Delia Locke


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Mar. 24. separated entirely from herhusband. The children are now allscattered about, neither of them livingwith either of the parents.Mar. 25. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64. We havemet with quite a loss today. Dr. andJohn have been carting rails in &out by the gate. Just before dinner,a fine roan mare, 4 years old, who wastied to a small tree by the house,in her desire to follow them, so theyonce passed out, ran round andround the tree, until she woundherself up closely, then fell andchoked to death. No one saw herwhen she died, but I saw her a fewminutes after. She was always agreat favorite with the Dr., andwas becoming very gentle. He hadoften promised that she should bemy riding nag, when she was sufficientlybroken. Mrs. Vance cameand returned the horse and saddle,and had a tooth extracted. She willsoon return to Stockton. She went toMr. Foster's from here. I have beenout picking flowers, and pressingthem.Mar. 26. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.Today we have sent to Stockton formore milk pans, and got 13. We nowmilk mine cows. My cellar I find afine place to set the milk in.Mar. 27. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.Thursday. This has been a cloudy day.We can but hope for rain.Mar. 28. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.Our hopes have been realized. Wehave had showers today, tho' not aconstant rain. I have gathered abeautiful bunch of flowers, fromwhich I have again been pressingspecimens.Mar. 29. Saturday. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 72.S.S.65. Dr. has been absent today attendinga horse auction on the Calaveras.We have had frequent showersall day. Mr. and Mrs. Foster cameand dined with us and spent thegreater part of the day. They arepleasant people from Maine, Ashort time after they started forhome, a heavy shower came up, attendedwith thunder and lightning.This is the first tempest whichI have seen in Cal. I hope our friend

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March 1856

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