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“ [281] my last departure from it. This seems to bring in view my age, already long past the scriptural limit, suggesting also that I have some symptoms of an ailment which does not trouble me much, but which would naturally tend to shorten my life. In my mind I promised that I would heed the warning given. I only prayed God to make the parting easy for me and my dear ones, of whom dear Maud would be the most to be pitied, as she has been most with me and has no child to draw her thoughts to the future. After this, I fell asleep.”

“We had a merry time at breakfast, examining the Christmas gifts, which were numerous and gratifying. ...”

December 31.. Here ends a year of mercies, of more than my usual health, of power to speak and to write. It has been a year of work. God be thanked for it.”

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