1872. His weight is the same as Ada's was - eighty five pounds - Howard only weighing more, and he is the tallest of all the four being four feet and ten and one-half inches in height. He is not at all inclined to be idle, loves to work, but is not fond of study or reading. If a job of any kind is left for him to do, you may be sure it will be done faithfully. He is not so careless and thoughtless as many boys, and is not in the habit of leaving his things round for others to put up. In this respect, I think he excels all the other boys thus far. He has been our "butcher boy" for months, and indeed for more than a year and is very expect and much interested in all that pertains to that trade. In his studies he has progressed but little during the past year, partly because our school has been such a poor one, and partly from lack of interest therein. He is a poor reader and but seldom sits down to read unless urged to. I hope he will soon commence to improve in this respect. Mr. Ross took tea here. Clara is sick, and he says he has to cook his own food. He came here for bread for her. And now we must say "goodby" to another year. I feel truly thankful that I am spared to record its close for surely there have been times when it seemed quite uncertain whether I could continue long in this world. But by the grace of God, I not only live, but am daily improving in health. To Him be all the glory, and in Him our only trust and confidence. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) 1873. Jan. 1. Wednesday. We commence this New Year with just eighteen in the family. Our own family consists of just twelve. Then we have four Chinamen - Ah Toon - Ah Saow, the cook - Ah War Sing and Ah Yoong Sow. We also have Mr. Henshaw and Mr. White here the former as Store Clerk and the latter as boarder. He works when he feels able, which is not very often, chopping wood for himself. Very thankful am I to record no deaths in the family. The kind Father has spared us all in life, if not in health, and the sick ones are improving. There has been a marriage today at the church by Mr. Ross, of George Manly and Mary Fugitt. Bell Barney and Toon Moore stood up with them. When the ceremony was over Sisters Susie and Hannah, Mr. Geffroy and Mother called in, and all had pieces of my New Year's cake. Mr. Geffroy and family are visiting at Susie's at present. The weather is cloudy, windy and rainy - rather gloomy for the commencement of the year. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.) Jan. 2. Thursday. Forenoon cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 49.) Jan. 3. Friday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Jan. 4. Saturday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Jan. 5. Sabbath. Weather cloudy with a mist like a fine rain in the morning and evening. I could not attend meeting as I desired, it being Communion Sabbath. Mr. & Mrs. Wallace joined our church, which we have long wondered they did not do, and had their two little boys - Edward Lawrence and Alfred Franklin baptized. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Jan. 6. Monday. Forenoon cloudy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Jan. 7. Tuesday. A foggy and cloudy day. Mrs. Anderson called in afternoon. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.)
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