1858. and begins to make sentences. He speaks the name of almost every object, in his own way, but sometimes not very plainly. Thus, he calls potato "dudah." He has now eighteen teeth - will soon have completed his first set. Ada is six months old - weighs sixteen pounds - and has two teeth. She now holds toys and amuses herself very well on the floor, where I very frequently place her. She seems to be quite at ease on the floor, and rolls over and around a great deal. We think it will not be long before she will creep. When she is put on the bed for a nap, she will make a little singing or humming noise, and thus quiets herself to sleep. Her head is developing well, and her hair is growing fast. I think she begins to resemble her father. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 66.) June 17. Thursday. We are having quite cool weather now. Again the Eastern mail has arrived and the letters state that our friends are all well, and business is becoming better. Mr. Merchant took tea with us. He has his mind set on going to Frazer's river, and is trying to sell out land, stock, etc. here, that he may go. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 60.) June 18. Friday. Today we have had very unusual weather for this time of the year, viz, showers of rain, accompanied by thunder. I think not enough rain fell to damage crops, but it laid the dust finely. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) June 19. Saturday. Dr. being in the Henderson neighborhood, heard of the examination of Miss Shackford's school, and attended it, at what is called the Williams' schoolhouse. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.) June 20. Sunday. S.L. Moore came here and dined with us. This evening we have been in Father Locke's room. Elmer has been here and we have spent the time in singing. We have had a pleasant time. As we were about to separate, Father says, "I intend to write to your Mother next mail, what shall I say 1858. for you? "O," "said Elmer," there is a long time before that. I think I shall write myself." Then saying good night, we parted. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 69.) June 21. Monday. This is Father's birthday. He is now forty three years old. The Brakeman boys came up by invitation of Robert this forenoon, to go blackberrying. We thought this a good way to over come an unpleasant feeling which has existed between them of late, although it required very delicate management to induce Robert to go and invite them. Susan went with them berrying, and they took dinner under the trees. After all had returned, the boys went fishing. They appear very friendly now. Dr. has started for Sacramento. He intends to visit the mines, & not return for a week. We feel sad at the thought of his being absent so long. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.) June 22. Tuesday. My eye is much better. It is getting quite strong again. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 71.) June 23. Wednesday. This afternoon, Mr. Langford has called with the Misses Athearn. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) June 24. Thursday. Mr. Littlefield came and dined here, also a man who came on business. This afternoon we received a letter from Dr. date Sac. City. He was in good health, and intending to start for the mines the next morning. I immediately wrote and answer to this letter and sent it. Mr. & Mrs. Athearn have made us a short call tonight. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 66.) June 25. Friday. This afternoon, Mr. Klonker called. The says they are now keeping house for themselves, near Mr. Holman's. She has learned to speak English pretty well. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 75.) June 26. Saturday. This morning, Mrs. Laird and Mrs. Gove called, and remained about an hour. This afternoon, Susan was attacked with a severe pain in the head and was obliged to take to bed. Took no supper, and seems quite sick. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 69.) June 27. Sunday. Susan has not been able to sit up today, consequently I could not leave to attend church. This
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