Nov 8, 1859. Returned from Ridgetown where I assisted Mr Forrest with his communion last Sabbath. A fair sized, respectable looking congregation. Much seriousness at all the services. We had most lovely weather – Indian summer and I enjoyed the season a good deal. Visited there a Mr. McKinlay, elder – fine old gentleman, pleasant family & splendid farm. Took tea with Mr. Waddel U.P. minister. Staid on Friday night at Mr. McCoy’s in Harwich. On coming home found Mr. Straith seriously hurt.
Nov 21, 1859. Yesterday preached on the sins of the tongue. People very attentive. Would that it might effect some amendment in regard to this evil. Went to East Tilbury this afternoon & preached for Mr. Straith. Wrote to John Hamilton in answer to his letter about the Beachville congregation’s resolutions. Stated fully the manner in which the congregation has acted toward me. It is painful. But I am unwilling to think that their treatment arises from anything else than neglect & poverty combined.
Dec 31, 1859. Last night delivered a Temperance Lecture at Tilbury East Town Hall. Large attendance. Mr. Straith recovering very slowly from his hurt. Tonight I have to preach at Jacob King’s. What with meetings & visiting I have no sufficient time to prepare suitably for tomorrow’s solemn work