Susan Eveline Ames (French)
May 14th Susan ten years old to day. Her father &
I have promised her 10 dollars each if she will
be a good girl and keep herself neat till her
next birth day. Have been to work some on
Susans delaine dress altering it The gardener
laid out my verbena and I set out some slips
From the house Malvina came to stop the night
Helen had her face lanced Not pleasant
Last year for her birthday, Susie Ames had a little party. Not so this year, her birthday coming too close on the heels of the death of her cousin George Witherell. Instead, her parents made her a generous promise of “10 dollars each,” if she behaved well and kept “herself neat” for the next year. Those were high expectations for a child, even a Victorian one.
Next door, Helen Angier Ames was still suffering from her own difficult ailment, that of a swollen face. Was it an abscess, or a boil, or something else? The doctor came again to see her and this time lanced her face. Not a pleasant procedure, one imagines. Otherwise, in the main house, family members seemed to be settling back into the normal domestic routine. Eveline sewed and gardened; her verbena and more went into the ground, despite the continued stormy weather.