February 6 and 7, 1850 – “More shopping and Garret spoils the children”

0026Wednesday. 6th February.
Cold morning; moderating at noon.
I hunted old clothes sent a bundle to Mrs
Berger. Walked out, purchased a Comb for Julia; 5 shi 6 d.
some yarn 1 shilling
pens & paper, 25 cts. 6 d
Walked with G. after dinner found it very
cold again, freezing; could not go far. Left Julia, reading in
the basement.
She is invited to Mrs Okill’s on Tuesday night next, of course enchanted;
at the prospects of a frolic.

Thursday. 7th Feb./1850.
Slight snow storm, turned to rain.
I took my cold winter bath in the basin, fear
the shower bath. Regulated the closets, arranged all disorders
in my department.
Cut Crullers for Margaret to boil, she had good luck, her ginger
snaps very nice also. G. made his dinner on fried oysters,
I love them, but not so passionately as he does. The children
have not acquired the taste yet, they prefer theirs stewed.
G. invited me to walk after dinner but I declined
wishing to try rest to.day. A weakness prevents my enjoy-
ing long walks. not strong since Tuesday last.
Julia tried her lace dress, too short of course. I picked all
the spangles from her bodice, endeavor to make it plain & neat.
Spent our evening in the basement. I became e_____
wished for some excitement, conversation of music or tongues.
The children provoking to their father, by constant noise, he does
not punish them at once, but spoils them by too much
Bought sand for the birds.
G. brought me a paper, containing a piece on Industrial schools
written by Eugene.
I went to bed early to night, slept soundly.

February 5, 1850 – “Shopping and a surprise visit”



0025Tuesday. Feb. 5th 1850.
Clear, and very, Cold. Ice, Ice, high winds.
Winter comes at last, real
bitting [sic] winter. Our Croton pipes frozen, gutters ditto.
I slept too cool, wondefull for me to relate.
Awoke when the bell rang; an effort on my part but
quite nesscessary [sic] to regulate our family. Mr H. loves
the bed, but strives to follow my example.
We were through breakfast before the stage called.
Julia, tore her “India Rubber” my fault, putting it too
near the fire. G. was provoked with our carelessness,
I was provoked at myself.
Dressed, and went out to walk, the wind and dust un.
pleasant, my face almost frozen.
Purchased Cream of Tartar, & Soda. 1 shi.
Tooth brush, hair brush. 50 cts.
Exchanged stockings at Sherwoods. 18.d
Ball of cord. 1 cent.
Sent Maria to Mrs Bloodgoods.
Mrs Berger, came in to beg old clothes for some poor woman
I must hunt up something for her, altho many of my
old garments are already disposed of.
Mr Fullgraff came in late, gave Julia her lesson.
I sat in the room, they did not play on the violin.
Mr H. sat in the basement reading, “Conquest of Mexico ”,
the boys studying their lessons.
Miss Blandina [Breniro], surprised me with a visit.
She came from Kingston or rather Poughkeepsie by railroad.
left plenty of snow in the country; Maria H. had gone to

February 4, 1850 – “The Infamous Hague Street Boiler Blow-Up”


0024Monday. 4th Feb. 1850. New York.
Extremely cold, the gutters filled with Ice.
What a sudden change; since
last week? we feel it sensibly. The boys shiver & shake, and
Julia groans over cold weather.
I dressed and rode to Chelsea at twelve oclock, found
myself expected. Mother has the ague [A fever that is marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating recurring regular intervals. Also a fit of shivering, a chill. hence, ague can refer to both chills and fevers.] in her head, looks
distressed at times. The girls well, and talking of getting
married. Henry seems determined to [suit] himself, but
aims almost too high. I made some unfortunate remarks
on age, Maria [rebutted] some what severely. It was a slip of
my tongue, sentiments too romantic for this age.
Rode home with two unfortunate Irish women, bitterly
crying and sobbing. I was affected by their grief.
Heard on my return, of the explosion of a boiler in a
Machine shop, killing and wounding over 100 beings
These poor women, were going to look for some dear friend.
had I known these circumstances, I would have offered
some consolation.
The children came in cold to dinner.
Sue Chenery, spent an hour with Julia. “Margaret [Pencirce]”
interested her very much. She is more amiable of late.
I hope she will follow some good example, at last.
Practiced her Music, very well to night.
I walked with G. after dinner, the cold piercing.
Read “Agnes Grey” over attentively, like the story & moral.
Louis & Remsen brought home “Censure tickets.”
Their father must settle this affair for them. as I cannot
reform their manners.
A letter from Louis, to.day. 7__
Stage fare 12 cts.
Boys. 4 cts.
I called on Mrs Brown, in 19 st. she was not at home.
On a bright, pleasant, wintry morning, the fourth of February, 1850, at twenty minutes after eight o’clock, the citizens of the Fourth Ward, vicinity were startled by a loud explosion which rent the air, and caused many buildings in Pearl and Frankfort Street to shake from their very foundations, and shattered many hundreds of panes of glass, the fragments of which were hurled in every direction on the pedestrians who were wending their way to their places of business. A few moments, and the sad news spread like wildfire that a fearful explosion had taken place at Nos. 5 and & Hague Street, that both buildings had been blown into atoms, and that one hundred human beings were buried beneath the ruins. The report proved too true, for it was soon discovered that the two hundred horse-power boiler in the extensive press room and machine shop of A. b. Taylor & Co., had explored; that at the time over one hundred people employed by Taylor & Co., and St. John, Burr & Co., hatters, were at work on the premises. It was claimed by those that witnessed the terrible explosion that the building was lifted full six feet from its foundation, and then fell a mass of ruins. Instantly flames burst out in every direction, and here and there could have been seen legs and arms sticking out form the ruins, while the most piercing shrieks could be heard from those buried in their living tomb. Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments, Chapter 16, Part II, By Holice and Debbie.

February 3, 1850 – Roasting by the fire”

0023Sunday. Feb. 3rd 1850.
Clear, fine day; high winds.
I took the children to Church,
G. complained of not feeling very well [,] remained at home.
The wind blew very hard, like March, it became very cold at night. Julia & Remsen went to dine with their Grandmother, returned home before a slight snow squall.
Eugene took tea with us, went to hear Mr [Cheiver] on behalf of the poor children in our streets.
I sent a note to C. by sis. She sent me the ‘Review on Alice’, written by Dr Turner.
Louis and his father walked to the Reservoir. I did not encounter wind after dinner.
Sat on G.s lap ten minutes, he roasted me before the fire. Julia was surprised at my ease of manners.

February 2, 1850 – “Complexion issues again”


0023Saturday. Feb. 2nd 1850,
Mild showers, almost clear at intervals.
The weather disappoints the children,
Julia wished to promenade.
I employed myself putting every thing in its place; then
took a warm bath, and changed my clothes, a luxury indeed.
My skin troubles me the last two months; I feel
mortified at my coarseness, still do not diet.
Mr H. does not come to dinner to.day. A [min___]
piece of beef, was on our table, not my cut.
The children played in the basement room all day.
The rain fell in torrents in the evening, and before sun.rise.
I love to hear it patter on the roof.


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