066_Page 64 Monday.31. st. October. 1842.

Beautifull weather still, yet the air has something
in it peculiarly chill at times.

I put aside all my morning duties, and at twelve
oclock, took Louis to beau me down Broadway. We rode down to the Battery, and called in to see “Aunt Bell”.
She returned with us to John Street, and we went in to see the “Century Plant (1)’ now exhibiting at Mr Thorburns [George C. Thorburn]. It is
from the Van Rensseleirs green-house, and the proceeds of the exhibition go to the Orphan Asylum at Albany. I did not regret my 25 cents, as the plant was a curiosity, and the birds, pictures, gold fish, and flowers, quite an inducement also.
(1) The century plant (the Great American Aloe) flowered in the garden of Stephen Van Rensselier of ALbany. It rose to the height of 22 feet.
“The Gardeners’s Monthly and Horticultural Advertiser” Volume 11, 1869. Page 186.
For more on the Century plant, see Wikipedia.