Delia Locke


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Jan. 27. to be a pleasant family. I fancy Ishould like to become intimatelyacquainted with Miss Mary M.We arrived home about sunset.And here I must not fail tonote what a very good, quietlittle boy Luther is. He makesme no trouble where I take himout, nor is he afraid of strangers.One could not wish a better baby.Jan. 28. Wednesday. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 59. S.S.54. This evening we have beenreading together Martin F. TupperProverbial Philosophy."Jan. 29. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55. Tonight,as we were again engaged in readingProverbial Philosophy, we came acrossthis truth, thus beautifullyexpressed; "Trifles, lighter than strawsare levers in the building up ofcharacter." If this be true, and Iknow it is often so, how careful weshould strive to be in the rearing ofthe young, that nothing, howeversmall it may appear to us, shallat any time come in their way,Jan. 29. which may exert an evil influence.The events which transpired in our earlychildhood, the circumstances attendingthem, with the words andlooks of those around us, but especiallytheir examples, good or bad; -how they are all engraven on ourhearts as if with the point of a diamond.And should not this teachus to watch our words and actions,that they may all have a tendencyto good? Lord, help us.Jan. 30. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60. Dr. Bentleymade us a short call this morning.He seemed to have no particularerrand, and did not feel quite athis ease. I have been writing toMother. This evening we havebeen reading Milton's "Samson."O these hours we spend in reading togetherare treats to me. What a wonderfulimagination Milton had. Hisdescriptions seem so life like.Jan.31. T.S.R.44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62. The warmestday of the month. Have been writingto Sister Susan and Bro. George.

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