1861. teeth and is very well. He is very good and quiet, and amuses himself on the bed all day, as a usual thing, for the weather for a long time has been so damp and rainy, that I have not thought it best for him to creep on the floor. He creeps all over the bed very fast, stands in the corner and by a trunk or any thing sufficiently low for him to hold on by, and seems to be quite strong. We think his head is very well formed. He seems to be an earnest little boy and uses baby language very freely. The weather has been fine today, an uncommon occurrence. Mr. Shoemaker dined here. My last work this year has been to write to my mother. The subject of my letter were Old and new year - Rain - flood - clothes torn - Baby's birthday - Christmas - House on the hill repaired. How many children has E. P. S. The time has come when I must bid adieu to the year 1861, and to this book, in which I have written for four years. I feel quite reluctant to do so, as I have become attached to this volume, and the year has been crowned by so many mercies, that a feeling of sadness creeps over me, when I feel that it is gone - gone forever. In the events of the past three years here recorded, how pleasures and sorrows are inter mingled. But no one can fail to see that our mercies have been many more than the sorrows. I feel to praise the Lord for all this benefits rendered to us. And thus I will close, praising the Lord. And I would wish such a frame of mind in me might continue. "Praise the Lord, O my soul." Indexed in 1907.
Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.
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