Apr. 15. seems as if death plucked the fairestfirst, and left the evil still tolive on Sister Susan writes that sheis intending to leave for Bridgewaterthe next day. But she hadnot received the letter in whichI urged her so strongly to comehere. Aunt H. Cotton is stillinsane, and her health is nobetter. All at once this morning,the inside of Luther's left eyebegan to swell, without any apparentcause. Soon a red spot showeditself in the white, and grewlarger and larger. I have kept abandage wet with cold water uponit, and hope it will be better tomorrow.Apr. 16. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 56. This isone of the most memorable of days.It is the anniversary of the mostjoyful event which has taken placesince our marriage - the birth of onelittle Luther. He is now one year old,and weighs twenty five pounds. Hiseye is no better. The eyelid is so muchApr. 16. Swollen, that we can hardly see his eyeat all. He gets about on the floor agreat deal now, thought he does notcreep in the usual way. If I leavehis milk-bottle in the chairs by theside of the bed in the morning afterI get up and go about my work,when he wakes he will crawl outand get it, and turn out whatmilk happens to be left in it. This hehas done several times. Also, nomatter how far off in the room he maybe when I sit down to work, hewill get up to me and pull mywork out of my lap, if he can. Hehas but four teeth as yet. He isvery fond of sitting in a rockingchair, and will rock himself foran hour at a time in one. Healso tires to whistle, and sometimessucceeds pretty well. It is also Dr.'sbirthday. He is thirty four years old.We have had a dinner, and Father LockeE. H. and S. L. Moore were with us.We dined on roast turkey and plumpudding. Our pleasure was sensibly
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