Nov. 19. have been burning some time beforeI discovered it, as the fire hadnearly reached the top. It probablycaught from a bush fire the Dr.kindled some days ago. As it wasan old and partly dead tree, wewere not sorry, but watched itwith interest as the fire progressedand burned the trunk in two,when the top fell amid showers ofsparks, which looked most splendidlyas they ascended.Nov. 20. Today I have been boiling grapesfor jelly. Dr. has been arranging theoffice. We take much interest in it.Tonight as I was washing the supperdishes, Mr. and Mrs. Staple called.They spent the evening with us, andthe time has passed quite agreeablyNov. 21. Wednesday. Finished my jelly.I have 7 quarts of it. Mrs. Vance hasbeen here again to have her arm dressed.A beautiful lark came and sang forus the sweetest song I have heardin Cal. I could not see him at firstbut at last espied him on the topmost bough of a tree near the doorHis plumage a beautiful brown &Nov. 21. yellow, and he was about thesize of a robin. Sweet songster thencanst praise our God with thy melodiousvoice, but I am more happy,more fortunate than thou,for while I can sing to His praiseI can also live to his glory: while Iam enjoying that reason which Hehas given me, but denied thee. Havebeen making a curtain for my bedroomwindow this evening.Nov. 22. A little rain has been fallingthis morning, but it quickly clearedaway. I have finished a newflannel jacket for myself today.Nov. 23. A pleasant day. Mrs. Holmanwith the children have spenta few hours with me this afternoon.Nov. 24. Had occasional showers thismorning and forenoon, but the afternoonhas been pleasant.Nov. 25. Sabbath. The sun has beenshining brightly today. We have beento church. As we rode along I noticedfor the first time since my arrival herepools of water standing in the road,from the rain of yesterday. Dr. C.preached from the words. "Behold,
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