Delia Locke


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Mar. 4. is now President of these UnitedStates. Thus have games andtricks of the so-called chivalryof the South, triumphed overthe better voice of the people of theNorth, who would have elected JohnFremont the pioneer of Freedom.Today school has commenced atthe new octagon school-house,in the charge of Mr. Walker.We are fortunate in again securinghis services. This evening Ihave been employed, as I frequentlyhave been of late, inlearning to play some tunesfrom our new singing-book. TheCarmina Saera.Mar. 5. Thursday. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S.60. Last evening, after I had retiredto bed, being very tired, the Dr.came from the Post Office, andbrought the mail from N. E. Iwas so anxious to know their contents,that he read them to me.Our friends write that they havebeen having extremely cold weather.Mar. 5. In some places in N. E. the thermometerhas fallen to from 35 to 40 deg.below zero. The roads, highways andrailroads have been so blocked upby snow that neither mail matternor passengers could pass oversome for a week. My little babybrother - who is named John Culverat six months old weighed but 13pounds. Not so much as Lutherweighed by 3 1/2 pounds. Motherwrites me the particulars aboutAunt Harmah Cotton, and theyare indeed sad. The family isall broken up now - Wrele andSophia - the only daughter - are athis brother's in Newport, R. I.Sudler - the only son - is in Tamtonat work in a manufactory,and Aunt is an inmate of theAsylum. What a miserable weekof herself has she become. Emaciated,pale and haggard, shesays she must die, and even triesto destroy herself. How I hope shemay recover herself again.

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