Delia Locke


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Sept. 23. What the cause is, I do not exactly know,but I think she has trouble enough. Thisafternoon, Mrs. Shackford sent for me tocome over there, as Mrs. Staples and Mrs.Gove were there. I went, and did not returnuntil evening. Father Locke rode overhere this forenoon with the Dr. and will remainall night.Sept. 24. T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 76. Father Lockehas been here all day. He lies abed most ofthe time, and has considerable pain.Sept. 25. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 69. It has beenvery windy today. This forenoon Dr. rodewith Father Locke home. This afternoon,Mrs. Shackford came over here to seeme, just as we were about to start for aride to call on Mrs. Brakeman. So sherode with me in the gig, and Dr. went onhorseback to show us the way. We made ashort call there, and after we had returned,Mrs. Shackford stopped to tea with us.Sept. 26. T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 84. Today thewind has blown even harder than on yesterday.The gale subsided towards night,which is now very warm. Luther is learningto drink quite expertly.Sept. 27. Sabbath. T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84. AsDr. was away visiting a patient, we rode downto S. school with E.H. in father's wagon. Attendancesmall. I have since been readingthe life of Elisabeth Hervey, missionary toBrimah. How swiftly the weeks pass, and yetit seems as if I grew all the time more wickedinstead of better. "Lord, make me more likethee." - "Then shall I be satisfied, whenI awake in thy likeness."Sept. 28. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 89. A warm dayI have been writing to mother.Sept. 29. T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 77. This morning,the Messrs. Burt came here from Mr. Stapleswhere they spent the night. Mrs. Burt is thereSimeon Burt intends to leave for the East onthe next steamer. Near noon, Dr. went downthere with Luther and me. He returned, andleft me to visit there. This afternoon, while thereI missed Luther, and began to look forhim, I searched all below stairs, and didnot find him. At last, I thought of lookingup stairs, and there he was walking aboutas proudly as could be. The little fellowhad climbed up alone, safely, althoughthere was a turn in the stairs, he did not fall.

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