Delia Locke


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Oct. 5. Sabbath. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 74.S.S. 66. Mr. McDowell called hereto see Mary. While he was here. Iwas attacked with very severe painand fever. This continued untilnight. But I did not wish theDr. to remain at home from with me, so he went andleft me alone. In the evening,who should come to see us butMr. & Mrs. Burt of Dry town. Ifelt sorry that I could not use &entertain them, but thoughtit best to be patient and hopefor the best, God "orders all thingswell" Let me be submissive.Oct. 6. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64. Thismorning I felt a little better. &dressed myself. Mr. Burt left usto attend an Agricultural Fair atSan Jose, and Mrs. Burt will remainwith us.Oct. 7. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 65. Today wehave had the first rain of the seasonfour days and one month earlier thanlast year. Elmer has made us ashort call. Lawrence has been overand tells us that a grizzly bearOct. 7. was seen in our bottom this morningMr. Staples with some others were chasinghim, but could not get a goodshot at him; so they let him go.Oct. 8. Wednesday. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S.64. This morning the snow glistenedbeautifully on the top of the distantmountains. This is always acharming sight. Rode with Mrs.Burt to Mrs. Holman's and tookdinner. Shortly after, Dr. sent forus to come home, as we had company.We did so, and found Mr.& Mr. Staples here with their Irishgirl. She was having some teethextracted with chloroform. They onlyremained until she had recoveredfrom the effects of it,and then went home. After theywere gone, Mrs. Burt & myself rode overto Elmer's, leaving Luther with the Dr.Here we saw a badger, which someone there had caught. It is the firstI ever saw. It is smaller than I hadexpected to see. We stopped to tea, andhad a very interesting time with Bro.Elmer. That place seems more likehome to me now than this house

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October 1856

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