1851 Wedns Oct 22d have been taking care of Hannahs
babe to day He has been pretty good
but would not be turned off at all have
had to hold him most of the time
George Randall came about eleven
to scrape the walls has got the paper
from the parlour and part of the sitting
room It has been raining most all day
have written to Louisa J Mower
Evelina made good on her promise to watch Hannah Lincoln Gilmore’s baby son while Hannah went into Boston. Little William Lincoln Gilmore was only three months old, still nursing and not yet able to sit up. No wonder he “would not be turned off at all.” Had Evelina forgotten what it was to care for an infant? She “had to hold him” most of the time, probably walking around with Willie in her arms, or rocking him in one of her rocking chairs – except that the furniture was in disarray from the redecorating. She couldn’t take him outside, either, as the day was cold and rainy.
A local man, George Randall, came to scrape wallpaper, a task that Evelina had, evidently, finally given up on. She had spent much of the last two days scraping and was ready now to pay someone to finish the job she had started. Mr. Randall was able to complete the scraping in the parlor and start it in the sitting room.
When Evelina was able to lay young Willie down, or perhaps after Hannah returned and picked him up – happy baby – she sat to write a letter to her friend in Maine, Louisa J. Mower. She may have written a thank you note for the cheese and butter that arrived a few days back.