Delia Locke


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July 2. Friday. I have today been writing to Mother Locke of the circumstances attending Elmer's death and funeral. This sad duty was assigned to me, as George is very busy, and Father is not well calculated to communicate such sad tidings. Poor woman! may she have grace to bear it all calmly and not be overcome by this great affliction. Ada does not seem very well today. I think she has taken cold in some way. (T.S.R. 59.2. P.M. 105. S.S. 89.) July 3. Saturday. Mr. Wm month made us a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 81.) July 4. Sunday. Attended church this afternoon. Mr. Carnduff tried to prove that no other words should be sung to music in church except the Psalms, but he brought no very strong arguments. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 78.) July 5. Monday. Mr. Merchant dined with us. He thinks of starting for Frazer river this week. This afternoon went to Mr. Gove's to see about some sewing which she has been doing for me. Met there Mr. & Mrs. Foster and Mr. Haynes. Took some refreshments with them. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 70.) July 6. Tuesday. Went over to the Ranch this afternoon by George's request to cook supper for the threshers. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.) July 7. Wednesday. The threshers came to work here this afternoon and we prepared supper for them. There were eight white men and five Indians making thirteen in all. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) July 8. Thursday. Threshers left after dinner. This afternoon, Dr. and myself have called on Mr. & Mrs. Holman. Their little boy is now five weeks old. I also called on Mrs. Klonker and found her quite unwell and in much pain occasioned by her falling from a horse, as she was riding alone. This was on Monday last. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 68.) July 9. Friday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 79.) July 10. Saturday. This has been a very warm day, but we have been very busy. Dr. Wells - dentist - came this forenoon. Just before dinner, Mr. & Mrs. Tharp arrived. She wished to have a tooth extracted. This done, we sat down to dinner. While we were eating Rev. Messrs. Curry & McGrath and Mr. Cady arrived also, and we prepared dinner for them Susan has been visiting Mrs. Gove this afternoon (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 89.) July 11. Sunday. The warmest day we have had this summer. Nevertheless, Dr. harnessed up the gig, and Susan accompanied him to the schoolhouse above and attended church. They report a full and interesting meeting. Mr. Curry preached. This afternoon, Dr. and myself have been to the same place to hear Mr. McGrath preach. His text was Rev. 22 - 17. - An invitation to all to come and partake of the waters of life freely. After the sermon Mr. Curry made some very appropriate remarks. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 110. S.S. 92.) July 12. Monday. Still very warm weather. The following gentlemen called this forenoon. Messrs. Cady Curry, McGrath & Comber. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 107. S.S. 81.) July 13. Tuesday. This morning Susie went up and visited Mr. Walker's school alone, on horseback. Mr. Littlefield has been here today to dinner and tea. Had tooth extracted and took chloroform. He will remain over night. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 74.) July 14. Wednesday. Mr. Littlefield remained until after dinner. This afternoon we received a call from Mr. Wardrobe, formerly of Hanover. Mass. Have been writing to my parents of the circumstances attending the death and funeral of our dear brother. Time but serves to make us feel more deeply our great loss. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 75.)

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July 1858

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