Delia Locke


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This has been a cloudy day. We had roast chicken, plum pudding and mince pie for dinner, and for our tea we have have had strawberries and cream with our head. Father enjoyed both meals much. Rev. Mr. Crow called this afternoon, also the McCarty children and Lizzie Morton. This has passed the first day of the New Year. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 2. Sabbath. Another damp, cloudy day. This morning, Mr. Burt of Drytown came and remained until after dinner. Mrs. Burt and Minnie have been at Mrs. Staples since Friday night. We attended S. school and church, leaving Ada with father. There we saw Mrs. Burt and Minnie. Rev. Mr. Crow preached from Dent. 5. 3. "We are all alive this day." A New Years' sermon. This text was not applicable a year ago to some, who were not then born, to whom it now applies. It was applicable to some then who have since died. So some now it can be said, to whom it can not be said when next new year's day comes. Let us all be prepared to go when our summons some. Christmas, while reviewing their lives and conduct during the past year, should resolve to live better for the year now commenced. Mr. Crow was here to tea, and will remain all night. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Jan. 3. Monday. Still another cloudy day. Mr. Crow left for home after breakfast. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Jan. 4. Tuesday. I have again to record a cloudy day. This morning I received a letter from Mrs. Boody in answer to nine, relative to the Sewing Circle. She says she has since seen Mrs. Vincent and daughters and received their consent to the proceeding of the evening, so she think she has two - thirds of the members on her side. I can do no more at present, so I will let it go. Mr. Burt and Minnie have been here today. Dr. went for them this morning. Minnie is a large girl of her age & talk most of the time. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Jan. 5. Wednesday. Still cloudy weather, but no rain, only heavy dampness. Mrs. Burt and Minnie went back to Mr. Staples' again. I think she will not visit me. much this time. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Jan. 6. Thursday. We have a remarkably long time of cloudy, damp weather, with no rain. Yesterday the temperature did not change from morning till night, and the day before only one degree of variation. Today it does not differ much. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 46.) Jan. 7. Friday. Today, taking the children, I event to visit Mrs. Holman, Found her and children well, She says she is ready to start for New York at anytime, but is not certain when she shall go. After dinner, Mrs. Burt, Mrs. Staples and Mrs. Gove came. Minnie has a bad cold, and Mrs. Burt left her with Mrs. Staples Irish girl. When they came in, Mrs. Staples simply said "good afternoon " to me, and did not speak to me at all afterward, part of the time sitting with her back to me, And when I asked her to visit me as I came away, she made me no answer. I have noticed she did not speak to me in church, for what reason I do not know. I hope not to be troubled by her coldness. We came home before tea, as Dr. came for us, according to my request. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 44.) Jan. 8. Saturday. Another foggy and cloudy day. When will the sun shine on us again? (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 42. S.S. 40.) Jan. 9. Sabbath. Foggy and cloudy as is usual of late. We have attended church this afternoon. Rev. Mr. Hale preached a sermon to youth, in which he endeavored to set forth the advantages of sewing the Lord in early life. This evening we have been surprised by a call from Mr. Brakeman and a man with him, who say the boys are not to be found. They started with their father for S. school, and then Mr. Brakeman recollecting that the horses had not been fed sufficiently, sent them back to do it. They must have got lost in the fog, and not been able to find the trail. Dr. and Robert have started out on

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January 1859

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