Jan 8th Thursday
Frosted the cake over the second time
this morning and it was quite dry at three when
Edwin took it away they are married this evening
Have invited their parents uncles aunts and cousins
here tomorrow. Have presented them with an hour
glass table Mr & Mrs Reed have passed the afternoon
in the other part of the house Two shovel handlers from
Maine to spend the night here
Had a quarter of Beef of fathers The
Ox weighed over 14 hundred
Edwin Williams Gilmore and Augusta Pool were married today in what would have been a small ceremony, probably at the home of Augusta’s parents, Lavarna and John Pool, Jr. Presided over by a minister – Reverend William Whitwell, most likely – the event would have been attended only by close family members. The couple took no honeymoon or “bridal tour,” but moved right into the new house that Edwin had built in the village, barely a stone’s throw away from the Ames compound.
The new house had been furnished not only by Edwin, but also by Augusta herself, who probably brought along household goods as part of what was called her “marriage portion.” Items such as dishes, cutlery, and linens would have been at least some of what Augusta and her new sister-in-law, Lavinia, had labored to put into place over the last two days.
Evelina spent her time preparing for the party she was giving the next day for members of the Gilmore and Pool families. Her domestic routine wasn’t too overwhelmed, however; she was still able to cope with more pedestrian matters, such as accommodating two shovel handlers from Maine for an overnight visit, even as she set up for thirty guests.
* Currier & Ives, The Marriage, 1847