1872. July 17. Wednesday. This morning, Ida Hetfield left us, to go to her Father's home in Nevada. Dr. and Ida Locke went with her as far as Sacramento and saw her comfortably started on her home ward bound train, and her father is waiting for her in Wadsworth, where she will arrive at three o'clock in the morning. She has been in Lockeford about thirteen months, but I fear it has done her but little good. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.) July 18. Thursday. Cloudy morn. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 68.) July 19. Friday. As Dr. went of an errand past the house of Mr. Inglis, I rode with him and called there. She is a very pleasant woman, with five little children. They are Scotch people. This is the birthday of our boy Howard. He now enters his "teens", and though he is large, Ada was a little larger at his age. He now weighs ninety nine pounds, but he has at one time weighed one hundred and two. I see no reason for his falling off, as he is well and very strong. He is also a little shorter than Ada was, measuring just five feet. He has been to Stockton today with a load of wood and sold it, and he will probably go many times during vacation. He is smart and capable, but his head is just as full of nonsense and rowdyism as it can hold, and he seems to delight in it. He does indeed need careful training, and we have much anxious care for him, but I hope, through the grace of God that this crisis will pass, and that he will become established in virtue and religion. He is ambitious to learn to shoe horses, and his father his bought some tools with view to the same. He has not progressed much in his studies of late, as he has not been attending school, but he takes more interest in reading than he did, and has a good mind. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) 1872. July 20. Saturday. This afternoon, with Bro. & Sister Ross I have rode to Mr. Clements’. They have a little boy, the oldest child and only son, now two years and four months old, who lies very sick with a trouble of the brain. He has already lost his sight, and is not expected to live long. It is pitiable to see the poor mother weep over him. She proposes to join our church soon. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 68.) July 21. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached a good sermon from the words, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" I was not well enough to attend meeting this evening. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 68.) July 22. Monday. Mrs. Brown and children took tea with us. She is soon to be married to Allen Le Faber. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) July 23. Tuesday. I have been quite ill with the sick headache so that I could not attend the funeral of little Tommy Clements, which was held in our church this afternoon. He died yesterday afternoon. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79.) July 24. Wednesday I have been sick all day with the distress in my head, and tonight I am still worse. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 81.) July 25. Thursday. I was in bed all day with severe headache. Last night I had high fever most of the night. I vomit nearly every thing I swallow. Mother has been in to see me, also Ellen White. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) July 26. Friday. Another day confined to my bed. My head is better, but my stomach is very sensitive. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) July 27. Saturday. Still confined to the bed, but more comfortable. Mrs. Wallace and Ellen White called to see me. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) July 28. Sabbath. I have been better today, and sat up some, but I am quite weak. Did not have to keep any one home from meeting. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 68.)
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