Dec. 31. Friday. The last day of the old year. I have today written to Mrs. Boody a remonstrance to the business proceedings of last night. I stated to her that, according to our Constitution, all matters of importance are to be decided by vote of two - thirds of the members, and that I do not see how the vote of last night can be a legal one. Also, as the best means of selecting and procuring a library is a matter of so much interest to all the members, should they not be previously notified when action is to be taken upon the subject? I sent the letter down by Robert, and await an answer. I have written to my parents today. The subjects of my letter were - Thoughts on the old year - Children - Dr.'s over coat Festival. Mr. Wiley has spent the evening with us. He is becoming disgusted with the doings of some of the ladies at the Sewing Circle. Thus passed the last day of the year 1858. We now bid it farewell, forever. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) 1859. Jan. 1. Saturday. The new year has commenced. As I rise this morning, I cannot help thinking of the dear brother, who, one year ago, was wishing a "happy new year" to us all. It was the last time he was ever permitted to do so. He has passed from earth, we hope to that blessed region where happiness reigns supreme, and the time of enjoyment is not measured by years. Why should I permit my thoughts to rest on our great loss? I have more blessings spared than I can enumerate. The remainder of our dear friends, as far as we may now know, are well and surrounded by life's comforts. Our family now consists of eight, viz, Dr. and myself, Luther and Ada, Sister Susie and Father Locke, Robert and George Lepee. Dr. is well and busy. I myself enjoy better health at present than is usual for me. Luther is a good little boy of two years and eight mos. old, health feel and obedient, knows his letters and seems to take much interest in learning. Ada is a dear little girl of one year old, very active and mischievous, and not as cautious as her brother. She is becoming dearer to our hearts each day. Sister Susie is engaged in teaching the school here. Father Locke enjoy very comfortable health, though he cannot get use his leg to walk on it. He walks out on crunches every pleasant day, and is able to ride at any time. This is a great improvement of his condition since the first day of last year, at which time he was confined to his bed, and hardly able to sit up at all. Robert is a boy of sixteen, and is nearly as tall as the Dr. George Lepee, our hired man, is still with us, and his services on the farm are very valuable. He is learning to read and write English very fast, and has written a letter to his mother.
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