Apr. 7. was here, the minister who preachedfor us yesterday came in. They requestedme to play and sing I sat downand played New England and a fewother pieces. They seemed very muchgratified. The minister remarkedthat it was almost too much forhis nerves." He remained and dinedwith us, and seemed like an agreeableand intelligent man. He has a wifeand six children, three of whom wereborn in this country. After dinner, weall went over to see the garden, I onhorseback. We all enjoyed it finely.Everything is looking very finely. Wesaw green strawberries that will soonbe ripe, and the pinks in the flowerpatch will soon be in blossom. Andit is only the first of AprilApr. 8. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.Thisafternoon, George and Emma H. camein to see me a short time. They broughtme two beautiful bunches of flowers,which they had gathered by the way.Oh what a delightful country is this!How much there is here to call forthpraises from the heart to the greatCreator! In the variety of the climateApr. 8. found here, in the much greater varietyand abundance of the vegetableworld, and in the sweet songs of thebeautiful birds-in all of these may befound urgent motives to induce us to uniteour feeble thanksgivings with thesesweet voices of Nature, and praise Himwho made them all. As I was sitting herealone after E. and G. had gone, who shouldride up but Mr. and Mrs. Burt of Drytown.Of course, I was pleased to seethem, but felt a little anxious as to howI should succeed in entertainingthem, for I am not at all well. ButI mean to be happy and enjoy their visitif possible.Apr. 9. T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56. This hasbeen a rainy day. Our friends are stillwith us. Mrs. B. has brought me a presentof a blue lawn dress very pretty,and a bottle of hair oil, I have given herthe tape line which I brought from homeand five linen bosoms for shirts. Mr.Phillips, one of the hired men on the Ranchbrought me two more bunches of flowerstoday. My flower bottles do not have occasionto stand empty. Elmer and Georgehave spent the evening with us.
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