Delia Locke


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1885. taken at a year old - very pretty pictures. Benton is now two months old and weighs fifteen pounds - a fine babe. Weather cloudy & sultry. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.)

Aug. 15. Saturday. Have written home and to Ada. A sultry day with a a sprinkling of rain. The hottest day of the season. (T.S.R. 77. 2 P.M. 107. S.S. 82.)

Aug. 16. Sabbath. I have had sick headache today. I'm disappointed that this climate does not agree with me, as I should enjoy myself so much here if I was well. But as yet I do not feel so well as I did at home. Still if I were at home during this heated term. I should probably be very sick. Received letter from Hannah. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 84.)

Aug. 17. Monday. Have written to Howard and Lou and Hannah and received a letter from Hannah. Mrs. Gray called with an air like this, - "Of course you ought to know who I am - my name is Gray" - and (though she did not say so in so many words) - "I belong to the Kentucky aristocracy." She was dressed out in rich costume, heavy silk and laces, and of course, was uncomfortably warm, so she puffed and fanned herself and complained of the heat, wiped her face with her dainty handkerchief and said, "O dear! it is vulgar to perspire, but it is human nature, you know!" She boasted of the style in which she used to live in Kentucky, with her servants to wait upon her, of the great beauty of her grandmother and grand children, &.c. (We thought she would have boasted of her own beauty, but felt a little ashamed to do so). She is rebel and not ashamed to say so. Well, we lived through the interview, and it afforded me much amusement. The Union S.S. Convention of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties convened here this evening. Rev. Dr. Chapman, now of Oakland, has been employed to deliver his series of very interesting and instructive lectures on the Jewish Tabernacle, illustrated by models of his own getting up. The S.S. State Committee employ him to lecture to County Conventions. I am sorry I cannot hear them, but the others went. Rev. Tuthill of San Mateo is here for the night. He is a consumptive, and thinks he must soon leave for another climate. A hot, uncomfortable wind has been blowing today. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 85.)

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1885. Aug. 18. Tuesday. The S.S. Convention is in session here. We had Rev. Messrs. Tuthill and Cross to dinner and Mr. Tuthill all day. They have had very interesting meetings. I have written home and to and to Aunt Gerould and received letter from Rebecca, Hannah, Willie and Ada. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 84.)

Aug. 19. Wednesday. Have written to Willie and Mary and received a letter from Hannah. She has been very faithful in writing to me daily. Mrs. Hawks called. Weather a little cooler. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.)

Aug. 20. Thursday. Exchanged letters with Hannah. Mrs. Cloud called - a pleasant lady. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 66.)

Aug. 21. Friday. Windy weather and a little cloudy. I am very poorly - breathe with difficulty and have sick nights. I fear I shall be obliged to leave on account of my health - should go to Oakland at once only I fear I should be no better there - perhaps should be worse. Do not wish to go home until after the first rains. I have exchanged letters with Horace and Hannah and received a letter from Dr. Mrs. Murch called, also Mrs. Locker. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 66.)

Aug. 22. Saturday. Still a little cloudy. Have exchanged letters with Hannah and written to Dr. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 65.)

Aug. 23. Sabbath. Still a little cloudy. This has been a quiet Sabbath - passed as most of them are here. I am not able to attend meeting so I take care of the babies and Ida goes, taking Theresa with her. The babies both go to sleep in the forenoon, and I have a quiet time for reading. Ida comes home before S.S. to get dinner for Mr. Pascoe, and nurse the baby. Then he comes and eats hurriedly and goes off in his carriage to preach at Woodside. Ida goes at 3 o'clock to attend the Band of Hope. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.)

Aug. 24. Monday. Received letters from Hannah and Mary. School begins at home today, with Mr. Piper and Miss Minges as teachers, and Georgie begins school for the first time. He is already reading in the First Reader and has learned to write a little. They write that Rebecca had another baby girl born on the 18th. She has her sister with her. Have written to Hannah. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 65.)

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January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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