Delia Locke


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Sept. 29. F. is just on the point oflosing her little babe. It hasbeen sick ever since they movedto that place. This will be thefourth child that they have buried,I am sorry for Mrs. Furnish,Mrs. Lard and two littlegirls are well as usual. We remainedhere until four o'clock,and then rode over to the site ofMr. Hodges' new mill, which isto be built of stone. They havebut just commenced it. Fromthis place, we rode over to Mr.Poland's new tavern house. Mrs.Poland came to the door with onebaby on one hip, and one on theother. Her little girl is but elevenmonths older than her boy,who is about three months olderthan mine. We went in andtook a hurried survey of thehouse, then turned and wenthome, arriving here about sunset.Sept. 30. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.I find I have taken avery bad cold during my yesterday'sride. Mr. Walker, theSept. 30. school teacher, is here sickand Dr. has today taken his placein the school. I have been writingto Sister Susan.Oct. 1. Wednesday. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88.S.S. 78. I have been more than halfsick today of my cold. Mr. Walkeris better this morning. Luthercried a great deal last night, &is unwell today. I have writtena short letter to Mother Locke.We have also received letters fromhome, Loraine is worse again, andLydia O' Brien has a baby son.Oct. 2. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 57. Dr.Kerr came here to dinner. Mr. A.J. Barton also called. I have beenwriting to my parents.Oct. 3. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64. Ihave suffered all day from a verysevere headache. Mrs. Vincentcalled a few minutes.Oct. 4. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66. Mr.Wallace called on his way to the RepublicanMeeting at Mr. Woods', Dr.attended, and so was absent all theafternoon. I retired feeling very tired.

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September 1856

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