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.