072_Page 70Thursday. 17. November. 1842.

The storm partially cleared away.

I set off for the Milleners, to order a black velvet bonnet. thinking it would be more genteel with my “Cardinal”. Purchased a bunch of velvet flowers for Maria Hasbrouck, price 2$. returned home, sent Simon with the “unfortunate green,” he brought back my black lace cap. Every one feels unhappy to. day, as we know to morrows sun, will rise on an unfortunate fellow creature, condemned to death, whose eyes will not behold its setting beams; and from whose enjoyment, all the endearments of this life are to be dreadfully severed. To die, is a hard struggle, the Christain faith alone, will support us in the agonizing struggle, but coltthis unfortunate young man, will not cling entirely to the cross of Christ, the pride of human nature will not prostrate his spirit to that brokenness of heart which god loves to heal we all sympathize with him, and hope a reprieve may yet be granted to his prayers, and to the wishes of his friends.(1) Our winter potatoes, seven barrels, and one Tub of butter came home to.day. We put them all in the cellar, to keep the Beer company. Bought two pair mitts, 5 shillings, for Julie to present her little friends the Smith’s. She cannot go to the Giving party to night, the storm forbids.

colt2(1) John Caldwell Colt (March 1, 1810 – November 18, 1842), the brother of Samuel Colt, was a fur-trader, book keeper, law clerk, and teacher. He became an authority on double-entry bookkeeping system and published a textbook on the subject. He was convicted of the murder of a printer named Samuel Adams, to whom Colt owed money over publication of a bookkeeping textbook. The trial became a sensation in the New York press. Colt was found guilty and sentenced to hang in 1842, but committed suicide on the morning of his execution.
Conspiracy theories began about the suicide, with some holding that Colt had in fact escaped from prison and staged a body to look like his own. One publication alleged that a family member had smuggled the knife used in the suicide into his cell. Others stated that Colt was living in California with his wife, Caroline.None of these allegations was ever proven. Edgar Allen Poe based his short story, The Oblong Box partly on this murder. (Wikipedia December 2 2011)

For more on the Colt murder case, see: Murder by Gaslight