Julia must have dated her entries incorrectly this month. She dated two entries March 25th, so this must be where the mix-up was.
Wennesday. 30.th. March. 1841.
Cold, bleak, and wintry, clouds flying about with a
I walked out, and found it cold, and blustering called at “Mrs Harsons” heard that Mrs Rhodes, had a daughter. Went up to Broadway, felt much better for a walk. Henry, brought me an invitation for Julie’s party, from Aunt Kate, but I am afraid it will be an April Fool” concern after all. Aunty Lee, made me a call, she brought fresh to my memory all my sufferings at the birth of “Sis”. Garret, remained very late in the auctions room, we dined, it was near five, before he came home. I felt anxious about him, as he is so punctual in his hours. He never breaks his engagements, even those of the most trifling nature; so that I can always depend on his word. I sat sewing in the evening, my cold almost well. Have some pain in my back, at intervals. Went to bed at ten, slept soundly all night.This month has passed away.
(I previously posted this on May 29, 1840, but repeated it for those of you who may not have seen it)
The following is a transcription of the advertisement:
TO MARRIED WOMEN — MADAME RESTELL, Fe
male Physician, is happy to have it in her power to say that since the introduction into this country, about a year ago of her celebrated Preventive Powders for married ladies, whose health forbids a too rapid increase of family; hundreds have availed themselves of their use, with success and satisfaction that has at once dispelled the fears and doubts of the most timid and skeptical; for, notwithstanding that for twenty years they have been used in Europe with invariable success, (first introduced by the celebrated Midwife and Female Physician, Madame Restell, the grandmother of the advertiser, who made this subject her particular and especial study,) still some were inclined to entertain some degree of distrust, until become convinced by their successful adoption in this country. The results of their adoption to the happiness, the health, nay, often the life of many an affectionate wife and a fond mother, are too
vast to touch upon within the limits of an advertisement– re-
sults which affect not only the present well-being of parents, but
the future happiness of their offspring. Is it not but too well
known that the families of the married often increase beyond the
happiness of those who give them birth would dictate? In how
many instances does the hardworking father, and more espe-
cially the mother of a poor family, remain slaves throughout
their lives, tugging at the oar of incessant labor, toiling to live,
and living but to toil; when they might have enjoyed comfort
and comparative affluence; and if care and toil have weighed
down the spirit, and at last broken the health of the father, how
often is the widow left, unable, with the most virtuous inten-
tions, to save her fatherless offspring from becoming degraded
objects of charity or profligate votaries of vice? And even
though competence and plenty smile upon us, how often, alas!
are the days of the kind husband and father embittered in be-
holding the emaciated form and declining health of the com-
panion of his bosom, ere she had scarce renched the age of
thirty–fast sinking into a premature grave–with the certain
prospect of himself being early bereft of the partner of his joys
and sorrows, and his young and helpless children endear
ing attentions and watchful solicitude which a mother
alone can bestow, not unfrequently at a time when least able
to support the heart-rending affliction! Is it desirable then
–is it moral for parents to increase their families, regard-
less of consequences to themselves of the well being of their
offspring when a simple, easy healthy and CERTAIN remedy is
within our control? The advertiser feeling the importance of
this subject and estimating the vasr benefits resulting tho thou-
sands but the adoption of means prescribed by her, would re-
spectfully arouse the attention of the married, by all that
they hold near and dear to its consideration. Is it not wise
and virtuous to prevent evils to which we are subject by simple
and healthy means within our control? Every dispassionate, vir
tuous, and enlightened mind will unhesitatingly answer in the
affirmative. This is all that Madame Restell recommends or even
recommended. Price Five Dollars a package, accompanied with
ull and particular directions. For the convenience of those un
able to call personally, “Circulars” more fully explanatory
will be seul free of expense (postage excepted) to any part of the
United States. All letters must be post-paid, and addressed to
MADAME RESTELL Female Physician. Principal office
148 Greenwich street, New York. Office hours from 9 A.M.
to 7 P.M. Philadelphia office, 39 1/2 South Eighth street.
my 14 1md *&2mwy*
Tuesday. 29.th. March. 1841. The storms still threatening, not clear to. day. Ten degrees colder than Sunday. Commenced wearing my new dress to.day, like it tolerably well; it suits me in points of size. Sewing all day, finished Sis’s aprons. Had chills running down my back all day, fear a fresh cold, hope it will pass over, with the rain. My friends departed, but my troubles still remain They poison all my pleasures. Companions acceptable.
Talked with Garret about moving; expect to remain…
Nanny swept the parlour to.day; our back room carpet begins to look very shabby. Steam.Boats go through to Albany. The River has at length become navigable, much later than usual this season. 700 passengers came down to.day. The city will soon be filled with country men. Mademe Restill* is in the Tombs**, she cannot procure Bail [sic], thank fortune, her career will soon finish, she is a female monster.
For more on Madame Restell, see Wikipedia
Monday. 28.th. March. 1841. An easterly wind, with a cold rain. I sewed steadly all day on Julies aprons, my back ached at night. Made the cape of my “mouse de laine” smaller. Went early to bed. Louis, and Sis have colds in their heads; Julie looks quite delicate. We dread her chills, the heat affects her sensibly. Garret, presented me two stage tickets.