February 1853 – (Sorry I missed Julia’s birthday)

February 18.
My birth.day. 44. to.day.
I feel sad, but must appear gay, as in truth every thing
smiles on me, but time, and conscience. A good husband,
healthy children, and competence, are my blessings; a frail
body my sorrow.
Company to night, quite a tea.party. Supper of oysters, and
Champagne. Judge Woodruff & lady enjoyed it.
Mr Dwight [Pay attention to Mr. Dwight. He will eventually marry young Julia], Keymes, Christian, Eugene, beaux, Fanny Rima, F Wood

February 4, 1853 – “The Fancy Ball”

Friday. 4th February. 1853.
A dull rain, not cold.
Julia went to school, and I
finished up all the preparations for the evening.
Slept an hour. felt nervous, and not well. Said nothing.
Julia dressed, and looked smartly; the hair
dresser, came too late, powdered her hair and put in
the flowers.
He dressed my hair, and I made my toilette in haste.
Mr Barker came punctual, his nephew Ike in
the carriage, in costume.
The street was covered with carriages, and the ball.room full
to overflowing. The dresses were magnificent, music fine.
No seats to be had, and the air very confined.
Julia danced all the dances, was the fairest in the
room, too pale to look as pretty as usual.
I left at 12, almost sick from fatigue, suffered every
thing from standing too long at this time.
Julia came home at 8 oclock. The Mr Barkers very
polite & attentive. Mrs Woodruff at the ball.

February 1, 1853 – “Th fancy ball was a success”

1853. 1st of February. I am obliged to write the events of
this month from memory.

The fancy ball came off on the 4th
Mr H. gave Julia every thing beautifull for her costume,
and with his usual generosity offered me a new dress.
I declined, and trimmed my grey silk with lace on the skirt
A mantilla of lace from Mrs Meyer to match.
We took tea at Mrs Woodruffs, & at mothers.

January 14-18, 1853 – Julia has neglected her Journal! – (No entries until Feb. 1)


Friday 14. January. /53
Clear sky, good sleighing.
Julia had a sleigh &
four steeds to carry her to school. She was in high glee, forgetting the penalty of snow balls. I am shut up of course.


Saturday 15.
A mild day, snow vanishing.
I went out to walk, streets wet returned in despair.
Rima & Mr Cornell came to tea, quite late. I had a long
conversation with Cornell on his religious views. He feels
and expresses himself very well; sat an hour in the
basement with me. In poor D’s seat. [referring to Dr. Duval)

Sunday. 16.
Cold, high wind, freezing on all sides.
I went to church, our sermon on the “Anger of God.”
My feet and hands ached with the cold, and my heart
from the effects of the sermon.
Louis walked out to.day, his first exercise
this week. Julia went alone to church, Rima, and
Mr Clarke in our pew.
Mr H. went to Mr Chapins.

Monday 17.
Cold, and clear sky.
Louis at home to.day.
Mrs Swherin, sat two hours with me, she is a kind
hearted woman, & means well. Richard, her son,
affected with spinal disease.

Tuesday. 18. January. 1853. 19 Charlton St.
Clear and cold
I spent the morning in Chelsea.
My first call this year. All complaining.
Henry and Eugene have been in bed.
Mr Swherin, called tonight

From some cause my journal has been neglected, and
the events of this month must be recorded with less
precision than I could wish.
The days are so short, and interruption so numerous,
my plans of self improvement fall to the ground, for
want of quiet time.A country life, would be charming for repose & quiet.

Nothing of importance occurred to ruffle the
even tenor of our family affairs.
An invitation to Julia from Mr Smith
Barker, to attend [Mr Finin’s] fancy ball, gave me some business.
I consulted Mr Anelli, and we chose the dress of
Louis 14 court.
Pink brocade, over white watered silk. Hair powdered.
Dress made by Madame [Didut].