Delia Locke


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Dec. 31. where she was then teaching, but now wehave been permitted a joyful meeting,on the shores of the Pacific. Thanks to thekind Preserver who has kept us from all themany dangers to which we have been exposedsince then, on land and water, and hasgranted us this one more great favor, to seeeach other again. Susan expresses disappointmentat finding me sick in bed. It wouldhave been more gratifying to us all if Iwas well. But it is such a pleasure to seeher, that I cannot feel like complainingat my state of health. Cousin Augustais now Mrs. W. D. Read. They were marriedDec. 29. shortly after arriving, by Rev.Mr. Lacy, a congregational minister ofSan Francisco. Our Sewing Circle metthis evening at the house of Mr. Gove.Dr. and Mrs. Shackford have attendedit this evening. They report a fullattendance of gentlemen, but saythere were but a few ladies present.The donations from gentlemenamounted to nearly ten dollars. And nowthat I have reached the end of the year, Ishall proceed to note the various events of importancethat have occurred as it has passed.Retrospect. Page 1. Luther commenced teething, alsohaving the whooping cough at the sametime, when he was eight and one half mos.old, Jan. 2.Page. 2. Service was held for the first timein the Octagon schoolhouse, Jan. 4.Page 3. John Feets was stabbed in the backand dangerously wounded by Mr. Crump,at T. B. Parker's Anniversary Ball, Jan. 9.Page 5. John Hodges Parker, youngest son of Mr.William Parker, died of putrid sore throat, Jan. 10.Page 8. Luther was weaned at nine monthsof age, Jan. 16.Page 11. Mr. Poland died suddenly of diseaseof the heart Jan. 22.Page 22. The youngest daughter of Mr. T. B.Parker died. Feb. 6.Page 30. Mrs. Beaty died Feb. 20.Page 36-39. The Quarterly Conference of theMethodist Church met here, Feb. 28 and March.Page 39. James Buchanan was inauguratedPresident of the United States, Mar. 4.Page 59. Cousin Sarah Ann Jewett Locke ofSullivan N.H. died at So. Hadley FemaleSeminary of scarlet fever, Mar. 17. (?)Page 54. Mrs. Staples' daughter born, April 4.

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