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.