1858. May 17. Monday. Luther has been quite comfortable today. Mr. Athearn made a short business call this morning. I have written to mother. Subjects of my letter were - Luther sick - Ada very well - Work done by Sewing Circle - Bonnet fixed by Susan - Many children dying in adjacent mines - Cake & Sugar - We have a large family - Revivals in the Eastern States. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 68.) May 18. Tuesday. We have today received letters from our Eastern friends. We have been very anxious about little brother Johnny since the last mail. Mother writes that he is nearly well again - playing about the floor. She also writes that Aunt and Uncle Holden were on the point of starting for California via Cape Horn. His health is very feeble, and many persons think he will not live to reach here. I think this is not a suitable place for them to come to, and I hope they may yet conclude to give up coming. We hear nothing at all from Augusta. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.) May 19. Wednesday. We have had showers at intervals. I rose this morning, feeling quite unwell, and have been feverish with very severe headache. Could not sit up all the time, but have been lying down nearly all the afternoon. About nine, A. M. George and Susan started for a ride. They dined at Mr. Flood's, and have visited Miss Shackford's school this afternoon. They got a little wet this forenoon by the rain. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) May 20. Thursday. This afternoon, although I did not feel at all well, Susan and I, with little Ada, have attended the Sewing Circle at the house of Mr. Philip Megerle. We rode together in Geo.'s buggy. There was not a large attendance of ladies, but quite a number of girls. In the evening but a very few gentlemen came. Just as we were about to leave, Mrs. Staples proposed to take a vote of the members as to whether we should continue our regular 1858 meetings through harvest time. I objected to bringing up the matter then, as so few of the members were present, and all the gentlemen were in the room. I did not think it a proper time. I there proposed that a meeting of the members should be called especially for the propose of taking a vote on the subject. But this did not meet with favor. I there proposed that a committee of one should be appointed to wait upon the members and ascertain their opinion in the matter, and that such committee should report before the time for the next meeting. This proposition was carried, and I was appointed committee. We there retired, after taking up a collection. Returned home and found Dr. sitting up with little Luther. He has been very comfortable this afternoon. I nearly omitted to mention that Mrs. Montgomery and little boy called in at the Sewing Circle. She has never attended our meetings. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 21. Friday. Cloudy & rainy. Luther's health is slowly improving. A man who came on business dined with us. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 60.) May 22. Saturday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) May 23. Sabbath. Susan and I rode together to S. S. while Dr. remained with Luther. This darling little boy has mercifully been spared to us, and we trust he will soon be restored to perfect health. He is gaining slowly, tho' he is yet too weak to walk. I feel like saying with the Psalmist, "The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusted in Him and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth: and with my song will I praise Him." O give me a heart to praise thee, my Father. O that I had trusted thee more implicitly. Why should I not trust thee? " Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." How richly are we blessed! Truly I can say, "my cup runneth over." (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 69.)
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