Roseltha Goble Diary, 1862-1864


Roseltha Goble Diary, 1862-1864

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May 30, 1862

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My Journal

May 30th 1862. I have been a long time promising myself, and my Husband too, I would keep a diary. It is often useful for reference; besides profitable and amusing; It seems quite an effort to commence; but when the habit is once established, of recording each day's events It will not be an effort and I shall scarcely miss the time It has been cloudy and rather chilly to-day although so late in the season we have had no very warm weather Vegetation is very backward. It is so cold and dry nothing grows much. I watch the garden but the progress is so slow, it is quite discouraging. {following lines in pencil} Dora went to Drumbo to-day with her Granpa and Gramma; and enjoyed her ride and visit very much.

May 31st. I am too sleepy to-night to write much. It is Saturday night andother week with its record of good and evil has passed away. May the Lord fit and prepare us for the Sabbath. It has been a warm pleasant day; but very dry. Dora has taken cold, and has a bad cough I hope she may soon be better. Good Night.

Yesterday June 1st was Sunday we attended Sabbath School The lessen was "Christ's Temptation in the Wilderness we had an interesting and profitable School. Mr. Landon preached at 11 oclock from the words "Blessed Savior" in two weeks he intends in continuation of the subject to preach from the remainder of the same verse "Glorious Gospel." We were threatened with rain in the morning, but it only sprinkled a little, it remains warm and dry. Dora's cough is much better a wet bandage on her chest I think

helped her.

June 3rd Yesterday I did not write here the day was warm and pleasant. in the forenoon I cleaned out and put in order the house for the man to sleep in. In the afternoon I finished my apron; and commenced my slippers. In the evening John and Henrietta accompanied by Elizabeth & Mrs. Kitchen called. The{y} did not stay long. Jasper was busy getting ready to move the barn. To-day I have been washing and cleaning all day, have worked a little in my Garden, weeding and watering, It has been {cold?} and threatened rain, but is as yet dry as ever. Jasper has two men helping him with the barn. I am tired but feel better than I did last week. I am not very strong I soon get tired. Jane came and helped us a little while this afternoon. I must make up the M. Sheet to-night yet.

June 4th In the afternoon went over to Wolverton with Father Goble to visit my Father found him at home and pleased to see us. He is all alone. It seemed too bad for me to come away and leave him I assisted in getting up a nice Tea; and washed the dishes altho' he said he could do it as well. It makes me feel very sad to go there; such a wreck of the "old home" The boys away at Washington exposed to danger and disease, And three of that home circle lying side by side beneath the summer grass. I feel very very lonely when I think of them, especially Darling Jassy because he died in a strange land among strangers and I was not with him; But I know all that a brother's love, and unwearied love could do for him was done, and it is a great comfort too that he was not left to sleep in the stranger's land, but was brought a long sad journey home to be laid beside Our Sainted Mother and young brother. The cup of sorrow is

so full but another drop might be added I know fatehr must be very lonely sometimes What changes time makes.

June 5th It has been warm to-day, but no rain yet. Jasper has been working on the road to-day & I have been working at my slippers and housework in general We heard to-night Drumbo nearly burned up to-day all the stores & hotels, and principal buildings. The loss of property must be very great Jasper is asleep and I am nearly in the same state. Good Night.

June 6th It has been warm to-day to-night it looks a little like rain Vegetation is becoming almost parched this dry warm weather. Dora is calling me; she has not seemed very well to-day Jasper has been on the road. Mother went this afternoon to Princeton to see Mrs. Mi{illegible}. I ironed this forenoon.

sewed during the afternoon and watered by Garden &c {illegible} It is late and I am tired & sleepy.

Monday night June 9th. It has been very warm to-day and no rain yet. I have been washing cleaning &c most of the day. This evening Mrs. Kitchen and a friend of her's Mrs Cooper came on the cars from London and staid to tea. Elizabeth & Henrietta came down for them. Jasper has been working at the barn. he failed in moving it entire; and is pulling it down, and then will have to put it up again. It will make him a good deal of work. Last Saturday I received letters from the boys good cheerful letters, they are yet at Washington and all well. I am glad they are more comfortable than they have been. In the afternoon we went to Drumbo. It is indeed

a desolate looking place forty-two buildings burned down. Every store, and tavern, post-office, Printing office and many dwelling houses. It is a sad looking place. Yesterday (Sunday) Elder Patton preached at the School house in the morning from the text "Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken from her." God grant we may all make so wise a choice. In the afternoon we went over to the Cooley Pond to hear him again. I am tired to-night and must court "tired Nature's sweet restorer balmy sleep."

June 10th Melissa went to John Scotts to spend the day Pa went to Woodstock and she went with him. She did not return but will remain all night. I have made Dora an apron & some other sewing. Jasper has been pulling down the barn

warm today This Morning Melissa came home & Mrs Jos. Kitchen and Mrs Cooper came to take the morning train. Jasper has been preparing two beds in the garden for me. Pa has given me More ground to cultivate. I expect my efforts will be rewarded by a profusion of sweet flowers bye and bye. I have been very busy today preparing to go to London for a visit. Dora is not very well.

June 12th It was very warm this morning but this afternoon and evening we have had a nice rain. It will do so much good. I hope it is not over with yet. I have been busy finishing my preparations for our visit to London we intend to go to-morrow. When I came home I must put in some seeds.

Wednesday June 18th. Yesterday we came home. We had a very pleasant visit. We left home Friday went up to Woodstock and took dinner with Lissa and Herman they have moved a little out of town and are quite pleasantly situated. Mr. Shrimpton dined with us. After dinner left for Uncle Daniel Goble's in Dorchester called a little while to see Henry Scott in Ingersol and arrived at Uncle D a little after tea-time found all well and expressed themselves pleased to see us. Saturday morning we left for Aunt Amy Davisons where we arried about 3 o'clock very tired It rained very hard part of the forenoon. We closed up the carriage and did not get wet. Gramma was not expecting us; and hardly knew us at first. She is very feeble and has failed much since I saw her.

I do not think she wuill be here long life's sands are nearly run out. She was much pleased to see us; and will feel better for the visit. Eliza has a fine little girl 7 months old. Dora was perfectly delighted with the baby We remained over Sunday and left for home Monday morning called on Mrs {Dadson?} in London done a little shopping and came on to Uncle Green's in Beachville we staid over night with them. Granma Green is well and happy as usual. She is a good soul striving to make every body happy. We called a few minutes in Woodstock and reached home time for dinner, found all well. Dora enjoyed the trip very much. She is quite well. I put in some flower seeds after I came home we had a nice shower in the evening and everything looks fresh.

and green. Today I have been washing We have had a little shower to-day with a promise of more I want to write to the boys to-night and must quit scribbling here.

