Mary Laughinghouse diary entry about Bath visit

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Monday [October] 10th [1892]

Got up at 6:00 o'clock & got ready to go to Bath. Momma had me a nice warm breakfast by the fire in her room & I ate this and put on my hat & veil & waited until 8:00. Almost gave them out as we were to leave at 7:00 sharp. However at 8:00 I saw them coming up the lane so Papa took the lunch basket & we went to the gate to meet them. I wore my blue cashmere skirt & silk waist with the [unreadable] in it[,] black velvet hat & black vest. After getting in the rockaway [a four-wheeled carriage with two seats and a standing top] (by the way our team & c looked extremely smooth) I was accused of having gotten on a tremendous [unreadable], of blushing profusely & various other similar crimes. However I bore all the teasing very well even to Bryan[']s remarks about Dr. John & me. When we got on the bridge in vain did we implore Bryan to remove the silk handkerchief from around his neck. He swore he would look country rakish [word unclear] so he kept it on. Wanted to know how much I would give him if he'd stop at the P. O. on pretense of mail in order that Dr. Jon. could come out & see us. I ignored the question & he said silence gave consent & drove first to the Taylor[']s to find out about the road to Bath. In mean time Jos. Came out & talked to us & thanked me for the roses. He is looking dreadful, but am glad he did not have the Yellow Chill as was reported. From

Mary Laughinghouse diary entry about Bath visit
In the fall of 1892, nineteen-year-old Mary Octavia Laughinghouse from the town of Grimesland in Pitt County, North Carolina, took a daytrip to Bath, a carriage ride of some 25 miles. Her companions for the day were her neighbors, twenty-four-year-old John Bryan Grimes and his sisters, twenty-two-year-old Charlotte and twenty-year-old Mary. Two years later, Mary and Bryan would be married. Their trip to Bath is both the story of young people having fun on a day out and a description of Bath as a country crossroads with a decaying history.
October 10, 1892
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