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Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1

[Transcribed journal entries],   pp. [1]-13 PDF (10.5 MB)


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[From Rev. Matthew Dinsdale Papers.]  (For Magazine, perhaps December.)
Winnebago Lake Saturday 17th Oct 1846
Our first quarterly meeting for the present year commenced to day.  The Presiding
Elder being absent, I had to transact the business in con-nection with the
official members.  We have two Local Preachers, three Leaders and four Stewards.
Sunday 18th  The duties of the sanctuary had to be performed by me and the
Local Brethren as the Elder was still absent, and we were disappointed of
a substitute he expected would come-- The Lord was with us.
Monday 19th  Wrote to Bar and Jane and M. Wasley.  In the afternoon came
across the River on the ferry boat.  Two horses and my own and a yoke of
oxen were on which made quite a load.  But we all got over safe.  On going
to the Post Office met an Indian who was drunk.  Such a sight I do not wish
to see again.  He could hardly stand, and appeared to have a bag of potatoes
on his back.  His long hair shook about with his staggering, which with his
blackened and stupid looking face made him a frightful object.  On coming
up to him he put out a long red tongue and made his face still more ugly
by distorting it.  On returning I again met him when he tried to whistle.
 There are several Indians about here at this time.  They are on their way
to receive their annual payment from the government.
Thursday 22nd  A cold clear morning, we had a hard frost during the night.
 The sun shining warm about 11 oclock I bathed in the Lake.

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