Delia Locke


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Feb. 22. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55. Thebirthday of the "Father of his Country."Feb. 23. T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60. Elmercame here this morning, on his wayto Dry town. Sent a few lines byhim to Mrs. Burt. He says thatseveral of the peach trees in the orchardare now in blossom. Mr.Vance dined with us today. Thisafternoon, Dr. has been breaking acolt to the gig. Said he, "Come, ridewith me after the colt, the first dayshe has been harnessed." So I jumpedin, and we rode up as far as Mrs.Holman's, stopped a few minutes, andthen came back. The colt went verywell. A German came here tonightin search of employment, and Dr.has engaged him to work a shorttime, for us.Feb. 24. Sabbath. T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.We have been to S. School today.There were 21 present. In addition tothe usually interesting exercises, Mr.Wallace, the superintendent, read a treaton the subject of the lesson respectingthe young man in the Gospel, who wasalmost saved, yet lacked the "one thingFeb. 24. needful." Coming home, we found6 more varieties of wild flowers, which in additionto the two kinds I already have, make8 kinds we have picked this season.Feb. 25. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59. Mr. Yorkhas been here today having a tooth filled,and he dined with us.Feb. 26. T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56. A verywindy day - the most as of any which Ihave spent in Cal. Brother E. returnedfrom Drytown today, bringing a portraitof Mr. Tillinghast - former teacher of Bridgewater Normal School - when Dr. and heattended. This is something which theywill prize very highly. I have been writingto mother.Feb. 27. Wednesday. T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 60.S.S. 48. I have been writing to Sister Susan.This evening Elmer has been withus. We passed a pleasant time in conversation.Feb. 28. T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54. TodayMary Smith and Emma Simpson calledon their way to visit Emma Holmanand brought me some flowers - amongthe rest, some wild sage, which much resemblesSouthern - wood in smell and appearance.wild flowers in January, since that timeshe has seen none until February.

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February 1856

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