June 18. a toy wheelbarrow, also Hannah andClara send him, one a string of beads,and the other a primer. Then therewas in the box a daguerreotype ofSister Susie and Cousin Augusta,which I did not at first recognize.Also a pain of scissors which I leftwhen I came away from home,some edging which I knitand left, and some of mybookmarks. Aunt Howard sent apiece of dark calies to make somethingfor Luther, and MotherLocke sent him the famouswhip, which was to belong tothe first grandson. With this heis so much pleased, that he playswith it almost constantly. AuntGerould sent me a book, and CousinA. A. H. a cloak which she hasbeen making for me. George Shackfordand Robert are passing the time togethervery pleasantly. He is about elevenyears of age. Bro. George tookbreakfast and dinner here, andFather Locke was here to dinner.June 19. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 75. Theladies are still with us. They seemto be agreeable people. E. H. spent theevening with us.June 20. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 73. Mrs.Holman, George and Annie, andMrs. Thomason have spent most of theday with me. About noon, Georgecame with a wagon and took Mrs.and Miss Shackford over to theRanch. They will live there forthe present. Mrs. Thomason hasrecently received intelligence ofthe death of her only daughter,in Mass. She wishes to go to N. E.immediately. But she has wishedto do so for a long time, and tho'she says she is very unhappynow, yet she has been so eversince I have known her, andI fear returning to N. E. willnot make her a happy woman.No person can be happy, when theyare constantly striving to makethemselves unhappy and discontented.
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