Delia Locke


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May 12. out from town a short distance, wefound we had lost from the wagonmy carpet-bag, which containedmany valuables, but most valuableof all, the precious daguerreotype.Dr. alighted and went back tolook for it I sat and watched himuntil he disappeared behind a hill inthe distance. Anxiously I waited forhim, but it seemed a very long timebefore he again appeared when I sawto my joy, that he bore the bag overhis shoulder. We stopped for dinner atthe Elgrove House formerly kept byMr. Hall. It has passed into otherhands, and is now fitted up in a betterstyle than formerly. Below Hicks'ranch, we came to a very bad, muddylooking place in the road. Dr. saidhe feared the horses would not be ableto draw us through it on the wagon.He took out the horses and went acrossit with them many times, tosee how deep it was. His former impressionwas not corrected by trialso I rode one of the horses barebackedMay 12. while he carried Luther and rode theother. We got over this safely, and proceededon to Dry Creek crossing. There, atDr. Elliott's, I received an introductionto Mrs. Elliott and her sister Mrs.Powers. We arrived at home about sunset,and found everything all right, andwere glad to find that while we weregone, no one had been taken seriously illin the neighborhood.May 13. Wednesday. This morning, as I wasgoing to ascertain the temperature,I knocked the thermometer off thenail on which it hung and broke it.So I cannot record it again, until wehave another. Luther seems to be verymuch fatigued today, as do Dr. andmyself.May 14. Today Luther seems to be really sick.His stomach and bowels are disordered,and he has but little appetite,S. L. Moore has left Mr. Hitchcocksand came here to tea.May 15. Luther is worse. He has a very baddiarrhea. I hope he will soon be better.S. L. Moore left after breakfast.

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