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161_Page 159Wennesday [sic]. New York. December 1st. 1841. A bright pleasant day, to commence with. At nine oclock, I set off for a walk, did not dress but hurried up to the dress makers, arrived too late my sleeves were already cut. The pavements were very wet, but my “India Rubbers” kept my feet dry. Met “Mr N. Lockwood”, we exchanged a stiff bow, scarcely recognizing each other. The streets are very gay with “slays [sic] and belles”, but the hot sun will soon melt away the snow; every thing is dripping, and wet. I felt much warmer, and better for my [face], the little hot parlour, in which my time is spent, makes me too susceptible of colds. Fresh air, and exercise are essential to the enjoyment health, and pleasure. The children, are all sneezing, but they romp, and play in despite of their colds. Julie’s eyes are red, and head stuffed, but she still plays horse, and dances her “hornpipes”. The Sun, and Courier, fighting against the Herald. Bennet* behaves better than either of his antagonists. “Beach”** is shamefully scurrilous***, I am disgusted with him. Mrs. Motts soiree to the “Prince de Joinville”, gives them a topic, for much abuse. This is the first day of winter, but it is warmer than any we have had for a week past.
*James Gordon Bennet was the editor of the Herald. He was a firm Democrat and a pioneer of crime-reporting.
**Moses Yale Beach (1800-1868); known as being the developer of popular journalism. He was the business and technical manager of “The Sun” newspaper.
***scurrilous; insulting