1883. July 19. Thursday. This is Howard's birthday. He is now twenty four years old. He is helping his father in the warehouse this year and reading law as he has opportunity. He has not fully decided whether to continue his studies earnestly and graduate, or to go into business and try thereby to raise the means for the further present of his law education. Have received letters from Horace and Ida and have written to them and to Hannah and Mary.
July 20. Friday. Have exchanged letters with Ida and Mr. P. and received a letter from Mary.
July 21. Saturday. Have exchanged postals with the folks at home.
July 22. Sabbath. I was not able to go to meeting. Roland and Rebecca and the children came for Edna. She was getting a little homesick but did not cry until they arrived, then upon her mother's neck she sobbed out her joy. She is a good and quiet child, and very womanly.
July 23. Monday. Have exchanged letters with the home folks and with Mrs. Smart.
July 24. Tuesday. Have received quite a bundle of letters today - all very welcome - from Dr. Uncle H., Howard and Ida and have written to Papa and Ida.
July 25. Wednesday. Have exchanged letters with Horace and Hannah today. Correspondence seems to be the principal part of my life now, but I read considerably and sew a little usually every day. I do not gain in health at present. Have lately read the life of Mrs. Prentiss. I am not fond of reading memoris, but this has proved quite interesting to me.
July 26. Thursday. Mr. Cooke and Eunice and myself rode in the buggy to call on Mrs. Hammond at East Oakland at the house of her uncle Harrub, comes of Julia and 14th Streets. We found her there, but making preparations to go East, may go at any time. She has her daughters with her. Bessie, with whom Eunice has corresponded, is just about her size and age, and just the picture of what her father was at the same size - those full, blue, questioning eyes
1883. seemed to carry me back in thought to those childhood days, when we trudged together to school during my visit at his father's house in Plympton, Mass. The two girls were glad to meet. We did not see the elder daughter - Miss Cole - hers by a former husband. I think Mrs. Hammond may be older than her husband - cousin William Penn as we always call him. The Harrubs live in fine style here, and I fancy Mrs. Hammond is inclined to be aristocratic, and does not care to call upon us. But I feel relieved in doing my duty in calling on her, as Horace wished it so much. They have been very kind to Horace, and we feel extremely grateful to them on that account. Have received letters from Mary and Ida and written to Dr. and Ida in return.
July 27. Friday. Ada and Mr. Cooke have concluded to move from this house on Louisa St. They do not like the house or the neighborhood. The house is too small and nearly all the neighbors are foreigners who are not in sympathy with their work. They have therefore engaged a house on 36th St. and intend to move with the close of this month. It will be more lonely for me over there I think, but I hope it will be better for my health. Here the strong west winds from the Bay sweep through the house with a strong current whenever the back door is opened, and my asthma does not get any better. We have been over to the new house arranging pictures on the walls today. The carpets are already down. Herewith Cooke can have a room for his entire use as a study, which he has not had in the first house. The organ has been laid aside for repairs. It has been a disappointing thing, as the bellows never worked well, seemed to leak somewhere. They have written to Beatty to know if he will bear the expense of repairing it. Have received a letter from Dr. and exchanged letters with Ida and Mr. Pascoe. They are patiently keeping house for me in my absence - just as good as they can be.
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