Oct. 25. of night and liberty. Took a walk andmade some purchases. In the evening receiveda call from Dr. Saunders, one ofthe passengers on the ship Golden Ageon which we came. Heard that MissAtherton, another fellow passenger,was married and lives in SacramentoOct.26. Friday. Called on Mrs. Allen, whois now living with a Maj. Clark, comersof H and 14 sts. She is quite well now.Dr. arrived from San Fran. about midnight,and waked me. I was very gladto see him, safe and sound.Oct. 27. Went to the wharf with Dr. to seethe goods and furniture. Sat in mynew rocking chair for hears on the stoopof a store opposite, watching theirunpacking. They have come verysafely, all in pretty good condition.Mrs. Allen called down to see hertrunk - unpacked it and sold mesome of her bed linen. She is wellpleased with all, and seems to bemore contented than formerly. Towardsnight, we took a short ride abouttown in our new gig. Enjoyed it much.Oct. 28. Rode home from Sacramento. Hada delightful ride. Were considerablydetained, so that we did not reachhome until very late.Oct. 29. Dr. has been to Dry Creek todayafter a load of furniture which we leftthere last night. Wrote to mother. Tooka walk to the new house and met Dr. justas he returned.Oct.30. This morning Dr. started for SacramentoAnd George took me over to the new housewhere we have been engaged in setting upa bedstead and unpacking goods. Thisafternoon I have been writing to BrotherRoland.Oct.31. Wednesday. Last day of autumn.I have returned from a short walk, inwhich I gathered some acorns. As Iwalked along, oppressed with a senseof loneliness and the many duties whichwould soon devolve upon me, I castmy eyes downward to the turf on thehillside, and a small yellow flowermet my gaze, Sweet emblem of hope!lifting up its sunny face towards thesky, as if there it hoped to find relief andaid, when frost and stones should assail it.It surely rebuked me for any feelingsof despondency which I had cherished,and seemed to bid me look upwards for
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