Monday Aug 25 Did not wash this morning on account
of having so much company Warren left in the stage
cousin Jerry went to Mr Thesis with Oakes Angier
and Frank on their way fishing. Alson dined here.
We Ladies all called at Mr Torreys & on Elisha
at the Boot shop. Mr & Mrs & Miss Kinsley & Miss
Billings from Canton were here to tea – came
about 6 Oclock went to the shop with them
Another Monday and for the second time that summer, washing day got deferred. Tidying up from “having so much company” took precedence over routine. The young relatives, Jerry and Warren Lothrop, left in the morning. Another visitor, Pauline Dean, remained.
Oakes Angier and Frank Morton Ames left to go fishing, a trip they had deferred from last week. They had waited then for the imminent death of Dewitt “Clinton” Lothrop, which hadn’t happened. Clinton, though deathly ill with typhus, was hanging on. The boys decided to wait no further, and departed.
Evelina and “We Ladies” – which could only mean Pauline and probably niece Lavinia – went to see Col. John Torrey in the village and called on Elisha Andrews at the boot factory. Elisha, who was 27 years old and single, had started up the factory with Augustus Gilmore and Oakes Angier Ames. In recounting the visit to the boot shop in her diary, Evelina underlined Elisha’s name. Why? The visit was significant in some way; perhaps one of the women – Lavinia? – was romantically interested in Elisha.
More socializing continued late in the day when the Kinsley family visited. Lyman Kinsley, his wife Louisa, daughter Lucy Adelaide and a Miss Billings (a niece of Louisa, most likely) came for tea. Mr. Kinsley ran an iron and machine shop in Canton, an enterprise that the Ameses would eventually own. After tea, they all walked over to the factory.
* Currier and Ives, “Starting Out,” print, ca. 1852