July 20 and 21, 1852 – “Some thoughts on Julia’s sister, Maria, Garret at the Ridge”


Tuesday. 20th July. 1852.
A warm day.

Mr H. Maria, and Louis went to the cars,
to proceed to the Ridge, we all went to the village, our wag.
gon [sic] full. We preferred walking down the hill to the river.
Maria took her bird, and was glad to get in the cars, as
she is now home sick.
I felt relieved to get her off, and hope now to grow fat.
She was a constant care, and is restless in her disposition; al.
ways looking to some future pleasure, and never en.
joying the Present. This feature seems characteristic of
some dispositions, and runs in families. Had Maria, been
born a man, she would have been very like her brother G.

Our family quiet, and composed to.day. A load seems
removed from my shoulders.
Every thing goes on smooth, and this suits my tone
of mind. No [ungenial] spirits, J. is composed.
Mrs S. has received her smiles, and I should be the last
one to throw a gloom over a bright happy face, like hers.
I love to look on it with its bright sunny expression.
What a contrast to many others; with whom the world
has gone much more smoothly?

We were all weighed, I only attain to the small number of
88.lbs. Julia 75. lbs.
I took a long sleep, to rest out for the last three days of
[unrest]. How composeing [sic] a good sleep.
Finished [Queechy]
Miss Keymes, and Mr W.K. called, we
had a pleasant visit. Julia sang for them.
I showed Mrs K. my rooms. She is very pleasant.
Julia, wrote to Rima. & to Mrs B.
Sang for me all the evening, amused us very much.

Wednesday. 21st July. 1852 Sing Sing.

Very warm day.

I arose late, at six, a fine sleep at night.
Went to Sing Sing. the sun very warm, and [lurring].
Rensen bought a knife. 1.$.
I bought blue _____ for a cushion, to place at the piano.
buttons, cotton, galloon, and pair of scissors. 1$.
Our ride home too warm for pleasure.
Julia went on to Mrs Hoyt, and called to see Mrs Horton.
Eliza L. sick.
Friendship ________ from its past.
Employed my self making my cushion; found
it very warm work; my needle rusts so it was an impos.
sibility to get through with my cushion.
A loose dress, no under garments wanted to.day.
I hope G. finds it cooler at the Ridge.


July 19, 1852 – “Maria, young Julia and Garret up and back to the City”

Monday; 19. July. /1852. Sing Sing.
Clear, and cool.

Mr H. Maria, and Julia left for the
city in the cars [trains], we took them to the boat.
I remained with the boys. met the Keymes.
How quiet and delightfull this day, no confusion
or restless spirits to muffle my path.
I am “never less alone, than when alone, for in solitude
my thoughts are employed in higher things, than
the things of earth.
It rests both my body and mind to commune with
myself and the interests of eternity.

I sent both waggons [sic] to the Boat, and brought
all home safe.
Julia, showed me her purchases, and Maria brought
me a present of a collar. Gave one to Julia.
Julia purchased a purple muslin dress, gloves, and
collar, music. Had her dress cut by Mrs B. left direc.
tions for mine.
We left the horses tied while at tea, in order
to ride when through this meal.
Challis jumped in the trotting waggon [sic], untied David,
set him off, and upset the waggon [sic], broke the harness, but
escaped an injury from his roll from the vehicle.
Mr H. was very angry, and not care.
full in his speech.
Mrs Swain felt grieved, and was almost in tears;
I comforted her as much as possible, and made G. speak
politely to her after all the mischief was done.
A mother must suffer for the mis.deeds of her
children; I know this by experience & Mr H. has felt
the pang.

Our well cleaned out to.day, a dead bull.frog at the bottom.

July 18, 1852 – “Too many feeling ill”

Sunday. 18. July. /1852.

A fine day; not too warm.

Our waggon [sic] went full to chuch.
Mr Swain drove.
Julia, awoke sick, and looked pale. felt better after break.
Mr H. took me to ride as far as Mr Rene’s place, we passed
all our neighbours much to my shame. but David will not
lag behind, and his master is like him.
Maria unwell to.day; thinks the water disagrees with
her. She is full of complaints, and looks unwell.
Julia went to the little church with Miss D.
George walked home with her and Mr K.
Mr H. took a long ride, with Louis. James, Timmy
and Rem, went in the one horse waggon.
Mrs Swain took Mr S. to the Boat in cars.
Richard & Will Legget[t] called to see Julia.

July 17, 1852 – “Reading Queechy”

Saturday. 17. July. /52.
A fine rain, falling steadily.

How delightfull this shower, the earth
will be so much refreshed.
Sat with Julia and sewed two hours.
Our break fast poor this morning. Dry toast, poor enough.

I must gently touch this chord; it grows too [etherial] for good
Maria has a stiff neck to.day. She is imprudent,
Staid too late in the night air.
Miss Creighton called. I feel as usual under the
present reign.
Reading *Queechy; think it good in many respects.
Julia went for her father in the trotting waggon, with Rem.
or rather Mr H. brought it up.
A dark cloud on the subject of Brandy, dark as night
*Queechy – by Susan Bogert Warner (1819-1885) (pseudonym: Elizabeth Wetherell) G. P. Putnam, 1852

Born in 1819 in New York City, American novelist and children’s author Susan Bogert Warner was the daughter of lawyer Henry Warner, and his wife, Anna Bartlett. Her early life was one of wealth and privilege, until her father lost his money in the Panic of 1837, and the family were forced to sell their home in St. Mark’s Place (NYC), and move to a farmhouse they owned on Constitution Island, near West Point, NY.

Warner and her sister, Anna Bartlett Warner(author of the well-known children’s hymn, Jesus Loves Me, This I Know), began writing in 1849, in order to improve their family’s financial situation. Their work, for both children and adults, was largely evangelical. Susan Bogert Warner is primarily remembered for her debut novel, The Wide, Wide World (1850), although she wrote close to thirty additional titles, all under the pseudonym ‘Elizabeth Wetherell.”

July 16, 1852 – “Too many callers”


Friday. 16 July; 1852

Clouded, but cool.
Remsen took Mr S. to the
cars. I went to Tarry.town, with Remsen for a ride.
Sewed steadily to.day.
Maria [Julia’s sister] distrait. no smiles for me; her old tricks.
I never notice ill-hummour; consider myself insulted; as
she has been a great deal of trouble to both G. and I, since
my marriage.
Mrs Knowlton & Miss [Mint] her sister.
called on me, they are plain, clever people.
We never have the parlour to ourselves, I wish we could;
it would be so much more pleasant for Julia & I.
Maria & Julia, called on the W.s, they came home
with them to the door.
Mrs S. went to bed with a sick headache.
Remsen ________ [our] [Ch____]. I lectured him.  Friend’s