Delia Locke


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1883. goodby at Wright's, where I found Mr. Slaughter waiting for me. Here we found it foggy, chilly and cold, and it was so most of the way up the hills, but we found the sun shining warm and pleasantly upon Hillside Cottage and the boarders including Miss Benton, Miss Cearley, Mrs. Price and Messes. Thornton and Rankin ready to welcome me back. But I have come back more than half sick with weariness, and this P.M. I have had quite a fever. I found two letters and three postals awaiting me from Hannah and one letter from Mary, and I have written to Ida and Hannah.

Oct. 14. Sabbath. A very foggy day, and I have felt so poorly that I did not go to S. school.

Oct. 15. Monday. I am still sick and feverish. I have received postals from Hannah, Ada and Mr. Pascoe and a letter from Willie, and I have written home and to Ada.

Oct. 16. Tuesday. I am feeling better today. Have received letters from Horace, Ida and Mary, and have written to Ada and Ida. Mr. Cooke and Ada have now returned to Oakland, having passed a very pleasant Sabbath in Santa Cruz.

Oct. 17. Wednesday. Am still gaining in health. Have received letters from Ada and Mr. Pascoe and have written to Mary, Ada and Ida.

Oct. 18. Thursday. A very pleasant day, and I am feeling better Mr. Rankin's wife and son John have come to him from Illinois, Braidwood and they have gone to house keeping in Mrs. Foote's cottage at the top of the hill, so today we went and made them a call. Mrs. Rankin is a pleasant Scotch lady, who has had thirteen children, not all of whom are living, and some of whom are married, but she has left them all and a good home, where she was fixed with every comfort and convenience, to come to this new country and live with her husband, because he has the asthma so badly he cannot live in Illinois. Perhaps they will make a new home for themselves her, if the climate

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1883. continues to agree with him. I have written to Ada, Willie Mr. Pascoe and home, and received letters from Dr. and from Ida. They write that Geo. Locke is thinking of laying out a new cemetery near the river side, in a lovely, quiet spot, as he wishes to change those graves which have so long been near his house. He has bought and set up a beautiful, new, red granite monument at the new location. I hope they will make a neighborhood matter of it, and have a cemetery corporation. but perhaps he will not sell the land, and they cannot unless he does.

Oct. 19. Friday. This is our George's birthday. He is now six years old and is the champion of all the children in weight, as he weighs fiftytwo pounds. But he is the shortest of all of them, measuring but three feet and three inches according to the measurement sent me by his father, but I see there must be a mistake, for he was taller than that last year, and his time measurement is probably three feet, eight inches. He is a smart, active child, the constant companion of his father, following him round about his work from morning till night, trying to copy him in all he does. Surely that father should be careful to take a safe path, when his boy is following so closely in his foot steps. He has not learned to read any yet, though he knows all his letters, and can count and reckon well. But I have been away from home so much, and been sick so much, that he has been neglected. He has not yet begun to write Scripture verses in S. school, simply because he has not been taught. I have written to Dr. to Horace, Ida and Ada, and received in return only a postal from Ada.

Oct. 20. Saturday. Miss Benton left us today. We shall miss her much, for she has winning ways and is a general favorite. She has become a dear friend of mine, in my loneliness somewhat taking the place of dear Ida, and constantly reminding me of her in her love for and skill in

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January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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