Delia Locke


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1883. Mar. 9. Friday. Have written to Horace and Ada.

Mar. 10. Saturday. Beckie and Roland called here, being up now with their three children on a visit from San Francisco. I went to Father's and took tea with them.

Mar. 11. Sabbath. I was so happy to be able to go to meeting with the others today. Mr. Pascoe preached from the text, "Come unto me, all yee that labor and are heavy laden", x.c. Roland was there, and I did wish he could be induced to accept this loving invitation, he looks so weary and care - worn. He has had a hard time battling with the sobersides of life. O if he could only learn to come to Him for rest, comfort and strength. He has no idea how restful it is to trust in Him. Rebecca went with Uncle Holden to Mr. Harvey's, about ten miles out of Stockton, towards the Islands.

Mar. 12. Monday. Have received letters from Horace, Willie and Ada. Mrs. Mark Flanders made me a call.

Mar. 13. Tuesday. Have exchanged letters with Mary today. These are happy days to me. I do enjoy Ida's company so much. She paints, and I watch her. When wearied with sewing, Mr. Pascoe is not far off, and we sometimes have a game of Words. I am not badly troubled with asthma, though a little of it hangs around me all the time here.

Mar. 14. Wednesday. Weather a little cloudy. Ida and I rode to Dexter to visit her former school. Miss Wagner is now teaching there, and we can see that the school is running down from what it was when Ida had charge of it - the scholars have lost interest - and some absent themselves. A recitation in Grammar was particularly tiresome. Miss Wagner is not a Normal teacher, and does not understand the best methods.

Mar. 15. Thursday. A foggy morning. Have written to Willie. This evening I have attended the prayer meeting. It is not often I am well enough, and I enjoyed it much. We had a good meeting. The subject considered was the Divine guidance from the text, "Lo, I am with you alway." I know this to be time but how much easier it is to realize it now when I am comparatively well and happy, than when I am very sick.

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1883. Mar. 16. Friday. I have written to Horace and received letters from Ada and Cousin Julia Statson. The letter writes about the graves of our grandparents in Abington Cemetery. It seems there are no grave stones set to them. They were interred in a family tomb, built in the side of a hill upon Grandfather's place. This portion of the farm has passed into other hands, and the tomb has been left and uncared for. So a lot has been secured in the Cemetery (Mount Vernon) and the bodies, quite a number, have been removed to a safer resting - place. Now Julia wishes us here to help buy grave stones for them. Susie has the matter in charge. She and I will give ten dollars a piece and Roland five, making twentyfive dollars we shall send.

Mar. 17. Saturday. Roland, Rebecca and the children bade us goodbye this morning, and left for their home in San Francisco.

Mar. 18. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Pascoe preached the "gospel of comfort" from 1 Cor. 1:4,5. "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation," x.c.

Mar. 19. Monday. Dr and I went to Sacramento to visit Mary at the Seminary and buy some new clothes for her. Going there, I saw Mary first out on the grounds, and got her to accompany me on a shopping tour. Bought cloth for two new dresses for her, also some other things. We put up at the Western Hotel, and I am very weary.

Mar. 20. Tuesday. This morning, Mary and I went and found a dressmaker and engaged her to make the new dresses. Then I went to the Seminary and visited all day, and heard the classes recite. I was interested and pleased with all the exercises, and enjoyed myself much. Dr. went home and I shall stay here at the Seminary and room with Mary. The morning was very foggy.

Mar. 21. The weather is a little cloudy. Spent the morning here at the Seminary hearing the recitations, until train time, then I came home and found Mrs. Russem here awaiting my arrival. She is just as sweet as ever - has changed but a little it seems to me, in these years which have brought so many

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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