Monday March. 30.th. 1840.
A continual succession of violent showers.I awoke early; called Nanny; had my fire built. Did not find my self improved, had a bad headache. Took magnesia, and seidbts powders*, commenced dieting in right earnest. Julie quite well, she sat up an hour this afternoon. Louis, hoarse with a cold; not very well I fear. I spent my morning sewing, and gratifying Julie’s ten thousands wants, kept Bud all af-ternoon; cannot employ my time in any way but keeping him from mischief. A violent shower, with thunder; and lightening to-night. Writing my journal, after a weeks neglect. Dr Anderson, called to.day. prescribed for me; nothing for Sis, but quiet. Have
not nursed Remsen to.day. He thinks of it when he sees me. It is a trial for both.
Seidbit’s Powders:A patent medicine often given to children troubled with colic. It consists of sassafras, opium in some form of brandy or rectified spirit, caraway seed, and treacle.
Julia mentions taking Seidbts Powders throughout her diaries.
Sunday. March. 29.th.
April showers: Cleared off warm, & balmy.
Julie, after a good nights rest, appears quit well this morning. Escaped her chill to.day, no fever. Garret; consulted the Dr, on my case: he prescribed a change of diet. Louis, walked out twice, with his father: Complained in the afternoon of fatigue: Does not appear quite well. Sis, remained quietly in bed all day. Slept well at night my head ached, with confinement, and want of fresh air, face flushed, and heated.
Garret went twice to Church. I had to a-muse Sis: gave Remsen some “Godfrey’s Cor-dial to.night, poor little soul! Cannot sleep well for his teeth. An impression of the vanity of all things.
*Godfrey’s Cordial: A patent medicine given to children troubled with colic. It consists of sassafras, opium in some form, brandy or rectified spirit, caraway seed, and treacle. More information posted on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
Saturday. March. 28.th.
Raining, but mild as spring.
Gave Julie Quinine, the Dr came twice to.day. Kept Sis [Julie] in bed all day; she rested well this night. I took a warm bath; two agreable (sic) dreams. Remsen fretfull with teething. Cooked, Mrs Clarks chickens.
In case you don’t remember from a previous post, *Quinine: is made from the bark of the South American Cinchona tree. It has been used by the Quechua Indians of Peru to halt shivering due to low temperatures and as an effective muscle relaxant. The Peruvians would mix the ground bark of cinchona trees with sweetened water to offset the bark’s bitter taste, thus producing tonic water. (Information from Wikipedia)
Friday. March. 27.th. 1840.
A clear day, but still cold.
Julie, laid in a high fever until 4 oclock was more sick to.day, then she had been the Dr called. Maria came in after dinner, My troubles aggravated, instead of dimineshed [sic], my digestive organs weak, and blood a
circulation, several things annoy me.
(It appears to be the word, wrong. Any other ideas? I have posted a close-up on Julia’s Facebook page)