March 2nd Tuesday
1852 March Have been assisting Mr Scott paper[ing]
again to day Worked untill past nine
and feel very tired. The paper is all on
except a patch or two here & there Francis brought
Lavinia up to Edwins this afternoon Mr Holbrook
has finished the first coat of paint in
the sitting room chamber
To begin with, the day was normal. Winter weather continued: “there was a little mist this morning + it froze as it fell and the ground was slipery, wind north East. it was cloudy and a little stormy all day – it cleard of[f] in the evening.”* Evelina was not tempted to go out. She stayed indoors, focused on redecorating the downstairs.
With Mr. Scott in the lead, Evelina helped put wallpaper up in her parlour. She must have had to take down the framed prints and new looking-glass in order to do this. The sitting room, too, was being repainted.
Evelina stayed up late, becoming “very tired,” and evidently ready to go to bed as she wrote this entry. Yet a good night’s sleep would elude her. Indeed, few people in the village of North Easton would be able to sleep through the night of March 2, 1852.
*Oliver Ames, Journal, Stonehill College Archives, Arnold Tofias Collection