July 12 Saturday Have been very much engaged to day
in putting my house in order & have been to work
on the cushion to the lounge, and put the cover
on to the arm. called in Olivers awhile. Mrs
H Ames and Mrs Mitchell spent the day there
Mr Norris came in the stage to night & Mr & Mrs
Harris Mrs Norris from Bridgewater, Miss Foss
came with Oakes A who had been that way on an errand
Company! From Boston by way of Bridgewater came the Orr daughters and their husbands. Melinda Orr Norris with her husband Caleb, who had visited Easton just the other day, and Julianne Orr Harris and her husband, Benjamin Winslow Harris, arrived for an overnight stay with the Ameses. Evelina spent much of the day “very much engaged” in getting the house ready for the two young couples, although she did manage to slip next door to sit with her sisters-in-law. The whole Ames property was full to the rafters.
Everyone had tasks to do today, which wasn’t unusual in that hard-working family. Old Oliver and a crew were outdoors:
“it was cloudy half the fore noon but the afternoon was pritty fair wind north part of the time + south west a part we mowd the high land back of the Factory pond and that on this side of the old pair trees. to day” Was this mowing a forerunner of haying season?
* Pear tree