Delia Locke


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Feb. 5. Tuesday. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 57.S.S. 53. This afternoon we took a rideout, it being very pleasant. Called onMrs. Flood, who has a little baby boy,born a little more than a week ago.Found her doing well. We next calledon Mrs. Smith below, who is awidow with 5 small children. Shegave us a small piece of venison, ofwhich I have never eaten at all.Returning, we called on Mr. andMrs. Compton, took tea there, andthen proceeded home. We saw a flockof goats today, on our way down.Feb. 6. T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.O one of our hens today laid an eggwhich weighed 3 3/4 oz. - the largestone I ever saw. We have hada glorious sunset. Mt. Diablocould be distinctly seen, and afire on its side near the top, gaveit the appearance of a volcano.Feb. 7. T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55. Mr.Vance called on us this afternoon.Soon after he left, Mr. and Mrs.Thomas Parker and their littlebaby girl came to see us, and spentthe afternoon. Had a pleasant time.Feb. 8. Friday. T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 56.Feb. 9. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.The rain of the morning has beensucceeded by a pleasant afternoon.Feb. 10. Sabbath. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.Just three months from thetime that the first rain fell, I haveseen the first flower of the season. Robertbrought in a buttercup, larger than thoseof N. E., otherwise much resembling it.We have been to Sabbath School. In thelesson of the little ones, it was said, "Godnever errs." "Do you know what thatmeans?" said the teacher. "It means, Henever does wrong." A little girl spoke upand said, "Teacher, I know what nightboarders are. Boarders for one night." Shelived at tavern. This circumstanceshowed that all knowledge to herseemed equally valuable.Feb. 11. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62. Mr.Burlingame dined with us today. Ihave been gathering wild flowers, likethose Robert found yesterday. Mrs. Holmanand Mrs. Smith of Stockton havebeen here this afternoon and evening.I have also been writing to Susan.

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February 1856

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