Aug. 30. the schoolteacher in our district,sent a note to the Dr. desiring tosee him. He called at the schoolhouse,and she told him that she had sosmall a school, (only eight in number)and not regular in attendancethat she felt as if she were doingno good: and that, if he and the otherschool commissioners were willingshe should like to discontinue it.Dr. has been dissatisfied with herqualifications from the very first:therefore he willingly gave his consent,and sent such word to Mr.Holman, Father is not so well today.Aug. 31. Friday. After supper. Dr. took meout to ride. This is the first time Ihave rode in any carriage for 3 months,except in a heavy stage wagon. Enjoyedthe ride very much. We calledat Mrs. Holman's, and saw Mrs.Allen. She is so unhappy-continuallylooking on the dark side. She neversees the silver lining there is to allthe clouds which look dark. But itis because she will not. It is time,she has had trouble enough in herday but there are always alleviationsAug. 31. to every cup of sorrow. She needsthat trust in God, which enable theChristian to bear all meekly, andto see the sweet says of mercy whichshine between "the darkest hours, Iam sure I am much happier than Ishould be if she were with us.Sept. 1. Today had the pleasure of anotherdelightful carriage ride with Dr. Westarted between 2 and 3 P.M. androde to Staples, then forded the riverand called on Mrs. W. Parker andMrs. Lard. Staples' house looks morelike N. E. two story farm-houses thanany I have ever seen here. It has a rowof locust trees around it, which willin time shade it beautifully. Backof the house, stretches the broad greenvalley to the river, which here, aselsewhere, is lined by willows. Thereis a most beautiful grove of oaksnear the bank, which would afford agood shade for a picnic party. Wedrove through the thicket of willows,then down a steep bank, across theriver, and up on the other side. Theweather was very comfortable for ridingthe sun shining pleasantly.
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