Delia Locke


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horse back with horns to look for them. And now the Dr. has returned bringing the intelligence that the boys are found, having wandered as far as Mrs. Poland's, and being taken home in a carriage. The mind of the distressed parents are thus set at rest. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 42. S.S. 38.) Jan. 10. Monday. Another cloudy day. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 39. S.S. 41.) Jan. 11. Tuesday. Still the sun does not shine. George has received some letters by the over land mail, bearing the intelligence that Uncle Alber is dead. "Friend after friend depart." (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 38.) Jan. 12. Wednesday. The cheering rays of the sun do not yet fall on us. Dr. has been reading aloud this evening a description of the Pearl fishery of Ceylon. Author unknown, but very definite in description. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 41. S.S. 40.) Jan. 13. Thursday. It has been cloudy again today, but not so dark as for many days. Sister Susie today complete her twentieth year. I have written to Mrs. Shepard. The subject of my letter were - Festival - children - Mrs. Holman well - Mrs. Hitchcork well - Sorrow for her father's sickness. Dr. has been reading to us this eve. a description of a visit to a powder mill, very interesting. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 47.) Jan. 14. Friday. All the first part of the day, the sun seemed struggling to peep through the clouds, but this afternoon they endeavored in vain to hide his bright face, and he has shone on us in all his beauteous splendor. The saying of one of old, "It is a pleasant thing for the eyes to see the sun," has had another example in proof of its truth, for all creantures seem to rejoice in the sunshine, and to be animated with a new life. I have written to Mother Locke. The subject of my letter were - children - We attend meetings regularly. Weather - Sewing Circle - Quarterly meeting - Cause of Mr. Albee's death - Aunt Gerould's family letter. Mr. Henworthy, who has come for more cows to milk, and Mr. Mead, formerly of the Eagle Hotel, Stockton, were here to tea and will remain over sight. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 46.) Jan. 15. Saturday. A pleasant day, and how pleasant it seems after so much cloudy weather. Messrs. Henworthy & Mead were here to breakfast and dinner. Just after we had finished dinner, Rev. & Mrs. Crow and child arrived from Stockton. I prepared some dinner for them, then Mr. Crow went above to preach this evening, and Mrs. Crow and little girl - named Alma - remained here. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 50.) Jan. 16. Sabbath. The blessing of sunshine seems to be too precious to be granted to us steadily at present. The weather has been cloudy and foggy today. Mr. Crow did not come down to attend church this afternoon, so Mrs. Crow, Alma and myself rode down in the gig, and Dr. went or horseback, while the rest went in the wagon. I left Ada with Father. Mr. Morse of Dry Creek preached to us, in place of the Southern Methodist who is usually sent to us. His text was, "For we have here no continuing city," etc. Messrs. Crow & Wiley came before tea, and Mr. Crow preached this evening. Mr. Crow and myself remained with the children. After the preaching was over, Mr. Wiley came in with Mr. Crow and we had music and singing. Mr. Crow and family will remain all night. Ada is today thirteen months old and weight twenty pounds, almost as much as Luther did at the same age, owing to his sickness at that time. She climbs upon boxes, trunk and chairs, and even upon the table, if there stands a chair beside it, so that I can hardly keep anything secure from her mischievous chrivons. A chair is, however, yet a prison to her, as she does not know how to get out of it readily. When she wishes for anything, she will go to it and point, and say "me, me," as for instance, bread, milk, etc. She hears Luther letting letters on papers, etc. so she will pretend to read and say, "r, r." Luther tells letter wherever he finds them, on boxes, papers, books, etc. He is now two years and nine mos. old, grows tall and intelligent. I am

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January 1859

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