Feb 1. Went to Westfield, Pa. Stopped at Froupsburg, went to the ___, left the center 9 AM, arrived at my sisters six PM. Feb 2. Stayed at my sisters all day. Evening took a ride broke any carriage, returned to my sisters. Feb 3. Went to Westfield got a new pair of ___ made returned to my sisters 12 N. Feed my horse, got dinner. started one PM for home. Arrived at Mr. Crosbys 7 PM. Stopped for the night. Feb 4. AM visited my old soldier friend Symmes Sergeant. PM returned home. A pleasant time. Thank God for a home & so many friends. Feb 5. AM helped my father draw wood. PM went to Jasper to the Corells. Evening went home with my friend Sargeant & visited at Mr. ___. Feb 6. Visited Miss Stuarts school. There is an even tide in human life. A season when the eye becomes dim. The strength decays, when the winter of age begins to shed upon the headriffts prophetic snow. The spring & summer of our days soon pass away & with them not only the joy they knew but many of the friends who bestow them. Feb 7. AM attended church at Hampshire. Text- surely theres no enchantment against Jacob ___ is there any divination against Israel. According to this line shall it be said of Jacob & of Israel What hath God wrought? PM returned home. Feb 8. Visited my friends Mr. Perrys also Hattie Kapps school. Evening returned home. My friends Wm. Hillburn & ___ Jerne visited me. Feb 9. I will write a few thoughts in another diary. Wonder if I can write one thought that can benefit anyone. Wish I could. Today has been ___ with storms and sunshine. The evenings pleases with sweet ___ which I praise next to the joys of a heavenly Fathers smile. It is this with life ever changing. Here is at the place I can rest enough when there are no mere mortals that need assistance to do their lifework. May you ever have strength from God and the consolations of His smiles to cheer you wherever you are is the wish of one who feels interested in all that is good . Feb 10. Went to Bath with brother John, Cousin Melissa & M.G. Saw my friend S, returned home. Evening attended singing school. Had a good time. Feb 11. Went to Mr. Walraths from there to brother Johns. Had visitors, went to see ___ about his farm. Feb 12. Went to Era Thomass to get a wagon. PM returned to my brothers. Evening had a party at fathers house. He who conceals his opinion has nothing to answer for. Feb 13. Went to Jasper for the reception dinner. Had a good time. Eve a time long to be remembered. Feb 14. Went to Westfield Pa to see my sister. PM attended meeting, eve attended meeting. Feb 15. Reurned home by way of Era Thomases. Saw Cousin Nancy. PM arrived safe at home. Saw my uncle. Eve. went to brother Johns. Speaking without thinking is like shooting without taking aim. Feb 16. Went to Bath with Daniel Wilder. PM took the cars for Elmira, arrived 6 PM. Feb 17. Went to the American Hotel with my father, saw Captain Shimney, thence to the Williams Pa depot. Ten AM took the cars for Cameron one PM. Went to Cameron Hills visited the school. Evening went to Dr. Mitchell. Feb 18. AM went to ____ville for dinner at the hotel. PM took the cars for Elmira. Feb 19. AM in Elmira. Took the ten oclock train for Bath. Arrived in Bath five PM with my friend James D Smith. Evening attended meeting at the NE Church. Good meeting, several come forward afar ___. Feb 20. Went to ___, stopped at the hotel got there, heard some sweet music. Returned to Bath nine AM. His form thine eye ___ angle smile for many years & may not see but wilt thou not sometimes ___ while my dearest friend remember. Feb 21. 11PM left Bath for home. Arrived at eleven AM. Stayed at home until five PM & returned to Bath. A pleasant visit but I fear not very profitably spent day for Sunday God forgive me if I have done wrong. Feb 22. AM Stayed in Bath. PM went two miles above ___ to see some friends. Stayed all night, returned to Bath in the morning. Feb 23. Went to Liberty Corners to see some friends, had a splendid time. Enjoyed it very much. [Transcribers note: The page for Wed, Feb 24 & Thur Feb 25 is missing.] Feb 26. Spent the day in Elmira until five PM. Took the cars for Baltimore. Rode all night. Passed through Williamsport & Harrisburg. Arrived in Baltimore at eight AM. Feb 27. Arrived in Baltimore at 8 AM, went to Colonel Bliss HDI, applied for transportation, got it at 4 PM & took the 5 oclock train for Washington. Arrived in Wash. 7 PM. Took my squad of men to the soldiers rest, stayed overnight. Feb 28. Applied for transportation at Head Q of the soldiers retreat. Got the same & took the train for Brandy. Arrived at Brandy three PM. Found that our division had gone across the Rapidan on reconnisance. Also the sixth & first army corps gone. Thus commenced my Sabbaths again in the army. Feb 29. Stayed in camp all day. Wrote letters. How different my life now from that at home. Enjoyed myself. Evening went away out of camp into a large field, had a good season of prayer with my friend James D Smith.
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