Ellen Wallace Diary, 1854-1860.

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August 30..1854 Julia and myself had a delightful ride in the (missing word) in company with Mr. Wallace this morning, who wirked with Mr Nimbermain to contract the building of another (Illigible). The weather is excessively hot and dry. The earth seemes to be heated like a furnace. Man nor beast scarcely live so great is the drouth and heat. Little John (illegible) has stood the warm weather remarkably well not withstanding our great anxiety about him. Miss Julia and I took a walk this morning to the cave spring. The yellow leaves and dried fields remind us that this is the last day of Summer. Its breezes have found many an acheing brow. This has been a hard weary day. John extremely fretful. I fear he is sick. There is a funeral dirge forever waiting low down in the depths of my heart. Its musick is solemn, but filled with hopes not belonging to this world, but pertaining to a home where the just are made perfect. Sept the 1 Took our usual walk to the cave spring. John better though very fretful. 2 in the morning rode to the sulphur spring with Julia and William, made a pair of drawers for William. 3 Sunday In the morning breakfast to the cave spring in company with William Brother John and Julia (Sally and Mary the own in for good time this evening. John seems to be very unwell. I was up the greater part of the last night with John (missing text)a for the doctor text illegible rest of page

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[illegible] of the children, hoping the weather will change [illegible] [illegible] cool. It is so excessively hot and dry at present [illegible] I have had a great trial about 9 ocl this morning John seized with cholera [unfortun?] Mr Wallace and all the Drs town and I alone to westle with this [fatal?] dereare I trembled and worked went in all haste for Mr Wallace and the Dr got no assistance until 5 oclock in the Eve [illegible] I had arrested the dereare by the blessing of God [illegible] is still very weak and not by any means out of [illegible] [illegible] 5 John very ill went to Hopkinsville for a homep athy physician about midnight. could get none on [account?] of Cholera prevailing there all engaged. We then [went?] for Dr. Wallace he came and gave him Homeop [illegible] medicine. he being to much prostrated to take any other [illegible] have sent this evening to Hopkinsville for Dr. Shackleford. John is some better. A most misera [ble?] night I passed worn down with fatigue and [agitated?] with fear. I looked upon my sweet boy already dead.. 7 John is much better Homepathy the practise for babies.. 8 John still slowly improving rejoice howeve with trembling for he is very weak and the weather exceedigly hot. Sent to Mr. Bakers for sweet potatoes for him to eat. We got some very fine ones [illegible] is about on a trip to Tehonon I feel great [interest?] the result of matters 8 Sunday Caroline and Sally Mallan [spent?] the day with me Mr Wallace went to preaching. Caroline me of her engagement. I would it had been otherwise as [illegible] [matrimony?] 9 I do not feel well this morning

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[Top line belongs to following page] [illegible] we have had a slight [illegible] weather some cooler the 14 of September Jinny was taken Cholera last night God grant that we [illegible][illegible] fortitude and resignation let our fate be what [it] may. 16 worn down with anxiety and fatigue. John [illegible] sick 2 weeks he is mending. but we yet have to [illegible] with him for he rests badly at night and requires [const?] ant care. eats less than any little creature I ever saw cries [crossed out 'almost constantly'] incessantly. No rain the [illegible] the earth blasted withered and parched. On the [illegible] I was taken sick. On the 19 rain. John's situation still very precarous. Robt returned on the 17 in [town?] for a month; as to the issue of his case 20 cool 21 paid a morning call at Dr. Wallace Caroline and [illegible] made some beautiful dresses. very busy in anticipation of the approaching wedding. I hope Mr [illegible] may prove worthy of Caroline for she is a gentle amiable [illegible] girl. may the blessing of God descend upon her as a [heavanly?] [illegible]. John still very feeble and weak my heart aches [for] him. I have tried to reconcile my self to his death in the event of his being taken away. But nothing but the grace of God [could?] do it for me. I look to him for support in every [illegible] trial for I have no strength of myself. Oh that I may look [illegible] aright. This is a sad weary world to me since [illegible] [illegible] affliction. life has had but [illegible] interest for [illegible]

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[Peter?]W Wallce gone to town John [?] [?] eats nothing. for the 2 last nights I have set up with so much fatigue at night and loss of rest is wear me down very fast. but it does not matter for I am [?] at best 26 made John a bark jacket [?] may strengthen him . also a little calico cloak [?] morning in a bad humor with my nurse and [shows?] those failings are so disagreeable and I fear sinful [?] to be very necessary. The morning is beautiful there are heavy rains. vegitation looks green and all dripping down. The sky is almost covered with clouds they do not look [?] and frowning. But like a curtain drawn over a sleeping chi by a gentle mother. They seem bending with love and blessings [?]Then I look upon this sinful wicked changing earth filled [with?] such sweet and glorious beauty. my heart thrills [?] [leasure?] to think what must the abodes of the [?] [?] Went to town in company with SW and and [W?] Wallace Julia quite unwell my heart is the is constantly [?] filled with painful solicitude for my children [?]8 W Wallace Julia and I called on [Lourd?] W. and [May?] Bordon also onto see Mrs Whillock and Miss [Lucy?]Withrow [?] the John has improved very much I have great reason be thankful the children this evening both seem to be [ll?] 29 past 10 oclock it right very busy to day mad [ocks?] 1 for myself of silk one for Julia of worsted

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