September 25-27, 1851 – “Two patients”

Thursday. 25th Sep. 1851. Cold morning, but pleasant in the sun.

G. left early, I was cold and very stiff, my bones ached, but
I would not lie in bed. Walked around, when it became warmer.
Miss Reymes, called to see me, set a few moments. quite fashionable.
G. came up, quite cold, and shivering. Took his tea and went to his bed
early. I sat later, having slept two hours before tea; to rest my bones.
He brought a note from Rima, handed by Mr Cornell; for Julia. an invitation.

Friday. 26th Sept. 1851. A fine day, some clouds threatening.

Mr H. complains of chills, his bowels, and seems feverish;
was very restless, and wakefull through the night. Intends remaining
in the city to take a “hot bath, and sweat”. Thinks cold had affected him.
I felt better this morning, not so cold or stiff. Rode a few miles with
Louis, the trotting waggon hard and too airy for my comfort or taste.
Met Miss W. and brother on horse back.
G. sent me a tribune, I read the news. and then came dinner;
my appetite good, I enjoying every thing, and often indulger too much
for a “Cold water concert”. Mrs S. pleased my taste in her deserts.
The horses, ran away this morning, but were caught up by Minna’s.
Old Mr Leggett, stopped them from going to Tarry town and the boys
recaptured them soon. I have not touched a needle, my time
____ away, with books, and walking; and watching the river, and
now changing scenery. The foliage is gay and falling into the ______.
and yellow leaf of old age. Julia went with the Wetherby’s to take tea
at Mrs Todds, her son going to California , to.morrow. They staid out until
near eleven oclock. Sarah sat up for her. I did not hear her return.
We sat in the parlour sewing until nine. Night. cap my work.

Saturday. 27th Sep. 1851. Warm as summer, lovely day indeed.

Louis took a waggon [sic] load to Sing Sing. to amuse the boys. I promised
them a ride. It was Josy’s, Julia bought him a toy & candy.
Mrs S. went with them. I rode to Tarry town, on their return,it was
truly delightfull, and our pony went well. Debby Ann Leggett told

us of the death of John’s child.
We dined, my little pyramids of starch, a favourate desert. Mrs S. gives
them to me once a week. I slept a few moments, the flies annoy
me too much, so I jumped up, to write this.
Tried to get Julia to trim her cap, she is very indolent and difficult to
manage; I despair of making her usefull; her taste is so much
for excitement, and company. Remsen wants me to write about him;
he must wait for my new book.
Mr Hasbrouck came up in the cars, looking very sick. he complains
of cold and bilious affections of the bowels. Had been in bed since four
oclock yesterday. He took two blue pills, soon after his arrival and went
to bed; at twelve oclock, a dose of oil, this kept him weak, and he
kept his bed late. Dieting will I hope restore him, his flesh has
gone in two days; and his eyes and skin look badly; tongue furred.
Louis, also went to bed in a high fever, so we had two patients.
I soaked their feet, and tried to make them comfortable.
I slept in the spare room with Julia. Remsen took her room.
Miss Davis, kindly called Mr H. at twelve to take his oil.
A nervous head ache troubled me after going to bed, a friend still in Mrs S.
Mr Swain, came up late. Paid C. Hoyt. $5.


September 22-24, 1851- “Ready for home”


Monday. 22nd Sep. 1851. Equinoctial Storm.

A dull day, no rain, but the storm threatens. I dread the equi.
noctial, feel tired of the country; Sigh for home. G. left in the
early train. The day is long, a fire pleasant at times. Do not know how I can remain a week longer. the children beg to remain.
I cut out two Caps for Julia to make. She is writing to Fanny Tileston.
Louis rode to the village on horse back; but did not see his father, who
came in to tea unexpectedly and walked up from Sing Sing. He was tired
and went to bed before eight.

Tuesday. 23rd Sep. 1851.

Dull clouds, rain came on gently by noon.
G. went to the cars, and got us all up early
in the morning. I sent a note to Catharine; and J. a letter to Fanny.
Louis took our clothes to Mrs Hoyt to be washed for the last time
this summer or fall. Spent part of this dull day in reading;
Edgar Poe’s works. Went to bed at nine oclock. Slept soundly.
I am becoming accustomed to our lonely nights, for so far we
have been unmolested. Mr H. went with Mr Swain to hear ”Catharine Hayes”.
Julia took tea with Miss Wetherby. Came home at nine oclock.

Wednesday. 24th Sep 1851. High wind, but clear sky; not cold.

We all welcomed the sun this morning, I did not hope for
so short a storm. Louis took Mrs Swain and Julia to the village.
I took a small ride on their return, but found Charly too gay, without
his net, the flies sting him. Walked to the Leggetts, made a call,
Sarah, and Eliza at home. John’s child sick, all gone up to see it.
A bow from Dr Beecher & Miss Creighton. Delightfull walking on the
road, no dust or heat. Came home to a good dinner, a fine Indian
pudding, too good for my stomach. Julia went over to see Miss W.
I slept an hour, almost regret my nap. but know I shall lose
two hours sleep to.morrow morning, if G. goes to the Cars. So pre-
pare before hand. I am much interested in Poe’s works.
Swept and dusted my rooms for exercise.
My fire will go out, I detest small stoves, they either roast or freeze.
Louis went for his father, he came in quite cool from his ride, the
sun sets before he arrives. I jumped in but the tea-bell called me in.
from my ride. A time of failure not success.
“A_____ in kindness

September 19, 20, 21, 1851 – “Young Julia missed the ball and complaints of the weather”

Friday. 19. Sep. 1851.

