1866 Nov. 28. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. We have had a Sing here this eve, and Eliza Simpson was added to our usual number. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Nov. 29. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. We have had a dinner at home. Mother made a Thanksgiving dinner, but some were invited and some were not, and we were not among those invited. This we find, is the result of Susie's influence, who, because she has acted a very unsisterly part since Grandpa's death, now tries to appear cross, as though she, and not we, had been wronged. Such an occurrence in the family seems very sad to me. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Nov. 30. Friday. Weather cloudy and showery. Indications of much rain. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 1. Saturday. Rainy. No Lodge. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 2. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and foggy, which did not interfere with our attendance on the S. school. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Dec. 3. Monday. Still cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 4. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 5. Wednesday. Hannah spent last night here. She came up and attended the preaching in the schoolhouse by Mr. Oliver, and then came here to pass the night. I have been to see Mrs. Brown today. She is quite unwell with the chills, and has a very sick appearance. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Dec. 6. Thursday. Mother and Clara have spent the day here. We went to the Store this afternoon to see the new Christmas toys, and while there we saw Mr. Holden pass by on his large loaded six horse team, bound to Mokelumne Hill or there a bouts. I have not seem him for quite a length of time before. We have had a Sing this eve, and Hannah remained all night. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Dec. 7. Friday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 8. Saturday. Wilber Brakeman joined the Lodge this evening. Josiah read a Paper. The Templar's Guide edited by himself, which was an excellent one. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Dec. 9. Sabbath. The morning was foggy. We have had a sing at ten o'clock for the rehearsal of prices to be sung at the preaching this evening. I have attended the S. school, but not the preaching by Mr. Oliver. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.) Dec. 10. Monday. Another foggy morning, day fair otherwise. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Dec. 11. Tuesday. A rainy day. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Dec. 12. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. This is Sister Hannah's birthday. She is now seventeen. She came from school with the children and dined with us. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Dec. 13. Thursday. The weather has been cloudy and showery. This has not prevented us from having our usual Sing this evening. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 14. Friday. Mrs. Rogers called this afternoon, also Mrs. Hoxie. I went with Mrs. Hoxie to call on Mrs. Brown. Mr. Holden called this eve. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Dec. 15. Saturday. The weather today has been cloudy, windy and rainy. I have been to Susie's to see about the Christmas Party. She wishes to have it there, but it is not entirely pleasant to us to go there after our Thanksgiving experience. But for the sake of family unity, we have finally concluded to unite with them, tho’ it would be more pleasant for us to have it at home. When the Lodge closed this eve, it rained so hard that it was thought best for Hannah and Eliza to spend the night here, which they will do. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 16. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy and rainy. Hannah and Eliza have been here most of the day also Josiah and Mr. Jeffroy. We had a sing this forenoon, but the weather being so unfavorable, I have not thought it best to go to Sabbath school this afternoon, tho' the children went. Ada is now nine years old, and I think her mental capacity and usefulness would do credit to a girl of twelve. She is comparatively small of her age, weighing but fifty six pounds while Luther weighed sixty five.
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