Delia Locke


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Feb. 17. He writes from Rockport, Mass andsays he is not there after a codfish,but fish of the finer sex.He asks Father of he would notlike to have him bring him anice Rockport Cod. We hope hewill make wise choice of a wife,that his return with her maymake us all happier.Feb. 18. Wednesday. T.S.R. 32.2 P. M. 60S.S. 55. This day has been cloudyand rainy.Feb. 19. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 58.S.S. 53.Feb. 20. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 67.S.S. 58.Feb. 21. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.This afternoon, as I was engagedin baking, Mr. Walker camein and said that Mrs. Beatydeed yesterday and was to buriedthis afternoon at four o'clock.I had known nothing ofit before, and was much surprisedto hear it. Presently, Mr.Hraeger and Mrs. Holmancame along in a buggy, stoppedand invited me to ride to theFeb. 21. Funeral wish them. I was delightedto do as, and so, I left my bakingimmediately, and prepared toaccompany them. Robert could staywith Luther, so I left him. As werode along, Mrs. Holman remarkedthat there had been more deathsin the neighborhood during thepast three months, than in allher five years previous residencehere, just as we reached the ferrywe met the people coming backand they informed us that thecorpse was buried half an hour agoWe felt disappointed, but determinedto improve the pleasantafternoon in calling. We first calledon Mrs. Staples, who is not verywell today, and unable to go outAfter remaining there awhile, wewent down and called on Mrs.Epperly. She has been very sick,as she says, and she, as well as Mrs.Beaty, have been under Dr. Bentleys'care, she is not well yet, butDr. B. tells her she is getting well, as

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