Wednesday. 4th Feb. 1852.
Bright, warm, and clear.
to arise from our beds, in health and meet around the
breakfast table, in good spirits and gratefull hearts.
This is my first thought, as each morning
brings our little circle together. A kind father
spares us yet, a season; but we must prepare
for a sadder hour, for death is the [portion] of all.
Mr H. does not seam in high health, wants a
change. Louis could take nothing to eat this mor-
nig, looks thin and pale.
Complains of feeling tired. Julia coughs, but does not
allow any thing to keep her at home.
Mrs Smith called to invite Julia, there to.night.
I regret this new call on her time.
I sent a few lines to Bell, to say I would come
down this evening, The mud frightens me.
Walked out, found the dampness to [sic] much
for my skirts.
Took a glass of wine, and some bread for Lunch
and then sat down sat down to write this.
I shall not go to Bells, she is engaged to night.
A note from Mrs Berger on an unpleasant subject.
She is bent on mischief, but I must explain it, as
well as I can. Boys are sly in their mischief.
Remsen Onderdonk, paid me a visit, he looks well since his
jaunt to the country, has five children, kissed me for
Julia came in from school, pale and troubled.
We had a private conversation after dinner, and she told me
all the trouble. Fanny and herself are, just in the com-
mencement of their love affairs.
I advised her what to do, and she promised to do as I wish.
But human resolves are oft times weak.
Thursday. 5th Feb. 1852.
A beautifull spring, day.
We love this bright weather, it is,
so bright, and clear. The streets are very muddy, this is
a drawback, but I got a nice walk before the melting commenced.
Catharine, dined with me. I told her the news.
Mr H. is much distressed at the idea of this serious affair.
Julia, came in to dinner and seemed in good
Mr Duvall, came in before she could dress.
C. and I went up to see them for a few moments.
We thought him” fine and noble looking”.
C. left me before dark, she passed a
day of excitement, we talked of our father, and C. shed a
great many tears. Then our present anxiety added to
my grief, made the day wearisome to me.
Julia acted nobly, and told Mr D. our plans for her
future, and present conduct.
She certainly has nerve and fortitude, to resist his pleadings.
He also raises himself in my esteem, as he is willing
to abide by our decision, and wait ten, or even fourteen years.
The thought of losing her is torture, both to
G. and myself, and we did not dream of such a terrible
I conversed with G. and sat his mind at rest.
A note from Bell, she regrets not being able to see me,
but is engaged in the melancholy duty of recovering and
and [sic] following the remains of her brother to the grave.
Friday. 6th Feb. 1852.
Dull, and unpleasant.
I sat at my work to day.
Mr Leati gave Julia her lesson.
Mr H. brought her a fine Alpaca dress,1 dollar a yard,
4 pair stockings. Gave her five dollars besides.
She felt very happy.
Mr D. called in the evening, and carried her off to see
the display of [Connun] drums. They remained untill
after one oclock. I was sick, and nervous waiting
for their return. G. could not sleep, until we
heard the carriage arrive.
Saturday 7th Feb. 1852.
A pleasant day.
I conversed with Julia untill 12 oclock.
She promises everything we wish, but poor child, how
I regret the this temptation in her path.
There may be no love on her part, but it will come
too soon I am fearfull, and my tears will be weak
to save her. She seems to heed them now; and
looks distressed at my sorrow.
She went to see Miss
Weatherby, took her dress to Mrs Bloodgood, and took
dinner with her Grandmother. Amused them
with the fun of last evening.
Susan, Fannie, Mr D. and Mr Outlaw
came in by accident, they waited for Julia.
She returned and they frolicked a little untill night
Mr D. remained to tea, or rather left previous for the
Opera. Invited Julia to go, she declined