Delia Locke


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purchases. This done, I called on Mrs. Gove in her new house, which I have never before seen. It is quite convenient in its arrangement, but I do not like the plan so well as that of our own house. They have a pump standing in the, which I should like. We also made Mrs. Staples a short call, and then returned home. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Feb. 21. Sunday. We went to Sabbath school today with two colts in the wagon. They went down very well, but as we were returning, they did not like to draw us up a little hill, and no urging would induce them to do so. At last, Dr. was obliged to leave us and go to get another horse from home, which he put in by the side of the off colt, while he took the other out. Mr. Brakeman is now the superintendent of the school, but we do not think he has exactly the turn of mind for that office. He talks, too much, and on subjects that are not likely to interest the children. The Sabbath school was so long today as to be wearisome. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) Feb. 22. Monday. We have had cloudy weather. Dr. has thought it advisable to erect a building near our house, for Father Locke's comfort. If he has a room near us, the Dr. can better attend to his food, medicine, etc. He has engaged Mr. Read to put up a building for that purpose, and he has commenced its erection. He took his dinner and supper here. This afternoon, we have had calls from Mrs. Holman and Mrs. Read. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 59.) Feb. 23. Tuesday. Mr. Read has been here all day. Augusta came over this afternoon and remained to tea. Mr. Alfred Parker has also called. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Feb. 24. Wednesday. Just a little before noon, I heard a knock at the door, and upon opening it, I found Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock and baby. They had come to seek a boarding - place for their little girl - Alice - so that she might be able to attend Susan's school. They say they have heard it highly recommended. After dining here, they went with the Dr. and visited the school, then went to Mr. Gove's where they have obtained the desired boarding-place. Mrs. Vincent has made me a short call this afternoon Mr. Read has been here all day at work on the house. Ada is ten weeks old, and weighs fourteen pounds. When any one talks to her, she will make little baby noises in return. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 68.) Feb. 25. Thursday. We have had very fine weather indeed today. The Sewing Circle met this afternoon at Mr. Laird's. The distance was so great for most of the members, that but few of them attended until evening. Mrs. Staples sent me word that I could have a seat in their carriage which invitation I accepted. The ferry-boat not being in a good condition for crossing the river, we were obliged to wait sometime for it to be repaired, so that we did not arrive at the place of meeting until almost 4 o'clock. And as the Society's bag was in our carriage, those ladies who had arrived previously could not commence work until that time. There were ten little children present, all under six years of age, and about sleepy time we had quite a concert from them. The house was well filled in the evening. Mrs. Staples, and Mrs. Gove introduced a kissing game, which did not meet with general satisfaction, but they seemed determined to carry it through, despite the influence used against it. Mr. Staples told a very laughable story of a shoemaker and his wife - also sang a song - "The Soldier's Tear." Mr. Brown sang a song about California life, referring to friends in Illinois, with good effect. Susan also sang the song - "I'm only sixteen. "We then sung several pieces in unison. As Mrs. Laird was not a member, refreshments were handed round after the gentlemen arrived. The Vincent girls rode home with as and remained all night. We arrived home late and tried, not very well pleased, but much more so than after the last meeting. The ride home was a very pleasant one. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.)

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February 1858

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