Delia Locke


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Dec. 3. A letter from George tells us thathe is safe at home. For this also weshould be grateful. This afternoon,Dr. and myself took a rack to Elmer’s.Quite a long walk for me.Dec. 4. T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48. Thismorning, being fine, I took anotherwalk, and called on Mrs. Holman,Mr. H. has commenced trade inthe way of keeping a country store,and has fixed up a shop by hishouse. I should think he mightsucceed very well, as the store nearMr. Hodges mill is closed. I donot feel very tired from my walk,and hope I am getting stronger.Dec. 5. T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.Dec. 6. T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50. Thisis Father Locke's sixtieth, andRobert's fourteenth birthday. Thisevening, Mr. Hay wood went to thenew store and purchased a can ofoysters, and we had a nice oystersupper.Dec. 7. Sabbath. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 56.S.S. 51. This morning, Mr. & Mrs.Hector with a son and daughter,came here and went to churchDec.7. with us. Rev. Mr. Sharp preached tous, text. "The name of the Lord is a strongtower; the righteous runneth into it andis safe." He spoke of the comfort thistruth afforded to those who are beset withenemies round about as are the righteousand who are so continually in needof such a defence. He then proceededto name the qualifications which atower should possess, which is builtfor a defence, and to show that inthe Lord we may find all the protectionwhich we may ever need.Then those whom the Lord will defendfrom danger, were described - or, inother words, the righteous mentionedin the text, and all were urged to puttheir trust in the Lord. After S. schoolMr. & Mrs. Heetor and children, camehere and stopped to tea, and thenreturned home. The day has beencloudy, and it is now raining.Dec. 8. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45. Mr.Athearn called, and speaking of Luther,he said that I ought to beproud enough of such a fine, largeboy, to carry him out oftener andshow him.

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December 1856

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