Delia Locke


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Mrs. Jenkins and three children, quite a party. However, we had a plenty of food already cooked, and were not therefore obliged to be long in preparing dinner. This afternoon, the Sabbath school children assembled and were addressed by Mr. Owen. This evening, Mr. Owen again preached to a crowded house - subject repentance. It was indeed an interesting sermon. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Jan. 24. Monday. This evening, there has been preaching again at the schoolhouse, which I thought it not prudent to attend. Messrs. Owen and Curry will remain here over night. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 53.) Jan. 25. Tuesday. After breakfast and prayers, our guests departed. It has been very windy indeed today. This afternoon Mrs. Compton came with Master Jenkins, to have some teeth extracted. We thought she showed much courage to take her babe and start off when her husband was absent. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Jan. 26. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 48.) Jan. 27. Thursday. Cloudy weather again. Luther and Ada are both nearly sick of colds. My cough is also very trouble some, especially in the night - time. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Jan. 28. Friday. Ada is quite unwell - feverish and in different both to play and taking food. I think she has never before seemed quite so sick. Two of our ewe sheep have each had train lambs born today, making an addition of four to our flock, increasing the number from five to nine. The little lambs are nearly alike in color, being white with brown ears, except that one has a brown spot at the top of the tail. Mrs. Clapp has a little boy and Mrs. Cates a little girl also born today. Quite a birthday! Mr. Thomas Wiley made us a short call tonight. A singing school has commenced at the school house, taught by a Mr. Freeman. The school marts on Monday and Friday evenings. Luther is better today. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 43.) Cloudy. Jan. 29. Saturday. Another cloudy day. Ada appears to be rather better, but she is far from well. George Lepee has commenced, according to our request, to teach the French language to Luther. Little by little, we hope he will learn it, and when he is older he will take an interest in learning to read it. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Jan. 30. Sabbath. I have not felt able to attend church, neither was Ada well enough to leave to the care of others. Rev. Mr. Crow did not come from Stockton to preach according to appointment. We do not yet know the reason. Mr. Bryant made us a long call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Jan. 31. Monday. This has been a rainy day, but we do not think it will rain long. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.) Feb. 1. Tuesday. I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Health of all - Quarterly Meeting - Sewing Circle - Quilt - tires for Luther Jackets - Wages of Farm - hands - Lambs. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Feb. 2. Wednesday. The semi - monthly mail from N. E. has again arrived, bringing the welcome intelligence to us that our friends are all well. We often have occasion to sing, "Good news from Home." Mr. T. B. Parker called this afternoon. We have had a fair day. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Feb. 3. Thursday. This eve we have been reading a Christmas story in the New York Tribune. A man, who has come to work, took supper here. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Feb. 4. Friday. The man has been at work all day will continue to do so for the present. While we were dining. Mr. & Mrs. Chaplin of Dry Creek rode up. They sat down to dinner with us, after which we all attended the examination of Susie's school. I took both the children. The examination passed off very well indeed. A goodly number of visitors were present, among whom was Miss G.

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January 1859

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