Letitia Hall, "Threshold of a Century: the Diary of Louisa Adams Park, 1800-1801"


The muddy roads made the trip difficult and she missed Warren, but arriving home again after four days, she happily summed up her experience, "I saw many friends who were glad to see me, and without much expense."51 She was able to use her family connections, traveling with a minister and being the daughter of a minister, to open doors, and the trip would have been very difficult if her mother had not been caring for Warren.

Louisa particularly enjoyed the company of her brother Isaac Adams and her sister-in-law Jane Park. Isaac was a source of fun–a letter from him was "eight cents of laugh"–but he was also a responsible young man. Louisa relied on him on several occasions to accompany her on journeys and it was Isaac who brought Jane to comfort her when her son died. Jane lived with her parents in Windham, New Hampshire, and suffered from some kind of illness while she was at home. Louisa tried many times to arrange for Jane to come for lengthy visits to Salisbury, but these were vetoed by her father-in-law, Joseph Park. In May of 1800, when Warren was about a month old, Louisa wrote to John, "Sister Jane has not been here, and I fear will not keep her promise. –She is a good girl–I wish she would be transplanted into some soil better suited to her taste."52  During the extended visit to Acton the following winter, Louisa again planned for Jane to visit her. "I wish it would snow, that we may go to Windham–I am tired of being here. There I would stay so long that Jane might go home with me, and stay with me, until her brother returns." Once in Windham, Louisa took particular care of Jane, and made her a new cloak and mittens. Jane's illness was baffling:

51. Park, Diary, December 29 1800 - January 3, 1801.
52. Park, to John Park, May 21, 1800.
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