Dec. 19. T.S.R. 24. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.We have received letters from hometoday. They bring the pleasing intelligencethat mother's health isfast improving, and she herselfhas written to us. For this we arevery thankful. Speaking of comingwith Bro. George when he returnshere, sister Susan writesthat she might probably havedone so, under other circumstancesthan the present ones: but thatnow she feels it to be her duty tostay with mother and assist her.Mother also writes that she is verysorry that Susan cannot improveso good an opportunity as that nowoffering itself. But she feels veryloth to spare her now. She alsowrites that it has been her desireas well as Father's, to remove herewith the whole family, but shethinks that time is now putfar in the future. Again amI sorry, as at first, at a hindranceto so desirable an end. But Iam resolved not to make motherunhappy by telling her myDec. 19. feelings, for she feels badlyenough about it now, Mr. N. R.Barton called here for a few minutes.Dec. 20. T.S.R. 25.2 P. M. 53. S.S. 48. Aman, named Mr. Usher, camehere tonight with the skin of his facefilled with powder, which had beenaccidentally blown in, while he wasengaged in blasting logs. He cameto get the Dr. to extract it, and willremain here over night.Dec. 21. Sabbath. T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 58. S.S.50. After breakfast, Mr. Usher returnedhome. I have not been to S. schooltoday, because Luther has a bad coldand I did not like to expose him.Messrs. Foster and Heath came andtook tea here.Dec. 22. T.S.R. 27. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 51.Elmer came and spent the eveningwith us. We have spent the timevery agreeably in singing andplaying - he, on his violin, andI, on my Eolian. Night rainy.Dec. 23. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57. I havetoday been baking mince and whortleberrypies for Christmas dinner.We have invited Father & Elmer to come.
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