Raining, the clouds dark and threatening. We awoke at five oclock, arose at six. The carriage came for G. at half past six. He took, Ann Shannely down with him. I was not pleased with the arrange ment, seeing her seated on the back-seat; she is rather presumptious. Mrs. Erving, confined to her bed with her cold. I had some trouble with the children, they require great tact in managing them; Bridget forgets her. self sometimes, and her duties often. The weather is very close to.day, the sun shines out, and the storm seems about takeing its depar. ture. I am happy to see it drying up, for the children’s sake, they are tired of the house. I have been sewing, reading, and trying to sleep this morning, but find myself prevented from doing either in quiet. The heat is really oppressive, August will not leave us unforgotten, she has still one day of summer to bestow and then comes delightfull autumn. To me the most agreable season.
Ann and Bridget are Julia’s servants
Sing.Sing. Sunday. 29.th. August. 1841.
Raining violently at intervals, the wind still easterly. We could not think of Church, haveing no vehicle to ride in, so I was obliged to hear the weekly news, and amuse, or still the children. Mrs Erving, and sons arrived home. She was suffer. ing from cold. I sent the girls to Church in the afternoon, it did not rain untill night. Mr H. went to the village for Laudanum*. Could not get any. Remsen, very loose in his bowels, and seems quite weak.
*Laudanum; narcotic consisting of an alcohol solution of opium or any preparation in which opium is the main ingredient.
Sing.Sing. Saturday. 28.th. August. 1841.
The storm still continues, and rain pours down in torrents. H. is quite mild, and sultry. I spent my morning sewing on a mouslin de laine coat for Louis. Kept school for Julie, commenced giving her some lessons in geography. Slept an hour before dinner. Our house very still, and family quite small. I dressed for tea not knowing whether to expect my two beau’s or not. But with his usual punctuality Garret, made his appearance, bringing with him, the young troubler “Louis. G. Hasbrouck” They were both well and had a pleasant jaunt. Garret, brought me lots of news.papers.
Sing.Sing. Friday. 27.th. August. 1841.
A regular easterly storm of wind, and rain, but quite mild. I did not get up untill seven oclock, feel dull, and sleepy, this dark morning. The winds lulaby sounds delightfully around my windows. Kept school for Sis, sewed, read over my geography, took a nap, eat my dinner, played with Remsen, and set down to write this journal. I feel quite discouraged when I find how much there is to learn, and how responsible and numerous are my duties. As my children grow older, they appear to double, and thicken around me. Julie, has a difficult temper to manage; and Louis is very unmanageable. He has been absent one week and we find him more trouble when with us then both the other children. Mrs Hale, had an unpleasant affair with Mrs Ervings nurse who is an inpertinent creature. She has by force of example, and precept affected all the other servents. Even Bridget, has degenerated. I did not dress for tea, but spent my evening in an undress. Sat sewing with Mrs H. in the parlour, listening to her remarks on dady as they call her. The rain did not cease untill afternoon My complexion for the past week, has been uncommonly smooth, so that I begin to indulge some hope. My prominent feature, is really quite natural, which is a great joy to me.
(Regretfully, I missed scanning this page and the next as well)