Wednesday Sept 29th Mrs Witherell & Ames came in
& helped me about my baking and this
afternoon I have had the sewing circle Not
one of the Pools here and had but very few
numbers. about a dozen or fifteen including
my own family at tea It is a beautiful moon
light night and they spent part of the evening
With help from her sisters-in-law, Evelina prepared for the arrival of Sewing Circle members. It was a “fair cool day,”* so weather could not deter attendance. In the afternoon, the women came. Well, some came. “[V]ery few numbers” arrived for the meeting, but at least it wasn’t the zero attendance of her previous gathering. There were enough ladies in the parlor to make the event a success. Some of the group stayed until after dark, able to find their way home by the light of the moon.
Still, members of the Pool family didn’t show, which vexed Evelina. The Pools were a family she had grown up with in the south-eastern section of town. A Pool daughter, Augusta, had married Evelina’s nephew, Edwin, and now lived nearby. Evelina felt a connection to the family, although it may be that the family did not feel a connection to her. She never mentions Augusta’s mother, Lavarna, for instance, in the roll of ladies who call on her, though she did host the Pool family at tea in January when Augusta and Edwin were married. It’s possible that the Pool women disliked her. Perhaps they were jealous of her social success in marrying Oakes Ames. Your thoughts, readers?
*Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection