1854 Nov. 25
Umvoti (South Africa) - Adams, a missionary, is returning home and his wife will wish to visit missionary friends; the two Lindley daughters also heading to America. Charlotte and family are in good health.
1854 Aug. 30
Umvoti (South Africa) - Garden; now includes coffee plants. An English woman is now living with the Grouts, helping to care for the children. Aldin learns slowly, "we cannot get him to fix his attention on his books..." Grout's station, and others, now look more hopeful, the natives seeming more receptive.
1845 Dec. 29
Umvoti (South Africa) - Another son [Humphrey] was born to Grout and with on Dec. 27. Aldin is getting large and sometimes troublesome.
1854 Oct. 24
Umvoti (South Africa) - An English lady is living with the Grouts, helping to teach the children; the boys are learning well. Communion for about forty. Coffee tree now grows in the garden: "Coffee is grown much in this colony...."
1853 Oct. 20
Umvoti (South Africa) - Has had daguerreotypes taken by a Norwegian missionary, including of the family; sends them home.
1856 Dec. 9
Umvoti (South Africa) - Continuing sadness over death of their brother: he seems to have known his death was coming. Have been absent from home visiting other missionaries; travel by ox cart and horse on roads so bad that Charlotte rode the horse and the children walked. Difficult river crossing. Visit with the Saunders, English settlers. Excitement in the Zulu country: the sons of Umpande (Ce... more
1846 Mar. 4
Umvoti (South Africa) - Charlotte is gaining strength after exerting herself due to no help from the natives. Baby is doing well; Aldin is regularly in mischief and "aside from his restless, mischievous disposition is a pleasant child..." People are gathering about them and a boy and girl are living with them most of the time, working on oxen, wagon, and plough and in domestic work, respective... more
1854 Apr. 22
Umvoti (South Africa) - Does not know how James can work so hard: he brought a scythe to Africa and barely work half an hour. Has cattle and horses to tend, doing well: fate of his cattle; horses fare less well in Africa than America: "So you see if it were told at home what I have people would be deceived about it, hence I have not ever said as much to you till now, and if some of your good d... more
1854 June 23
Umvoti (South Africa) - Have just returned from an yearly meeting of missionaries. Children are well. Rode to see a dead elephant, killed by the natives. Have heard of an English lady who wishes to come among them.