Delia Locke


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Feb. 21. he also told Mrs. Beaty, until alittle before she died - two weeksI think - when he abandonedher altogether.Feb. 22. Sabbath T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.Mr. Chamberlain called and dinedwith us, after which we all attendedthe S. school. A goodlynumber were present and wehad a very good sing.Feb. 23. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57. Aman, who was traveling along,came in and asked for somedinner, which was given him.Feb. 24. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51. Thishas been a rainy day. I have beenwriting to my mother.Feb. 25. Wednesday. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 49. S.S.51. We have had another rainy day.I have been writing to Sister Susieand Bro. George. The river hasagain risen high. This eveningDr. has met with an adventurewhich might have proved avery sad one, but for the goodProvidence of God. Having occasionFeb. 25. to cross the river to visit a patient, hewent down to Staples' ferry, but theferry boat could not be used. So heleft his horse at Mr. Staples', andcrossed in a small boat, then got ahorse on the other side, and proceededto his destination. When he returned,it was late in the evening, and beingrainy, it was very dark. AfterMr. Foster had set him across theriver, he was obliged to make hisway through a thicket of tall briers&.c, in which there were deepholes fast filling with water fromthe river. He was on foot, and had ashovel on which were some brightcoals, that he might better see theway. After wandering about for atime, and wading through holeswhere the water was knee deep, hestopped and hallooed to Mr. Foster,when he discovered that hehad turned himself, and wasgoing straight towards the riveragain. He now threw away the coalsdetermined not to rely on them,

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