Delia Locke


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Nov.17. had put into that port for supplies.He was enjoying good health,and hoped to be at home in a fewdays. I answered his letter at length.Nov. 18. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.Nov. 19. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.Nov. 20. Thursday, T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.This has been the Thanksgiving dayof this state. But as my cook is a poorone, and I do not feel able to preparea dinner myself, I concludednot to have anything extra. SisterSusan, in her last letter, invitedus home to Thanksgiving. They willthink of us often. The day has beencloudy with some rain. However,not enough as to interfere withour taking a horseback ride. Westarted after dinner, and crossedthe river to call on Mr. & Mrs. Hector,who have purchased the placeformerly owned by Card & York, &moved upon it. We found themat home. They have a family ofeight children - the youngest aboutsix years old. They are from the Westuneducated. From this place, weproceeded to Mr. Alfred Parker's.Nov. 20. After a short call here, werode up and called on Mrs. W.Parker. Here we saw also Mrs.Lard, who with her two little girls,was spending the day with Mrs.Parker. Mrs. L. looked unusuallysad and depressed. I can easilyimagine the cause, which I conjectureto be, the recent dissipation ofher husband. I tried, however, tothe best of my ability, to cheer her,and I think I succeeded pretty well.Mrs. Parker and children are well.They are now living in their new house.Opposite here we crossed the river,and on our way home we called onMrs. T. Parker, for a few minutes,then rode home, where we arrived aboutsunset. So I have had the pleasure ofseeing five ladies this afternoon withtheir little ones, and have had a verypleasant time.Nov. 21. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55. TodayI have had an operation performed,which I have been anticipating formonths - that of the removal of a sortof bunch - quite large - from my vagina.My dear Dr. was the surgeon,

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November 1856

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