Just hoping all of you had a wonderful holiday. Julia will be back December 1, 1850!
Just hoping all of you had a wonderful holiday. Julia will be back December 1, 1850!
Monday 8th November. 1852.
Clear, and bright; mild
I felt lame & out of sorts, was dull
on ariseing [sic] , and could not rest well in the night.
Julia, as usual, over her sick turn, left for
school, and does not complain.
The [unruly] boys, behave much better for the present,
I shall not spoil them by my passion for indulgence.
When the house was quiet, I dressed and
went up to Dr Dunning, he wedged my tooth again.
Ebenezer, shook hands; sick with a cold.
Met Catharine & Maria, they went to see Henrietta Smith.
I promenaded home, read a sermon Mr Chapins.
Went to bed slept an hour.
A paper from Cairo, to Miss Julia, from Mr D.
I told her it was an “informal machine”, and to be carefull
how she opened it.
Mr Leati, gave an agreeable lesson; is pleased with
We went to walk after he left, but it was too
late, the lamps all lit, and folks jostling home.
Mr H. came home to a late dinner, and went out
to pay some bills.
Tuesday. 9th Novem. 1852.
A storm of rain, and high wind.
I passed the morning sewing and putting
the house in order. A quiet rain is very pleasant to me.
Julia does not like dull [warm] weather.
She wrote a composition & practiced her songs.
Mr H. ate oysters and went off to bed, Slept untill tea.
G. gave me 33. dollars this morning, to get all I wanted, but
this time has no end; as long as he indulges me.
Wednesday. 10th Nov. 1852
Clear, and fine day.
I went up to the dentists
still wedging my poor tooth. Met the girls, going to see
Mrs Dr Smith. Went to Canal St, and came home to lie
down, a pain across my back
Rima came in to see Julia. I left a nap to receive her.
Walked with Julia after dinner.
I intended to do every thing to.
day; but finished the 24 hours, without any memento’s of
my skill. Went to shop, and bought nothing, not finding
the article to suit. Rode to the end of the Route in [Kipps]
Stage, did not stop at mothers, did not feel like talking.
My teeth are so sore, I get hungry from eating too little.
Mr H. came in to dinner, and went to ride.
Mr Leati. Julia went to see Fanny Tileston and Mrs T.
I went to [Parmly’s], and was introduced to Mrs P. had a long talk
with her. Found them all before the portrait of their son
first arrived from Paris. A hand some youth of 21 years.
Miss Diamond, was there looking at it, we spoke.
Julia, dosed in her chair, over her lesson this evening.
Mr H., went to walk five miles, he said.
Friday 12th November. 1852.
Heavy rain in the morning, sun.shine
Curtains in the third.story
put up. We expect Benjamin & Margaret [Garret’s brother and sister-in-law from Stone Ridge]; and all
my plans are for their comfort. For this month,
Margaret, and Benjamin arrived both in good health.
John came alone in the cars, being left by his parents;
and improves in appearance.
They remained with us a few day[s], and passed most of
the time in the street.
M. purchased silver, china dinner and tea set, and
other things for house keeping. I went with her
to select them.
Julia went to Niblo’s with them to see the dancers.
We all went to Burtons, and laughed at his nonsense.
A thousand [milliners evented], & serious [family]” the play,
G. took us in a carriage, so we had no fatigue.
Margaret tired herself shopping. Benjamin was sick with
a cold and went to bed with a chill. I put his feet in hot
water; and in two days, they left for the Ridge. B. quite
They brought me a pail of butter, two barrels apples,
& bowls of Quince Jelly, Nuts, Cider, pumpkins, and
some lovely pears preserved by Maria.
Thursday. 4th Nov. 1852.
Damp, and rain threatening.
I found a bundle of delaine, sent it up by
Margaret, fearing Laura would not get out two dresses.
Sent Ann to the tailors for Remsen’s pants; my “bugle bon.net to be taken off at the corners, by Mrs Meyers.”
Summoned all my courage and went up
to see Mr Dunning, he shook hands cordially, Examined my
front teeth, and thinks I have left it too long, this serious
piece of business. Wedged one apart, it is very defective and
aches, but there is some hope that it may be saved. He made
me promise to come to.morrow. for a new wedge.
