Sept. 13. unhappy, complaining of dustand dirt, want of society here. etc. &.c.She said to me, "How do you like Cal?"Very well," said I. "Do you really," saidshe, or are you only trying to thinkso?" "Certainly", said I, "why shouldI not?" "What is there here to like,"sys she? I then went on to tell herof beautiful scenery, climate, etc.but was interrupted by the appearanceof Dr. who had been inside,"Well," she said, "I shall go home inApril, if I live. It must be thatshe has an unhappy disposition, forshe lives in a pretty place, surroundedby many comforts, and no doubtmight enjoy herself well and bevery useful if she would only makeherself contented. From their housewe have an extensive river of the plainswhich are so beautiful in the wetseason, stretching as far as the eyecan see, thinly wooded, lovely intheir extent and regularity. Fromthis place, we rode to Mr. Vincent's.And, surely, if anyone has a dispositionto complain. I would advisethem to visit Mrs. Vincent,Sept. 13. and learn from her a lesson ofpatience and contentment. Theirhouse consists of two little cloth roomsseparate from each other, one, a sleepingroom, the other where they live.She is obliged to keep all her dishes,food, etc. in the room. Yet she doesnot complain of inconvenience normake excuses. They have met withtwo very severe losses. Their householdgoods and library of books were lostin the ocean coming out. They justlived in the mountains, and hada good dwelling house there. Whenthey moved here, they left their houseand most of their furniture, expectingto take it down soon. But ittook fire and was entirely consumed.Of these losses, she speaks meekly, asthough it was not her place to complain.They have two interestingdaughters, 10 and 12 years of age.They are well taught, sweet littlegirls. I was much amused to seethem drive a span of cats, which wentvery well. There is a brook east of thehouse, in which there are many fishesgood for food. We had a happy time.
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