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Evans was in good health, but sister Evans afflicted with the fever and ague. The Indian brethren were all pretty well.

Sunday 24th. — Early at prayer meeting: many prayed with power and faith, and we had a blessed season. At 10, a. m., Brother Evans held his Sunday School. Thirty-seven children were present, who were cleanly clad and attentive to their books. They read the Scriptures and repeated their catechisms. I gave them an account of our recent visit to the churches in the United States, and on the goodness of God in preserving our lives and bringing us back again to our own country.

Monday 25th. — Brother George Henry and myself went with a party of the Indians on to Spooke Island, in order to teach them how to plough the ground and prepare it for planting. The brethren appear very anxious to become farmers, and so raise their own corn and potatoes, but for want of more teams they will not be able to put in much this season.

Wednesday 27th. — Elder Ryerson, H. Biggar, and E. Evans arrived about noon. In the afternoon we met at the chapel for worship. I preached to the Indians on the subject of the Lord's Supper. Peter Jacobs exhorted. We felt the presence of the Lord in our midst, and our hearts got warm with love to God. At the close of our public worship we held a quarterly conference with the official members. They gave a very good account of the state of the classes, and of their own spiritual enjoyments. At this meeting Brother Jas. Evans related his christian experience, first in English, and then in broken Indian. I was informed that this was his first effort in speaking the Indian in public. The Indian brethren appeared highly pleased to hear him speak in their tongue, and many rejoiced and praised God. After love feast the Lord's supper was given to 71 Indians. The Lord poured out his spirit upon us in a powerful manner, and a number of the women fell to the floor, as if shot down, but rose up again rejoicing in