July 24th What a blank! I have not very well fulfilled my intention of writing here daily. but I have been so busy, and have not felt well or strong. Emma & Marion came home nearly two weeks ago Mrs Bachman & daughter came with them and they left this morning for their home in Massachusetts Mr Bachman came last night. They are very pleasant people indeed. I am sorry we had no girl while they were here and were so busy all the time. We have had a good deal of other company during the time, and I feel quite tired. I am not as strong as I wish I was I get tired so soon. It is bed time. Good Night. My {ilegible} journal.

Monday July 28th. It is raining beautifully this morning. I like such quiet rainy days. we can be more alone such days. I hoped I should get a letter from the boys this morning but am disapointed. I want very much to hear from them. Yesterday (Sunday) we had a good School. Mr. Landon preached at 11 o'clock and in the afternoon we went with Emma to the Episcopal Church. I was very tired at night. Mr & Mrs {Milmins?} spent the Sabbath with us and went home this morning.

July 29. Had a woman to wash today. Mother & Emma spent the afternoon at Aunt Maria's. Dora went with them.

30th. Father, Mother, Emma, Maria & Dora went to Brantford today. I spent the day pleasantly alone. Jasper had the men helping him in the hanging

he got in several loads of hay. A beautiful day.

31st Four years ago today Daniel died. I have been thinking much all day of that death-bed scene in Walsingham It was hard to part with him so young and hopeful; but I trust our loss was his gain. "Death has a shining mark." This has been a fine day. Lissa and I ironed this forenoon. Jasper has been busy in his hay. he had two men this afternoon. I weeded a little in my garden this evening. I have neglected my flowers lately. I have not had time or strength to attend to them. Jasper is asleep and I should be. Good Night.

August 4th Last Friday Emma Dora and myself went over to Wolverton to see Lissa she is staying a few weeks with father we intended coming home Saturday evening but it rained & we came home yesterday (Sunday) Morning in time for Sunday Scool. Elder Pastor

at 11 o'clock I came home after School and Mother and Emma went to hear him Jasper said they heard an excellent Sermon. In the afternoon we went up to hear Mr. {Moskin?}. After tea Jasper Dora and I walked down to Mr. Shannon's The weather is very warm. I found a letter from Alfred Yesterday when I came home. Newton is not well. he has a fever every day and was going to the Hospital. I am afraid he will suffer much {thru?} this hot weather I wish he was home. I will write to them today. Emma has gone to spend the day with Mrs. {Milmins?}.

5th August. It rained a little last night and has been threatening more all day but only sprinkled a little before dinner. We had a woman to wash this forenoon and after dinner Maria & I did the cleaning. Father, Mother, Emma & Marion went to a Tea-Meeting

at Eastwood this afternoon. Jasper, Dora, & I took tea alone how pleasant it would be if we had a little house of our own. I hope we may some time I am very tired to-night but feel better than I did yesterday.

6th To-day has been very warm. Ironed this forenoon and sewed during the afternoon. Mr Woodman was here to dinner and tea. Melissa called this evening on horseback and Emma went a little way with her for a ride. Jasper is asleep I must follow his stupid example.

7th Mother and Emma went to Beachville this morning. Warm & dry.

8th It is extremely warm to-day. last night was very warm the air did not get cool. I think very often of the poor soldiers at the South. how can they stand this weather. I hope soon to hear from the boys. I fear Newton cannot get well there. The Lord preserve them.

August 9th Jasper, Marion & Myself have just returned from a horse-back ride. We went down to Uncle Jame's's and have had such a delightful ride home by moonlight. Mother came home this afternoon, Emma will remain till next week. It was very warm last night. This morning we had a nice shower. the air has been cool & pleasant since. This is Saturday night. May we have wisdom and strength to perform aright the duties of the coming Sabbath.

August 18th To-day Mr Landon preached a beautiful Sermon on the preciousness of Faith. from 1st Peter.1.7. Father in Heaven give us more of this precious faith true faith, which like true gold tried by fire may come out purer & brighter by season of trials here. How precious are the trials which purify our faith "much more precious than gold."

11th Monday Night. It has been very warm to-day, and is not much cooler now. Jasper commenced cutting his wheat to-day he had two men. We had a severe storm of wind & rain this forenoon. it came up very quick about half past ten and lasted about half an hour perhaps longer. Marion went on horseback after tea to get a wash woman after she came back I went for a ride. I feel tired and sleepy & must quit scribbling no letter yet from the boys.

12th A delightfully cool day. We expected Emma this evening but she did not come. Jasper has been cutting his wheat. It is not good.

13th It has been a little warmer than yesterday but very pleasant. No letter from The boys. Emma came home this morning A year ago to-day Bertie died. He is wearing a white robe; and singing a new song where "time" is not. I feel weary and must retire. Good Night.

August 14th It has been a rainy day. quiet ceaseless rain. I washed this forenoon and made Marion an apron in the afternoon. Mother is not well to-night She has taken cold this damp day.

15. Pa, Emma & Marion went to Paris to-day. So cold we had a fire in the house all day. Went with Jasper down to Mrs Bent's on horseback. had a pretty cool ride

16th Went to Drumbo this afternoon to Covenant Meeting had a very good Meeting. Called a few minutes on Mrs Landon. & came home to Tea. quite cold to-day. Shall need an extra blanket to-night.

17th Sunday Went to Sabbath School in the morning and. heard Mr Moshier preach in the afternoon a cool pleasant day. 18th Had a woman to wash made Jasper a pair of pants and in the evening went for a ride on horse back and called on Mrs Cowan. Mr Ryerson returned.

19th Pa Emma & Marion went fishing this forenoon and took Dora with them We did the ironing, baked, &c a warm day. Tomorrow we (Emma Dora & I.) are going to Mr Bigger's and expect to stay two or three days. I must retire and rise early in the morning. No letter yet from the boys.

20th Went to Drumbo had a very pleasant visit with Mr & Mrs Landon I consider theirs a truly model household left in the afternoon called a few minutes in Wolverton. and. arrived at Mr Biggers about Tea-time. found all well. spent the next day (Thursday) then intended to leave soon Friday morning but it rained and we staid till after dinner. Had a pleasant visit called on our return at Mr Laycocks Would liked to have made a long visit there but had not time

was caught in a severe shower of wind and rain got pretty wet. another shower threatening we called on Mr Hersey's and staid to Tea. got home before dark very tired and considerably mussed up.

