Delia Locke


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Dec. 24. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48. Cloudy & rainy.Dec. 25. T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55. A cloudy Christmas.Dec. 26. T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53. Today, Mr. &Mrs. Flood and daughter Lucy Ann,and Mr. & Mrs. Compton came here tovisit us. They had not been informed ofmy sickness. They left soon after dinner.Dec. 27. Sabbath. T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50. I havebeen expecting to sit up when my babe wasten days old, but I am not able. I have sufferedmuch today with a pain in my side.Rev. Mr. Curry preached at the schoolhouse.Dec. 28. T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55. This afternoonMrs. Brakeman came up to see me, andI sat at the tea table with her and Mrs.Shackford. Before we had finished, Mrs.Holman called. She says she has decidednot to serve as Secretary of our Sewing Circle,although I have urged her much notto resign. I am sorry she will not serve, forI fear I shall be obliged to perform thoseduties in addition to those of Treasurer.We have received a note of invitation to aSelect Party at the Ranch of Messrs. Boody & Heath.Dec. 29. T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.Dec. 30. Wednesday. T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 52.The babe is now two weeks old, and weighsDec. 30. ten pounds. She cries very much more thanLuther did at her age, but I hope to make aquiet girl of her with my treatment. Dr.has been to the party this evening at Messrs.Boody & Heath's, and it proved to be a weddingparty, as we anticipated. Mr. Boodyand Miss Lizzie Melville were marriedby Rev. Mr. Brechanan of Stockton.Dec. 31. T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 53. I have exertedmyself too much, I fear, and am not nowso well as before I sat up at all. Dr. says Imust now keep my bed for the present.This forenoon, Mr. & Mrs. Lard and theirtwo children came to see us, and they attendedthe Sewing Circle in the afternoon,Just after dinner, we were agreeably surprisedby the arrival of our dear friends. SisterSusan and Cousin Augusta - from ourown N. E. home. O what a joyful meeting !And how much there is to tell byeach and all! Sister Susan has grown sowomanly, and improved so much, thatshe hardly seems like the same sisterI left at home but two and a half yearsago. We parted in tears at the door of thelittle schoolhouse in Hanover, Mass.

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