Jan 20th Tuesday Have made Susan two pr of fur cuffs
one pair for school and one for best. Hannah called
for me to go with her to call upon Augusta, went
with her found Julia Pool there stoped but a few
moments. This evening Mrs Witherell Emily & Mrs
S Ames brought in their work and passed the evening
They say I never give them the credit of coming here
at all. I certainly will this time
In what Evelina considered to be a rare occurrence, her two sisters-in-law, Sarah Witherell and Sarah Ames, “passed the evening” at Evelina’s. The women brought their work boxes or baskets and sewed together, young Emily and perhaps young Susie with them. Usually, Evelina went over to one of their sitting rooms.
On this same date in 1865, when Evelina’s life had changed, and she and Oakes were in Washington, D.C. while Oakes served as U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, Oakes was called to the White House. Winthrop Ames, who once possessed the diary in which Evelina recorded her days in Washington, tells us that Evelina wrote “today Mr. Lincoln sent for Oakes to come to the White House. He went immediately after dinner and talked with the President until after midnight.’ ”
Winthrop went on to add, in his own words:
“Ames reported that the President said to him then, and in later conferences, ‘Ames, you take hold of this. If the subsidies provided are not enough to build the road ask double and you shall have it. Take hold of it yourself.’ And he added,’by building the Union Pacific, you will become the remembered man of your generation,’ The President said further that if the railroad could be so far completed that he might take a trip over it when he retired from the Presidency it might be the most memorable occasion in his life. Alas! his next railroad trip was to be in the funeral car that bore him to his grave in Springfield, Illinois.”*
*Winthrop Ames, The Ames Family of Easton, Massachusetts, 1937, p.