125_Page 123New. York. Thursday. 7.th. October. 1841.

Very mild and spring like day. Showers in the evening. I expected Aunt and Matilda to spend the day, and was much engaged preparing for them. Bridget does double duty and makes herself very usefull. Julie and I after dressing walked out to Broadway. I stopped in a store to buy a black veil but unfortunately took a plush cravat at seven shillings, an enormous price. Met Mrs. Elwell and spoke to her. We overtook Aunt getting out of a stage, and escorted her home. She looked pale, and fatigued, and after sitting awhile had a chill. I gave her a glass of Port wine and we shut ourselves up in the back parlour by a great fire enough to roast an ox. It was a disagreable [sic] situation for me, as this confined heat make me feel disagreeable and flushed my face terribly. Matilda, looks pretty well, and is lively and agreeable. Eugene, came in, I sent for mother to come down for tea. Aunty Lee, called to see me, she looks fat and hearty. Our dinner passed off pretty well; mother came in soon after, Eugene gave us some music, and the afternoon soon vanished. After tea the rain alarmed the guests, but Mr H. hired a Cab, and escorted them home. Mother would not wait, but set off in the damp, for a stage, Eugene accompanied her. I feel anxious to hear from her. The children behaved well today; were less trouble than usual. Remsen gets all the admiration Aunt, quite insulted me in the presence of my picture, but as she could not see; I did not think it worth resenting. She could not discover the least resemblance at first, but found a little after a while Mr H.sā€™ they think first rate. Mrs Bloodgood, altered my brown silk.