Tuesday. Sep. 22.nd. Had a hard days, or rather weeks work, putting my clothes in order. Everything in confusion, shets [sic], pillow cases, towels, etc. My sickness previous to going to the country had disarranged all my affairs. Mr H. had put a new toilette table in my bed room, a little beauty. Spent this week in house hold affairs. Called to see Aunt Remsen, and went up to mothers. Looked around for a satin shawl. “Nanny” came back again, in this week.
Julia and children are finally back home in New York City!
Monday. 21. st. Sep. 1840. Clear, and cold. We prepared for out jaunt home, found it very cold riding to Hicksville. Mr Parish, drove us, met with a serious misfortune, or rather fright, through his carelessness, our waggon [sic] nearly upset. The car warm, and comfortable, children very good. Arrived home at 4 oclock. P.M. I felt delighted to get home once more. *Ann, had the house in order. Maria, went home.
*Ann: the house servant
I have just received some wonderful news. The following is the press announcement just released form the Stone Ridge Library. This Library owns all 19 of Julia’s diaries as well as the portraits of Julia and Garret.
STONE RIDGE LIBRARY FUNDED TO CONSERVE 1840 PORTRAIT
Stone Ridge – The Stone Ridge Library is bringing Julia Hasbrouck back home.
The Library has received funding through the Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Conservation Treatment Program for the restoration of one of a pair of paintings done by Italian artist Francesco Anelli in 1940 depicting the Library’s benefactors, Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck and her husband Garret Decker Hasbrouck.
The Hasbrouck family lived in New York City and often visited their country house in Stone Ridge—the 1798 stone building that has served the community as a library ever since their daughter Julia Hasbrouck Dwight donated it to the Library Board in 1909.
The portraits, oil on canvas, measure 70 ¾ “ by 54 ¼ inches and are currently in storage at Westlake Conservators, LTD in Skaneateles, New York, whose principal painting conservator Susan Blakney will oversee the work.
The grant in the amount of $3,750 represents about a quarter of the budget for restoration of the pair of paintings, new frames, storage and transportation. The conservation treatment is expected to be complete by May 2013. The Library has agreed to pay for the new frames.
When making the decision to select which of the two paintings to conserve at this time, Library Director Jody Ford knew without doubt that it would be “Julia.” Her portrait complements the collection of diaries that she wrote, that the Library has placed in storage at the Ulster County archives.
Typical entries in diaries of 19th century ladies include comments about the day’s weather, family happenings, and historical events. Julia writes on several occasions about her experience of sitting for the portraits, and includes an occasional critique of the artist’s interpretation.
The Library hopes to apply in the next grant cycle to have work done on the companion painting. “We are thrilled to be able to begin this important work of restoring the portraits,” said Library Director Jody Ford. “And we are hopeful that we will be able to follow up with additional funding through the granting process other sources,” she added.
Board President Rob Miraldi is enthusiastic about bringing Julia home. “We will definitely plan a celebration for Julia’s homecoming. Her portrait is not only an important example of 19th century art, but also represents the likeness of the woman who has become emblematic of the Library’s local history collection.”
“Connecting the dots between the portraits, the diaries, and potential programs is fascinating,” said Program Manager Diane DeChillo. “Ideas are already bubbling up among Julia fans and our colleagues who want to bring these elements of local history to the public.”
More information about the portraits, including additional images, can be found on the Library’s website, www.stoneridgelibrary.org.
Monday. 14. Fine weather, but very cool. Mr H. left for the city. Maria and I passed this week, walking, and amuseing [sic] ourselves reading, and sewing I did not feel very well, my stomach disordered, looked badly. It rained on Friday & Saturday, we thought it the *equinoctial storm. Garret, came up in the cars.
*equinoctial storm: “Equinoctial storms are storms popularly supposed to occur at the time of the spring and fall equinoxes. Equinox is derived from Latin and signifies “equal night. It is a time of the year when the days and nights are equal in length. That storms are more frequent and severe at such times is merely a myth of unknown origin. The autumnal equinox occurs September 21 or 22 and records indicate that storms are neither more frequent nor more severe on those days than on other dates in September. In fact records for a period of fifty years showed that there were actually fewer storms between September 20 and September 25- than there were during the five days immediately preceding September 20. The same is true of the vernal or spring equinox, which occurs March 20 or 21. Storms are not more frequent or severe on those dates than on other l dates in March. The notion about equinoctial storms in one form or other dates back at least to 1748 and probably originated among seafaring people.”
– This information was found at: http://www.4information.com/trivia/equinoctial-storms/