Kitty reads the latest papers. We are quite interested in purchasin a ticket for the literature lottery in New York. Though a chance costs $5, nearly a month's wages, there are two $25,000 prizes! One gentleman told us if he won it is enough to buy himself a new coach. We pointed out that he could buy many coaches with $25,000.
"Did you hear about the storefront that is available to let on Thames Street not far from the White Horse Tavern," Kitty explains. "It would be an ideal location for us to reopen the millinery shop that we once managed in Salem, before we were struck with harder times. The rent is reasonable and I think, if we are not too tempted by the broadcloth advertisements in the papers, we could save enough to open our shop in time for the summer visitors."
Oh we're not gossiping...
...or secretly plotting to leave our duties in service with the Whitehornes!
Back to work!
The oldest daughter, Miss Caroline Whitehorne who is 14, has received a Valentine! We could not resist the temptation to unfold it and discover who it is from...
...but alas it t'was not sign'd.
She has a secret admirer!
(For more on this reproduction Valentine crafted by Kitty Calash,
check out A Valentine's Puzzle Purse.)
Miss Eliza Whitehorne, the family's second oldest daughter who is 13, enjoys reading immensely. Though she favors novels, she does not seem to mind more virtuous texts.
The regular wood delivery did not arrive yesterd'y as it usually would on a Fr'day. Tis not surprisin given the pattern of weekly snow storms we have experienced since December, for the wood comes from Swansea, MA. We ate cheese with stale bread for our nooning. Twas smart of Mrs. Whitehorne to spend the day callin' while Mr. Whitehorne discuss'd business mattars at the coffeehouse so we did not have to serve them a cold dish on freezing day inside a cold house.
Yesterd'y when we were down to the last of the wood Kitty prepared gingerbread from one of Mrs. Whitehorne's receipts.
With all this snow I think it is time to obtain a great coat like my cousin has...
...or at least a spencer. Perhaps we will win that New York literature lottery and we can purchase a mill, for it is a growing industry here in Rhode Island, and I can have broadcloth woven exactly to my specifications. And I need never worry again about being cold or working in service.