. keeps [to] the basement room, his cold indisposes him
for society.
A splendid moonlight, mild as May.

January 8-10, 1851 – “Garret looks haggard and Julia suffers!”


PART II of 8th
Julia, and Remsen went to Jane Marshalls, to pass the evening.,
Miss Tileston and brother came for them. They danced untill
12 oclock, had supper at 11. Remsen wore his fathers watch.
was anxious to go & dressed with alacrity; and neatness. Julia
looked sweet, and was full of girlish glee.
I retired at eleven, having spent the evening in the basement
alone with Louis. He did not wish to go to the party.
I gave him refreshments at home.
Purchased a pair of Lamp Scissors for Ann. 2.6d
[Rigale] myself on Oranges and white grapes, left from the 1St

Thursday. 9th January. 1851.
Dark, raining & freezing.
I arose without much anima.
tion this morning, felt dull & troubled, with pains.
Am compelled to suffer in silence; and smile to hide my
grief. The sympathys of my mind, always go with
my body, if one is chilled , the other is also cold. They
cannot exist separated, the spirit, and the source, demand the
charms of true, and holy lore; this is the charm of my soul.

Go over my house, put all things in order; and then
take a nice warm bath, to soothe my system. This is truly
a luxury. My appetite has been too good, and I should
wish to wean myself from too much rich food.

Friday. 10th January. 1851.
Charming day, not damp, or cold.
Mr H. would not shave, and looked
miserable, thin, and haggard. I went to visit with Julia, we
rode to “Chelsea” to wish Mother a “happy New Year.” Found Mrs Smith
passing the day; Julia staid to dinner. We called on Mrs Willard,
Miss Babcocks, and Mrs Woodruffs, found Miss Hornblower, and
the Miss Cummings with her. Their room was intensely hot.
I shortened my stay, as the heat affected me ; burnt my face.
and gave me the head.ache.
Returned home, paid Mr Sherwood 3$ for my black veil.
Took these spools of cotton. 1 shilling.
Dined with Louis & Remsen on most roast beef & apple.pie.
G came in after dinner. Found fault with me for rideing
to Chelsea instead of walking; thinks I take too little exercise.
Closed my letter to Eugene, and sent it by post to Savannah.

January 7 and 8, 1851 – “Poor Mr Hutton and Julia is not appreciated”!


Tuesday. 7th January. 1851. 19 Charlton St.
Mild, and damp, clouded, streets very muddy.
0117-copyI slept tolerably well last night.
Mr H. went to his office, he looks very thin & feeble; but abhors
sympathy, or affectionate enquiries.
Spent two hours writing to Maria Hasbrouck.
Julia gave me some music in the evening. She played too
fast, but with good expression.
I attempted to walk, but found it too wet & muddy.
Wednesday. 8th January. 1851.
Clear, and pleasant, not too cold.
My plans for this fine day,
were numerous. As soon as G. got off to his office, I dressed
and went to walk for exercise. My fingers, became frozen, and
nose ditto.
called on Mrs Mary Smith, she was from home . Paid as long
visit to Mrs Chenery. She looks young and pretty, to be the wife,
and mother of such a group. My calls there are not always
in the night time. The parlours were in confusion; and the
children would follow their mother to the cold rooms. I did
not see the Times.
Henry, and Maria , were waiting for me. I gave them pickled
oysters, and Cake. The Miss Baileys paid me an agreable
visit, they are pleasant girls. Cornelia L. is shut up with
her father this winter.
Dr Hutton, was my next visitor. he looks well, but gave me a sad
account of his sick family. Mrs H.has the erysipeles [sic], very badly.
and poor Joanna Holmes is declining with Consumption.
Little Allen, his lame son, is better.
Mr H. came in to dinner very hungry, but was too cross,
when he found his oysters roasted, instead of stemed [sic]. How
difficult to suit those, who look for faults,; not virtues. I prepared
the food most proper for an invalid, but my good motives
like the fine oysters, were unappreciated.