must enter there, if at all. And soI endeavor to do and bear all patiently.that I may be prepared to receivethe welcome sentence, "Well done."Aug. 25. Wrote home to my parents. How muchpleasure I take in writing to any of themembers of our family.Aug. 26. Sabbath. Attended Sabbath School.Aug. 27. Felt very much fatigued today andreally quite unwell. Wrote to Sister Susan.Received a very pleasant call from Mr.York. Conversed on interesting subjects.Among other things, he described to methe State of Ohio, where he formerly resided.He confirmed my former opinionof its being a very pleasant state.The society he thinks almost equalin refinement to that of N. England,where he was born. Especially in the northernpart of the State, in what is calledthe Connecticut Reserve. The southernpart is more like Kentucky and Tennessee.Aug. 28. Was feverish in the night, andfelt almost unable to rise at all thismorning. However, I managed to getthrough with the work. Father is beginningto work. Mrs. Allen is quite well.Aug. 29. Wrote to Sister Sarah Locke. Thismakes 22 pages that I have written to theStates for this mail. Felt somewhat bettertoday. Had pleasant conversationin the evening with Elmer on poetsand poetry. We had a most glorioussunset. I never saw one so pretty in N. E.Aug. 30. Thursday. Passed an almost sleeplessnight, and rose feeling quite ill again.How hard it is for me to be cheerfulwhen I do not feel well. But I mean toseek more assistance from my HeavenlyFather to keep me in the path of duty.If I am unhappy. Dr. is also. And Iam sure it is unkind in me to makehim so, when he is always so attentive.He is very busy now, and cannot be with me as much as I wishbut I will not be so selfish as to beunhappy on that account. I meanI will try to be always cheerful andhappy, on his account more than anyother. Now that I have formed this resolution,I am already happier. As soon as we determineto be courageous, and overcome difficultiesthey immediately vanish. Morethan half the victory is gained, when wehave conquered ourselves, Miss Peachy.
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