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.


September 14, 1851 – “Extreme change in weather”



[small booklet inserted at the
end of journal
with unnumbered pages]
Sunday. September. 14. 1851. Sing Sing.

Clouded and Cold wind blowing from the North.
This change makes us all shiver with cold, my feet and hands feel
like winter. We did not go to church, but took waggons, and
rode up to see mother. Found them sitting over a good fire. Mr H.
took Ferdinand and Bell, Julia, Remsen to coloured Camp meeting.
Louis drove Margaret & Sarah, much to his displeasure.
I sat by the fire with mother, the girls, and took a walk, the sun
shone lovely. We returned to dinner Garret brought back his load
from Camp much pleased. They went to Tarry town church
after dinner, called to see me on the way. Julia went to ride with her
father to “Dobbs ferry”. Louis followed them on horse.back.
I went to bed on a flannel blanket, covered myself with a comfortable &
went to sleep, to get warm. Garret came home chilled with cold,
and did not get warm all night. I had chills in the night; a bad

September 12-13, 1851 – And the heat continues and more comings and goings

Friday. 12th

Excessive heat, no air stirring. A gust of wind, and slight rain be-
fore night. Mr H. suffered all day, and made me warmer than usual by
[endeavouring] to keep me comfortable. We went to the brook and sat under
the willows, then took refuge in my room, a complete Oven I was
worn out by exertion to be agreable. We sent some superb peaches to Miss W.
She spent the evening and sang prettily. I made claret [sang___], and [gin] peaches
George W. is delicate[,] fair & pleasant. I went to bed at ten, G. could not ap.
pear with his long beard, and went to bed at eight oclock. We slept soundly.

Saturday. 13.

Clear and very hot. The gust did not cool the air. Remsen,
took his father to the Cars. returned from Sing Sing, went again to get the
horse shod. Julia crying to go with him. I could not _____ back to [R_______].
A thunder shower came up at four oclock, Remsen was going up for his Uncle
Henry, but the rain prevented him. Louis went for his father. They
came late Mr Swain was with him, he took [Mr Swherin] home which
detained him. Ferdinand and Bell came up, went to Mr Courtneys.
The air cool since the rain; a fine change, as we had gone without
clothes most of the morning.