June 12th Sat Jane has left and gone to Mr Savages
Mrs Patterson is here yet Cousin Susan Orr
and Harriet Mitchell came to the other part
of the house this morning I have spent the
afternoon there and Augusta stoped there awhile
Have finished my bonnet & lined & trimmed
Susans last summer bonnet
Jane McHanna, the Irish servant whom Evelina had fired the previous day, found immediate employment in the village at the home of William and Hannah Savage. Mr. Savage worked at the shovel factory; Mrs. Savage was a homemaker with a teenage daughter, Abby. Mrs. Savage, unfortunately, was ailing, and needed help around the house.
That Jane found another position so quickly speaks not just to the circumstances of the Savage family, but also to her own capabilities. She may have been more adept than Evelina had lately given her credit for, and others knew it. By 1855, Jane would be working for Oliver Ames Jr. and his wife Sarah Lothrop Ames, a couple with high standards. How would that play out for the two sisters-in-law?
But meanwhile, Evelina had Mrs. Patterson to depend on, and a whole afternoon in which to finish her – and Susan’s – latest bonnets. She also got to sit and visit in the other part of the house with Sarah Witherell, where both were visited by Susan Orr, Harriett Mitchell and the young bride, Augusta Pool Gilmore. Did Augusta share the information that she was now in her first trimester of pregnancy? Probably not, and impossible to know, but fun to imagine the conversation if she did.