Oct 13th Susan washed the […] dishes this morning and
went to sewing quite early made the sleeves
to my cashmere dress and pocket made and
have got all ready for Julia to cut the waist in
the morning. Spent most of the afternoon in the
other part of the house Mrs Willis died about
one or two Oclock this afternoon
“[V]erry warm and sultry like dog days” was Old Oliver’s assessment of today’s unseasonal weather. Evelina didn’t complain about it, nor did she mention any discomfort from the nettlerash that had plagued her for the last ten days. Perhaps the burning and itching was finally subsiding.
Mrs J. Willis died today. There were a few women in North Easton who might have been this person; a possible candidate was a 44-year-old woman named Hannah Willis who lived in the Pauper’s House with her probable father-in-law, James Willis, and a child named James W. Willis. She had done some sewing for Jane McHanna back in March.
Evelina herself spent the morning with a needle and thread, making the sleeves and pocket for a cashmere dress. She planned to use the services of Julia Mahoney to sew the waist. In the afternoon she went to the other part of the house, presumably to visit with her sister-in-law Sarah Witherell and a guest, Susan Orr. Given the heat and her slow recovery, Evelina moved around surprisingly well.