Saturday 23rd remained at home Jasper went to Woodstock. Marion and Dora spent the day at Aunt's

Sabbath. Had an interesting School after which Mr Landon preached a beautiful Sermon about "holding fast the Lord" and not denying our faith. It is St Bartholenew's day Two hundred years ago to-day came on Sunday and two Thousand non-conforming Clergymen of the Church of England preached their last Sermon in their Churches and the next day 25th August 1662 gave up their livings left their comfortable

parsonages and became outcasts for the sake of truth. After the Restoration of Charles the second and order was issued that all Ministers who should not conform to the rules of the Church and receive the book of Common Prayers {written above the line by this 24th of August} should be ejected from their livings to what a numerous noble band have those two thousand dissenters increased

25th a warm beautiful day. Mrs Annie Tripp, baby, & Calista came down and spent the afternoon Mr & Mrs John Lewis called this evening. Father sent me letters he recieved from the boys. Newton is quite well but not very strong. Alonzo has a better situation as Clerk in the Quarter Master's Department. and they are all well. I am so glad, and thankful The Lord preserve them

26. It has been a very warm day Received a letter this morning from

Newton Goble. He is well but has pretty hard times. O: how foolish he was to leave his home and become a soldier. May the Lord protect him for vain is the help of man. Mr & Mrs Snider came up from Paris this evening and will return to-morrow. I feel very tired and nervous to-night. I tried to do more work this afternoon than I had strength for. Alas! how frail we are. I must go to sleep.

27th Mr & Mrs Snider left after dinner. It rained very hard in the morning and considerable during the forenoon. In the afternoon we all went for a ride on horseback. Jasper borrowed a horse. Nell rode a man's saddle on Jess. Emma rode Bill. & I mounted Laxy. We went up and got Elizabeth and had a fine ride. After Tea Nell & Mr Ryerson

went a part of the way home with Elizabeth. Mrs McMaster spent the evening with us. The day has been warm.

28th Emma has gone. Jasper, Nell, and I went with her to Woodstock she took the Express train there. We will all feel lonely without her. God Bless her. It has been a very pleasant day. We have only got home nearly nine o'clock We got a very good likeness of Dora taken to-day. We took tea at Wellington's.

29th Has been a cool pleasant day Nell & I went to Princeton before dinner on horseback to see Mr{s} Milmins. Had a pleasant ride. Mrs Layton and two daughters spent the afternoon with us. Mrs Cowan called this evening. Jasper is asleep. it is late; and I must go to bed. I am not sleepy; but I will be in the morning. Good Night.

30th August. Another beautiful day. Nell, Dora, and I went up the road after dinner called on Mrs Layton. Calista, Elizabeth and Aunt's family have succeeded in collecting money enough to buy a nice Bible for the Minister's desk. I called to see Mrs W. S. Miller she is sick. Had company to tea. Father, Mr Phillips, Miss Cole and her friend Miss Bogarth. Jasper has been to Drumbo to-day and has joined a Military Association for drill. God grant it may be long before Canada shall call her son's to battle. This is Saturday night. O Lord prepare our minds to recieve thy word and strengthen us to discharge the duties of the Holy day.

31st Sunday night. It has been a fine day and is quietly raining now. I love to hear the quiet patter of the rain against the window pane. All too is quiet within. It has been a pleasant day in Gospel privledge

Elder Patton preached a good Sermon this morning from the words. "Ark of the Covenant." Comparing the "Ark" to the Gospel dispensation. A type of Man's Redemption, wrought out by the Saviour In the afternoon he preached at the Cooley Pond We went over. A good Sermon but I fear I did not listen very profitably. I felt so tired and sleepy. How truly thankful we should be for these blessed Gospel privledges May the Lord teach us to profit by them. This is the last day of the Month. We have had such pleasant Sabbaths this Summer. No stormy ones to keep us at home. I must retire.

September 1862

1st Last night it rained This morning was quite warm & cloudy to-night it is so cold we had a fire to sit by. It is cloudy and windy. Melissa & Miss Kitchen spent the afternoon with us. We had a woman washing and was not prepared for company. Jasper is asleep as usual. Good night.

2nd So cold we have had a fire all day to sit by. No company to-day for a wonder. I have been ironing sewing &c.

3rd Very cool and quite pleasant to-day Melissa & Ellen called on their way to take the cars at Drumbo. Nell and I had a nice ride on horse back this evening I have been very busy to-day and feel tired to-night.

4th A very warm day. What changeable weather we have. Father & Mother went to Brantford to-day. Jasper & I went to a prayer meeting this evening in a room of the old house not many were there; but the promise is to two or three. There seems to be a spirit of prayer among us. & I trust God was with us. I hope we may meet often thus; for O! how much need we have of prayer. If the midnight hour and lonely mountains witnessed the agonizing prayers of a sinless Saviour O! how much need have we to pray. "O Thou by whom we come to God, The life, the truth, the way. The path of prayer Thyself hast trod Lord teach us how to pray."

5th Very warm to-day. Had company to dinner Mr Arnold & Miss Nixon. Wrote to the boys to-night. feel tired and must retire

6th Saturday night. It has been a rainy day. is quietly raining now. A very warm close day. I have finished to-day the "Minister's Wooing" by Mrs Stowe. I like the style quiet, deep & dreamy, Some hard, strange, doctrines about Election. "disinterested benevolence" and man's "free Agency". not like the simple, trusting, confidence in a God of love. I dare-say it shows the opinions and stern, austere faith of the Puritans. Tomorrow is Mr Landon's day. "Thine earthly {boasts} O! Lord we love, But there's a nother rest above."

7th Sabbath. A rainy day. had a small School and were much disapointed Mr Landon did not come. Went to prayer Meeting in the evening did not do my duty and felt I lost a blessing. Have not spent the day as truly devoted as I wish I had. The Lord forgive me.

8th Rainy in the morning but cleared up fine towards noon. Had no woman and Nell & I washed in the afternoon feel pretty tired to-night; but am stronger than I was last month: It is much cooler since the rain.

9th A lovely day. delightfully cool and pleasant. Mr Ryerson, Nell and I went up to Aunt's since Tea on horseback had a fine ride home by moonlight. Time I was asleep.

10th Another beautiful day. Mr Ryerson's brother was here to breakfast. Father was here to dinner he brought Miss Bogot to take the cars. Mr Landon called Nell & I went down to Mrs Cowan's after tea. Jasper came for us. we spent a pleasant evening. A letter from Newton this morning. he was well. Written 3rd Inst.

11th A very warm day. Is raining tonight. Prayer Meeting to-night Mother and Jasper went I have spent the evening alone.

12 So cold to-day we have had a fire since noon to sit by. I am tired & nervous to-night and must go to bed. Dora is sleeping with Gramma.

13th Have been to Drumbo this afternoon to Covenant Meeting. had a good "waiting together before the Lord" Resolved that I will spend a few minutes daily in reading a few verses of Scripture and private devotion besides our reading and prayer together. It has been a cold, cloudy, gloomy, day. Mr Bent spent an hour with us this evening. we had some good old tunes. Songs of praise &c to Our Father in Heaven.

14th. Went to Sabbath School. & in the afternoon walked up to hear Mr Moshier. felt so tired & drowsy from walking did not listen profitably. Staid to Class Meeting. was very much fatigued when I got home. Attended prayer Meeting in the evening, had a good Meeting I cannot but think the Lord will bless this effort to meet and pray. weak & humble though it is. Warmer than yesterday.

