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pg 89Saturday. 16. teenth. 1842. April.

A very pleasant, bright day.

Julie, and I clear.starched some muslins this morning I have not done any thing of the kind in seven years. We did not go out this morning, I stiched [sic] a bosom, and Sis, spelt [sic] her lesson. The boys walked out.
An unfortunate dinner to.day, the beef too rare to eat, Mr H. was disappointed, and sent it down to ^be roasted over. I lost my appetite careing for the children. Mr H. went to see our landlord to.night. Walked out after dinner, my old bonnet makes me ashamed to be seen in Broadway.
Amazone, not finished yet, I do not in.
tend to send it again to Wilson. He is
too tedious, exhausts my patience.
Bought crackers, to.day.
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Clear starch-What is called clear starching is the starching of laces, muslins, and other transparent tissues, which requires to be done with peculiar care; for these the starch is made thicker and hotter than ordinary, and the articles, after having been well washed, rinsed, and dried, are dipped into the thick starch, previously strained, before it is quite cold. After squeezing them out, they are clapped between the hands, to produce clearness. Instead of clapping, which is apt to injure lace, some prefer, after starching and squeezing out, spreading them on a linen cloth, rolling them up in it, and letting them ie for an hour, when they will be ready for the irons. Muslins and cambrics do not require the starch so thick as net or lace.

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