Delia Locke


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1880. and she talked in a rational way - said she felt the treatment here would do her good, and that she wanted to stay. She tired to go home on the stage yesterday, but the stage was so full, the driver could not take her but promised to come round for her on Mon. But she says now, even if the stage does come, she shall not go up, for she wants to stay as long as I do and yet well. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.)

Dec. 20. Monday. Cloudy, windy and showery. After all her talk of yesterday. Mrs. Ponge went off again in the night without our knowledge, and was found this morning on her way to Lockeford, by the Lodi constable Gum, whom Mrs. Tabor sent to look after her. This time she took the blanket from her bed, which the constable brought back, also a number of new towels, a new comb and brush, a new herb-drink strainer, &.c. &.c. Mr. Gum took her to Mrs. Sandoz and left her. Mrs. Tabor cannot have the care of her nights, though she might perhaps help her if she would stay. Have written to Ida and Ada, and received a postal from Ida and letter from Ada. Mr. Pascoe came to tell us Mrs. Ponge was safe, thinking we did not know it. I am sorry he took the trouble, as Mrs. E. P. Stevens lectures at Lockeford again tonight, and it will be such a hard drive through the mud and wet, to get there in time. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.)

Dec. 21. Tuesday. Mr. Lander brought Mrs. E. P. Stevens down to the train today, and brought also a note from Ada to me. John Hammond came and dined with Sister Geffroy and she came in and wished me to dine in there house which I did for the first time, for with my bad cough I haven't dared to go out in the wet weather. Before we had finished, Geo. and Susie came in and also ate with us. They came to met Miss Lizzie White who came on the train to visit us. Had a pleasant talk with her before she went with them to Lockeford. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.)

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1880. Dec. 22. Wednesday. Cloudy and rainy again. Have written and received postal from home. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.)

Dec. 23. Thursday. Still cloudy and rainy. Have written and received postal from home. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.)

Dec. 24. Friday. The glad day when Ida came home. She arrived in the noon train. Mr. Pascoe came down and we took dinner at Sister Geffroy's. Ida is looking very well indeed round and rosy, and besides, she stood number one in the senior class. I feel exceedingly well pleased with her. But not so pleasant is the settling up with Sister Geffroy. She has grumbled that I had my meals carried to me while I have been so poorly and has thus maid it unpleasant, though Mrs. Tabor has generally carried and brought things. Though I am far from well, I shall go home today with Ida, and spend the vacation. I would not miss the pleasure of visiting with her for anything else I know of. Dr. has come from Stockton and we will ride home with him. Home again - and now we must hurry for the Christmas tree. I made a part of the candy bags while at Lodi and sent them up, and the children and Grandma made the rest, and Hannah labeled them. The trees are up and being filled, but it is hard for me, so weak and weary, to help the children off the to the tree. It has been cloudy all day, and it is a fearfully rainy night. I could not go, but I had form beautiful presents, a white silk neck-handkerchief - openwork and very pretty - from Mr. Pascoe - a leather reticule from the girls - a white muslin tie from Susie and a tinted muslin tie from Mrs. Tabor. Mr. Pascoe made Ada, Ida and Sarah presents of red celluloid bracelets, very pretty and stylish - moustache cups and saucers to Dr. and Geo. and valuable presents to each of the others. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 57.)

Dec. 25. Christmas. A happy day to us, though the weather is still in cloud. The girls cooked turkey, chicken and custard pies, for I was not able to be in the kitchen, and we sat down all

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January 1880

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