15th This is the Anniversary of our wedding day. We have been married four years. Very pleasantly has the time flown it seems but a short time since I came here. Our Married life has been very happy. Only one regret, & that is I wish we had a home of our own; but we are very comfortable here. I wish everybody had as pleasant a home. Rather warmer to-day

16th Washed and cleaned to-day. Am not as tired to-night as I am usualy a warm cloudy day. Nellie is sick, She and Pa came home last night. she has taken cold and is quite sick.

17th Cloudy with a little rain this forenoon. cleared up fine in the afternoon quite warm to-night Pa & Mr Ryerson are out fishing. have ironed to-day. finished my dress & did some mending.

18th A very cloudy, gloomy, day with considerable rain. went to prayer meeting in the evening. but few out. but the promise is to two or three".

19th A pleasant day. went up to John Scott's this afternoon on horseback had a pleasant ride with Elizabeth after tea and called at Aunt's. Came home and found Jasper & Ryerson just ready to go up and ride home with me.

20th Very warm, but pleasant. at home all day. Jasper went to Woodstock this afternoon. Heman called, on his way to the 5th Con. where he preaches to-morrow.

21st A very beautiful day. warm & bright went to School this morning. had a full interesting School Mr Landon preached at 11. subject. Religion not a thing of gloom; Christians above all thus have reason to be glad and rejoice at all times. Lucy came with him she is a nice quiet little girl. This is Sunday afternoon so quiet and calm. I love these quiet, holy, Sabbath days. Dora is asleep; and Jasper is reading To night is our prayer meeting I hope we may have a joyful waiting together before the Lord. Dora is awake darling pet, and has come up to see Mama Nellie & Lottie have gone for a ride. Nellie is getting better but is weak yet.

22nd Have washed to-day and cleaned and am very tired to-night. have done too much. Aunt Polly Green came this evening. It has been very warm.

23rd A very warm day. Ironed this forenoon and had the full benefit of the heat. Aunt Polly went away this afternoon. Lottie went home to-day she came down Sunday. Father came this evening.

24th A very cool pleasant day. Father left this morning for Walsingham but not before the mail came and I got letters from the boys good cheerful letters. Alfred & Alonzo both wrote Alfred had not been very well but was getting better. Newton was quite well and had got a situation as Clerk in the Government hay-yard at $40 per month. he is boarding with Alonzo I am so glad he will be less exposed

"Surely the Merciful kindness of the Lord is great towards us" I have not been very well to-day but am better to-night. Jasper went to Brantford to-day and has not returned. Dora is here and wishes me to write her too.

25th quite cold to-day, but pleasant Mother, Nell, & Dora went to Woodstock. have been to Prayer Meeting this evening not many present. Dora is sick tonight she has a bad cold.

26th A very beautiful day. warmer than yesterday. Mr Landon & Lucy called this afternoon. Hiram Green is here tonight Dora has been better to-day. I feel well.

27th A warm day clear and bright. Mr Muir came down on the train Calista & David were here for a practice. pleasant Evening

28th Very warm today. We are having delightful weather this month. Mr Muir preached this morning about the Mission of the Saviour. "He came to seek and save the lost". Our School was very small many were away attending a field Meeting among the United Bretheren Have been to Prayer Meeting this Evening quite a number out. Jasper and Dora are asleep and I must follow their example. Good Night.

29th Very warm again to-day rather cloudy and signs of rain. have finished a Fine Shirt for the Fair & washed & cleaned to-day a pretty good days work. Am very tired but truly thankful I am strong enough to stand it.

30th A rainy day chilly and gloomy. We cannot expect all sunshine summer days and cloudless skies cannot always last. These clouds will only make us appreciate more keenly the brightness

when it does come. Have prepared two Specimens of Penmanship for the Fair to-day. I am not satisfied with them but the time is so short I shall not rewrite them. Jasper is finishing up some Cooper work to take. Nellie got a letter from Emma this morning she is very well.

1st Oct. A rainy day. it has rained a little all day. Very dark and gloomy. I fear it will be unpleasant to-morrow for the Fair.

2nd Have been to Drumbo today a rainy, disagreeable, day. but many people at the Fair notwithstanding. Am very tired to-night. Got a 2nd prize on my Penmanship, but none on the shirt. The Ladies department was very good more competition than usual. Felt too tired to go to prayer meeting to-night. Must retire.

Oct 3rd Another rainy day. to-night the moon is shining clear. very foggy. and very warm. it has seemed more like a day in June than Oct. Only to-night it is quiet like sober, reflective Autumn rather than glad, rejoicing Spring. even the cricket's chirp is subdued. I love very much these quiet Autumn nights. They revive memories of other days some pleasing, and some sad, very sad. Jassy died this month My. poor brother I think of him so very often. his young life went out so soon. Noble, darling, brother O Lord teach me calm resignation. Elder Haviland & daughter were here to dinner.

4th It has cleared up to-day and is a beautiful moon light night. We Jasper and I called at Aunt's, and spent an hour at Mr Kipps for practise. Father is here to-night. It is ten o'clock and I must retire.

5th Sabbath. A delightful day clear, cool, & invigorating. Blessed days of rest. went to School and returned to keep house for Mother to go to Meeting. Marion is not yet well enough to stay alone and get dinner. I do not like to miss any of Mr Landon's sermons. but I must not be selfish. Lucy came with Mr L. and is to remain several days. Father is here. went to prayer Meeting in the evening. felt that I received a blessing. had a good meeting.

6th Fine this forenoon but cloudy and some rain this afternoon and evening. Father went away this morning Heman called. Mrs Cowan & Mr Fenny spent a part of the afternoon & evening with us had a pleasant visit. Jasper has gone to take them home. It is late and I must retire. Had a letter from Newton Goble this morning. he is well.

7th This has been a very warm pleasant day. What beautiful weather for this time of year. I have washed to-day. after I finished I made Mrs Layton a call on horseback. have written to Newton G. to-night. Am very tired.

8th A beautiful day. very warm and very bright. It seems too beautiful to last. We have had no frost yet. a truly delightful Autumn. Aunt Maria came down this morning and went with Mother to spend the days with Uncle Jame's's She is here to-night. Mr Landon called this afternoon. I have been very busy to-day It is very warm to-night.

9th A cloudy day and some rain Aunt spent the day with us. Went to Prayer Meeting not many present but had a truly delightful hour.

Oct 10th Fine this morning early but commenced raining before noon and has rained without cessation since. Father & Mother went to the Burford Fair and will not return to-night. Aunt went home this morning.

11th A pleasant day rather cool and some clouds. went to Drumbo to Covenant Meeting. felt encouragement & strength from doing so. Lucy went home took tea with Mrs Landon. roads very muddy part of the way.

