Delia Locke


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1883. Sept. 28. Friday. I feel decidedly stronger today. Have received a letter from Ida and written to her and to Eunice, Ada and Hannah.

Sept. 29. Saturday. The morning was foggy and windy and the afternoon and evening rainy. I have written home and received letters from Ada, Ida, Horace and Uncle H.

Sept. 30. Sabbath. The morning was rainy but the afternoon was fair. So we went to S. school again at 3 P.M. Today we had a review of the lessons for the quarter, for here we have the International Lessons, as at home, and it is a real treat to me to be able to go to S. school again. Have written to Ada. We get no mail on the Sabbath.

Oct. 1. Monday. We had showers this forenoon. The new law goes into effect today, whereby postage on single letters is reduced from hence forth from 3 cents to 2 cents each. This is quite different from what it was when we first came to Cal. Then the postage on each letter was 10 cts. and we could it possibly get them from the East only twice a month. Now we can get them in a week from the time of mailing, and they arrive every day. I have written home, to Unlce and to Ada. Late in the evening we received our mail, and I had letters from Ada, Eddie, Willie and Mr. Pascoe. Ada writes that Alice Andrew is in Oakland, and much improved in health.

Oct. 2. Tuesday. I am getting so much better that I have walked a little today. It is very pleasant about here. We received no mail. I wrote to Ada, Eddie and Hannah.

Oct. 3. Wednesday. Foggy and cloudy. I have become so much interested in croquet by watching the others at the game, that I have commenced to learn to play it myself. The croquet ground is in a lovely place, under the shade of four or five stately oaks I have written to Ada, Hannah and Horace, and received letters from Ida, Ada, Mr. Pascoe and Mary. Mr. Pascoe is attending the meeting of the Grand Lodge, I.O.G.T. in San Francisco, and Ida is in Oakland. Hannah is sole housekeeper at home.

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1883. Oct. 4. Thursday. The weather is a little foggy and cloudy. I have written home and to Ada and Mary and received a letter from Hannah. Just after dark, Ida arrived. She came up from the Station on Mr. Slaughter's team. She is to stay with me till next week, then Mr. Pascoe is coming up from Oakland, and we intend going all together to Santa Cruz to the meeting of the Genl. Ass'n.

Oct. 5. Friday. O how Ida and myself are enjoying ourselves together! We have so much to talk about, for we have not been together for three months. The time just seems to fly on silken wings. I have written to Willie, Hannah, Ada and Mr. Pascoe.

Oct. 6. Saturday. We have been on a picnic today to West Soquel Creek, six of us, Mr. Slaughter to drive the team, Mr. Thornton, Mrs. Gray, Miss Benton, Ida and myself. And how we did enjoy it! Only it would have been more enjoyable had it been a little warmer. It was a very beautiful place where we stopped for lunch, right by the Creek among the very tall red woods, where ferns of all varieties abound, and buttonwood and madrone trees also. Never where we lunched, the creek, or a branch of it in coming down a very steep hill over rocks and fallen trunks of trees, turns everything to stone, petrifies them by a slow dripping or trickling process. We got some fire specimens of petrified wood, and Ida dug up several roots of ferns of different varieties, which she is intending to carry as presents to Aunt Susie for her fernery. And what a good lunch we had! And how we enjoyed it! For getting up good lunches, and being good company on a picnic excursion, no body can beat Mrs. Gray and Miss Benton. And Mr. Thornton acted the part of silly young gentleman to perfection. He has no brothers and has always been most among girls, and being an invalid, he is a regular girl-boy. When we arrived home, we found letters waiting for us from Ada, Hannah and Howard. As usual when I make extra exertion, I have the headache.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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