1864he will take a dead one. He often plays with a dead bird or rabbit for a half day at a time. His head is now as large as Luther's, and his hair is the whitest of all the children's. With the close of the day and the week closes the old year. As its days have passed, it has scattered blessings along our pathway in profusion, and though the angel of death has hovered long over our house holds, he took but one of our dear ones to the invisible land, Aunt Hannah has left us for a better chine. We know that, it is well with her. O that we may all be prepared to follow her when our turns shall come. Then will our deaths be calm and our rest glorious. 1865. Jan. 1. Sabbath. With the first day of the week commences the New Year I feel that I was never situated with things so well suited to my mind as I am now. I have a very good Chinese cook. Ah Teet who, besides doing all the cooking, helps me to wash and iron, so that all the work is done at home. I sew, keep the accounts and instruct the children now there is no school. We have eighteen in the family now. Father Locke, James and John Reed, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Satterlee and Mr. Rock, and four Chinamen including the cook, besides our own family. Our children are all well and healthy now and I have all I could ask for except my heart's dearest wish and most anxious desire. Will it be accomplished this year? Luther and Ada today commence a daily Journal. The weather is cloudy and showery. I could not attend the S. school today as the Dr. was absent. This eve as the people were returning from a sing at Miss Campbell's schoolhouse the wagon ran against a stump and Josiah and Miss Campbell were thrown out, the others jumped out, and the horse ran off with the forward wheels and was not found till next morning. Providentially, all escaped injury. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Jan. 2. Monday. Mr. John Wilson's little boy, eighteen months old, fell or rolled into the river and has not been found. The river is rising and there is no hope of getting the body out at present. This is indeed a great affliction. They have only one child left. Mrs. Rogers has been here today. Dr. has started for San Francisco to perfect a plan for navigating the river. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Jan. 3. Tuesday. The morning was very foggy. This eve I have attended the Lodge this eve. We have had a very pleasant time. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Jan. 4. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. Rev. Mr. Curry called here. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Jan. 5. Thursday. I called at Mother's a few minutes, and Hannah came in here. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Jan. 6. Friday. Mary is today nine months old and is the smallest of the six weighing but sixteen pounds. She is also the most backward of the six as she cannot yet creep and has no teeth. But we are much pleased that she seems to be growing stronger every day. She rolls around on the bed a great deal and sometimes falls off. Also
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