12 Another pleasant Sabbath. Pretty cold but clear. last night the first frost we have had this fall. killed my balsams & dahlias. Went to School in the morning Jasper, Mother, & Dora went to hear Mr Moshier in the afternoon. Went to Prayer Meeting this evening more out than usual but there did not seem to be as much spiritual life.

among us as sometimes. May the Lord bless these little assemblings together, and may they increase both in numbers and fervency. It is a year to-day since Jassy died. precious brother how sadly my heart mourns you. I have thought very very often of him lately. his young life was so fair and promising. O! how many young lives perhaps as fair have been sacrificed in this terrible war. When will it end! when will the year of the redeemed of the Lord come. when the nations shall learn war no more. I could sit here and write & muse O! so sadly of darling Jassy all night, but I must retire or I will not feel well in the morning.

{Original Article from the "Cleveland Herald" pasted on the page} "In the city of Washington, D.C., on the 12th day of October, 1861, of Typhoid Fever, JASPER WOLVERTON, aged 17 years. {hand written. (son of Enos Wolverton, {illegible}} The deceased was formerly a member of the West High School, which he entered from Eagle street Grammar School, in the fall of 1860, the BEST scholar in the city. He, with two brothers, one older and the other younger than himself, left his home in July, to serve their country, in which service he was stricken down by disease. He was kind and affectionate to his friends, modest in his nature, and was respected by all who knew him as a model young man. Co{illegible}"

{clipping from newspaper pasted to diary page}

Resolutions on the Death of J. Wolverton.

"WHEREAS, It has pleased the Almighty in His mysterious providence to remove from this world our much esteemed schoolmate and friend, Jasper Wolverton, a member of the Philomathian Society of the West High School, therefore, we, members of said Society, in body assembled do adopt the following:

Be it Resolved, That in this afflicting dispensation we have been bereft of a true and faithful friend and member, and of one who, while he was with us, was greatly endeared to us by his kind, modest and gentlemanly deportment towards all.

Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathies to the parents and relations of the deceased in this their sad bereavement.

Resolved, That in token of our respect and sorrow for our fellow member we cause our hall to be draped in black, and that we exhibit the usual sign of mourning for ten days.

Resolved, That a copy of the resolutions be sent to the parents of the deceased, and that they be printed in the city papers.

By the unanimous vote of the members of the Philomathian Society."

Oct 13th quite cool in the morning, but considerably warmer towards night. a little cloudy but pleasant. Nell & I washed. Martha Eakins called in the forenoon on horseback. Heman came down in the afternoon after a stove. took tea before he left Sent dresses to Ida & Eva. Arthur came with him. Have gathered my Balsom seeds to-day. My flowers have been fine this fall especially Gilliflower & Pinks I have now Gilliflower, India Pinks, China Pinks, Dahlia's Mignonette & Nasturtiums in plenty. have been well pleased with my gardening experiment this year. I only regret we have not a home & garden of our own that I might beautify it: with plants, flowers, & trees. "But do the duty nearest you". I try to make my motto. The years come and go so fast. life but at most is but a day. It will not be long before we like the flowers will pass away Will our works follow us.

14th. Cold and cloudy. Mrs Rutherford died last night. Jasper has been busy all day making the coffin. Nell & I intended going to Uncle J. Eakins this afternoon, but Mother assisted with the coffin and we could not be spared. No company to-day

15th I have made to-day my long talked of visit to Mrs Layton's. Nell & I walked up this afternoon and Jasper and Mr Ryerson came up with the buggy for us and spent the evening. We had a very pleasant visit. It has been pleasant to-day. rather cloudy towards night.

16th Rainy to-day. Went to Prayer Meeting to-night. Not many present. The Revd Mr Starr conducted the meeting.

17th Pleasant to-day. cloudy in the afternoon. A letter from Alfred this morning All well. "Bless the Lord O! my soul, and forget not all His benefits" have answered him to-night. A year ago tonight since Alfred came with all that was left of darling Jassy. It seems but a day ago. What power Memory has. Mother & Nell went out for a ride this afternoon.

18th A very beautiful day. Mr Ryerson's brother here to dinner. Nell and I have had a long ride on horseback this afternoon Went down to Uncle James's, called at Mrs Lewis's. came home and went out to the Mill to see Sarah Laycock. She had gone before we got there. When we came home found a Miss Bogot and Cousin here off the cart. Father came for them. All staid to tea. Am tired from my long ride.

19. Sabbath. rather cloudy and windy some rain in the afternoon had a good School. Lesson the last Passover, and institution of the "Lords Supper". Mr Landon preached. Subject. "God in His providences" "God moved in a mysterius way, His wonders to perform." Went to Prayermeeting in the Evening.

20th Washed to-day. cold but not unpleasant. It is a year to-day since Jassy was laid to rest, beneath the cold, withered, autumn grass. Withered like the hopes that clustered bright along his path here His young life was very fair and full of promise. My affections cling so about my brothers. I never felt anything a sacrifice, if for Them. I would have them noble, brave &, good and two the fairest & best are lying low in the grave. But I trust the Great Father had need of them. God grant Thy sleep in

in hope of a glorious immortality and may their deaths teach those who are left to prepare to depart in peace and be with God which is far better.

21st rained all day. Had the parlor stove put up to-day.

22nd First rain and then sunshine all day. like human life. clouds and brightness intermingled.

23rd A very beautiful morning but cloudy and cold before night. I called to see Mrs Starr this afternoon she was not at home. did not go to Prayer Meeting tonight.

24th The forenoon was very beautiful warm, bright sunshine the afternoon cloudy and windy and tonight wind, and rain. not very cold. very changeable weather.

25th The first snow flakes this morning. cold & cloudy. Pa & Ma went to Aunt Maria's today. Dora went with them. Company in the afternoon. Mrs Starr, Elizabeth and Nancy. David came in the evening. Elder Patton is here. We had a pleasant evening.

29th Oct. I have neglected my Journal several days. last Sunday our Sabbath School closed. The weather was cold and rather unpleasant. but the house was full & occasion an interesting one the reports were well got up. Elder Patton opened the School Mr Moshier came gave a short address & closed. Elder Patton preached subject importance of understanding the Scriptures. Mr Landon was present and gave a short but very excellent address after the Sermon. In the

afternoon we went to the Cooley Pond School house Elder Patten preached and in the evening to Prayer Meeting More Gospel priviledges than I felt I could appreciate & profit by. Monday Nancie came. Tuesday. cloudy & chilly to-day cloudy & some rain. Nancie went away to-day.

30th A very beautiful day warm & bright. like soft Indian summer. I have been working in the garden, making soap and boiling cider all day and am very tired did not go to Prayermeeting.

Oct 31st A very warm, clear beautiful day. More like May than the last of Oct. What delightful weather. I am very tired to-night we have taken up {illegible} carpet & cleaned. finished the soap & cider.


