Delia Locke


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Apr. 26 up a little for the first time.I have had company all the afternoonand enjoyed their visit very well.Mrs. Staples and Mrs. Beaty havebeen here. Dr. has been absent, attendinga district school meeting,and has just returned. He reportsthat they voted to build a newhouse for a schoolhouse and churchand to locate it in the centre ofthe district. This is an encouragingmovement, and very pleasing.Apr. 27. Sabbath. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 74.S.S. 60. Cloudy and rainy. I exertedmyself so much yesterday, thatI have not been as well today as Ihad expected to have been. However,I have been sitting up a greaterpart of the time. Missouie Parkerand Emma Holman came in to seethe baby, on their way to S. school.Apr. 28. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 54. Ihave been better today. Am gettingmuch stronger.Apr. 29. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 57. The firstpart of the day was cloudy, and thisafternoon we have had rain. I havebeen out about the yard for the firstApr. 29. time, and picked a small bouquetof flowers. Did not feel strong enoughto walk about much.April 30. Wednesday. T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 64.S.S. 60. The weather today has been likethat of yesterday, cloudy and rainy. Thebabe is now a fortnight old is as quietas ever. He now weighs eight pounds.I have been writing to Abington.May 1. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 50. How differentthe May - day from what it isin N. E. Last year a flower could notbe found there on May day. Herethe flowers have been blooming fornearly three months, and their beautyis now waning. Today, baby andI took a ride to Mrs. Holman's anddined with her. Returned about themiddle of the afternoon. The weatherwhich had been warm and pleasant,now suddenly changed, It grew coolerand has been raining.May 2. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 56. Thismorning. Dr. and I rode over to the garden.Everything looks finely there. The flowersare sweetly blooming, and the vegetablesare growing well. We picked a bunch offlowers, and after stopping a while.

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April 1856

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