March 29, 1843 – “Helen will be a guest and commencing Indian Balsam”


142_Page 140Wednesday. 29. th. March. 1843.
A clear, bright March day, wind high and gusty.
All well; but I am afraid my _____ are
more prominent than ever. Eggs, are our morning relish at present. Remsen loves them dearly. A Mrs Reding from “High Falls” called to see Simon [servant], she sat some time in the parlour. Had a sick husband in the hospital, and was on her way to see him, poor soul.
Miss Babcocks, called to pay me a visit, they sat an hour. I pulled out one of Julia’s under teeth this morning. Sent a note up to see after C.s cold. She is much better. Felt much like a stroll in Broadway, shall wait untill my best-half comes home for permission, as he forbid me to expose myself.
The sun shines delightfully at this moment; my parlours look equally delightfull, and Julie, lies on the rug in a very picturesque manner, flat on her stomach, reading the last magazine.
G. wishes me to answer the Drs letter, but I do not know
what to say; on a subject so surpriseing; to my nerves.
The whole affair lies on my shoulders, so “Mon Marie” say’s,
and I must settle it according to my own taste.
Mr H. wrote to the Dr and granted the request he made
to receive Helen as an inmate of our house.
I thought the letter admirably written, just as it should be.

Two bottles “Indian Balsam” came home
I commenced on one bottle immediately. G. has bargained
with Mr U. to perform a miracle for twenty dollars.
[Levis] remedy must remain in status quo, as they both think,
that it is Mr U. and G. The Balsam will do the business.
Sat sewing all the evening in our warm basement,
felt fatigued at ten, and felt prepared for bed.

March 27, part B and March 28, 1843 – “The engagement”


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141_Page 139March 27, con’t.

When Mr H. came in to dinner, he handed me a letter from Dr J. [Dr. Jacob Hasbrouck, 1807-1891] his brother; announcing his engagement to Miss Wicks, and the fact that in six months their nuptials will be consummated.
Requesting us at the same time to receive the bride elect under our roof, that she might have the benefit of one quarters tuition in Music.
This was somewhat startling to me, but I must leave the affair entirely on Garret; to decide as he likes on the occasion. It will in some measure interrupt the smooth stream of our domestic tranquility; and already agitates my nerves.
G. did not venture out again, I sewed steadily all the evening putting pockets in my calico aprons.

Tuesday. 28. th March 1842 [sic].
Rain, falling in torrents to day, commenced in the night,
Wind high, and snow fast disappearing.

This weather will please all hands,

we are now anxiously looking for spring, with its “bright Smiles,”
so far all has been “frowns.” G. hopes the river will not
resist this atmosphere; but open speedily, as he wishes to take
a short jaunt. I shall miss him sadly, but think an
excursion will benefit his health. His cold much better
I am getting on very well with my new medicine,
but find it works no charms, as the complaint rather
increases, this G. thinks a good symptom, but it is
heard to bear.
Julie, has not been up to say her lessons, since
my cold she keeps in the basement.
I played two hours on the piano, to amuse myself, the
first in two or three weeks. Julie sang over her songs.
Sewed all the evening, Garrett, read aloud “Salmagundi.” (1)
I had a pain in my back again this afternoon.
A lonely dream, to night, but a sad awakening, these disappointments
shake my whole system; But wheres the remedy! Echo! answers

(1)Salmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others, commonly referred to as Salmagundi, was a 19th century satirical periodical created and written by American writer Washington Irving. Written in collaboration with Irving’s oldest brother, William, and James Kirke Paulding, Irving produced twenty issues at irregular intervals between January 24, 1807 and January 15, 1808.
Salmagundi lampooned New York culture and politics in a manner much like today’s Mad magazine. It was in the November 11, 1807 issue that Irving first attached the name “Gotham” to New York City, based on the alleged stupidity of the people of Gotham, Nottinghamshire Irving and his collaborators published the periodical using a wide variety of pseudonyms, including Will Wizard, Launcelot Langstaff, Pindar Cockloft, and Mustapha Rub-a-Dub Keli Khan. Irving and Paulding discontinued Salmagundi in January 1808, following a disagreement with publisher David Longworth over profits.

March 27, 1843 – “Two weeks without meat and Garret feeling better!



140_Page 138Monday. 27. th. March. 1843.

A mild snow storm, which probably will
terminate in rain. Spring is very tardy and
every thing around bears the impress of winter.
Garret, feels better this morning, went down to
his store. I feel very anxious about his health, it
seems extremely delicate; this winder, and storing.
Warm weather I hope will renovate his system.
Gave Bridget two aprons to make of calico for me.
Took off my double gown, dressed myself.
Have finished to day my first bottle of sarsaparilla.
Do not suffer myself to eat meat, or anything rich; it is two weeks since a mouthful has passed my lips; of meat I mean. My appetite is very good.
A Ton of coal to day. G. gave me two dollars this morning. Sent for oysters, to dine on; They were not fresh.

March 26, 1843 – “Garret seized with a heavy cold”


140_Page March. 1843

A bright clear, cold atmosphere.
The streets still full of snow banks. Mr Hasbrouck, was seized with a very heavy cold last evening, scarcely closeing his eyes through the past night. A burning pain in his head, teeth, and breast gave
him little chance to rest. He took remedies this morning, drinking plentifully of gruel; and felt rather better at night.
I am quite free from my old pains, and jumped out of bed this morning when the bell rang. Did not venture out, sat reading, and museing all day.
G. went to bed early, I promised to follow him, but Catherine the cook, came in to have a talk about her husband, who had just left her. They will always be an unhappy couple; from the facts which she relates to me. “Garret ate heartily to night” Our coal just out.

March 25, 1843 – “Julia is feeling better and trouble with Catherine’s beau”



139_Page 137Saturday. 25. th. March. 1843.

A changeing day form sunshine to snow, and back again to sunshine at noon. I dressed to-day for the first time in ten days, haveing kept on my double gown all this time.
Mother, and Maria paid me a visit, Eugene came in also. Mother, looks remarkable well so fair and fleshy. Maria, has recovered her good looks in a measure. They left at two o’clock. Garret, came in looking quite pale, he complains of cold in his head. Had called on Mr Anelli, saw Mrs A. and the pictury. I thought of sending the children to see her, but a flurry of snow kept them at home.
They amused themselves eating apples, and playing in the street. I held a long talk with Catherine, about her truant beau, he does not treat her with the least affection, or even decent
attention. Poor Soul, she has completely sacrificed herself; and feels quite miserably about it. I must talk to him on the subject. Mr Brown took his picture home to.night. Julie’s old dress with new sleeves came home, a Brown Apron for me.


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