Delia Locke


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Feb. 8. I was obliged to remain away fromchurch. Rev Mr. Sharp and Elmerstopped here after meeting, and theconversation turning upon the subjectof slavery, mention was made of thelate outrageous conduct of the tworepresentatives from California toCongress. Herbert and Denver. Ontheir way to Washington, they tooktwo black boy convicts from theState Prison, with the advice andconsent of the man in charge ofthem, and sold them into slaveryin New Orleans. This Herbert is theman who shot on Irish waiter inone of the Washington Hotels, lastsummer. Is this State justly represented?This overseen of the State Prisonis a very wicked man, as shown byevidence before the late San FranciscoVigilance Committee. Convicts werepurchased for $250. and permittedto run at large. This was so publiclyknown, that people went therewith the avowed intention of purchassingthe freedom of some friend.Feb. 8. This wicked man, whose guilt hasbeen thus exposed, is about bearingfor the East. The representatives fromCalifornia have also recently added totheir guilt, by voting for the renewalof the African Slave Trade. Elmerwent home, but Mr. Sharp remainedto tea. He related some interesting thingsabout the Moravians, among othershow they marry. The single ladies aremade to pass along by where the brethrenare standing, and when, at anytime, one of the brethren sees a ladywho pleases him, he immediately says"I will take this one." And they aremarried without further ceremony.Mr. Sharp says that he has seen severalwho were married in this way, and theyappeared to be living together very happily.But I think I should prefer tochoose my husband. Mr. Sharp leftus after tea, and Mr. Walker hasspent the evening with us.Feb. 9. T.S.R. 23. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 51. Rather cold.Feb. 10. T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53. Today, asDr. was going away on business, I rode

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