Friday 26th Mrs S Ames & Mrs Mitchell went into Boston & Cambridge
Wednesday & returned last night Julia is to work
for Helen to day they talk of sending her to Boston
to school I have been to work on my dresses some
to day and have varnished my desk & beaureau
& some other things, taken up some plants
from the garden It is very cold and we had
some frost last night
It had been a week ago today that Evelina, Oakes, and other Ameses had stood in Boston for hours watching a grand parade celebrating the railroad. Since that time, Evelina had returned home, rearranged furniture and nursed her daughter through an uncomfortable spell of sickness. She must have finally felt that her life was getting back to normal.
Evelina sewed a bit today, of course, and continued to redecorate, varnishing two pieces of furniture. Even more pressing, however, was her garden. She brought some plants into the house in hopes that they would winter over and, most likely, pulled out other annuals that she had planted months earlier. She was feeling the cold and noted the frost, although her father-in-law, Old Oliver, contradicted her in his assessment of today’s weather as “cloudy most of the day but not cold.”
Old Oliver also noted that “Horatio was here to day, ” something that Evelina neglected to mention. Horatio and Oakes Ames didn’t get along, so the men would have avoided one another if possible. Perhaps Evelina didn’t see Horatio, although, given his great size and odd voice, he would have been hard to miss. As described by Winthrop Ames, Horatio “was an enormous man, so large that when he walked beside his father he made the latter appear of almost ordinary stature; but with a piping voice which seemed especially incongruous with his great frame.”**
Evelina did quickly see sisters-in-law Sarah Lothrop Ames and Harriett Ames Mitchell who returned from an overnight in the city. Sarah may have been scouting boarding schools for her daughter, Helen.
* Courtesy of cherrycroft.blogspot.com
** Winthrop Ames, The Ames Family of Easton, Massachusetts, 1937, p.107