Saturday. 20. th. August. 1842. “New Lebanon”
A beautiful day, air sweet and refreshing.
I arose at six, walked the piazza, untill breakfast; G does not relish early hours; so I go off and leave him to his morning slumbers. Saw Mr Adams, and family among the visitors.
Mrs Brown, unable to arise, her head much affected by cold, I sat a few moments in her room, she is not accustomed to early hours. I ate a hearty breakfast, and felt very well. Looked at the spring which is small, and tastes warm, and unpleasant. They say it is losing all its medicinal properties, unless for bathing. The bathing house if the only attraction, would be worth rideing a few miles to enjoy. At four oclock in the afternoon, we and jumped in a Barouche and in great glee set off for the “Shaker Village”. Mrs B, felt much revived by the fresh air, which came to each one of us laden with sweets. The country around the “Shaker Village” is remarkably rich, and undulating, their farms, houses, and Church, are conspicuous for neatness. Our first visit was to the store, when a pleasant female in an uncouth garb, sells baskets, bags, and numerous articles, at very high prices. We made some purchases, and then went in the dairy, which was well stocked with cheeses, and neat as wax.work. We then resumed our ride, and went to see “Brother Hawkins,” The head elder of the establishment, to try if possible to get admittance on Sabbath morning. They worship no longer in public each fam- ily haveing a room in their own dwelling, for meeting. The house we now approached, was a fine large frame building
was occupied by sixty persons. We were kindly received, by a “wet looking Quaker” who ushered us in the “male side” of the house, to await the arrival of the Elder. He soon entered, a tall, sallow, intelligent, looking man, about forty years of age. Mr Brown, was spokesman for our party, and was obliged to use all his rhetoric, before he would consent to admit us. Indeed the conversation had ended, and we were ariseing to go, before the elder, remarked, if “we ^were really serious in our desire to behold their worship, we might come over at nine in the morning.” Mr. B. made numerous enquires [sic] relative to their singular society, which were all answered by the Elder, in a concise, sensible manner. Speaking of the universal harmony which reigned among them, he observed sa___ enough, he had seen more contention, and disputing between men, and their wives in one hour, than he had beheld there in 40 years. They are all unbelievers in “Matrimony.” We were much pleased with our ride home
and also with the agreeable result of our visit. Mr Brown,
gave himself no little credit for his diplomacy in the affair
but I think less policy would have suceeded better.
Quakers are sly, to a proverb, and lawyers cannot blind
their instinctive sagacity.
I purchase a basket for Julie, two sei___s, a swab to wash cups,
and a work basket for my self. Mr H. took a cane.
Our ride was charming, giveing up a fine relish for our supper.
We spent our evening in the parlour; looking at the young folks
dance. It being Saturday evening, many were s____
about indulgeing in this amusement.
Mrs. B. Presented me a bouquet of sweet peas.
We all retried at ten, to our rooms.