May 7. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 52. IoneCity. Mr. Haicley, a Methodist minister,came to Mr. Sharp's this morning.Soon after breakfasting, we startedfor Dry town, The weather wasnot yet pleasant. Presently wereached Mule Creek, which wecrossed twelve times within ashort distance, although we didnot leave the road. We arrived atDrytown about noon, and stopped ata hotel for dinner. Mr. Burt doesnot live here now, but has movedto his garden, four miles beyond.We saw Simeon Burt, a younger brother.I have not seen him before since wemet at Asprinwall. We were thencoming here, and he was returning.After eating dinner, we started for ourfriends house. We found the sidean exceedingly romantic and picturesqueone. Quite a portion of theway thither, the road was built onthe steep side of a mountain,and was so narrow that a teamcould not turn out, except atMay 7. long intervals, and a sudden frightor any stubbornness of the horses,would send us over the bank, downsouse forty or fifty feet, into therocky bed of the river below. We goton very safely, however, and thoughsome showers fell, we were now providedwith an umbrella, and didnot get wet. We found our friendsat home in their new house,which is built nearly like ours,except that it is a little largerand has stairs inside, etc. Mrs. Burt'slittle girl, whom she calls Mary,has the whooping cough now. Theparents are very well. They have aplenty of strawberries ripe now,with which we have been regaled.May 8. T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56. Drytown.This is the second anniversary of ourwedding day. As yet, no cloud has observedthe sunshine of our mutuallove. We are very happy in each otherand in our little boy. Includ, itseems as if trials without, only serveto increase our affection for each other.
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