Oct. 22. he had concluded to go by way ofSacramento and take me with him.He also thought of purchasing furniturefor our new house. He saidwe could go in in a lumber wagon,bring out a load of goods in it, andride home in our new gig. To this plansI joyfully assented, for I thought Ishould not be so lonely in Sacramentowhile the Dr. was absent, as on theRanch. So we put some straw andblankets in the body of the wagon, onwhich I could sit or recline at pleasure.Then L. Moore, Dr and I got inand were soon on our way to the city.The morning was very favorable, andriding along so pleasantly. I couldnot help wishing that Susan n Augustawere with me. As we went along,we stopped at Mr. Foster's door, andshe said, "How well and happy youlook." "I am so," I replied. We soonpassed all that tract of land which iscovered with trees, and were then ona level plain with no trees in sightexcept at a great distance, when theyborder on the Cosumnes river. Mt.De Ablean was seen in the extreme westOct. 22. and the Sierra Nevada range inthe east. Just before reaching the Cosumnes,we passed a beautiful house andgrounds, arbor and flower garden, belongingto a Western man. This river isnow narrow, never so wide as the Mokalumne.We rode over a very longtoll bridge, then came in sight of anIndian Ranch area on the right anda very pretty brick house on the left.About two o'clock we stopped for dinnerat the Elk-grove House. This is a Hotelbuilt beneath the shade of large, widespreading oak trees, occupying a placewhich is rare in that portion of thecountry for beauty and comfort. Startedagain, we were soon once more on anopen plain. And it being now the warmpart of the day, we suffered from heat,I began to ful really fatigued. We soonstopped for a draught of water at a housewhich proved to be occupied by Irish emigrants.They kept a bar-room for theaccomodation of travelers. They had amotto over a door in the house, which arethought very expressive." Erin is my country,America my home." A short drive nowbrought us to the city. We rode to Mr. W.'s
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