July 9, 1849 (Monday)

Well, here I am in Norristown again somewhat unexpectedly, having come up to see what could be done toward going to California.  Uncle appears too much opposed to it.  Spent the evening with him.

Does Nathan have gold fever?  Did the unsatisfactory conversation he had with Mr. Reeves on July 7 perhaps raise his “temperature” a little?  It’s interesting Nathan discusses the matter with his uncle, Reverend Nathan Stem, rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown, but does not mention his father.  Certainly East Nantmeal is much further than Norristown and not easy to get to from Philadelphia in 1849.  Reverend Stem may have been acting in loco parentis. Time will tell if Nathan heeds his uncle’s advice.

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