Delia Locke


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too deeply of it, or prize it too highly. Mr. T. Wiley took tea and spent the evening with us. His calls are becoming too frequent of late. We have spent a part of the evening in singing psalm times. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Feb. 21. Monday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Feb. 22. Tuesday. The anniversary of Washington's birthday. A cold frosty morning. About ten o'clock, Mr. & Mrs. Compton and two children, and Mr. & Mrs. Rogers drove up. The women and children remained here, which the men went away to attend to some business. Mrs. Compton has very sore eyes. Mrs. Rogers is a native of England, and appears rather odd to us. She has been twice married, and has four children by her first husband in England. Our friends left us about four o'clock. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Feb. 23. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Dr. and Susie started before the rain commenced, and visited the school near Dr. Walker's. They went on horseback, and did not get much wet. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Feb. 24. Thursday. Two men and a boy, traveling with a load of house keeping goods to the mines, stopped here for supper and lodging. They are from Rhode Island. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Feb. 25. Friday. Cloudy weather again. We have much of this kind of weather of late. Indeed, it seems to be quite unusual for the sun to shine brightly during a whole day. We had intended to ride today, but did not dare to go out with the children for fear of rain. The weather guage, as kept in Stockton, does not indicate a great amount of rain to have fallen this season. But we have had an unusual amount of dull weather. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Feb. 26. Saturday. Another cloudy day. I am very busy with my sewing. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Feb. 27. Sabbath. The day has been very rainy until this afternoon, when we have had several showers of hail. Some of the hail-stones were quite large. Susie, Robert and George attended the S. school. They report there were thirteen present. A very good attendance for such unfavorable weather. Have been reading a book entitle. "Friends & Neighbors," by T. S. Arthur. A very good book. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Feb. 28. Monday. We have had some showers today. Messrs. Metz and Krasger took dinner with us. Mr. T. Wiley was here to tea and in the evening. It is clear and pleasant tonight. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Mar. 1. Tuesday. I have today been writing to my parents and to Mother Locke. The subjects of my letter to my parents were - Spring - My dress and Ada's jacket. Western women doing work - Boys' going to school. Health of all Sewing machine. Subjects of my letter to Mother Locke - Health of all Children. Western women doing work. Rev. Mr. Hale made us a short call this afternoon. The weather has been very fine today. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Mar. 2. Wednesday. Mr. Wright came to work at grubbing. This morning, Dr. Father Locke, the children and myself started in the wagon for Stockton, our principal errand being to get the children's pictures. We hoped also to induce Father to have his picture taken, which he has never been willing to do. We found the road very wet and muddy, and the little slough below Mr. Stephen Rogers' was so deep, that when we crossed it, the water came into the wagon. But we got along very well, and reached town about noon. We went immediately to the Weber House, washed ourselves and took dinner. After dinner, we went to the Ambrotype rooms of Mr. S. S. Locke. Here Father sat down without any urging, for his picture, making no objection at all. The first one was Father and Ada together.

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February 1859

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