Saturday, January 14th. [continued from page 3]
Sunday, January 15th. The most beautiful morning that I have witnessed for a long while, everything was covered with a thick coat of ice, which, glistening in the rays of the sun, was truly magnificent! All the family went to church in the morning except myself, I officiated as housekeeper. In the evening Rachel, Amanda, Jonathan, and I went to Presbyterian, heard Mr. Patterson preach a very excellent sermon from Romans. 4.8. “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
Monday, January 16th. A lovely day. Manda and myself took an early start at washing this morning, were done in good time. I became very much interested this evening in perusing the confidential letters of Napoleon and Josephine, which are now in print and exposed to public view. Truly there is much, very much in the writings of this great man before which we must bow with the greatest of admiration, notwithstanding his character has been so universally censured. Amanda and Jonathan went to a party over at Dr. Rickabaugh’s this evening made for Em Geddis.
Tuesday, January 17th. Raining at 10:30 A.M. but cleared most beautifully by noon. I sewed nearly all day. Mother and Amanda did the “butchering work”. Rachel baked. The boys threshed wheat. I finished the perusal of a work entitled “Mysteries less Mysterious, or Queries less Questionable” treating of Heaven, Hell, Election, and Final Perseverance; four very momentous subjects.
Wednesday, January 18th. A rather changeable day, clear and cloudy by turns, though no raining. Amanda and I ironed. In the evening all of us except Samuel went over to Mordecai D. Cornog’s to witness the union of Josiah and Charlotte in the holy bonds of matrimony. When we arrived the parties were assembled, it seemed most awfully solemn for a while before the “twain were pronounced one flesh,” but after that important part of the exercises was over a more lively spirit prevailed, at eight o’clock we were summoned to the dining hall where were spread in rich profusion those things which do so tempt the palate. Mr. Dunlap was given a seat near that part of the table occupied by the turkey and, as a matter of course, it fell to his share to carve, an art in which he proved himself an adept. At ten o’clock the apples were passed around, and before eleven we started home, having had emphatically a good time of it. May the union formed this evening prove to be a most happy one! Mother received rather a doleful letter from Judson, he has a very heavy cold and sore throat, but what is worse than all the itch has made its appearance in the school, and he thinks something of leaving, if it should continue to spread.
Thursday, January 19th. A lovely morning for the newly wedded couple to start on their trip to the state of Delaware, where they expect to tarry for a week. We arose very late, in consequence, I suppose, of not having retired as early as usual last night. I wrote a business letter for Emma Geddis this morning, then wrote to brother Jud, telling him he might leave school if he thought it best so to do.
Friday, January 20th.
A beautiful day. I arose and went about my morning work as usual, swept and dusted the house, was nearly done by noon. In the afternoon I