Delia Locke


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1883. May 9. Wednesday. I woke this morning with a very sore throat. The exposure of last evening was, no doubt, too much for me. Ida and Mr. Pascoe departed for San Francisco today, where they intend to stop awhile and then to go to Woodland. The Sewing Circle met this afternoon, and there were ten present. Mary went again to Sacramento to the Seminary. I have written to Ida tonight.

May 10. Thursday. Cloudy again. I have been sick in bed all day with headache and asthma. Received a postal from Ida.

May 11. Friday. Weather cloudy and showery in the forenoon. I have felt a little better today. Another postal from Ida came. They are not having pleasant weather for their trip.

May 12. Saturday. We have had a rainy afternoon. Ada and Mr. Cooke went to Stockton today and when they came home at night, they found me very sick indeed. They had not intended to come home tonight, but something seemed to draw them home and I am certain the dear Lord sent them to me, for I'm sure I don't see how I could hardly have lived through the night, had it not been for Ada's prompt nursing. As she has been with me before in congestion, she knew just what to do, using hot water and mustard till I got a little relief. But I continued very sick all night, got no sleep, and the folks were up with me till morning. Mr. Cooke read and prayed with me about one o'clock, A.M. and it soothed and rested me to hear the blessed word. I have often longed for the voice of prayer when I have been too sick to pray for myself, and I am glad to have proved its power to soothe and help me. I had a letter from Ida this afternoon.

May 13. Sabbath. Mr. Cooke preached twice for Mr. Pascoe. I have had a very sick day. Howard will watch with me tonight. There is a little change for the better, but I am still too troubled for breath to sleep much.

May 14. Monday. Weather cloudy and rainy. I am still in bed but am somewhat better. Received letters from Horace, Willie

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1883. and Ida. It is quite unfavorable weather for the wedding trip, but they are enjoying themselves.

May 15. Tuesday. The forenoon was cloudy. Received postals from Mary and Ida.

May 16. Wednesday. Another cloudy forenoon. I have been dressed and sat up half the day The Sewing Circle met this afternoon - only five were there.

May 17. Thursday. Weather still cloudy.

May 18. Friday. Mr. Pascoe and Ida arrived home, having attended the meeting of the Valley Association in Woodland and had a pleasant time. This evening the people have given them a reception in the church to which everybody was invited. Wedding cake cherries and lemonade were distributed to all Uncle was there, and worked hard cutting up the cakes. The church was well filled, and they seemed to have a merry time.

May 19. Saturday. Ada and Mr. Cooke left us for a visit to San Jose and Sonoma before they go home again.

May 20. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend meeting today. Hannah went with Uncle to Stockton to hear Miss F. E. Willard lecture upon Temperance. We thought it a rare opportunity to hear one who is so eloquent and so honored a temperance worker all over the Union. Susie also went. Willie has heard her at San Jose. She moves all hearts in the good cause, and has crowded houses wherever she goes. She is in the interest of Home Protection leagues - protection against alcohol. May the dear Lord bless and prosper her.

May 21. Monday. Have received letters from Horace and Willie.

May 22. Tuesday. The weather for these two days past has been very hot and sultry, and to me, who am so much troubled with asthma, it is almost unbearable.

May 23. Wednesday. Dr. went up to Sacramento to bring Mary home with him from Mrs. Perry's seminary. She will not probably attend any more there. The school is too expressive for the good gained. (T.S.R. 54. 2 PM 84. S.S. 67.)

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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