Delia Locke


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Jan. 2. Saturday. This afternoon, Mrs. Staples has been here to tell me about the Sewing Circle which met at Mr. Gove's on last Thursday. She says the meeting was well attended both in the afternoon and evening. A gentleman from Newton, Mass. donated five dollars to the Society. Other donations amounted to $4.72. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.) Jan. 3. Sabbath. All have attended church today except Robert, who remained at home with Luther, baby and me. Rev. Mr. Carnduff preached. He, with Mr. Wiley, took dinner here. This evening, Dr. and Susan have attended a lecture on the subject of Education, by a Mr. Smith, given at the schoolhouse. They say it was a very good one. Mr. Barnes Parker called here this evening with George Holman. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 49.) Jan. 4. Monday. T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55. Jan. 5. Tuesday. A cloudy day. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 6. Wednesday. My little girl is today three weeks old, and weighs ten and one-half pounds. She is growing more quiet, and does not cry as much as she has heretofore done. I think we shall name her Ada, which we think is both short and pretty. We have had callers today. Mr. Wiley came, and before he left, Mr. Walker came with the Misses Athearn and Miss Evans, a young lady who lives near Stockton. Dear sister Susan' she is very kind and attentive to me. I hope she will be rewarded. How much more like a woman she is than when I left home. May her future be bright and happy. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 39.) Jan. 7. Thursday. The coldest morning since I have been in California. (T.S.R. 25. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 43.) Jan. 8. Friday. Today I have been sitting up a little for the first time this year. Mrs. Alfred Parker has a little son born today. There is the same difference in the ages of her two youngest children, that there is between Luther and Sissy, viz. exactly twenty months. This is rather a singular coincidence. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Jan. 9. Saturday. T.S.R. 27. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 49. Jan. 10. Sabbath. Susan and Dr. have attended church today together, but Augusta remained with me. Mr. Read has been up to Volcano, but returned this afternoon. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Jan. 11. Monday. We have had showers today. This afternoon Mr. Vance called. A fight is reported in the papers to have occurred near the Calaveras, in which John Vance was one of the parties, and now report says that he was wounded and is dead. Mr. V. wishes Robert to go down and as certain the truth of the report. We hope it is not so, for he seemed to be quite a promising young man. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Jan. 12. Tuesday. This morning Robert started for the place of his brother John's residence, to ascertain the truth of the report which we heard yesterday. Tonight he arrives with the news that it is all too true. He is both dead and buried. He had built a house on a piece of land which another man or men claimed, though not justly, as John thought. They attempted to drive John from it and attacked him with pistols and an axe. He stood his ground and a fight occurred, in which John received two wounds, one in the shoulder and the other in his bowels. His assailant - Hornshelt also received a fatal wound. This fight occurred on the 6th inst. and John died on the morning of the 8th inst., and was buried on Saturday in the Stockton Cemetery. We think it very strange that his father and Robert were not informed of it before. Today. Augusta and her husband have removed to Bro. E. H.'s, where they will stop until they find some other place. I have today written to Aunt Abbott, about my health, babe, friends' arrival, & Sewing Circle.

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January 1858

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