Delia Locke


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Sept. 20. Monday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 89.) Sept. 21. Tuesday. A gentleman dined here, who resides at Chili Camp. Mr. Brakeman finished work here for the present. The walls of the granary are now up, and the wood work is commenced. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) Sept. 22. Wednesday. O that I may "by a patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, honor, and immortality!" (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.) Sept. 23. Thursday. My health is now as good as it has ever been, not withstanding my many duties. Let us strive to enjoy the present, and trust God for the future. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 75.) Sept. 24. Friday. This afternoon, Dr. and myself with the children, visited the school. Found the scholars progressing well, and the exercises were interesting the journals, especially. The school now numbers twenty eight scholars. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Sept. 25. Saturday. The morning was cloudy. S. L. Moore took supper with us. The comet looks very bright tonight. We can also see it at early morning. Some have supposed there are two comets, owing to the two times of its appearance. But we are sure there is but one, being able to prove it by principles with which we are already acquainted. We have had an interesting conversation on the subject this evening. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Sept. 26. Sabbath. Father Locke is stopping at his own house for a few days, and tonight we went up and took supper with him. Mr. Vance and Mr. Wallace were with us. (This afternoon we had some singing, which is a rare occurrence since Elmer's death. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) Sept. 27. Monday. At dinner, I had only George Lepee, the children and myself. Susie and Robert were at school, & Dr. Father and Mr. Wallace went to Stockton. They have all returned tonight. Father enjoyed the ride well. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 83.) Sept. 28. Tuesday. Mr. Vance came to work for the Dr. today, at shingling the roof of the new barn. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 85.) Sept. 29. Wednesday. This morning, Mrs. Shackford came on horseback to visit us. This is the first time I have seen her since she left us after Ada's birth. This afternoon, she and I with Luther rode in the gig to the ranch, leaving Ada with Father Locke. As we were riding up the hill to the house, we espied a snake, which proved to be a rattle snake. I called to Laurence Moore, who was in the house, and he came and killed it. I cut off the rattles, and shall send them to Abington in a letter. We visited the grave, and as we stood and wept beside it for him who lies sleeping there, we thought of the strong desire his mother has to see it also. She says that privilege will never be granted her, and I fear it will not. Mrs. Shackford will remain over night. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 88.) Sept. 30. Thursday. A very warm day for the last day of Sept. Mrs. Shackford left us this forenoon, to visit Mr. Staples. I have written to mother Locke. The subjects of my letter were - Health of all - Elmer's hair, writings and daguerreotype - Mrs. Shackford's visit. I have also written to Brother L. F. Locke - subject - Our great loss. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 89.) Oct. 1. Friday. This day has been cloudy, smoky and windy. I have been writing to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Slander on the cause of E. H.'s death - particulars concerning it - Lizzie Wright's baby weight as compared with Ada's - Mrs. Shackford's visit - rattle snake. We have tonight again received the Eastern mail. The friends are all well thanks to the kind care which preserves them from sickness and death. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 70.) Oct. 2. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Oct. 3. Sabbath. Have attended meeting today, leaving the baby at home with Father Locke. Rev. Mr. Hale preached. The text was "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting

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September 1858

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