Winter wear from Godey’s Lady’s Book, November, 1851
Thurs Nov 6th Worked about the house awhile this
morning and about eleven went into the
other part of the house to sit with the ladies
sewed the shirt onto my delaine dress.
Mrs Hubbell & Mrs Ames returned to New York
this afternoon After they left Mrs S Ames &
self called on Mrs Swain & we went
to Augustus Mr Bartlett is here will spend the night
After a morning of choring, sewing, and visiting, the Ames women were out and about this afternoon under fair skies. Houseguests Mrs. Hubbell and Almira (Mrs. George) Ames were carried to Mansfield to catch the train for New York. No doubt they had on their best traveling dresses for the journey. They had been visiting Sarah Witherell and Old Oliver for better than a week. Servant Jane McHanna traveled with them as far as Mansfield.
After midday dinner, Evelina joined another sister-in-law, Sarah Lothrop Ames, to pay a call on their young friend, Ann Swain. Mrs. Swain, the wife of the new Ames clerk, John Swain, was a new mother already doting on her first-born son. There would be many visits to ooh and aah over the infant. Similar oohing and aahing might have been dispensed at their second afternoon call, this one to Augustus Gilmore, his wife Hannah, and her three month old son, Willie. Even if obligatory, surely these visits were preferable to the calls that the Ames women also made on the sick and the dying.