Delia Locke


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Apr. 16. Sisters Susan and Hannahwe rode out round the town and thro'So. Weymouth. Since that, I havenearly all the time been the happiestof wives, and am now a happy mother.I shrink from the responsibilityconnected with this position, but Iwill remember the gracious promise ofmy Heavenly Father - "As thy day,so shall thy, strength be", and endeavorrelying on His strength, todo my duty to my little boy, faithfully.How much I love my littleone, I cannot tell. May he bespared to be a comfort and a blessingto us all.Apr. 17. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 69. AsI cannot write to our parents this mailthe Dr. has been writing to them, &sent them the news. He has alsowritten to Dr. Moore. Father hasbrought me a nice bunch of strawberriesfrom the garden. Elmer has beenin to see the baby.Apr. 18. T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.Mr. & Mrs. Athearn called. This evening.Dr. has attended a lecture on thesubject of "Primary Education, at theApr. 18. schoolhouse above, by Mr. Bthe Methodist minister.Apr. 19. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.Apr. 20. Sabbath. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S.63. This morning, Mr. & Mrs. Montgomerycalled to inquire after my health andto see the baby. Mr. Barton also calledMrs. Staples came in towards night &stopped a short time.Apr. 21. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64. Thisis my mother's fortieth birthday, Ithink she is a young grandmother.Apr. 22. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 62.Apr. 23. Wednesday. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75.S.S. 54. This has been a windy day.George has been in to see the babe. Heis now a week old - weighs seven andone half pounds - sleeps nearly all thetime. I nurse him only once in threehours and twice during the night.And I am often obliged to wake himfor this purpose. He has as yet criedbut very little. I have not yet beenmoved from the bed since he was born.Apr. 24. T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.Apr. 25. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.Apr. 26. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66. Verywarm. Today I have been able to sit

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April 1856

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