1893. has been laid to rest beside Mr. & Mrs. Boody. I could not leave the sick folks to go out to meeting. Horace is today thirty three years old, has a good wife and just a pair of nice babies. He is still located in Brockton and is candidate for City Physician again. has a large practice. This year that is closing has been a remarkable one in some respects to us as a family. Three of the children, Eddie, Hannah and Ida, in the order named, have been married. No births and no deaths have taken place, but we seem to walk, as it were, in "the valley of the shadow" with two in our household - Uncle and Mary - for the doctors assure us neither can recover and may go at any time. So I should fear as I enter the cloud, were it not that I can say "thou art with me - thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me" I have been able to be nurse to Uncle, and help Mary what little she requires, only that Hannah bathes her and rubs her dropsical legs and feet. But asthma steadily increases on me, as I can plainly see. But I hope to be able to rest more by and by. So trying to hope and to trust, I bid the old year, goodbye! (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 42.)
1894.Jan. 1. Monday. The new year opens with heavy showers. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Ida. My time is mostly taken up in vibrating between the two sick ones. Uncle and Mary, and keeping up the two fires for their comfort. As to Uncle, it seems a wonder that he is still here with us. He has been entirely confined to his bed since the 22d of Oct. only when he is lifted out and held in a chair while his bed is made. He is wasted almost to a skeleton, yet he has quite an appetite. He sits up in bed and reads considerably each day - is always interested to read the daily paper - and he writes a little some times. Mary sits up the most of the time. Will Moore wishes her to stay down stairs in their room, but he does not keep up a warm fire, and the doctor says she takes cold there, so I have her mostly in any room, and there she sits and etches and crochets most of the time, but her feet and legs are so bloated she cannot walk around much and the disease affects her eyesight, so that she cannot see well. Will Moore is our cook, and Will Hunter, Geo. Light, the Italian, Robt, Green and Jose Martinez are our hired man. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.)
Jan. 2.Tuesday. We have had showers that seemed like April showers today. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 40.)
Jan. 3. Wednesday. Forenoon foggy. Have written to the children in Boston. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 39.)
Jan. 4. Thursday. We have had a heavy shower of hail tonight. Have written to Ada. Mr. Welch died today, aged 69. His trouble was in his throat. For months he has not been able to speak aloud, yet he kept up and about. His throat filled up by degrees, and he literally choked to death. But he died calmly, trusting in Jesus. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.)
Jan. 5. Friday. (T.S.R. 26. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 37.)
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