January 11-13, 1853 – “Louis takes calomel”

Tuesday. 11th Damp air.
Catharine, came in early,
to invite Julia to the Miss Babcocks, on Wednesday.
Louis a chill to day.

Wednesday. 12th January. /53.
A heavy snow storm, very deep, the
first snow of the season.
Julia could not go to the Miss B.s., wrote a composition.
Louis took a calomel pill and sibbits, not very sick.

Thursday. 13.
A heavy snow falling.
No stage for Julia.
I sent Ann to Mrs Okill’s, she is recovering.
Gave Louis, an Indian medicine to day, No chill.
Click on a wonderful little poem on Calomel:
(Credit to Historic Huguenot Street)


January 8-10, 1853 – “Making some calls and Louis is ill”

Saturday 8th January. 1853.
A lovely day.
We dressed for a walk, met C. and
Mrs Loyd, daughter, Laura & Maria coming to see us.
I returned and showed them the pictures.
Laura and M. staid to dinner.
I called on the Miss Bailey’s, Fanny T. went
with us.

Sunday. 9th A fine day.
We all went to church.
Louis came out with a chill; brought on by fatigue.
He went to bed, and looks pale & thin.

Monday. 10th Mild weather. Friend.

January 2-7, 1853 – Our Julia seems too busy to write very much

Sunday. 2nd January. /1853.
Clear, and bright.
Mr H. & I kept the house.
Julia went to church with her three beaux.
Laura & Maria in our front pew; Rima also.
Fanny T. dined with us, went to church with J.
Julia, took Remsen, and went with Rima to hear “Hugh
Carpenters, in Dr Springs church.

Monday 3rd
Rain threatening.
Mr H. better, he went to his office, looks feeble
Remsen L. went home.
Louis & Rem to school. Julia to Mr Leati from there
to call on Mrs Swherin, Miss Keymes. dined at grandmothers.
Spent the evening with Fannie.

Tuesday. 4th
Clear day.
Julia returned to school.
Mr H. much improved, looks better.

Wednesday. 5th
Mild, as Indian Summer.
Louis came from school
with news of scarlet fever in the Janitors family.

Thursday 6th
Boys at home.
Bell & F took tea with us.

Friday 7th
Julia spent the evening with Fannie.
Tom came around for Louis & Remsen.
Louis tired, from a jaunt in the country.

January 1, 1853 – “New Year’s day-Julia and Garret fall ill”

January. 1.St. 1853 19 Charlton St. N. York.
Saturday. 1st
Thick mist, drizzling rain & muddy streets.

What gloomy prospects for a New Years day!!
We prepared for the worst & hoped for the best.
My cake from “Sayers,” arrived at 12, fortunately I had some
in the house to set my table.
Jelly from Wellers.
500 Oysters from Downing.
Julia dressed, did not look as pretty as usual, less
gay in spirits.
40 calls, most her young beaux.
Mr Christian looked well, the first arrival.
I felt worn out on this day.
Too much exercise, filled me with pains, and my throat
was sore, when I arose. Laid down after dinner.
Mr H. quite sick to.day, kept his bed, and was
feverish the night previous. His bowels loose, and
flesh sore to the touch, bilious also.
Too many oysters, too much cider, and too much tobacco
brings on him this ill turn; but this truth is soon forgotten.
Closed the house at 11 oclock.
Clear evening, Sun bright the stars shine; quite a contrast
to the dull morning.
Remsen Lawrence, staid all night, amused the boys,
with his stories.
Smith Barker came late made us a pleasant visit; told
some droll anecdotes; and said he loved novels in his youth.

December 19 and 25, 1852 – “Christmas gifts and reflections on journal writing”

Saturday. 25. /1852.
Christmas, was a fine day, mild, damp
and raining in the evening. Changing often.
Julia went with me to ship, my purchases left [late]
this late hour.
We selected books for Remsen & Edgar. Coral ear.rings for
Fanny T. a wee book Rima, pocket handkerchiefs for the
ladies of 19th St. Cuff pins Aunt Bell. Collars girls, pointed
linen collar Judy, toys for the little girls.
G. gave Margaret & Ann each a dress.
To Judy, a set pins & ear.rings. 8 dollars to Louis & Rem.
a piece.
Books from Uncle F, and a pretty port wine from Aunt
Bell to Julia.
My present did not come this year.
At seven Mr H. took a carriage and we all went up to pass
the evening with mother, took in Rima, and Fanny.
A pleasant evening Julia looked lovely, and was the life
of the room.
She was called beautifull by the assembled guests.
Mother was not in spirits, and could not be in the room
with her friends, this was a cloud over the scene, as poor
Catharine felt in trouble.
Mr & Mrs Bradford, and the Loyd family from Jersey, the only
strangers. Maria, and a good supper passed the evening.
Mr Cornell, and Mr Willand our best beaux.
Mr H, the finest looking man in the room; so I
had reason to be satisfied.
He did the honours of the
table, and helped to the good cheer.
We left early, and sent our carriage back for the young
ladies & Mr Cornell.
Remsen Lawrence, staid all night with us, no I mistake
he went over home from our house.
Thus ended the 25th
of December, a day so joyfully anticipated by the young.
I passed a pleasant day, and brought home my Mitts,
a present from mother, and a sugar basket from Henry.
Louis & Remsen are thinking how they will
spend their time, and money through this long relief
from school and lessons.
Remsen bought a beautiful camera, for $6. it is beautifull
for its fine finish.
A turkey for dinner, the boys came home late from
Hoboken. Julia had been to see Fanny & Rima.
I wished to go to church, but could not shop and go there

Sunday. 28th Clear, but damp.
The children went to church, I could not venture
This week was spent in a variety of ways, my time went on as
usual, but Julia, was on the go daily.
We made calls, took a carriage, Old Mrs Loyd, Gardiner

Swherin, and Mrs Leati. Julia took a music lesson, I called
for her, Mr & Mrs Leati very pleasant. We stopped
at mothers. and took Catharine with us.

Wednesday. 19. December. 1852.
Moderate weather, A snow. clear before tea hour.
I called on Mrs Paulding, Mrs Berger.
My spirits light this week, no pains, or aches.
Garret, thinks me too young for him: he worries too much.
A letter from Maria H. all well.
My day book neglected, what is the reason, is it because
my time is wasted, or too precious to note the trifles of
my household.
I intended writing a journal, more concise and
less common place, but deferred my plan untill a new
Book & Year.