Dec. 31. near 1 o'clock. On entering, we passedthe Insane Hospital a fine brickbuilding, and shortly after, the courthouse, also of brick and finely constructed.We made the Weber Houseour place of rendezvous, took dinner,which was an excellent one and thehouse very well furnished, then wentout shopping, After we had purchasedneeded articles, returned to the Hoteland while Dr. went after the carriageI engaged in conversation with alady in the parlor. She, with her husbandand little boy, are from San Francisco,and have purchased a farmon the Calaveras River, whether they aresoon to go. She is from N. E. and seemedto be a sensible woman. We started forhome, and arrived at Mr. Thomason'swhere we stopped to warm and restourselves, took supper then came onhome and arrived about 10 o'clock. Wesat up long enough to see the New Yearcome in. Then fell asleep.1856. Jan. 1. Temperature at sunrise, 30.A very pleasant day. I have beenwriting home, Mrs. Vincent sent mean invitation to spend the day with her.Jan. 1. So early this afternoon, we saddledour horses. But someone came for the Dr.so I determined to go by myself. The distanceis about 3 miles, and I accomplishedit soon. Found them well. Soon Mr.Holman and family came down, andthe time passed pleasantly in conversationuntil sunset, when I took somelunch and started alone for homewhere I arrived just in time to seeDr. starting for Dry Creek to visit sickpatients.Jan. 2. T.S.R. 28 This morning we hadsome thought of starting for Dry townbut Father came over with his face muchswollen with erysipelas, and we thoughbest to remain and nurse him well. Soafter finishing my morning houseworkI sat down to write to Susan. BeforeI had finished Mrs. Athearn camewith her daughter and little boy tospend the day. I did not feel very wellbut managed to entertain them, and thetime passed pleasantly.Jan. 3. T.S.R. 31. A fair day. Wrote toCousin Augusta.Jan. 4. 10. During these days, I havebeen ill of a most distressing, tho' not
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