June 24, 1888, Sunday
Very warm – hot – We all went to church in the morning excepting Father – In the evening or rather late in the P.M. Belle & I went to ride – One of the most dreadful thunder-storms I ever witnessed occured [sic] this evening and many places were struck by lightening. We were all – excepting Father who was in the front piazza – in the front chamber and one flash of lightening made sparks on the gas jet and snapped very loud – the telephone bell rang during the storm, it was ground but awful.
June 25, 1888, Monday
Warm & beautiful – Went to the mill in the A.M. & in the afterward Kitten & I took a long horse back ride around Ashley Ponds & towards Springfield and in the evening Mother & I went to ride
carriage, Benj. Harrison of Indiana was today nominated by the Repubicans for President – They will commence tearing down part of the mill tomorrow preparatory to raising the roof – Hope we shall have good ventures.
June 26, 1888, Tuesday
Beautiful day – Returned to N.Y. this A.M. and am at the Murray Hill as usual – Came down with Henry McElwin – The Republicans today nominated Morton of Morton, Bliss & Co the bankers for Vice President – because he has a [barrell] and will contribute liberally – I promised Smith of the China & Japan Trading Co. I would go down to the Marine & Field Club next Thursday to live for the summer – We returned one of the bales of silk (Italian) bought of Ryle for 4.07 1/2 – it runs so poorley – full of Slubs – Very heavy showers here today – Henry Merrill formerly of Merrill & Milken died yesterday – Suppose he left worse than visiting
June 27, 1888, Wednesday
Beautiful day – nice & cool – Trade is falling off – Politics are all the go now – Undoubtedly this will be one of the hot
test campaines [sic] ever contested – it is to be fought out on the tariff question – I do not see how Cleveland can be defeated and shall vote for him – but should not do so if I even imagined the tariff would be much changed – Silk now has 50% and they propose to make it 40% which I think is all right as the government has more money than it knows what to do with and is buying up it’s 4% bonds @ 1.26 – which is wrong as the money should be spent.
June 28, 1888, Thursday
Rained hard all day – Settled up at the Murray Hill Hotel and went down to the Marine & Field Club in the P.M. where I have taken a room until Sept. 1st – Was introduced to many men – and played pool & billiards in the evening – It is very cold for this time of year –
June 29, 1888, Friday
Cold & raining – Returned to the city on the 8 o’clock boat – There has been a fall of
47º from the highest point the thermometer reached last week – Jos. T. Camp & Co. asked to have a note extended from $900 which they guarantee Yearend due tomorrow – I insisted on their paying half –
Joe & Kittie while driving into the yard came near having a very serious accident as Joe’s new horse shied & reared and when he came down after rearing he fell on the wheel breaking it also the shafts the horse was fortunately thrown down and Joe held him – he shied at some wooden horses in the yard –
June 30, 1888, Saturday
Came home today at 2 o’clock and had an elegant horseback ride in the evening – Found Nell & little Eleanor here – Mother met with what might have been a very serious accident this morning, as while sewing on the machine she ran the needle right through the nail & finger of her right hand it went through so far that the point just showed through so Mother took the finger in her left hand and pinched it so the needle should not slip back and went down stairs and after a time the carpenter succeeded catching the point and pulling it through – We all think Mother showed lots of nerve – Joe & Mattie went to Nantucket this A.M.