Delia Locke


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1883. Jan. 25. Thursday. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, also wrote to Willie and received letters from Howard and Horace. Emily Blakeslee called this P.M. Her father is in feeble health.

Jan. 26. Friday. Again exchanged letters with the home folks, also I wrote to Mary.

Jan. 27. Saturday. We have had a foggy forenoon. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, also have written to Howard.

Jan. 28. Sabbath. Another foggy forenoon. I have written home as ususal. Shall be glad when I am able to go to meeting again, am gaining fast.

Jan. 29. Monday. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, also have written to Mary and received a letter from Willie.

Jan. 30. Tuesday. A foggy day. Have exchanged letters with the home folks. Mrs. Carrie Stephenson of Alameda and her boy Stanley called on us. Their call aggravated a sick headache which has troubled me today.

Jan. 31. Wednesday. A very warm and pleasant day. Rebecca came over with Bertie from San Francisco. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, also with Horace and Mrs. Smart. I have been down stairs and out in the flower garden today, for the first time.

Feb. 1. Thursday. A great change in the weather since yesterday. A very cold wind is blowing - very chilly indeed. Will's father and mother came. He is a very pleasant and gentlemanly man. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, and written to Willie.

Feb. 2. Friday. Have again exchanged letters with the home folks. Mary Warren, the organist at the Golden Gate church, was here to dinner. She and Will have been trying to find out what is the trouble with Ada's new Beatty organ, which never seemed to work right. Ada has written to Beatty about it. Something is wrong with the organ bellows.

Feb. 3. Saturday. Exchanged letters with the home folks. Received a very pleasant call from Mrs. Smart, who is stopping at Mrs. J. E. Benton's. Also, Mrs. Emma Hurd of Stockton, and her brother Lewis' sister-in-law, Miss Potwyn of

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1883. Berkeley, called. Emma always has a stylish look, but she is growing old.

Feb. 4. Sabbath. My Sabbaths are quite lonely days now. Ada and Will go to meeting at eleven, then come home to a hasty dinner, then back to S. school, then oftentimes downtown to the Y. M. C. A. then home, then to Praise service and preaching again in the evening, so that I am generally alone most of the day and evening I could go to church if I could ride, but it is too far for me to walk. But I have plenty of reading matter and am making the most of it, and enjoying it much.

Feb. 5. Monday. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, so am informed of the death of Mrs. Gillies, who died on the 1st of Feb. Have also written to Mary and got a letter from Willie.

Feb. 6 . Tuesday. It commenced snowing about 9 A.M. today and snowed for two hours, but the snow had all melted away by noon in the valley, though it could be seen upon the heights until about sunset. Have exchanged letters with the home folks, have also received letters from Howard and Mary and written to Horace. Mary reports herself not well. Howard gives a very good report of his school in Grant District, near home. Since he took the school, the number of scholars has doubled, and a good interest has grown up in their studies. We were surprised this evening by receiving a visit from Dr. and Johnnie, who have been in San Francisco on business.

Feb. 7. Wednesday. Have again exchanged letters with the folks at home Dr. Mooar and Lucy called this P.M. O what a kind and gentle man he is, and how sad, for it is feared that his wife is hopelessly insane. She is in a hospital in the East, in the state of New York. Dr. and Johnnie having again spent the day in San Francisco, came here to spend the night. Dr. is not well - is troubled with sore mouth.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


Original dimensions: 22 x 34 cm.

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