Dec. 25. the candles were lighted in theChristmas tree, and the children's sportscommenced. There were 12 of them, andthey had a merry time. We staid but afew minutes longer, as we had also beeninvited to Mr. Staples', and concludedto spend the evening there. We went downon horseback, and found quite a companyassembled. Mr. and Mrs. Athearnand one daughter, Mrs. Brown, Dr. Norcomfrom Stockton and Mr. Hutchinson, ElmerGeorge and Mr. Haywood and some others,We had a fine supper, at which Champagnewas drank. After supper, the conversationturned on the beauties of the vegetationhere in the early spring and Dr. N.remarked that he had observed thatgreat part of the wild flowers were yellow.The company separated room after,and we returned home.Dec. 26. Rainy all day, George spent apart of the day with us.Dec. 27. Thursday. This morning was rainybut the afternoon has been clear, Ihave such a bad cold that I am almostsick.Dec. 28. This day has been clear and cold.Rode on horseback across the river toDec. 28. visit Mrs. Alfred Parker, Dr.accompanied me. The river was so deepwe found some difficulty in crossing.Dec. 30. Sabbath. A pleasant day. Mycold was so bad, did not think it advisableto go to S. School. Spent the day inreading.Dec. 31. Last day of 1'55. The sun rose brightlyand promised a beautiful day. Thefrosty earth sparkled in the sunshine,and the pools of water frozen during thenight, told that it had been quite cold.Dr. and I concluded to go to Stockton,to which place we had long anticipatedgoing. So we started off, and tho' wefound it quite cold, it was so pleasantthat we enjoyed it much. Atfirst, the horse was afraid of everylittle frozen pool we came to; but soonbecame accustomed to it. This circumstanceshowed that he had never livedin N. E. When we arrived at Mrs. Furnish'swe stopped to warm our feet andinquire after her health. We found herand her little babe getting along nicely.We had hoped to arrive in S. by noon:but the road was muddy near the city,and we did not reach that place until
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