Thursday. December. 31. st. 1840.
Raining and misty through the day.
Garret helped me make preparations for the marrow.; what an invaluable treasure a good husband is; the choicest gift of Providence. I went out in despite of the mud, and damp to procure some little gifts, for Julia to bestow.Spent three dollars, bought a box for Maria,and C., with some other trifles. Garret, with his usual generosity, bought three writeing [sic]. desks, out of which I took my choice.their cost doubled the price he gave; which was 25$. Nanny, had a dress worth. 8$.Little Remsen’s cold appears to.day.Every thing conspires to make this “old year” pass pleasantly away; would that all were in possession of as many blessings as have fallen to my lot. My Heavenly Father, has indeed been merciful to us, and surrounded us with
all that renders life desirable. May I acknowledge with gratitude, and humility his tender mercies, which are fresh and new to us every morning; and [remembers] with a persistent spirit, the chasten ings of his All Mighty Hand. The illness of last spring was a serious warning to me; so to live, that when death cometh I may not be afraid to die. In reflecting on the swift flight, of this dying year, how I on looking back, and recalling each passing scene, prepared my self for that gaol [sic], whither time will soon bring me. Alas! I am but dust, and ashes, frail, _____ing and inconstant, my truth must be in the mercy, and forgiveness of Heaven.
To. day Mr H. subscribed for the “Herald”, and Grahams gentlemans, and Lady’s Magazine. We received the first number on trial. The plates are beautifull [sic]. My husband knows my passion for pictures which Julia inherits.