Dec. 28. and obeys them gladly. Wehad a S. school as usual, and thenstopped to sing together until sunset.Elmer led with his violin. Afterthese exercises, Mr. Sharp, who alsotook dinner here, returned with usand will stay over night.Dec. 29. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 41. S.S. 36.This has been a rainy day. Afterbreakfast this morning, Rev. Mr.Sharp left us for I one City, wherehe resides. I have been writing toMother.Dec. 30. T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 46.This evening Dr. has been reading,and I have been listening to, " Lockeon Education," a book which containsmany excellent ideas concerningthe rearing of children. Theauthor - Mr. John Locke of England,belonged to the family ofLockes from which our family hasdescended. He was also the authorof a valuable "Essay on the HumanUnderstanding," and other worksof note - Night rainy.Dec. 31. Wednesday. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 51S.S. 48. Author rainy day. HaveDec. 31. been writing to Sister Susan.The old year is closing, and now fortheRetrospect. As I am now closing thisJournal after recording in it theevents of the past eighteen months,I have not thought it improper tohere note some of the most importantof them, for more convenientreference at any time. This Journalcommences with the commencement ofmy life in California, a most importantera to me, and the beginning ofthe greatest happiness I have ever experienced.It next records the accomplishmentof that most perplexingobject - getting acquainted with the peoplehere. This, by the way, is never verydifficult to me, since being in thecompany of strangers is not so unpleasantto me as to some persons. I havefound here some time, kindheartedfriends. But the society is not suchas I should choose. However, if I havehad any influence in making it betterI am glad, and hope I shall, infuture, exert myself more than ever.Oct, 22nd, 1855. I accompanied my
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