A fine day, air lazy and soft. I sent two magazines, and a few
peaches to Miss Charlotte. She came over to give us an account of the
ball. Young Wood, told her he wished to invite Julia but knew not her res-
idence. Louis, went for his father, brought home Miss Davis, Josy.
Julia, Mrs S. amd Mr H.

Saturday. 20th.
A bright lovely day. I rode to Tarry town with G. to
the cars, Louis brought me home, our ride charming. no frights.
At three we went up to call on Mrs Ogiline our visit agreeable. Sat at
the Courtneys a few moments. The sun very hot, we were both
heated by our ride. Louis, went for his father; brought him home
to tea. A few lines from C. all well and glad to be at home. Mrs S.
and Remsen, went with old Mose for Mr S.

Sunday. 21st
A fine morning, dull afternoon, slight Rain in
the evening. Mr H. took the children to Church, I staid at home
wrote to C. We walked to “St Marys” in the afternoon heat, and dust
intolerable; and the smell of paint worse inside the church. A full
audience, Dr Creighton, Mr Meade, and a stranger performed the service.
I wished my self home, did not enjoy the Services; they more dull
and not eloquent. Mr Knowlton escorted Julia, to the Church, Mr W.
from it. A little sprinkle frightened us but it was not much.

I unfortunately aroused a spark, always too ready to ignite; by a complaint
of the weather. I certainly felt too much ____ for comfort, or patience.
Rain fell in the evening, every thing dull, and out of sorts. G. kept
on the piano untill his bed time of eight oclock. We retired soon after.
I slept badly, singular chills, and heat by turns.

September 17 and 18, 1851 – “Cooler weather in Sing Sing and Julia reflects on her daughter”


Wednesday.17. Sep. 1851.
Lovely fall weather, rather cool.
Louis took his father to the Cars
at Tarry town, I went with him, our ride home charming. Mr H.
will not return to.night. Miss Wetherby took Julia to Sing Sing, they
went to church, but the Confirmation was reformed as Bishop De Leney
had gone to attend the funeral of his brother in law. “Cooper the author”.
Mr Cooper was sixty.two and died at his residence in Cooperstown.
Mrs W. too Julia to the Cemetry [sic] at Tarry town; she came
home after dinner, I had gone to bed for my nap.
We passed the evening at Mrs W. I found them clever , and
the young beau lively. They all made enough noise for a dozen
[firemen]; but still did not forget their politeness. Mr Thomas es.
corted me carefully home, and George took care of Julia.
I felt a little [______sy] at our unprotected ________, and could not
obtain a profound slumber until near morning. We had no big
[guard] in the house.

Thursday. 18. Sep. 1851
Beautifull day, just the proper temperature.
I thought of a ride this morning, but post poned it , as I feel dull & sleepy. This cool weather agrees with me, I feel strong and can walk a mile or two without
dread or pain. besides looking much better than I did in the
heat. I often wish for a companion, Julia is more fond of excitement
and strangers, than of a quiet walk with her mother; she will
in some future hour regret this waste of affection.
After dinner, we took the large waggon [sic], and went down to the village, sat an
hour with Mrs Todd. Her daughters dressing for Mr Churchill’s ball. Mr H. took us Mr H took us home, I feel happy to find[s] my visits all paid.
Mr H. brought me a lovely basket of peaches, a small treasure for myself.

September 15 and 16, 1851 – “the Lawrences depart Sing Sing”

Monday. Sep. 15.

Cool, and clear. Louis took his father to the Cars. I tool the clothes to Mrs Hoytes, and called to see the Leggetts. Sat an hour in the kitchen with them all.
It was lovely to ride. Eugene came in with little [Ogiline] to go and fish. Remsen & Julia went with them. Louis took them
part of the way home. I could not get up the hill
I went to Dr. Creightons with Julia, to return their visit. Our call
very pleasant. we walked over the grounds in the garden, and were
presented with Grapes and “magnificent boquet [sic]”. Miss Meade a very

pleasant woman, and miss C. plain but agreeable. The Dr, hospitable and
very much the gentlemen, We met Mr H. first as we returned,
coming home from the Cars, I jumped in after tea to ride, found it
too cold for comfort. A good fire at the Dr- was charming.
Margaret [house servent] left me this morning to assist in house cleaning.

Tuesday. 16 Sep.
We all went to the Cars to say
good bye, to mother, they all left Countreys this morning after
a jaunt of four weeks. The cars detained one half hour, we had time
to chat. Mr H. went down also, and Miss Davis, took Josy.
Our house lonely, family so small. I shall miss mothers
family from the _______. We went in the large waggon [sic] after
dinner for Mr H. I took Mrs Swain for the ride. I called on
Mrs Frainer, our visit very pleasant. She is a fine, bright
little body, and has her house like wax work. Mrs Smith, seemed
like old times, and we had quite an old times **confab. Mr H. came
for me, our ride home crowded. Mrs Swain put up a stove in
a little room near mine. this is comfortable.