Delia Locke


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1882. how sad it would be to bury her baby without having a picture of her, so she sent over to Ida ask her if she would not try to draw the baby's portrait. But as Ida never tried to draw faces, she thought it would be of no use to attempt it, but finally consented to try and draw just the hands, as they lay in position, they were so beautifully perfect. So she went and sat by the body till 1 o'clock in the morning, and really made quite a beautiful drawing of them - a picture which Susie says she shall prize very much. But George has now decided to have a photographer come out of Stockton tomorrow and get a likeness of the baby. Mrs. Clements has called today.

Dec. 3. Sabbath. I could not go to church, but as the funeral was to be this P.M. at the house I decided to try and go over. Luther said he would take me in his easyriding buggy. So after much ado, I got dressed to go, Dr. all the time protesting that I was not able to make the effort. I can hardly walk a step alone, so had to be carried up and down, and into the house, but I was glad I went. Mr. Pascoe read the 23rd Psalm, and made a few comforting remarks, and they sang two or three hymns, and laid the little one to rest by the side of the other three children. After I got home, received a letter from Ada, in which she said that Mr. Cooke went to a Union Thanksgiving service in San Francisco, and being called upon to offer prayer he made the idea of the Divine Christ so prominent, (being led to do so by remarks previously made by a Unitarian clergyman) that a lady present, a stranger to him, having inquired who he was, sent him $25. to encourage him. Of course, he was encouraged.

Dec. 4. Monday. Mrs. Allard called to see me. She came out to attend the funeral, and will take the baby's photograph and enlarge and paint it.

Dec. 5. Tuesday. Have received a letter from Willard. He has gone to Oakland to see about the examination for West Point - where and when - finds it is to be the first week in January at the Galinda Hotel.

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1882. Dec. 6. Wednesday. All this time, Mr. Smith has been pretending to fix the walls of the church, and now having made a botch of the same, he gives it up. So the committee have been to Stockton and engaged Mr. Kidd to do it, and he and his men commenced work on it today. Alice Andrew called today. Received postals from Willard and Ada.

Dec. 7. Thursday. A foggy morning. Received letters from Mary and Ada and wrote to Willie and Ada. Mrs. McCloud and Lizzie called, and I had a long talk with her about Harry, who used to be in my S.S. clss. She mourns for him and refuses to be comforted. I talked so much, being in bed, that I am quite exhausted tonight.

Dec. 8. Friday. I have written to Horace and Mary. The work on the meeting house is now completed. What a pity we did'nt have Mr. Kidd in the first place, so as not to have bothered with Mr. Smith, who had the job on hand for two months, and then did'nt do it!

Dec. 9. Saturday. Lilla is so poorly with asthma that Susie has taken her and gone to Mrs. Tabor's for treatment.

Dec. 10. Sabbath. A cloudy day. I was again kept from church by ill health. Received a letter from Horace, in which he says that Prof. O. W. Holmes, who has been in Harvard College Faculty for about forty years - more or less - has now resigned, wishing to retire. The students will give him a farewell reception.

Dec. 11. Monday. Still cloudy. Wrote postal to Ada.

Dec. 12. Tuesday. Wrote again to Ada.

Dec. 13. Wednesday. Rode out today in Luther's carriage with him to Mrs. McCloud's. Received letters from Willie, Mary and Ada.

Dec. 14.Thursday. A foggy forenoon. I have written to Willie and Ada.

Dec. 15. Friday. Forenoon again foggy. I have written to Horace and exchanged letters with Ada.

Dec. 16. Saturday. Another foggy forenoon. This is Ada's birthday again. She is now twenty five years old - a happy wife and

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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