Delia Locke


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Oct. 30. and offered us none, althoughit was about one o'clock when we arrived.We remained about an hour,then rode over to call on Mr. & Mrs.Douglass, who live on the banks ofthe river. But we found no one athome, and rode back as far asMr. Poland's new house, where westopped. But we got nothing toeat until about sunset, whensupper was ready, which we ate witha very good relish. As there was tobe a Republican Meeting there inthe evening, we concluded to remainuntil it was over. Mrs. Poland getsboth her little ones asleep at once,taking one on each arm. She hasfifteen persons in her own family,and does her work with very littlehelp, besides accomodating thestage passengers and many travellers.How she turns off so much workeach day. I cannot perceive. Shesays she is always blessed with goodhealth and spirits; and I believeshe is, for I always find her the same.The meeting did not close until teno'clock, after which we rode home. IOct. 30. borrowed a large shawl of Mrs.Poland, and wrapped Luther up init, that he might not take coldby exposure to the might air. I myselftook a seat in Elmer's springwagon, giving Luther to the charge ofone of the men in it, which Dr. drovehome in the gig.Oct. 31. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72. TodayI have been writing to Mother & Susan.Nov. 1. T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 79.S.S. 72. JohnVance called and remained to dinner.He brought me a very large nice apple.Mr. & Mrs. Staples called Elmer, onreturning from town, sent me in a boxof very nice grapes.Nov. 2 Sabbath. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S.75. I have such a bad cold that Icannot attend the S. school today.Bro. Elmer has been here this evening.Nov. 3. T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 74.S.S. 63. One yearago today we moved into this new house.We have experienced some changes sincethen. A little baby boy has been addedto our family, which has afforded usmore pleasure than anything else beside.We have all enjoyed pretty good healthhave and with few accidents & few losses.

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October 1856

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