Sunday Nov 23d Jane with Michaels sister got the
breakfast this morning but after breakfast Jane
went to bed I could not go to church this morning
Augustus came home at noon and brought Mr
Davidson Mrs Meader Hannah & self went
back with him This evening sat with my shawl
& bonnet on from 6 to 8 Oclock waiting for Mr
Ames to go to Mr Swains and then took them off did not go
For the second time this month, Oakes Ames forgot to take his wife somewhere. On this occasion, they had planned to visit Ann and John Swain. Evelina had missed the morning meeting and although they had company at noon, and she made it to the afternoon service, she was still eager to get out and socialize. As night fell, she put on her “shawl & bonnet” and waited for her husband to pick her up. He didn’t show. She “did not go.”
Evelina had been disappointed two weeks earlier when Oakes had forgotten her, but the tone of her diary entry on that day had been tolerant. This time, she was likely less forgiving. Once Oakes finally walked in the door, more than two hours late, Evelina must have let him have it. Surely she got mad. Surely they argued.
Oakes’s excuse would’ve been that he’d been off electioneering, just like the last time he forgot to fetch his wife. The next day was another town meeting and, in anticipation, he’d obviously gotten sidetracked, probably with friends. At least Evelina could be certain that he hadn’t been out drinking; Oakes was a teetotaler. But she would have been left to wonder what the outcome would be of her husband’s absorption into politics, and how it might alter their relationship.
Jane McHanna, meanwhile, was still sick. Evelina was not having a great week.
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