When Mr H. came in to dinner, he handed me a letter from Dr J. [Dr. Jacob Hasbrouck, 1807-1891] his brother; announcing his engagement to Miss Wicks, and the fact that in six months their nuptials will be consummated.
Requesting us at the same time to receive the bride elect under our roof, that she might have the benefit of one quarters tuition in Music.
This was somewhat startling to me, but I must leave the affair entirely on Garret; to decide as he likes on the occasion. It will in some measure interrupt the smooth stream of our domestic tranquility; and already agitates my nerves.
G. did not venture out again, I sewed steadily all the evening putting pockets in my calico aprons.
Tuesday. 28. th March 1842 [sic].
Rain, falling in torrents to day, commenced in the night,
Wind high, and snow fast disappearing.
This weather will please all hands,
we are now anxiously looking for spring, with its “bright Smiles,”
so far all has been “frowns.” G. hopes the river will not
resist this atmosphere; but open speedily, as he wishes to take
a short jaunt. I shall miss him sadly, but think an
excursion will benefit his health. His cold much better to.day.
I am getting on very well with my new medicine,
but find it works no charms, as the complaint rather
increases, this G. thinks a good symptom, but it is
heard to bear.
Julie, has not been up to.day to say her lessons, since
my cold she keeps in the basement.
I played two hours on the piano, to amuse myself, the
first in two or three weeks. Julie sang over her songs.
Sewed all the evening, Garrett, read aloud “Salmagundi.” (1)
I had a pain in my back again this afternoon.
A lonely dream, to night, but a sad awakening, these disappointments
shake my whole system; But wheres the remedy! Echo! answers
(1)Salmagundi; or The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. & Others, commonly referred to as Salmagundi, was a 19th century satirical periodical created and written by American writer Washington Irving. Written in collaboration with Irving’s oldest brother, William, and James Kirke Paulding, Irving produced twenty issues at irregular intervals between January 24, 1807 and January 15, 1808.
Salmagundi lampooned New York culture and politics in a manner much like today’s Mad magazine. It was in the November 11, 1807 issue that Irving first attached the name “Gotham” to New York City, based on the alleged stupidity of the people of Gotham, Nottinghamshire Irving and his collaborators published the periodical using a wide variety of pseudonyms, including Will Wizard, Launcelot Langstaff, Pindar Cockloft, and Mustapha Rub-a-Dub Keli Khan. Irving and Paulding discontinued Salmagundi in January 1808, following a disagreement with publisher David Longworth over profits.