Delia Locke


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Jan. 12. Mr. Campbell of Dry Creek came forthe Dr. and while he was preparingto go with him, I had some conversationwith Mr. Campbell. Speakingof the disorder of the room, I saidthat it had been left to the Dr.'s andRobert's care for a day or two; and asneither had much time to attendto household concerns, that wouldaccount for the want of neatnessobservable. Mr. C. said he once ateof a dinner which Dr. cooked, andthe way in which he cooked it hadamused him. I inquired about it,and found that he thought it veryunusual to boil different kinds ofgarden sauce in the same pot. Itold him it was a common custom inN. E. to do so, and that we called it aboiled dinner.Jan. 13. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60. This is SisterSusan's eighteenth birthday. Itdoes not seem to me that she can beso old. Mr. Merchant called thismorning to inquire if I had receivedany letters from George.Jan. 13. I have been writing to my parents andto Sister Susan.Jan. 14. Wednesday. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 59. S.S.55. The day has been a cloudy one.I have written to Cousin A. A. H.This evening Dr. has been reading a loudMilton's "Treatise on Education."It is hard to be understood, becauseit is written in such a lofty style.Jan. 15. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 56. We have hadanother cloudy day. I have written toBrother George.Jan. 16. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50. Rainy.Today Luther is nine months old. Howtime passes! He weighs as much ashe has done for two months pastwhich I consider is doing very wellwhen I remember that he has beenboth teething and having the whoopingcough. He has now two teethand seems to be gaining strength.He can stand alone in a chairwith his hands on the back of it,also play bo-peep very prettily. Heis adding every day to his little winningways, and making us love him

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