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20. My brother in law Finch died, I had the comfort to show him much love, 21. my daughter Smith to my great joy on a sudden came to me. it was amazing at first, some rain. the sad troubles and miserableness in a great family an afflicti[on](,) lord help me to value my own mercies. I preached his funeral sermon Feb. 23. [he] was a young man to me, and unlikely to have gone before me, my leg swel[ls] and pits very much(,) lord heal me for thy mercies sake.