Sunday. 24. Aug. 1851.
Extremely hot, the fifth hottest day of the year.
We all remained at home, I slept so badly,
as to unfit me for church. Mr H. was glad to rest.
Julia, worried to go, but her father told her to wait until
Mrs Swain and she went to hear Dr Creighton, Louis took them.
When it became cool, I rode out with Garret to Tarry.town.
met the church people and Dr C. A lovely ride, it gave
me some relish for my supper; my strength revived, and
my appetite returned.
Willam L. and Mr Agate, passed the evening.
Eugene came in to sit an hour. Our little parlour full.
of beaux. A great noise for the Sabbath,
G. gave Margaret & Sarah lessons on horse back, they both fell off.
Monday. 25th Aug. 1851.
Very sultry day, close, confined air.
G proposed my riding up
to see mother found them all well prepared for company.
G. invited them to ride to Tarry town, they accepted. We con
tinued our ride for Sing Sing. It was a lovely morning for
riding; and seemed to give me some strength.
I slept a short time after dinner, G. angry because I did not
wish to go to Tarry town. So simple as I was, concluded to go.
He brought them, down at four oclock and we set off.
Mother, Catharine, Eugene, Garret and myself, the big waggon [sic],
all on Big David. Louis drove Julia & Maria, with Charly.
Our ride tiresome and unpleasant. Mother full of
fear on the Sleepy hollow hills, and the big waggon [sic] too heavy
for the city horse. For my kind endeavors to make her
happy, I incurred the terrible displeasure of Mr H. who in
his case for the old horse, forgot both his temper & politeness
This is unpleasant for invited friends on parties of pleasure
but mother having by experience, how to appear deaf and blind; she
poor soul has swallowed many an unkind reproach for the sake
of peace. I became so weak as to fear falling from the wag.
gon [sic], but did not dare to complain, as our gallant, escort had
already wished me at home; not more heartily than I wish
It was late on our arrival; I went immediately to bed, so
weary as to fell alarmed. Took some tea, bathed in brandy, and
wished for a quiet room, to compose myself to sleep; but this
comfort was not my lot. My nervous system very weak.
G. busy with the horses; he came to bed out of
humour with every thing; nothing went smooth to.day for him.
The evening suffocating and moschetoes troublesome.
At twelve oclock the wind howled, and blew up a strong
gale, thunder & lightening in the distance.
H. became very cold, I arose and closed the window, and felt
a chill over me. Slept a little before morning.
Mr H. a restless bed fellow; this keeps me from sleeping.
The sudden change in the temperature of my room
surprised me. it became so cold.
Tuesday. 26th Aug. 1851.
Cool as winter, wind blowing a gale.
What a change, we would like a fire, and
a big shawl is indispensable.
I must keep quiet to.day, and get my sleep to keep me up.
Mr H. went to Sing Sing , twice with old David, got him shod.
Invited me to ride, I declined.
Washed my self in cold water, it made me very chilly.
Julia went to the river.
Miss Wetherby, sent for her to walk to [Mount Mornay]. She remained
to tea with them, went to Sing Sing; and did not get home untill
after nine. Mrs Hale called to see me, has been sick.
Mr Swain came home late, with an old horse, and cart, they all
laughed at his purchase.
Remsen staid with Julia at the Wetherby’s, playing with Charly.
The Miss Leggetts called in the evening.