1851 June 17th Worked untill about nine Oclock in
the flower garden Then cut the tick to the mattress
a[nd] basted it ready to make Jane was ironing and
I assisted about dinner After dinner made three button
holes in Mrs S Ames dress. Went to Mr
Wm Reeds to tea with Mr Ames, Oliver & wife
Mrs W, Mitchell & Mr & Mrs Whitwell & Alson & wife
Gardening, sewing, ironing and cooking made up today’s housework at the Ames’s home on Main Street. Buttonholes, too, which could be challenging, were a particular specialty of Evelina; many people brought her their buttonholes. The fact that Sarah Lothrop Ames took her buttonholes to Evelina rather than to a hired dressmaker underscores Evelina’s talent in this department.
William and Abigail Reed must have enjoyed Evelina’s company on Sunday between services, for they invited her back to a small tea party. The whole Ames family was invited, in fact, and then some. Minus Old Oliver, and the young people, naturally, siblings Oakes, Oliver Jr., Sarah Witherell, and Harriett Mitchell, with wives Evelina and Sarah Ames, gathered at the old professor’s home for a “cuppa.” Reverend William Whitwell and his wife, Eliza, went too, as did Alson and Henrietta Gilmore. That was a good crowd for a 19th century parlor.
Tea was generally the most sociable meal of the day.