June 15 Sunday Have been to meeting all day.
At noon went with Alsons wife & Rachel to
Mr William Reeds had a very pleasant call
Since meeting walked with Mr Ames & Susan
up to the fly away pond and home by
Edwin Manlys to see his flowers he has
fine plants in blossom, among others the
Fraxinella It sprinkled some and we called
at Mr Peckhams & saw Mrs Washburn
The weather over the past week was so mild that, despite the occasional sprinkle, folks were outdoors as much as possible. Evelina made all kinds of social calls today.
At the intermission between services, she went calling with a sister-in-law from the Gilmore side of the family: Henrietta Hall Gilmore, wife of Alson. Henrietta was Alson’s second wife, his first having died young, and mother of six of his seven children, including Lavinia, of whom we have seen much this past spring. With Henrietta was someone named Rachel, who was possibly Henrietta’s daughter or another niece with the same name. The ladies called at the home of William and Abigail Reed. Mr. Reed, older than Evelina by a generation, was a former teacher at Milton Academy and a graduate of Harvard’s Divinity School, although he never settled in a particular parish. An acting Justice of the Peace, Mr. Reed was well known and well liked.
This afternoon after church, Evelina, Oakes and their daughter walked the road to Fly Away Pond and on to Edwin Manley’s garden. There the Fraxinella, also known as Burning Bush, caught Evelina’s eye. More for her garden?
* Fraxinella, seedempire.com