Delia Locke


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May 29. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70. Aboutnoon, just as I had finished washing.Mrs. Holman and Annie came in.It has been a very long time sinceher last visit to me. Shortly afterdinner, George Hardesty calledwith Mr. Rogers' team, and saidthe babe was dead which hadbeen left there, and Mrs. Rogerswished him to take the wagon andcarry down some ladies to thefuneral. He wished Mrs. Holmanand myself to go. I hesitatedsome, as I was very tired, but Dr.said he would stay with Luther,who is much better now, so I concludedto go. So dressing very quickly,Mrs. Holman, Annie and myselfwent out to the gate, and foundMr. & Mrs. Thomas Parker and MissMontgomery already in the wagon.We drove along, stopping for theEpperle girls and Mary Simpson,and when we had arrived there, wefound that quite a number of peoplebad assembled. Mr. BrakemanMay 29. conducted the funeral exercises. Thebabe was laid out very prettily in itslittle coffin, and was a fair, sweet,intellectual looking child. Jesus hastesaid, "Of such is the Kingdom of heaven"And I could not help thinking as Igazed upon its little quiet form, howmuch happier it is than if permittedto remain in this cold, wickedworld. It may be a child of shame,very likely it is. But it is nonce theless innocent, and it will be one ofthose, who standing before the throneshall praise our Saviour evermore.Blest slumber! none can disturbthee, until the day when thoushall be raised to a happy eternityof glory. Mrs. Rogers tells me thatit has been sick from the first.This is one of Dr. Bentley's patients.She is in feeble health, and mournsas if it had been her own little one.She tells me she has lost two babesand these events are now recalled toher mind so forcibly as to make hervery unhappy. She needs good company

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