I will obey Mr D. and not mind the pain.
Mr Leati, to day, Julia fears her progress will not suit.
She is worn out at the hour he cares to give his lesson: 4 oclock [P.M.].
But has the same ambition to please him, as she ever man.
fests [sic] towards all her instructors. This is the charm of her
character, and gains her the affection of all her teachers.
She sent a letter to Rima; very prettily composed & written.
Her letters are always in good taste, and neatly written.
I assisted the boys with their compositions, on [“Marco B______.”]
Remsen does pretty well.
Friday. 5th Nov. /1852.
An easterly storm of rain.
I cannot keep my word,
or go to the dentists. how unfortunate.
Spent the morning, altering Remsens pants, the tailor did
not take them in to suit his orders. A troublesome job.
A pain in my back and shoulders; took a cold bath; a nap
to rest my back.
Mr H. did not dine at home. M. made pumpkin pies.
Julia distressed at the rain, ran out to buy some muslin[;]
covered some books neatly.
Sang all the evening; but seems languid, and unlike herself.
$5 from G. paid up Rensen in full. Out of debt, I am happy.
A chill on me to.night and pain in my back. I was sick in the night, cold
and hot by turns. A violent pain in my head. Ann nursed me.
Saturday. 6th Nov. [sic] 1852. 19 Charlton St.
The rain still falls, clouds dark, winds east.
I awoke from a troubled rest, full of pains,
my head throbbing, and bones sore. G. was restless and we
disturbed each other; the loss of sleep does not affect him.
I am peculiarly sensitive when sick, a breathe disturbs me.
and G’s active spirit does not rest even in sleep; I often
take an hours repose from the day, to make up for the [de.
ficiencies] of night.
Julia voice calling to her father, brought me out of bed in
a moment, she had been sick through the night.
I ran up to her room, found indigestion her disease,
her feet cold, and stomach deranged. Gave her simple reme.
dies, as she detests medicines. A disposition to throw
from her stomach, some injurious food of the day previous.
was the origin of her complaints.
She passed a languid day, but improved before bed.time.
Ann, cleaned, and brushed my head, pulling hair
out by the handful. it cured the headache, and by an
hours rest, and strict diet, I felt quite well at dinner.
Sewed all the spare time, and read in the evening.
A fire in my bed.room, or rather sitting room, so
charming Julia & I passed our day there.
Remsen & Louis are so rude & noisy, I cannot sit
in the room with them.
Mr H. came home late, dined down town. Read
“Uncle Tom”, in the evening.
His thick boots came home.
Louis, & Remsen, bought knives to.day. and commenced
pasting scrap. books.
Eugene, made a call during my nap. Julia entertained
him, even tried to sing. He brought the news of the bride
Miss Bell, that was, being at Mrs Woodruffs. and of Dr Halls,
visit to Maria.
Louis, told us of Mr Little’s marriage to a “Maine lady” and that
he liked his step.mother.
Sunday. 7th Nov. 1852. 19 Charlton St.
The storm lingers, heavy showers in the morning.
I passed a good night, and awoke at the usual
hour. The servants are very lazy, on a dark morning.
It was after eight before we took our break fast. My appetite
poor, as my body requires exercise. No pains to day, unless
a wearied feeling from my weak back, can be called one, this is
my constant companion; and I smile and bear it; for who
wishes to throw a gloom, over the strong and healthy, not I! or
it might be [incur] the incredulous laugh of an unbeliever, in
such afflictions. Experience teaches us lessons, that we should
never study from choice; I am reaping the bitter fruits of a
heedless ignorance of the formation of the humour, body, or
rather of the structure of the bones. Had I known all that
is now so plain, I might have been strong and happy;
prim and muscular, well developed, and more fit to fill my
duties in life; How carefully the young should be instructed,
and governed; for they are ever bent on injurious habits of draft,
and fashion. Too late the error is discovered.
The rain presents us from going to church, but it
looks like clearing before noon. I should like a carriage on
wet Sundays; but G. would think this useless; so I never
express my wishes.
