Delia Locke


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May 30. Mr. Compton has the finestgarden that I have seen on theriver, situated on the upland byhis house. He has soon eight feethigh, very large beets and turnips,and tomatoes, pears and peaches aslarge as large walnuts. Mrs. Smithwas there assisting to do the work, asMrs. C. has no nurse. But Mr. C.s'daughter, only nine years of age,does almost all of the work, Mr. C.said that she would skim themilk, put the cream into the churnand churn the butter, all by herselfeight pounds at a time. Thefacility which she has acquired indoing these things, shows the advantageof early training childrento work: Mrs. Smith rode a jennyto Mr. Compton's - a very smallone. We next called on Mrs. Beatyfor the first time. Found her well.Afterward on Mrs. Faster, who isnot very well. To this lady I alsogave a box of strawberries. Saw heretwo fawns, which had been caughtin the bottom - very beautiful.We then proceeded up the riverMay 30. to Mr. Alfred Parker's. Wasvery happy to find Mrs. W. Parkerhere with her children, visiting.Had a very pleasant call here.Mrs. A. Parker, who has a baby boythree weeks younger than mine,said to me, "Your babe favors youright smartly, and when he isolder, he'll favor you or heap more".Her babe weighs half a pound morethan mine. Returning by way ofthe ferry, we stopped at Mr. Staplesto tea, Met there Mr. Bryer, ourminister. He returned with us,and will spend the night here.Thus ends a day in which I havehad the pleasure of seeing nine of mylady neighbors, and from younginfants.May 31. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66. Roseearly this morning and prepared ourbreakfast for I had a great deal ofwork before me, ironing baking anda large churning. Mr. Bryer remainedhere for a short time, then wentup the river. I have accomplishedmy intended work in good time. Mr.Walker has made us a short call.

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May 1856

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