220_Page 218 (1)Saturday. 26.th August. 1843.

Oppressively warm,
A tiresome day for me, I made all preparations for the ladies, but they sent an apology. Eugene came in to inform me they were comeing, while Maria brought the apology.
The children were tired of keep themselves  clean, and put out in the bargain.  I felt miserably all day, and was thankfull to be alone.
Mr H. did not dine at home, but came up in the evening in a fainting state not haveing eaten any thing. He sat down to a beef steak supper, and made a hearty meal; but I fear an unhealthy one.
Maria drank tea with us, and Eugene came down for her.