Delia Locke


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Dr. has also written. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Jan. 13. Wednesday. This is the anniversary of Sister Susan's birthday. She is now nineteen. Her age on arriving in California was nearly nine, when I arrived. I was nineteen years and one month, she lacked two weeks of being nineteen. Sissy is today four weeks old. She now weighs eleven pounds, and is getting to be more quiet than she has been. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were My health - babe - Mr. & Mrs. Read - calico Susie's kindness & size. We have had showers. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.) Jan. 14. Thursday. I have today written to Aunt Howard. The subjects of my letter were - My health - babe - we are all contented here - Luther - maple sugar - George not likely to be married at present-calico. Elmer and George have been here this evening. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Jan. 15. Friday. We have had a cloudy day. I have written to Mother Locke about my health, babe, and the arrival of my friends. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Jan. 16. Saturday. Another cloudy day. Miss Catharine Melville came quite early this morning, spent the forenoon, and dined with us. We have again received letters from N. E. bringing the sad news of the death of Cousin Mary Cobb of Westfield, Mass. She died on the last day of November. Luther is now twenty-one months old, and is growing tall very fast. He is growing active and playful, and is very fond of his little sister, but is so full of mischief that did I not watch him, he would sometimes hurt her quite badly. No matter, however, how much he is out of sorts, he never refuses to kiss her. She is tonight a month old. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Jan. 17. Sabbath. Still cloudy. Susan went to S. school with Dr. on horse back. I have not yet been out. George called for two hours or more. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 39.) Jan. 18. Monday. Still we have cloudy weather. I have somehow taken a very bad cold. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 19. Tuesday. No sunshine today, but still cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 46.) Jan. 20. Wednesday. Cloudy and rainy. Mr. Haywood came and stopped to dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Read have spent the evening with us. My babe is today five weeks old, and I have dressed her for the first time. I am regaining my health very slowly indeed. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 58.) Jan. 21. Thursday. We have had showers today. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Jan. 22. Friday. Showery. Mr. Haywood came here today. He has an abscess on his upper lip, and will remain her until it is better. He is almost sick with it. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 44.) Jan. 23. Saturday. Mr. Haywood has been here all day. Messrs. Curry and Carnduff, Mr. & Mrs. Read called this afternoon. I have been gaining strength so fast for a few days that I think I may safely hope to be able to go to church tomorrow. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 44.) Jan. 24. Sabbath. This has been a cloudy day. Messrs. Carnduff and Curry dined here. I have been to church for the first time since my illness, and took the children Luther behaved very well, but the baby was uneasy and cried a little. I do not think she will be as quiet a babe as Luther was. Rev. Mr. Curry gave us a sermon from Jer. 9. 23 & 24 verses. Independence of character between man and man is always praiseworthy, but not between man and God. We are entirely dependent on Him. All our might, riches and wisdom are given us by God, and life also. There were a great number of people present. Susan took a class of children in the S. school, and they seemed to be much interested in their new teacher. This evening, Elmer, Mr. Hass, and Mr. & Mrs. Read have been here, and we have spent the time very pleasantly in singing. Mr. Haywood has been here all day. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.)

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January 1858

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