Sept. 14. attended to. It is getting along pretty well.I have this afternoon written to my parents.Sept. 15. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 64. A cool eve.I have written today to Mother Locke.Sept. 16. Wednesday. T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 82. S.S.65. About noon we started for a rideto Dry Creek in the gig. When we reachedthe Ranch house, dinner was readyso we stopped to eat before we proceededfarther. We then crossed the Ranchand the river, and proceeded on our way.We first stopped at Mr. Campbell's.They have a little baby boy, seven weeksold. It is a fat, plump little thing,and was born soon after its sister'sdeath, so that it serves, in some measureto repair that loss in the family circle.Had some pleasant conversation with Mrs.Campbell on the management of littlechildren. We next called on Mrs. Lingo,and Mrs. Hawkins Epperly. They live ina little apology for a house with butfew conveniences. Mrs. Lingo has twofine children, Mrs. Epperly one. Mr.Lingo was in Sacramento, to attendthe wedding of Eveline Epperly and Mr.Sept. 16. Mitchell of Dry Creek. From this place werode to Mr. Chaplin's ranch, where Mr.& Mrs. Lynes live. Saw them and alsoMrs. Haller, whom I had not before seen.She was either ill-mannered or surly, anddid not seem pleasant at all. Mr. Chaplinis building a fine new house, anda nice cellar under it. He has no wife,but perhaps he intends to marry. We didnot reach home until after sunset along time. This evening I have written afew lines to Susan. Luther is todayseventeen months old, and weighs abouttwenty five pounds. He does not yet walk,but has once or twice raised himself upin the floor without the assistance ofanything. He has now crept for fivemonths, save when interrupted by sickness.He can now kiss like anybody,and holds up his mouth very prettily.He is so good that no one can helploving him - tries to talk and singand is a great deal of company for me.Sometimes I think I should notknow what to do without him, he is sointeresting to me. He calls melon "bum"- isvery fond of them.When he wakes in the morning, he willreach over from his little bed to give mea kiss, sometimes before I hardly wake.
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