Delia Locke


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Nov. 5. we held the first meeting of our Sewing Circleat Bro. E. H.'s. Mrs. Staples, Mrs. Gove andmyself were there, besides Mrs. and Miss Shackford.A large bag was made to hold the Society'swork, a needle book and a pin of shirts cutout, and in the evening the gentlemen madesome pin cushions which Mrs. Staples cutout. The bag was donated by Mrs. Gove,the prices for the needlebook and cushionsby Mrs. Staples, and the cloth for the shirtswas brought by Mr. Moore to be made for himby the Circle. Ten gentlemen came in, in theevening, besides Geo. and E. H. and the timepassed pleasantly until, as we were about toseparate, a preposition was made to introducedancing, which Mrs. Staples and Mrs. Gove favored.I objected strongly, on the ground thatit was not a proper place for such as amusement,and we separated without anythingof the kind being done. But I came homefeeling sad, which withdrew much from thepleasure of the afternoon. If this practise isintroduced, it will exclude many from ourmeetings, and I shall use all my influenceto the contrary. How I hope we shall be ableto start these meetings in the right way.Nov. 5. Our object is social improvement and benefit.Why can we not have one institutionwhere dancing is not allowed? Ifeel very anxious about the matter. If Ihad supposed it necessary, I would haveintroduced a Bylaw at first, excluding it.But I did not suppose any of the ladieswould favor it. The funds which we collect areto be appropriated to purchasing a library ofuseful and entertaining books for the use ofthe people here. We are to take up collectionsamong the gentlemen each evening. Thisevening, we received twelve and a halfdollars in this way. Generous certainly!The Eastern mail has again arrived. All aresad at the loss of the steamer Central America,with so many lives. Our friends are well.Aunt Abbott writes me a very good, motherlyletter, although it is short.Nov. 6. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59. This morning theriver had risen so high, as to overflow its banks,and the water is running across the bottom.At four o'clock yesterday, the river was easilyfordable, but at sunset it could not beforded, and now it is fast overflowing. Sosudden a rise is I believe, unprecedented.

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