Apr. 15. Mrs. Lakeman, to whomI wrote a fortnight ago, requestingher to come and work for us awhile.Miss Montgomery has come. I havebeen feeling much better this afternoon,tho' not at all well.However, I managed to write aletter to Mother Locke.Apr. 16. Wednesday. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M.66. S.S. 62. Truly an eventful day.Pains came on again last night atbedtime and continued to growmore and more severe until six o'clockthis morning, at which time I gavebirth to a little son, weighing sevenpounds. For the last hour or so beforehis birth, I was under the influenceof chloroform, by which I was savedmuch suffering, and did not evenknow when he was born. The babe iswell-formed and appears perfectlyhealthy. How thankful I am! Mrs.Holman came down and dressed him.He has not cried today. This little sonis a birthday present to my dear husband,who is this day 33 years old.He is very much pleased, of course,and is careful to show the babeApr. 16. to everyone who calls. Father wasengaged at the time of his birth in writingto Mother Locke - and sent thenews immediately to her. This is theirfirst grand-child. Father is very muchpleased indeed - especially because it isa boy. Dr. also wrote to Mother Locke,claiming a whip which she has longbeen keeping as a present for her oldestgrand-son. We have today receivedletters from home. They are all well,but we feel very much disappointed tolearn that sister S. has finally givenup the idea of going to the NormalSchool. Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Smithstarted to make me a visit, but whenthey learned what had occurred, theyconcluded to only call. They tenderedto us their congratulations, and wishedus much joy. They stopped to dinner,and returned soon after. Am Ireally a mother? I cannot realize fullywhat it is to occupy this relation. AndI am not yet twenty years old. Howyoung to have this responsibility! Howmuch has happened since the Dr.'slast birthday. That he spent with meat Abington, and in company with
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