June 13, 1851 – “Pa in pain, Christy’s Minstrels and a distrait Garret”



Friday. 13 June. 1851.
A cool day.
We went to see mother after
dinner found Maria had gone to “Monmouth”.
Pa very much depressed; and suffering great pain.
Poor mother, suffers with him; she is harassed night and day.
Maria took the children to Christy’s minstrels.
G. did not come home untill near nine oclock, I was
anxious about him. He is [“distrait”], why and wherefore unknown to me.

June 8, 9 and 10, 1851 – “Church, shopping and an unruly horse!”

Sunday. 8th June. 1851.
Cold, damp day.
G. took the boys to church; but
we thought it too damp. I went to Mr Pott’s church
in the afternoon, left Maria and Julia there, returned home
with Remsen.
Rain fell in the evening.
Churches, thin to.day.

Monday. 9th June. 1851.
Warm, and sultry.
I went to shop with
Julia, purchased a muslin at Stewerts. $5. for her. Came
home exhausted, laid on the bed untill tea hour was over.
Mr H. gave me $30 to get summer dresses. for J. & self.
My weakness rises from [my] back, this will bring me to
my grave, it is incurable.

Tuesday 10th June 1851
A fine day.
We went to Chelsea, sat an hour
Pa. and Henry had been to ride, but fatigued.
We went to “Claremont” in the afternoon,
Charly, alarmed me, he is so full of life and oats.
I was thankfull to get safe home, feel very tired
on this crowded road.

June 7, 1851 – “House duties”

Saturday. 7th June. 1851.
Dull rain, showers in succession.
I left Julia to entertain her com-
pany, and went to my house.duties. Dusted, and
arranged my commode. Prepared my Strawberries
for diner and now think of a bath. My lunch
of Strawberries; and roll first rate to spoil my dinner.
Disappointed in my rides to.day.
Cate, troublesome to her Aunt Maria, she has no government over children. I dislike unruly girls and boys.
Maria, Julia & Cate went out to shop in despite of damp streets

June 6, 1851 – “Hmmm, Julia doing her son’s homework!”


Friday. 6th June. 1851.

Very warm morning, rain fell before 10 oclock. P.M.
Maria and Cate arrived this morning from
the Ridge; both looking thin and tanned.
I did not look for her untill next week; but supposed all is for the best.
Wrote a composition for Louis; Julia’s cried for one too but I could not indulge her laziness.
Maria and Cate went to hunt a bonnet, I did not volunteer my aid. I went to Broadway, purchased ribbon to trim my green silk; came home heated.
The Dr dined with us; on fish, peas & asparagus, Strawberries fine. Beef steak very good. He left for the Ridge before night.
Julia came from school in smiles, went out with her Aunt M. to purchase a bonnet.
I took the green fluted ribbon to Mrs B. found her
sick and grunting. Rode home in fear of rain.
G. went early to bed. He has not been himself for three weeks. Cannot indulge in anything stimulating, sticks to cold water, and tobacco.

June 4 and 5, 1851 – “Future boarding in Sing Sing”


Wednesday. 4th June. 1851.
Cool, fine day rather blustering.
We arose early, I slept badly.
Prepared for Sing Sing. I went reluctantly, but G. com.
pelled me to exert myself. Left in the 8 oclock
train. Our ride up was very agreeable, and the river
air, gave me new energies. Mr and Mrs Swherin
were in a different car, Mr Swain went up with us.
We rode to his house, and I was agreeable surprised to
find it both neat and convenient. Mrs Swain is
clever and receives us pleasantly. She gave us sponge
cake, and milk. Mr H. liked the spot, but I think
it small and rough. He thinks the brook will suit
the boys. Mrs Swhein did not seem to admire the
place thought it too unfinished for her boys, as
they are small.
From there we went to see the Leggetts, were very
cordially received. Every thing looked as usual.
The old lady in bed feeble, with a sore leg.
We took milk and cake again, our appetites getting better
the more we laughed and talked. G. flirted with all
the girls and made them shake their fat sides.
Mr H. engaged our rooms on the way home. Our
ride was prolonged to see the place of a Mr Horner.
Then they would take a family for the summer; the
view of the river was lovely. The cars were full, on
our return, warm and dusty. We arrived safe before
three oclock. The children were surprised to see me
so soon, and full of curiosity to hear all about my jaunt.
I enjoyed my dinner, and then went to bed, takeing [sic]
G. for rest. Slept an hour. My mouth seems more
natural in taste, and my food has more flavour.

Thursday. 5th June. 1851.
Cool, morning & evening, sultry in the mid.day.
I rode up to see about my dress, tried
on the waist, it seems to suit. from there walked to ma’s
forgot Julia’s watch, went back to get it. Rode up to 19 St.
Sat an hour Returned fatigued, went to bed. Slept an hour.
Mother & C promised to take tea with me, I sent for cake
to Mrs Sayers.
Catharine came in late, and alone mother gave out, the
damp air gave her pain. We passed a fine time
together, had a charming tea table.
Our Strawberries were large and perfect, the first we have
G took my Watch to be regulated, she is slow and stops.