November 1st Another warm pleasant day. warm enough without a fire. Nancy & Amelia Kipp called in the forenoon. They went on the cars at 11 o'clock. Heman called after dinner. Henrietta & Elizabeth spent an hour with us this afternoon we have had a very busy day. I am very tired and glad it is Saturday night to-morrow a "day of rest"

Nov 2nd Sabbath. A very pleasant morning. I staid at home all the rest went to hear Mr Landon. Miss Sudborough came over with him. She leaves Drumbo in a few days. I am sorry she is going away she is a pleasant person. Nellie went home with them & will spend some days. coludy afternoon and rainy evening. went to Prayer Meeting

however. It is always good to wait upon the Lord.

3rd A cold, rainy, windy day with now & then a ray of sunShine

4th A pleasant day. cold but clear. Had a woman to wash. I am not very strong. I get tired so soon I feel discouraged sometimes. I wish we had a little home of our own. I am weary waiting. "hope defered maketh a sad heart".

5th Pleasant in the morning but a rainy afternoon.

6th Very cold to-day; but no rain did not go to Prayer Meeting to-night have been writing to Uncle Silas

7th Very cold and clear. quite like winter. have been cleaning & baking all day.

Monday Nov 18th This is a very beautiful day warm, and clear. so unlike last Saturday. cold & wind & snow we went to Drumbo to Covenant Meeting and nearly froze That is an exageration; but indeed it was very cold not many at Meeting. but the promise is to two or three. Went over to Wolverton at night & staid with father. he is very cosy & quiet in his bachelor's hall; but lonely. Sunday we attended Church again at Drumbo. Elder Patton gave us a good sermon. we took dinner at Mr Landon's Nellie came home with us. went to Prayer Meeting in the evening. felt too tired to enjoy anything. Jasper is not well to-day.

Thursday November 20th There is a blank in my journal. I have been sick but thanks to Our heavenly Father I am nearly quite well again. I went to Brantford the 11th and took cold; and had some chills and fever after the old way. last Sunday seemed a long day I could not go out. It has rained for four days and is cloudy yet; but not cold. We have had a beautiful fall much like it was four years ago. It snowed a little this morning but the air was so warm it was only "white a moment - then gone forever". Mr Laytons called this morning to say good bye. The are going back to New York. I wrote to Alonzo & Alfred yesterday. Jasper has gone to Prayer Meeting to-night. It was too damp for me to go out.

Saturday - Nov 22nd. Marion and I went to Woodstock yesterday and came home on the cars this evening It has been cold and unpleasant found Lissa and family well. Took tea with Helen last evening. Elder Patton is here to-night.

23rd Sunday. went to Bible Class at 10 o'clock. Elder Patton preached at 11. text, "I beseech you therefore by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" he gave us a very excellent sermon. My Prayer to God is that I through free grace may be enabled at all times to present myself, a living sarifice unto God. Prayer Meeting in the evening. and truly God was with us My birth day. I am 27 years old.

24th A beautiful day, clear but cold air. Washed to-day, had a woman to help. killed pigs, cleaned &c.

25th warmer than yesterday but not so clear. Jasper's birth-day he is 28. How fast the years seem to pass. We are growing old.

26th Not very cold. baked this afternoon. finished a vest for Jasper.

27th cold and snow. had a letter from Alfred this morning. all well Newton Goble had been with them one night. A letter too from George and Emma they have been sick. Wrote to Alfred this afternoon assisted in packing a box to send Emma. Commenced a pr of Pants for Jasper. Went to Prayer Meeting in the evening. Jasper went to Princeton with the box & did not get back to Meeting

28th Has snowed some to-day is very comfortable winter weather. have worked very hard to-day to get Jasper's pants done and have not quite succeeded baked this evening and am very tired to-night. how frail we are!

29th Jasper and Pa went to Woodstock to-day and did not home till quite late a comfortable day but very bad roads

30th Sunday. I felt this morning how blessed it is to have one day of rest how necessary it is our bodily strength should have rest as well as the Spiritual strength should be renewed. Went to bible Class and heard Mr Landon preach. felt tired & sleepy and did not have a feast as I had anticipated. O! how

sin-fettered we are here. how frail & weak. In heaven there will be no weariness or pain There will be no sin there and none will say, I am sick. Had a good Prayer Meeting in the evening. May the Lord grant that little Meeting may become a very Bethel to our souls A happy, holy place because of the presence of the Lord

1st Dec. Winter has come in it is not very cold. a little snow and some prospect of more. Heman called this evening on his way home. A Mr Lewis from Hamilton was here to dinner A man came this forenoon and begged some bread he says he is an Englishman has no money & has been without food since yesterday moring he has evidently seen better days and has the manner & appearance of a gentleman Pa has invited him to stay

over night & rest and recruit. his name is Harley. Got a letter from father he wants me to make cakes for a table at a Tea-Meeting in Wolverton the 10th I hardly know what to do; but have decided to make them and then go if we can.

2nd Rather colder to-day. have done part of the washing and some cleaning. Mr Harley went away this morning. I hope he may find home and friends. I am weary and must retire early tonight.

3rd Company to-day. Aunt and Henrietta spent a part of the day with us. pretty cold, Ironed in the evening.

4th very comfortable winter weather have been baking for the Tea-Meeting to-day felt too weary to go to Prayer Meeting. I sorry I did not go. I feel so gloomy & homesick.

5th Rather colder to-day; but very pleasant. Pa went to Woodstock Nellie went up to Aunt's. Jasper has been away to make cider. Mother and Dora & I have been alone. I have felt better than usual to-day Had a letter this morning from Uncle Silas. all well, but suffering much loss of property & annoyance from the war. A letter too from Newton Goble. he is going to {Bement}. Have finished the Tea Meeting baking to-day.

6th went to Drumbo to Covenant Meeting a very cold day, freezing hard. took tea at Mrs Landon's came home in the evening.

7th Cold but clear, went to Princeton to Church. heard Mr Griffin. It does not seem so much like home as the old School house.

8th Not quite so cold. some snow but not enough yet for sleighing. had a woman to wash. A very busy day.

9th Company in the Evening Martha Jane, & Solon Eakins. Mr & Mrs Wright, & Mr & Mrs Smiley Solon brought his violin & Mr Smiley his Clarinett. we had a musical feast.

11th Yesterday we went to Wolverton to a Tea Meeting had a pleasant time. Met Mr Biggars people. Mrs Landon & a good many of the old friends. the day was fine and the Meeting a successful one. Staid with father last night & came home

this morning, found Mr Bigger and a Mrs Ryall there. Mr B. returned and took tea with us.

