September 23, 1888, Sunday
We all went to church in the morning and in the evening Nellie & I went coming back I stepped off the sidewalk and crunched my left leg. I felt something give away. I have not walked as well as now for weeks – Today’s Springfield Republican Northampton letter nominates Father for Congress and figures out how he could be elected even if he is a democrat – I took out the new horse liked him fairly – he came from Hicks –
September 24, 1888, Monday
Beautiful but cold – Nellie & children returned to Boston at 8:20. Hicks came up and says he does not want the white horse at any price – Father was to give Dick & 150 for the new horse so Father told Hicks to take his horse back so we now have Dick again. I am down to Springfield and with Feyette Smith and we sold Dick to the horse [?Rail road?] for $150 –
Father took ???? Father presided at a Cleveland & Thurman meeting at the City hall –
September 25,1888, Tuesday
Both the Transcript & Democrat had articles on Father last night. The Transcript is here – the Democrat was too long for this book – I am sure Father can be elected if he will accept the nomination and I hope he will do so. I returned to this city (NY) this morning as we do not think the weather settled enough to go to Montreal – besides Bell is helping Kitten in her lessons – The beautiful Kitten is not well at all – has given up riding horseback. Mother had a very bad attack of indigestion last week one of the worst she has ever had so did Kitten – Libbie has been sick in bed and her baby has bad bronchitis
September 26, 1888, Wednesday
Beautiful day – Father’s letter recd. this day said that Norton Bill of Springfield had taken Dick on trial and if he liked him would buy him – Hope we shall succeed in selling Dick at a fair price but haven’t much faith in Bill they are so close – Yellow Fever still continues in the South and many people
dye die each day of it – it is certainly an awful scourge – Marshal Bazine an ex Marshal of France died at Madrid, Spain last Sunday – It was he who surrendered Metz to the Germans in the Franco – Prussian war for which he was deprived of rank and sent to the Isle of St. Marguerite from which he escaped. The Isle of Marguerite is where the man with the Iron Mask lived & died.
September 27, 1888, Thursday
Beautiful day – Nothing new. Went up to the Windsor Hotel in the evening to read the Springfield Republican – I am sure Father can be elected to Congress if he will stand – he can have the nomination without any trouble if he only will agree to take it – I want him to do so. Attended a creditors meeting – Adams, McCoul & Co – at the Metropolitan Hotel think they can pay 50% our claim is 131.20.
September 28, 1888, Friday
Beautiful & cool – Nothing new – The Uptown Merchants Club has been formed. Father & I both had and are members there but Father is going to pull out says he does not come here often enough to pay for it – Smith of the China & Jap. was at Holyoke yesterday. The Democrats of Holyoke had a rally in the City Hall – Father presided and made an excellent speech.
September 29, 1888, Saturday
Disagreeable day – Went home at 4 o’clock. Went up with Lyman. Fathers speech last night was a great success. He was received with tremendous applause – All Democrats & many Republicans are anxious for him to run for congress, they say he will not be badly beaten anyway and has a [show] of election – Libbie is home, looks splendidly – The beautiful Kitten has a very bad cold – All of the rest of the family are o.k. not withstanding this awful weather –