Dec. 18. Not very beautiful weather.Mr. William Parker came here tohave some teeth extracted. He tookchloroform, and had two drawn.After he recovered. We had conversationupon different topics, amongthe rest the subject of baptism wasdiscussed - the different modes, etc.He informed me that the sect calledCampbellites has organized a churchabove here an interesting fact.Dec. 19. Wednesday. Very rainy all day.Dec. 20. Clear and still through theday. Elmer came here this morningand had a bad bile on his underlip opened. Tonight it has commencedraining again.Dec. 21. Rainy all day. George andMr. Hayward came and spentthe evening with us.Dec. 22. Now while N. E. people are celebratingthis as the anniversary ofthe day on which the Puritanslanded at Plymouth, and while,no doubt, those states are coveredwith snow and ice, we are enjoyingmild and beautiful weatherthe grass is springing and birds areDec. 22. singing. This afternoon Irode the Dr.'s Spanish mare to Elmer'sand he accompanied me. I have notbeen there before since we moved to thisnew house. About noon. Mr. and Mrs.Largent, a gentleman and lady whomElmer has hired to work for him, calledin here to warm themselves before goingfarther. The morning has been intenselycold, and they have rode 12 milesfrom Clay's bar, with a babe 4 monthsold. They are from Texas to this state. Shelooks stout and hearty as though workwould not trouble her. Her babe is a boyname Alexander.Dec. 23. Sabbath. Cold and cloudy. We rodeto church. Dr. Canders preached from Rom.12.1. After service, Dr. being obliged to visit apatient farther on, took me with him beforewe returned home. The sick man was abrother of Mrs. Poland, I had never seenher before. She is from Maine seems likea pleasant woman. When we arrived home,we found we were too late for the S. School.This evening, Mr. and Mrs. Staples called,and Elmer, George and Mr. Wallace cameover, and the time passed in singing andplaying music.
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