May 29. and cheerful conversation to enliven her.On our way home, Miss Montgomeryshowed her extreme good sense andnicety of feeling, by talking tous most of the time, about thenew store at Mr. Staples', and Mr.& Mrs. Gove who take charge of it.This must have made Mrs. Holmanfeel unpleasantly, for herhusband also has a store, andshe does not visit Mrs. Staples.Beside, Miss Montgomery mustneeds pass Mr. Holman's store, inorder to patronize Mr. Gove. Yetshe declared she should visit thenew store at the first opportunity.I think no one would improvemuch by associating with her.May 30. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 66. Thisis my birthday. Twenty one yearsof my life have now passed away.Have I lived well those twenty oneyears? I dare not think that Ihave lived as well as I ought tohave done. In looking backupon my past life, so much ofMay 30. sin and folly appears in view, thatI have only to pray for forgivenessand more grace for the future.I am young, but I have manyresponsibilities. A wife - a mother -one of a few who are forming a societyhere, which must have aninfluence upon all around, eitherfor good or evil. Father, help meto live hence forth a more consistentlife.May 31. Sabbath. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 66.Have attended church today, andtook little Luther out, for the firsttime since his illness. Mr. Davis - aPresbyterian minister from Stockton,preached to us a very good sermon.The subject was Jesus Christ andhis atonement for sinners - a neverfailing topic of interest to suchas we. This forenoon, Mr. Davis baptizedMr. Wiley's two little children,at the schoolhouse above us.Had an introduction to Mrs. Gove.She looks like a pleasant lady. Sheis from Woburn, Massachusetts.
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