14th Dec. A warm rainy day not much like winter. I unfortunately ran a needle in my hand, breaking it and leaving a peice in last Thursday I could not write, and am not much better now A letter from Alfred came Thursday They are all well but I feel much troubled about Newton I am afraid he is not as steady as he ought to be I can only pray for him. The Lord enable him to withstand temptations There has been a great change in the weather since last Sunday The frost is entirely out & mud & water abound. It has rained nearly all day to-day. Mr Landon did not come we had neither bible Class or preaching. went to Prayer Meeting to-night dark & windy. not many out. Good Night {some flourishes at bottom under Good Night}

15th Has rained all day. very gloomy weather. have witten to Newton

16th Snowed some last night. a beautiful morning trees laden with snow and sun shining bright. cloudy before noon and has snowed since. My hand is Painful to-night.

23rd Dec Tuesday Morning. a warm, soft, Morning rained during the night at this rate the frost will soon be all out again. Last Friday & Saturday was very cold too cold to snow. it got warmer Sunday and snowed in the afternoon and evening Yesterday was a pleasant day Nellie & I washed some and cleaned The shed out I feel tired & lame from my day's work. Elder Patton came

over Saturday evening led our Bible Class and preached in the morning and attended our Prayer Meeting in the evening had a good time Yesterday he visited in the neighbourhood and will leave on the cars today for Woodstock May the Lord crown his labours with abundant success. My hand is nearly well. Lissa, Heman & the children came down this afternoon left Ida with us. Dora is very much pleased. I hope they will agree and enjoy their visit.

24th Colder than yesterday but no snow. this is Christmas Eve. It makes me think of home. Ida & Dora could hardly think of going to bed They are so anxious to see what Santa Claus will bring them. Jasper went to Woodstock to-day. got Nellie a nice rocking chair & Dora a book I dressed a doll for Ida this evening. Nellie dressed

the for Dora. They will be so delighted in the morning "happy childhood". Received a letter this morning from Miss Bogot for father. Think I will write her. Jasper is asleep and I ought to be. Good Night.

25th Christmas day is passed Father Mother & Nellie went to Beachville Jasper & I expected to spend the day alone; but were very agreeably disapointed George & Emma came on the morning train. and we had a pleasant day. The return of the holidays makes me so long to see the boys Jasper went to Prayer Meeting in the evening I was sorry I did not go. It has been a warm pleasant day thawing a good deal.

26th It has rained all day strange winter weather. warm.

27th Saturday. Mother George, Emma, & Dora went to Princeton and spent the day with Mr & Mrs Milmine. Mrs McMaster came to tea & spent the evening with us. I felt dreadfully lonely & homesick to-night. 'tis foolish perhaps but I cant help it sometimes.

28th We were disapointed to-day Mr Landon did not come. we had neither bible Class or Meeting In the afternoon Seth Cowan came up with his two little girls the children had a fine play towards evening Mrs Cowan & Mrs Fenny came up & spent an hour. went to Prayer-Meeting in the evening but feel I have spent the day far from profitably May the Lord forgive us. The day has been warm and fine

29th A pleasant day warm yet I have finished a dress for Emma and am very tired. Elizabeth and Henrietta called this afternoon & Mrs Shannon in the evening.

30th It is getting colder. George and Emma left on the 11 o'clock train I was sorry to see them go but friends must part. My best wishes follow them. Melissa came down this morning and will stay a few days. Mr Ryerson came last night. I have not felt like doing anything to-day.

31st The last day of the old year Old 1862 has almost run his race. It has been a beautiful day cold & clear, the sun has shone all day and to night is a lovely moonlight night. fit night to usher in the New Year in gladness & beauty

I made out the Post office a/c's this afternoon and recieved two dollars as my commission. I want to save money enough of my own to buy a watch. Jasper has gone to Princeton this evening to see about sending Old Jess to Emma. Mr Ryerson left this morning he has been here a year all but two days. we will miss him but it is more pleasant to have only our own family I will commence a letter to Alfred tonight and perhaps finish it to-morrow


Jan 1st New Year's day. a very beautiful day indeed. cold. clear, and bright This glorious sunshine seems very pleasant after so many dark rainy days. After dinner we all went skating The ice was nice no snow to slacken our speed we had a good many tumbles much fun & a pleasant time generally. did not get my letter to Alfred finished. Went to Prayer Meeting in the evening. Am glad to spend the first night of the New Year in Praise and Thanksgiving for so many mercies May this be a happy year in Spiritual advancement; and progress in holiness Received a beautiful New Years gift from my husband of a sett of Jewelry. Pin & Ear-rings I shall value them very highly for their beauty but more because of the giver.

2nd Jan. Another bright day a little warmer than yesterday Melissa went home this morning Nellie went with her. I have washed some and cleaned some and feel very tired & lame from my unusual exercise yesterday. Jasper has gone skating This evening. Had a letter this morning from Cousin Jo. I would like much to see her and her children. but tis a long expensive journey There.

3rd Considerably warmer to-day This morning was more like Indian Summer than winter in January. rainy during the afternoon and evening Jasper went to Drumbo to Covenant Meeting I was too lame to go with him sent my letter This morning to Alfred.

4th Sunday went to Princeton this morning to Church heard Mr Stephenson preach. he is a fine speaker poetic & intellectual. but I would rather {lurn} the plain truth. just Christ & Him Crucified Jasper went to hear Mr Moshin in the afternoon. Went to Prayer Meeting in the evening. so passed the first Sabbath in the New Year.

6th A cloudy morning has rained during the night. weather more like April than January. yesterday was a pleasant day. washed Lissa & Heman came to dinner took Ida home with them. went to Missionary Meeting at Princeton in the evening. Am going to Woodstock to-day on The cars to stay a few days with Lissa so Good Bye my Journal for a time.

9th Came home from Woodstock this evening found all well. Dora said she was so glad Mama had come Jasper & Nellie went to Meeting at the School House It has been very cold but is much warmer to-night. Seems like thawing again Had a pleasant visit with Lissa left her & little ones well. It is late Jasper has returned and I must quit.

10th A stormy day both snow & rain. David Beamer and Mrs Cowan came in the evening practising music for the Missionary Meeting. Very late when we retired.

11th Sunday rather chilly but pleasant. Mr Landon came. Interesting bible Class and a beautiful, plain, sermon. Went in the afternoon to Mr

Moshins Meeting. took Dora. Prayer Meeting in the evening too tired to enjoy or profit the priviledge.

12th Warmer & More pleasant has thawed a little. Had a woman washing and cleaning. David came to practise this evening. I am very sleepy and must go to bed.

14th last night was our Missionary Meeting rained hard all the evening not many out Collection $5.53 good speaking. and Music pretty good. Mrs Cowan came in the afternoon Mr Shrimpton & Elder Patton. Mr Snider came in the evening Heman staid if the night had been favourable I think the Meeting would have been a successful one.

