Thursday, February 16th. A very pretty. (sic) I was painting during the greater part of the day.

Friday, February 17th. A beautiful day. I was painting pans this forenoon, made butter in the afternoon for the first time, had a wonderful time with it but was determined to accomplish it as Mother was not able. While I was busy working it Mrs. Pennypacker came in the back door, took me very much by surprise she came to borrow the sum of $2000. She is the third one who has been here for the same purpose since our sale, they must think we have no use for money. In the evening Jonathan took Amanda and myself over to Mr. Hutchison’s in the sleigh, had a nice sleigh-ride and spent a very pleasant evening. Received a letter from my dear teacher Miss A. Taylor Principal of Lewisburg Female Institute.

Saturday. February 18th. Snowed very fast until towards evening when it turned to rain. Did not get much accomplished before dinner. After dinner I varnished the book-case and bureau, then finished the dress which Mother has been making for me between whiles during the week.

Sunday. February 19th. Clear and cold this morning with a very high wind. Rachel, Amanda, and Jonathan went down to the Valley. I went with Josiah and Charlotte up to Willistown for the reason that our sleighs are both small and will not easily accommodate more than three persons. I was somewhat disappointed when I found I could not be permitted to hear our own dear pastor, though I discovered afterwards that there was not so much occasion for disappointment as I at first supposed, for Mr. Dunlap preached most an excellent (sic) sermon, the best I ever heard him deliver; his text was Romans 10:1. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God, for Israel is, that they might be saved.” The principal thought drawn from the text, and the one dwelt on to some considerable length was: - “The duty of Christians to labor for the salvation of those who are near and dear to them — their kinsmen according to the flesh.”

Monday. February 20th. A beautiful day. Amanda, Charlotte, and myself washed. Quite early in the evening, we saw two sleighs coming up the lane, had no idea who was in them, but upon their arrival one was found to contain Miss Annie Dickinson and Mr. John Orr, and the other Miss Emma Dickinson and Mr. Samuel Krent. The evening passed very pleasantly, they started home shortly after 10 o’clock.

Tuesday, February 21st. A warm, spring-like day, I painted pans in the forenoon. In the afternoon Jonathan took me over the hill to see Ann Eliza Gilbert; it is my third visit. I took her some articles of clothing, and also some delicacies for the palate. Poor girl, she is in a sad condition. She seemed to be very glad to see me, and I could feel of a truth that it was “more blessed to give than to receive.” On our way I called at Sloan’s to inquire for Sallie who is very ill. The Dr. pronounces her disease “paralysis of the brain.”

Wednesday, February 22nd. A warm rain, taking the snow very rapidly, and filling the creeks so as to render them impassable. Jimmy Sloan came home from market this evening, left his horse and Dearborn in our barn as he was afraid to venture through the creek with them, but he could not be prevailed upon to stay himself. Amanda and I did most of the ironing, but I quilted some for Charlotte while she ironed.

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