Very clear, cold and blustering.
Louis, slept with me last night, the little fellow, awoke early this morning full of mischief.
Garret, came home to breakfast, we had no cakes. I did not expect him untill night. His jaunt was cold, but not as long as I apprehended. Eugene spent the morning with us. I walked out with G. in the afternoon. and suffered from chills.
Wednesday. March. 1. st. 1843.
The first day of spring.
A fickle sky, cold and blustering.
Garret, set off early this morning for Jersey, it was very cold when he left home.
I took a fine nap before breakfast, haveing been disturbed in my slumbers.
Did not stir out to.day, sat at home reading. Wrote a long letter to Maria Hasbrouck; it gave me the back.ache.
Sent Simon to Chelsea to hear from mother, all were well but Maria, who I fear exposed herself at Confirmation at Sunday last. She looks miserably pale and sallow.
Took a fine bath to night, read all the evening untill my eyes ached. My judgement bewildered, between Dr Barnes, and Bishop Onderdonk’s opinions. I can not decide which has the right side of the argument, as “scripture texts” up hold both. I never knew before the exact foundation of the Episcopal or Presbyterian Churches. And find myself shamefully ignorant on these important subjects. Altho a member of the Dutch church, I can not define the doctrines distinctly. I intend to study a little on these matters; if possible to select for myself a Church, altho! my religious principles I trust are not to be shaken by out ward forms. Mr H. has no preference, therefore a double duty devolves(1) on me, to choose if possible a safe course.
Catherine Shanely, told me of her marriage to.day. it took place last Thursday evening. James Lynch, her husband, wished it kept a secret, but she very wisely makes it public. She is an unhappy bride, and already regrets the step she has taken.
(1) devolves: transfer power to a lower level
A clear morning, but overcast at noon.
Mrs Anelli, spent two hours with me, she thought me sick, from not calling on her.
I was engaged reading “Episcopacy tested by Scripture.” Walked out with mon marie, after dinner, the air was piercing, and I was happy to get back to the fire. A slight snow in the evening.
G. told me he was going on a jaunt of one week in Jersey, but it was only to make me anxious, as in reality he remains but one night.
Mild, damp, the appearance of Rain.
Julie, and I went out to pay some visits, found the air very unpleasant, and scorching.
Met Dorothea Brinkerhoff in the street, had a chat with her. Called to see Josephine B. now Mrs L. found her rocking her baby a little boy of five weeks standing. Mrs [Filyow], called in also; by some strange fatality we often meet, and yet I do not admire her, Mrs L. looked miserably.
On returning, I found Mr H. sitting in the parlour awaiting our return, he had taken seats for us at the Circus to night.
Snow commenced falling at noon, but did not amount to anything serious. At half past six, we set off on our expedition, had a comfortable ride down. The house was not crowded or fashionable,The performances were very handsome, and the “Virginia Minstrels” quite droll in their performances. Their songs were certainly “unique”. Remmy kept his eyes open, but Louis as usual wished to go home before it was over. Julie was enchanted, and quite naive, in her remarks. Bridget, went with us, never haveing seen such sights before. We rode home in a Cab, much gratified by the amusements.
The Virginia Minstrels or Virginia Serenaders was a group of 19th century American entertainers known for helping to invent the entertainment form known as the minstrel show. Led by Dan Emmett, the original lineup consisted of Emmett, Billy Whitlock, Dick Pelham, and Frank Brower.
After a successful try-out in the billiard parlor of the Branch Hotel on New York City’s Bowery, the group is said to have premiered to a paying audience nearby at the Chatham Theatre, probably on January 31, 1843. They followed with a brief run at the Bowery Amphitheater in early February before an expanded schedule of venues.
Unlike earlier blackface acts that featured solo singers or dancers, the Virginia Minstrels appeared as a group in blackface and what would become iconic costumes and performed more elaborate shows. In March 1843 they appeared in Welch’s Olympic Circus as part of an equestrian act. Although they primarily appeared within a larger schedule of entertainment in their earliest months, they surely were the first minstrels to also be hired to perform by themselves at smaller venues.
Among other things, they are credited with the songs “Jimmy Crack Corn” and “Old Dan Tucker”, which passed into American folk culture.