Delia Locke


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Apr. 5. receive her with much pleasure,and the call from her did notprove one of the most pleasant tome; but I managed it as wellas I could. She several times alludedto Dr. Bentley, when there wasno occasion for it, and this, Ithink, besides being unkind,showed want of courtesy. Afterthe lapse of an hour or so, her husbandreturned and drove upto the door, but did not alight.We have now finished readingthe history of the Swiss FamilyRobinson, and have commencedthe reading of "Dred", by H. B.Stowe. It is a book showing theevils of slavery, and we thinkit will be interesting.Apr. 6. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.Apr. 7. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71. Dr.Herr of Stockton has come, andhe will remain here all night.Apr. 8. Wednesday. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87.S.S. 74. This day has been stillwarmer than any we have had.Apr. 8. Dr. Herr returned home after breakfast.This afternoon Dr. has beenshearing the old sheep, and thelambs have kept up such acontinual bleating. After shewas let loose and ran to them,they did not know her and ranaway from her. And they havekept up a most piteous bleatingever since. They do not recognizeher now that her thinkcoat is off.Apr. 9. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 73.Apr. 10. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S.72. TodayMr. Brakeman has been here atwork white washing the cellar. Ihave tonight received a letter fromMrs. Burt. She says that herlittle girl was born on the 18thof Feb. and weighed 81/2 pounds.This was a pound and one-fourthmore than Luther weighed whenhe was born, but now that thelittle miss is seven weeks old, shedoes not weigh as much as he didby one-fourth of a pound. Mrs. B.

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