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133_Page 131Wednesday. 8.th. March. 1843

A fine morning moderating hourly.
I dressed for a promenade, after giving Julie her lessons.
Spent an hour at Mrs. Champlins; who amused me much by her chit chat. Mrs. Roosevelt, and Margaret were also very agreeble [sic] I returned home through Broadway, and met some old friends. Remsen fell on a brick and cut his head, soon after my return home, he did not mind it much.
Mr H. went to hear Mr [Earnes] lecture, the closeing [sic] one of the course. I preferred staying at home, to improve my externals, as well as my internals; by a fine bath. Indeed, was somewhat tired from my morning walk. I cannot walk very far with out becomeing fatigued very much.
I looked for the celebrated Comet to night, but a thick haze prevented our seeing it. It has been observed in other parts of our “union”; but only perceptible to us on Monday 7.th. The “millerites”(1) consider it a fearfull omen, and when taken in connection with the recent Earthquakes, give great plausibility to their doctrine. Probably they think
it sent by Deity to destroy the earth.
A contemplation of the heavenly bodies fill the mind with devotion, and awe; so vast, so mysterious in their evolutions, and so far l__ and our faintest conceptions of the
reality of their magnitude.
The river still frozen, above “Piermont”, no prospect at present of the ice breaking up.

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(1) The Millerites were the followers of the teachings of William Miller who, in 1833, first shared publicly his belief in the coming Second Advent of Jesus Christ in roughly the year 1843.

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