June 17, 1888, Sunday
Very hot – All but Father went to church in the A.M. In the evening Joe came up with his horse & buggy and took me to ride – I call his horse fine – it is the fastest horse we have ever had excepting Minnie – Met Fannie Pearsons when I came out of church and walked home with her. Father has bought a strip of land 20 ft wide right across the square back of the barn – for a conservatory – he paid $1100 for it –
June 18, 1888, Monday
Very warm – Arose at 6:30 this A.M. – intending to go to the mill but Father left word for me to go to ride – so I took out Dandy Dick and had a nice ride before break fast – Went down to the mill and met John Merrick and Father has decided to commence at once to raise the old mill – I do hope we shall have good luck with the weather. Belle, Joe & I went out horseback riding tonight & Mother & Queen followed in a carriage and I guess all had a good time – I am sure I did – Joe & I had a race and it was a dead heat – we went like the wind – I think Tom Ward makes an excellent coachman.
June 19,1888, Tuesday
Beautiful day – Left home at 7:15 and arrived N.Y. at 12:15 train was half an hour late as 14 freight cars were off the track – Went to Ryles about some Italian silk @ 4.00 60 days but they wished to sell to arrive – Went to Tredwell Slate & Co’s and got my new suit which I like very much. Great improvement over the Underhill, Slate & Connell suit. Bought a new knife for #.35 cts – Had watermellon [sic] tonight for the first time this year. Frank Richardson went to Holyoke today to try so sell some new silk.
June 20, 1888, Wednesday
Awful hot – Bought two bales of Ex [Chemical] Italian of Wm Ryle @ 4.07 1/2 90 days. Father made an offer when I was home for $15.000 of paper large [charting] houses @ 5-1/2 % but he writes me today he did not get it – Commercial paper is very low Claftins bills receivable selling @ 4 % – We have $100,000 cash in the books that we do not know what to do with – 93 (degrees) today in the shade.
June 21, 1888, Thursday
Very hot – Went to see Putney (the lawyer) on the [Lyen] – Defunct case – but we can do nothing at present – Bought a saddle of the London Harness Agency – 574 Fifth Ave. also a bridle & patent stirrup for the lady’s saddle for which I gave as follows:
Saddle (pig skin) $48
Patent stirrup 7 $70
Business still continues good in all lines of our goods. Sold Newell 5 gross #1 Duplex Braid today @ $20 – he has used lots of this braid – I just mention this price for comparison in future years – 91 (degrees) today in the shade.
June 22, 1888, Friday
Awful hot & Sultry – Nothing new – Great excitement in Chicago where the Republicans are trying to nominate a candidate for Pres. & Vice President – There are 8 or 10 candidates. John Sherman now has the most votes but nearly every body thinks Blaine will eventually be the candidate although his name’has
not yet been presented –
June 23, 1888, Saturday
Dreadful hot – Thermometer 97 (degrees) in shade – Went home on 2 o’clock train via Westfield and reached home about 6:30 – Father met me at the depot – Did not go out riding tonight as it looked very much like rain and besides was very warm – All well at home – Father has bought 20 ft strip adjoining our place for $1100 and intends to put up a conservatory –