A clouded morning, occasional showers.
no school to.day. Eugene came in, staid to dinner, I left him to amuse the young ladies.
After dinner went with Mrs W. to purchase her muslin dresses.
Paid Millers Bill; 5$.
Middleton’s bill, 3. $.
A great change in the weather, much cooler. Julia commences her school. to.day.
Thursday. 18. May. 1843.
Cool, and overcast.
I went up to Mrs Okills and took Juilie, to place her
at school. She was very willing to go; but cried after I left.
Mrs O relinquished Miss W.[Helen] in the most ladylike manner.
Julie, came home with a medal much pleased.
Went after dinner to the “Academy of designs“(1) saw some pretty
landscapes, but was too much fatigued to examine all.
Stopped in at Mr Annelis, he had changed Julies position
I liked it much better. Helen was fatigued and looked
very pale. We called a second time on Mr Metz, and
engaged him to give lessons to H.
I returned home really worn out with my exertions.
Mr Metz, recognized me and enquired if H [Helen] was my daughter
very gratifying certainly to my vanity.
Friday. 19. May 1843. Louis first day at school.
Still cool, and overcast. Fires necessary again.
I set out with Julie, and Louis for Mr Annelis. They behaved
tolerably well. From there went to Mrs O. Kill, rode up.
went in to see her boys school, I think it too small.
Louis, took his seat like a little man and did not cry
when I left him. He is handsome with bright eyes.
Mrs O. invited me to witness her examination of the little…
scholars in French; their pronunciation and aptness, were surpriseing.
Julie, cried and behaved shamefully when I arose to leave, but I made her stay.
They both returned home in good humour, with books and medals.
I went with Miss W [Helen] to take her lesson with Mr Metz.
Engaged him to come to the house nearly to oblige her. Stopped at Luther’s for two pails and butter.
Mr H. has been so much engaged so as not to be able to dine, or take tea with us; and comes home late tired to the last degree.
(1) – The National Academy Museum and School, founded in New York City as the National Academy of Design – known simply as the “National Academy” – is an honorary association of American artists founded in 1825 by Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Martin E. Thompson, and others “to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition.”