Delia Locke


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Aug. 26. dinner, when the Dr. returned, andwith him came Mr. & Mrs. Staples andMr. Shepard. My courage nearlyfailed me when I thought of preparingdinner for them, but Dr.encouraged me, and I went to workwith a pretty good heart, 'thoughI was much fatigued. I succeededquite well, and shortly after dinnerour callers left.Aug. 27. T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 76. Today,Mr. Littlefield went to Stockton and returned.Aug. 28. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 69. Mr. Littlefieldhas not been away today.Aug. 29. T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 12. S.S. 78. Mr. Littlefieldwent above on the river today,and was not here to dinner. Rev. Mr.Carnduff stopped here to tea, on hisway to Mr. Wiley's.Aug. 30. Sabbath. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 74.Rev. Mr. Carnduff came down to dinehere, after preaching at the upperschoolhouse. I wished to attend church,but could not take Luther, as he wasnot quite able to go. So Robert and Dr. wentand I remained with Luther. After Mr.Aug. 30. Carnduff had finished his sermon, aMormon preacher rose and said that hewould then preach to the congregation. Butall immediately left the house, exceptfour or five persons, consideringthis the best way of informing himthat the people here were not desirousof hearing those doctrines inculcated.Mr. Littlefield is still here.Aug. 31. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 69. Very early thismorning, long before the dawn of day, itcommenced raining. At first - eve had aplentiful shower, then it rained moreand more slowly, until, a short timeafter sunrise, it ceased altogether, andthe sun appeared. Twice this summer,we have had showers "out of season," on thelast day of June, and last day of August.I have written to Mother today. Mr. Littlefieldwas not here at dinner.Sept. 1. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79. Tonight wehave received another mail from the East.Nothing unusual is contained in the letters.Sister Susan's health is steadily improving,and she expects to commence her studiesagain soon. Mr. Littlefield is still here.

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