14th Evening rain, rain, unceasing rain all day. School Meeting. Mr Shrimpton & Elder Patton went away after dinner Mrs Cowan & Mr Snider left in the Morning. wrote to Uncle Silas this evening.

15th cold and pleasant during forenoon Snow since dinner looks quite like winter. cold to-night.

16th six or eight inches of snow this morning. has continued to snow moderately during the most of the day. Jasper & Pa went to Woodstock this afternoon after the new sleigh Dora & I went as far as Mr Stamp's very cold to-night, freezing very hard, good sleighing. Nellie sick. a letter from Emma this morning they arrived home in safety. God bless the poor tonight for it is very cold.

17th Weather more moderate. Elder Patton came in the afternoon. went up to Aunt's in the evening. good sleighing.

18th Sabbath. Attended Bible Class and preaching in the morning. Prayer Meeting in the evening a beautiful lesson. The 46th Psalm a beautiful winter's day.

19th Father, Mother, & Jasper went to Brantford. a very fine day thawed a little in the middle of the day. Elder Patton went home this morning. Nellie sick. I feel tired to-night. Good Night.

20th a chilly stormy day. thawed some snow during afternoon windy to-night

21st Considerable snow this morning Thawed all. fears are entertained that the sleighing will be spoiled. have not felt very well to day. done some mending and commenced my cloak

22nd warm and thawing. sleighing good yet. People are improving it too. Have finished my cloak like it very much. I did not expect to have one this winter and am so much the more pleased with it. Jasper works in the shop.

23rd Thawing yet. sleighing not so good. A very pleasant surprize indeed to-day Went for a ride after dinner Nellie, Jasper, Dora & myself went to Mr Laycock's got Sarah and went to Wolverton to see my new Mother found Alonzo there from Washington a great, pleasant, surprize. almost too good to be true left Washington a

week ago and left Alfred and Newton well is going West to St Lewis to try his fortunes there in the War Department. he is very strong & healthy looking, has grown a mustache and looks more like father.

24th Still the thaw continues The sleighing nearly gone. much water lying on the ground. called this evening to see Mrs McMaster she was pleased to see Alonzo. She is a dear kind old soul. called also to see little Henry Howell. poor little fellow. he is very weak 'tis doubtful whether he recovers.

25th Sabbath. a warm bright day; went to Meeting with sleigh but very hard and rough. Mr Landon was late only a short bible Class. A great sermon so plain & searching God forbid the influence should pass any

26th A rainy day. Alonzo went to Wolverton to-day and has not returned because of the rain I suppose had a woman to wash did not feel very well this afternoon wrote a little to Emma to-night

27th Some snow to-day sleighs running again. Alonzo left on the 11 o'clock train. I felt sad to say to him Good Bye. God bless him.

28th Cold but pleasant. have been lining and trimming a buffalo robe to day. Jasper took a load of day pine to Aunt Maria this evening heard tonight that Mrs Cowan died this morning at 5 o'clock. I am tired and will e'en go to bed.

29th Cold, poor sleighing. Mr Fluellen here to dinner spent the afternoon. went to Mrs Cowan's towards night

30th A pleasant winter day. snowed a little towards night. Nellie sick again. Dora feverish tonight & restless has not been well during the day. hope it is only a slight cold.

31st The last day of January it seems as if we' had, had no winter yet so much rainy, soft weather. It is pretty cold to-day Thawed a little in the middle of the day. Jasper went to Drumbo to Covenant Meeting Nellie very sick. Dora well. very tired have been so busy to-day wish I was stronger.

February. 1863.

Sunday Feb 1st. Pleasant in the morning. commenced snowing after dinner after an hour or two terminated in a cold, rain, wind high & very unpleasant. went to Mrs Cowan's funereal. Many people out Mr Landon preached a short good sermon. rain ceased in the evening. no Prayer Meeting. Jasper not well.

2nd very cold a little snow in the evening. sun shone in the morning. Several calls during the day Nellie better. have been mending and choring. not much sleighing.

3rd A very beautiful morning cold, clear, and bright more waggons than sleighs out. very cold

4th Last night the coldest night this winter froze ice in the house a bright morning but O! so cold called to see Gramma McMaster in the afternoon and little Henry Howell took Dora. so cold Jasper has not worked in the shop. have been embroidering bands for a night-dress

5th Still very cold. froze ice in our room last night. strong East wind A great snow storm drifting towards night. not so cold

6th Comfortable winter weather snowed some during the day. a good deal of snow on the ground. feel tired tonight.

7th went to Beachville to-day Aunt & Lottie went with us. A beautiful day. had a delightful ride & a very pleasant visit.

8th Sunday. A fine day good sleighing. Went to hear Mr Landon in the morning. Prayer Meeting in the evening. Lucy came with Mr. Landon. Delia came to dinner. Solon & Janey called. All except Jasper & I went to take Aunt & Delia home. Lottie came home with them.

9th rain most all the afternoon. rains this evening. seems very dreary. rain in winter had a girl to wash.

10th All away to-day but Jasper Dora & myself just a happy little family. have not returned to-night. prety cold.

11th Very pleasant day thawed some. Went to Uncle James' in the evening.

12th A comfortable day. snowed moderately most of the day. went to Prayer Meeting in the evening have imbroidered a width for Doras blue dress to-day.

16th Last Friday & Saturday the 13th & 14th I made a coat & worked so hard I was sick yesterday unable to go out consequently I kept house and all the rest went to preaching in the morning & Prayer Meeting in the evening up to Aunt's. Elder Patton and son came Saturday evening. We have been up to Aunt's this evening met Elder Patton he came home with us beautiful weather. must retire. Am so tired.

17th A lovely day. snow fast disapearing Pa & Ma went to Woodstock in the afternoon with the sleigh Mrs Richmond dead.

18th Another fine day. Thawing rapidly. Sleighs out yet. Mother Nell & Dora went out in the afternoon and made several calls. Henrietta and Melissa called

19th A damp unpleasant day rain in the afternoon & evening Wrote to Mattie Bigger and Cousin Jo.

20th Cold and windy, spent the afternoon at Mrs Cowan's.

21st Beautiful sunshine all day cold but very pleasant. Sleighing poor very icy. Pa received a note in the afternoon saying Mrs Milmina was dying. Jasper

went to Princeton and telegraphed to George. Pa & Ma went up to Beachville on the evening train. Mrs Finny came up to spend the Sabbath with us.

22nd Sabbath. A very stormy day snowed most of the day strong East wind Mr Edwards preached in the morning instead of Mr Landon. The parable of the widow and the unjust judge. Prayer Meeting at Mrs Shannon's

23rd A nice day. cold but pleasant. Pa & Ma came home on the morning train. Mrs Milmine is better. Jasper sent another message to George to that effect. Mrs Finny went home Dora & I went for a ride wrote to Alonzo. Received a good letter both from Alfred and Newton I will write to them to-night. Do not feel very well.

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