1883. Feb. 8. Thursday. Dr. and John left for home today. Dr. was very anxious I should go with him, but I know it is not best. I am improving every day, but I cannot yet entirely leave off smoke. So I shall remain a little longer. Have exchanged letters with the home folks and written a letter to Willie. Mrs. Sutherland and two of her girls spent the evening with us.
Feb. 9. Friday. I have written home, also to Howard and to Rebecca.
Feb. 10. Saturday. Weather a little cloudy. Have exchanged letters with the folks at home.
Feb. 11. Sabbath. The weather is still a little cloudy. We are wishing for rain, but although it rains sound about us, no rain has fallen here.
Feb. 12. Monday. Weather still continues cloudy. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, also received letters from Willie and Horace. Correspondence, nowadays, is my principal occupation. Bless the Lord for mail facilities. We should not know what to do without them.
Feb. 13. Tuesday. The morning was rainy, the forenoon windy and cloudy, and the afternoon windy and showery. Have exchanged letters with the folks at home and with Mary. The mail comes about the middle of the P.M.
Feb. 14. Wednesday. The day has been windy with heavy showers. Have exchanged letters with the home folks and with Horace.
Feb. 15. Thursday. Mrs. Wiswell, who is matron of an Orphan's Home in San Jose, came today to visit us. I have again exchanged letters with the home folks and written to Willard. Ada's S.S. boys, to the number of nine, came by invitation and spent the evening with us, and were treated to cakes, pies and lemonade.
Feb. 16. Friday. Ada, Mr. Cooke and Mrs. Wiswell went to San Francisco to attend the ordination of C.R. Hager, a graduate from the Theo. Seminary, who is set apart for mission work in China. Have exchanged letters with home.
1883. Feb. 17. Saturday. Mr. Hager came to bid us goodbye, as he is soon to leave for China, and dined with us. After dinner, Mr. Cooke took Mrs. Wiswell and myself riding in his own carriage. We went past the Theo. Seminary and called on Mrs. Prof. Benton, who has been very sick, but is better. She is always an invalid, and her mother - Mrs. Sargent - is with her. Mrs. Benton is delighted with a little book she has been reading - "A Little Pilgrim -" and loaned it to me to read. She also presented me with a small book of Miss Havergal's - "Royal Bounty" - a few precious thoughts for each day of the month. From her house we went down into the City and I bought a new, dark green velvet hat, hoping soon to be able to attend meetings. Received letters from Susie and Ida. They bring word that Mr. Pascoe is sick, and may not be able to preach tomorrow.
Feb. 18. Sabbath. The Evangelist - John Currie - a Scotchman, commences this evening, special work with Mr. Cooke, in his church. They have prepared for the coming of the Evangelist, by holding a number of special meetings for prayer, and the church is all alive and in earnest for the salvation of souls. As a consequence, the church tonight was filled almost to overflowing, and three conversions are reported.
Feb. 19. Monday. I have had another ride today. Mr. Adams - a classmate of Mr. Cooke - but who is still studying and preaching - called and offered me a ride in his buggy. So I went with him to Berkeley, to see the University and other buildings. We rode over the University grounds, which are very beautiful, and the buildings are costly and magnificent. We took a road back by the Cong. church where Mr. Savage preaches, also by the school house where Mr. A. preaches. The scenery was delightful and I much enjoyed the ride. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, and received a letter from Willie, in which he speaks of the large number of pupils in the Normal School this term - 556 in all departments, and 144 in the High Junior, to which class he belongs. This class is heard in two divisions, on account of its size.
Feb. 20. Tuesday. Have exchanged letters with the home folks and Mary. Mrs. Cooke was here all day and night. The meetings, led by
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