Sat Nov 22d Another busy day I have had. Jane
is better than she was yesterday but is not
able to do much. Did not rise untill after
breakfast. Michaels sister came to night
has gone to meeting this evening Jane was
quite smart talking this evening with them
I have had the offer of another girl. She is
coming to work Monday & stay a few days
Evelina had lacked the full support of her servant Jane McHanna for much of this month. The thirty-six year-old servant had been away for five days and sick for seven. Evelina wasn’t happy to be doing most of the housework and all of the cooking and baking. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, she was feeling stressed. She planned to get “another girl” to come in to help.
Evelina never described the nature of Jane’s illness but she did care enough about her servant to have brought in Dr. Wales. She had allowed Jane to rest as needed, too, but she couldn’t help but notice that Jane seemed lively enough when her friends, Michael O’Beirne (also known as Michael Burns) and his sister came by to see her. Was Jane taking more time to recuperate than she needed? The relationship between the two women must have been strained by this point.