Mr H. went twice to hear Mr Chapin, the Universalist Orator
who is now settled in the church of the “Divine Unity.” A crowd
was in attendance, and he gave great satisfaction.
Mr H. seems impressed by his eloquence, and now begins to
take some interest, in things of future import.
“Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all things I shall
be added unto you;” his text. G. finished had “Uncle Toms” cabin
and agrees with Mrs Stowe, in all her opinions. I think
it an inimitable, work, evil, pathos, and truth combined.
Louis & Remsen went to Dr Huttons.
I took a short walk with Julia, as the sun shone out bright.
and the pavement dried up.
Mr H. obliged to reprove Louis & R. for ill conduct to the servants.
Sunday. 31st October.
Mild, and charming.
The children went to church,
I could not go. Took a bath, warm water, went to bed.
Mr H. went to see Mr Swherin, he was out to walk, G.
felt the heat, as in summer. We went to church after dinner.
Louis & Remsen, rambled off.
Monday. 1 November. 1852. 19 Charlton Street.
A heavy easterly rain, dark and mild.
A genial house, I put every thing in order.
Mr Leati, and a good lesson for Julia. She improves.
Mr H. came in late, mo dinner, took oysters for
his supper. Julia helped him.
I felt stuffed, and unpleasant, for want of exercise.
G. went to bed after tea, at seven oclock.
I remained up untill ten.
Gave Louis, an excuse for not speaking, to save him a
Censure. He gives me much uneasiness, as he feels so little
ambition to excel, and requires different home influences, to cheer him
on the path of difficulties.
Tuesday 2nd Nov.
Mild, and dull sky.
The storm is passing over,
but muddy streets forsed [sic] me to go out.
I spend two hours on this very common place_book;
it is almost a disgrace to my pen & powers.
Could I write with regularity, and some of my inward
life, and less of other people’s actions, it would be far
more profitable and entertaining. If my pen & ink were
better, I think it possible I might be inspired, but poor paper,
and stubborn steel pens are the grave of intellectual feasts.
My next book of events if spared to relate them; shall be carefully
written for my daughters profit when I am gone, she shall
then see a picture of the inner life, the thought that daily
pass through the mind of a dreamer.
I spent the afternoon in assisting her, while she prac.
tised her music. Wrote a composition on a verse from
[“Grey elegy”], plain and suitable for one of her age.
She had a french one to write also; and does not feel able to
accomplish all her affairs.
Wednesday. 3rd October. 1852. 19 Charlton St.
Storm over, sun shines bright.
We are in good spirits, as the sun
shine is [reviveing] [sic] after so much gloom.
After all the house was in order, at least my
part of it; I commenced to dress, before half through was
surprised by an early visit from Maria, and the two little
girls Laura & Cate. Our fire in the parlour was not
built, and it was too soon for dinner company.
The children, ran over the house, flew to the baby.house
and in a few moments, destroyed the order of Julia’s es.
tablishment. I let them have full sway, as it was to be of,
short duration, and they moved part of the furniture down
in the basement.
Maria, went down to Mr [Nunns], with me, we left an
order for a person to arrange the pedal of the [Es__ian].
A charming walk home, the streets full of ladies, glad as
ourselves to breathe the open air.
Catharine came in to tea, gave us
an account of her “Jersey visit” amused Julia, who is fond
of her, style of [___tory]. She looks much better, than
before her jaunt.
Louis & Remsen played with the children, and cut
up all sorts of capers in the basement.
Mr H. very kindly escorted them home, as Eugene
was engaged to a Club meeting.
Julia copied her composition, and sat up untill 11.
Aunt Cate, admires her very much, and whispered to me
that she had seen nothing so fair, and gracefull, and refined
during her sojourn among the young ladies of Jersey.
A certain air, always invests J. with a quiet grace, not found
usually among girls of her age. Yet she is of a pecu.
liarly gay, sparkling temperament, and not inclined to be
called a “pensive Muse.” A good frolic suits her taste, and
solitude, she dislikes; still in the midst of all her fun.
She is a fair grace, with a pensive face, at rest.