089_Page 87Monday. 19. teenth. December. 1842.

Very cold, over cast, and not agreable.

I did not feel like getting out of bed this cold morning, but made the attempt, when the bell rung. Thought of going out, but feared the cold. Sent Simon [servant], with some potatoes, sugar, and butter, bread too a poor family, who are obliged to beg, as no work can be procured by them. I picked out some old clothes to send them this evening; wish I could add ten dollars to the gift. Lengthened a silk dress for Julie to wear on “Christmas.” The children all seem much better to.day as their colds, and are romping around finely. I did not venture out to.day, the air was so damp, and cold, and my blood in chills all day.