1883. Oct. 10. Wednesday. We went to prayer meeting this morning at the Cong. church, where the Association meeting is held, then to a Hall on Pacific Avenue, to the Annual meeting of the W.B.M.P. this last was very interesting. It seems that just ten years ago, in this city, this Board was organized. So they had a "decade" to talk about. Miss Lucy Fay is President, and she was in the Chair. She read an original poem. entitled "Santa Cruz" (Holy Cross) and we listened for two hours to the reports of Auxilliaries, which were interesting indeed. The teapot once owned and used by Missionary Bagster is to be sold to raise money for the cause, also a bedquill made by little girl workers, with texts of Scripture written over it. Both are on exhibition. In the afternoon we went to the church again and heard reports from the churches, which were called alphabetically. They only got as far as Oakland, though but two minutes were allowed to each report. Rev. E. G. Beckwith presided with his usual quickness and aptness. Ida and I stayed at home again this evening.
Oct. 11. Thursday. We went to prayer meeting again this morning. Dr. Barrows afterwards read a paper on our S.S. work. We met Rev. J. T. Ford, formerly of Abington, Mass. now of San Bernardino. He reminds me of his father, Dea. James ford, whose praise is in all the churches in East, Mass. The reports of the churches were continued and finished. We were in our rooms again this evening.
Oct. 12. Friday. We attended the prayer meeting again this morning. It was a very solemn and tender place. Prayers were especially offered for Revs. Blakeslee and Graves - members of the Association - both lying hopelessly ill. Many tears were shed for them, as their mesages of love were rehearsed to the Association, and fervent prayers went up for them to the God of all comfort, that He would be with them while passing through the "valley and shadow of death." The followed a paper from Dr. Dwinelle on a "Church Creed", a very good paper. After the discussion which
1883. followed it, the ministers and delegates were invited to a lunch in a Hall on Pacific Avenue. Here we were well helped to every variety of nice food, with hot tea and coffee. after this, the ladies were invited to attend the County Fair Pavilion Exhibition - free - and many accepted the invitation, but I went to our room and rested, and wrote home. Have written to Horace, Willie and Hannah this week, at odd times. This evening being the closing session of the meeting, the sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celebrated, and it was the most blessed occasion of the kind at which I have been privileged to be present. The church was full, and every one there, as I think, without exception, partook of the blessed emblems, O how sweet seemed the fellowship, where not me, showed himself to be a stranger to our blessed Saviour. To me it seemed as if we got a glimpse of heaven, and of the communion of saints above. Such a calm pervaded - such a holy hush! No sound broke the stillness except the noise of the feet of the deacons, as they passed about. And when all joined in the hymn of praise "to Him who hath loved us and bought us with His precious blood", the melody seemed to lift us into the skies. And when Dr. Stone, that holy man, whom all love with such a tender love and upon whose gentle words all hang as if spell-bound, gave the benediction it was as if an angel spoke, and all seemed reluctant to lean the place, feeling like Peter, "it is good to be here." Over all Dr. Beckwith presided with matchless grace and dignity. This has been one of the happiest days of my life, so soon over, and tomorrow I must bid goodbye all my dear ones again.
Oct. 13. Saturday. This morning we left Santa Cruz at an early hour. Mr. Cooke and Ada are not going home today, so we said goodbye to them. Mr. Pascoe and Ida are going all the way to Lockeford. They will arrive in San Francisco about noon and start for home at 4 P.M. So I had to bid them
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