1862, Jan. 1. Wednesday. The first day of another year has arrived. May it prove a Happy New Year to all our dear ones. We commence this year in prosperous happy circumstances. How will it end? Trustingly we would look upward and say, "Thy will, O Lord, be done". Our family now numbers nine. Dr, and my self, the four children, Luther, Ada, "Howard and Horace, Father and brother Horace, and Mr. Heyer, who has been engaged to work on the farm another year. My dear husband, as faithful and affectionate as ever, is very busy and has many cares. The most engrossing object of his attention, is the building up and improving of the little village of Locke ford, our present home. Business, however, at this inclement season of the year, cannot much progress. Of myself, I will not write. Felling the place of mother to four little ones, and even five, my cares are many, and I sometimes feel myself overtaxed. But I strive to be contented with that I can possibly do. Dr. is always fearing I shall over work myself. Luther, five years and eight months old, is quite a large boy of his age, thinks and reasons well, and can read considerably in easy words. Ada, four years old, is a darling girl, generous and affectionate, ready and willing to help to the utmost of her ability, and she really does help me a great deal. She can also read some in words of two and three letters, and learns readily. Howard, two and a half years old, is full of fun and frolic, and needs constant attention. He talks very plainly and well. Baby Horace, just one year old, is spoken of particularly in Journal just completes. Father Hammond lives with us and attends to selling meat. He is not so well contented in Cal as though Mother and his little ones were here, and we do not expect him to be, Brother Horace, a boy of fourteen, washes the dishes and helps me in various ways. He is small and childish of his age, and is sometimes quite an addition to My cares. I would not think I had any tune to devoted to him, but that I feel I must stand in place of mother to him. E. C. Here called this afternoon. Weather pleasant (Temp, Sun Rise 44. 2 P.M. 59º Sunset, 51º)
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