Delia Locke


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July 12. Givings from Mariposa, Mrs. Lard -an old lady - the another of our neighbor,Mr. Lard - and Miss Allen - ayoung lady who is boarding atMr. T. B. Parker's, and attendingschool with Missonic. So many peoplecompletely filled my sitting-room.Besides, it is so disagreeable to havesuch calls on Sunday. But, as thisis the fashion of the Western people,we must endure it, untiltheir observation and adoption ofour practice, sets them right. If noEastern people would do as they do,we might expect they would soonobserve that we did not desire tovisit on Sunday. But there are somany ignorant and worldly-mindedpeople even among those whocome from N. E. that we shall haveto wait long, I fear, before theywill all become less disposed tomake the Sabbath a holiday.July 13. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70. Afterdinner, George came over with twohorses, and Mrs. Warren, AnnaJuly 13. and he went to the Ranch on horseback.s I was alone with Luther,I had a good opportunity for writing,and improved it. Wrote to mymother and to Mother Locke.July 14. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74. This afternoon,Mrs. Warren and I went to visitMr. Holman. We went in the gig,so each took her little one in herlap. Found Mrs. Thomason stayingwith Mrs. Holman. As I did notfeel very strong, I did not saymuch, but listened to the others.Indeed, Mrs. Warren talked somuch, that but a small part ofthe conversation devolved upon me.Neither was her talk very interestingto me, for it was made up, forthe most part, of complaints againstthe country, and her family troublesand ailings. I get tired ofsuch conversation very quickly.I consider it would have been farbetter for her to have consultedwith the rest as to the best mannerof bringing up children for, in

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