February 15, 1851 – “Trouble with the paint”


Saturday 15. Feb. 1851.

A heavy rain all the day, very mild.
I was dull from all the effects of the
paint, my head-ached, complexion disfigured, and troublesome.
G. somewhat distrait, because I do not like his figures.
I gave him Copperfield to read. Took a warm bath. found all
my plans for the day defeated by Jane’s early arrival.
She staid all day, to dinner, this lost Julia’s time for
writeing, all that I intended.
We took our tea alone, Mrs Marshall sent for Jane. Julia wrote
two valentines for her. She gave me a paper embossed.
Susan Chenery, came in, they have the mumps in the fam-
News that the Atlantic

February 11-14, 1851 – “Shopping and Valentines”

valTuesday. 11th Feb. 1851.
Clear and high winds.
I took some exercise this damp morning.
Mr H. came home early, had eaten oysters, & twice down.town Beer.
Did not dine with us, went to 20th St.
I was very hungry, enjoyed my dinner.
Went out with Julia walk, the wind blew damp and cold, I was happy to get home tired enough, but not blown up.
Julia practiced her music all the evening. Louis Remsen studied their lessons. G. walked out; I took my Chemise to finish. So not to get through much sewing in the day.time.
We retired early. The moon shone bright as day. Julia coughed an hour after going to bed, it disturbed me to hear it.
G. awoke me, I called him a “Country Boy”. laid awake two hours.
Dreamed G. had become a Divine & retired to the country.

Wednesday. 12th Feb. 1851.
Clear, and fine atmosphere.
We were up [__ times]; and my poor
little girl, hurried off to school, I trembled for her future health.
Nothing keeps her from her school.
Mr H. went to market, he sat some time in the basement.
I took my bath in the basin, and prepared to walk.
G. declined going with me.
I went to Canal St. purchased lace and buttons for Julia s [sic] silk $1.50
very unwillingly, as she takes all my spare cash.
Met G. he turned and took me to Hudson St. Would have
passed me, had I not escorted him first. The effects of
loseing [sic] youth and beauty.
List Sent Ann to the Store for groceries.
Buckwheat. Catharine came in to dinner, had been to see Rima and Mrs Smith. I went to Broadway, after dinner put C. in a stage and returned home, cold, had been so all day. A Pain in my stomach; interesting only to myself. It seems a folly to note all our pains.
Figs. Box
Oranges. 1 dozen
Lemons . 1/2 doz
Sugar. 3 _
Crackers. 3. lbs
Thursday. 13th Feb. 1851.
A fine day, beautifull, more mild than it was..

I took my morning walk.
Went out after dinner, with Julia. We went in to Mr Moore’s, Julia
bought a pair of eareings [sic] for every day wear 12 shil. Exchanged an old
gold chain for a pair of Turquoise, $6.12. Left her bracelet to be mended.
She was delighted with her purchase. But as usual her, father
does not like them, put her quite out of her good humour.
I think them very pretty, and could not bear to dampen the
the [repeated word] pleasure a the child; by such unspareing [sic] blame. G. is too
serene at times in “trifles light as air”. My taste gives him [fits]
equal in strength to Tip’s. He despises any thing like [economy].

Friday 14. Feb. 1851.
A Valentines day.
Superintended the cleaning of my
bed rooms. had the window washed. Took a short walk, bought
some Valentines, to send in the country. 50 \.cts.
Julia received a pretty one from Mr Van Nest, we think.
Remsen, has one from Susan. I was tormented all the
afternoon by them; to send comic valentines. Said No.
Mr H. treated himself to a lovely groupe [sic] of ladies;
Cold Valentines to my taste.
“History, Astronomy, Two Back______, & the “Graces”.
They all smell of paint, and almost make me sick.
It rains, and the damp air makes them still more
offensive to me; my head aches at this moment. I wish
the hatefull things were full of rose leaves, not paint.

February 9 and 10, 1851 – “Julia and Julia falling ill”

Sunday. 9th February. 1851.
0134-copySnow, sleet, rain, ic, every thing unpleasant.
Garret persuaded me to take a dose of rhubarb. as he
found I was getting a cold; my palate a little inflamed. I sent to get
the dose and took it down[,] thinking I required it very much.
It made me sick, faint for a time during the operation.
Margaret, gave me camphor, I went to bed and fell asleep. awoke quite
Mr H. took the boys to Church, Julia’s cold is too bad to admit of
her going out in this storm. She seems to have increased her cough,
and keeps me in constant anxiety, is so careless of her feet.

Monday. 10th Feb. 1851.
Damp, and overcast, moderate.
We were all lazy, the stage came before Julia,
could finish her break fast. I came down late to my tea & toast.
My medicine affected me this morning; sleep disturbed; chills
running over me; mouth parched.
The pain in my back has left me, and the other attendant
Complaint; this is good news.
I walked out but soon returned home, the ground was damp.
Mr H. engaged reading Coopers Pilot
Julia studying, every one still, quaker meeting.

February 7 and 8, 1851 – “Fun with young Julia and friends and shopping”

Friday. 7th February. /1851. 19 Charlton St. N.Y.
0133-copy Mild as spring. Streets dry.
How many changes of climate, and how
thank full I am to escape Cold, and sickness this winter.
If I had a new back, and new front , or face all would be well.
Finished my letter to Margaret, Garret took it to the
post office. Gave Remsen an excuse to day, and yesterday. Louis
also to.day for Latin.
Took my cold water wash in the basin. Done some cleaning
of closets also. Walked to Middletons, was measured for Mock
boots. The morning pleasant; but my walk too long.
I went to bed on my return.
Carried the brandy up stairs. 5 gallon. demi john. full.
Miss Marshall, Chenery, Mr Christian, Teft, and ___. Chenery, spent the evening
with Julia. They romped terribly, and had a fine time. I played
one set cotillions. All left at eleven oclock.
Susan alone took tea, we had a fine table, and ate hearty.

Saturday. 8th Feb. 1851.
Intensely cold all through this day.
I arose late; our break.fast late.
Mr H. gave Louis, & Remsen, 10 shillings each for spending money.
Julia, went up to Mrs B.s [Bloodgood], had her light chine [sic] silk, trimmed.
From there went to her grandmothers, sat until dinner; rode home.
She went after dinner to see, Miss Tileston; Fanny the pretty girl.
I walked out with Mr H., overtook him on the corner. We went
to Burtons, to get Mrs [Goves] water cure book. A muff kept my
hands warm, this morning they ached, I could have cried.
Ferdinand & Bell, came in after tea, to pass the evening.
Both fat, and hearty I had looked for her all the week to pass
the day. G. came in from a long walk, we had beer, wine, cake and
apples. Isabell & G. compared fat.
Remsen spent 12 shillings for an Accordian. Brought it up for
his Aunt Bell, to admire.
C. sent me word, that William Hill, was dead. 46 years of age.