Delia Locke


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May 19. prospering in Abington, and theyseem to be receiving a plentifulshower. Among the many convertsof late there, mother mentionsUncle Charles Stetson. This is indeedgood news, for Aunt has beenfor many years unhappy abouthim, and lonely in being obligedto care for "these things" alone."Bless the Lord, O my soul."May 20. Wednesday. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S.67. Luther seems a little better today,and we are very glad indeed. This afternoon,a man called to inquire if Mr.Locke (Bro. George) had returned fromN. E. We told him he had not. Hesaid that his wife and daughter werecoming to Cal. when he returned.He then told us his name was JohnShackford - that he lived in Jacksonand that he had received aletter from his wife in Drewsville,N. H. saying that herself anddaughter were coming to Cal. underthe care of Mr. Locke. Undoubtedly,this is the lady and daughter ofMay 20. whom George speaks in letters to us,but he does not mention theirnames. He says he thinks I shalllike them.May 21. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.May 22. T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.May 23. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77. Ithas been such a very long timesince we have had rain, at a timetoo, when we are usually blessedwith showers, that everything isvery dry indeed. When we ride,even now, we find it very dusty.What will it be before the rainyseason commences again?May 24. Sabbath. T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 96. S.S.80. This has been a very warm day,and as I have not been able tosit up much, I have felt theheat much more than otherwise.I have been suffering witha little fever and great weakness.Mr. Wiley called this morning,Mr. James Smith has been heremost of the afternoon. The musquitoesare very troublesome.

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