April 24th, 1848 (Easter Monday)

April 24, 2010

The services joined together are too long, so we commenced a new system of hours for Feast days, – this day. Up and down as usual: – School till 7 ½ o’clock; Chapel, – breakfast; Communion Office at 10 o’clock; from ¼ 6 to 6 ½ saying what they learnt from 7 to 7 ½ am – Chapel at 8 o’clock.

Sang Nicene Creed, King in F. This we had not reached at Stackallan, owing to the resistance of the Fellows to the music generally.

Mr and Mrs Willis came, fearing that their little boy was going on badly, owing to his scarcely ever writing, even to acknowledge receipt of things sent from home. Told them plainly that he was very idle, and had shown plain symptoms of untruthfulness, which they said were his very faults at home. Indeed, they showed me his last letter, in which he declared that he had had “a very bad cold”, (I suppose to screen his negligence,) – a mere falsehood. They are very unhappy about him, but I told them (after hearing particulars of character) not to be cast down, for that with God’s help, I could almost promise to cure him.

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