Delia Locke


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Dec. 5. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55. Today has alsobeen cloudy and rainy. This evening I havereceived a call from Mrs. Staples & Mrs. Gove.Dec. 6. Sabbath. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.Father Locke today completes his sixty firstyear, and Robert his fifteenth. I have notbeen able to go out today. Elmer dined here.Dec. 7. T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.Dec. 8. T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50. This afternoonI have received a call from Mrs.Vincent. This evening Mr. Littlefield arrivedvery unexpectedly. He came up tonotify us of the closing of his school.He will remain over night.Dec. 9. Wednesday. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.This has been a cloudy day. This morningMr. Littlefield rose early and left beforelight. His school will close on Friday.Dec. 10. T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58. Cloudy & rainy.Dec. 11. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50. During lastnight, and early this morning, the windblew very hard indeed, and this dayhas been very rainy. The rain poured intorrents. It did not, however, commenceraining until the middle of the forenoon,and Robert went down to attend Mr. L.'sschool examination.Dec. 12. T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51. Anotherrainy day. The upland is now lookingbeautifully green. The rain is helping thegrass to start. Sister Hannah is todayeight years old. I should like to see her.Dec. 13. Sabbath. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.I have not been able to attend church today.Bro. George called this evening.Dec. 14. T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 46.Dec. 15. T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50. Today I havewritten to my parents and to Mother Locke.Dec. 16-22. Wednesday. T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.I cannot commence the record of what hasoccurred in these days, without a sincere feelingof thankfulness to our Father in Heaven for thenumberless blessings. He has recently showeredupon us. The 16th day of the month seemsto be noted in the history of our little family. Allday long I have felt quite unwell, and half anhour before midnight finds me again a happymother. And this time we have a little daughterweighing nine pounds. O how thankful weshould be for the little treasure. She is a wellformed babe, and seems to be very well. Mrs.Holman came down and dressed her and remainedhere through the night. So the Dr. and

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