Delia Locke


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Mar. 6. Sabbath. A very fair day. We have all attended church except George and Ada. George remained at home because we did not wish to leave the premises alone. Rev. Mr. Hale preached from 2 Cor. verses. He spoke against the popular sins of the day, - drinking, using tobacco, dancing, gambling, card playing, theatres, etc. His ideas were good but were not very well expressed. He seemed to be troubled as to what language he should use. He never has a great flow of speech, but today he seemed to be more troubled than usual. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Mar. 7. Monday. The early part of the day was cloudy and rainy, but the afternoon has been fair and pleasant. We have received a long and pleasant call from Mrs. Holman. She says she is so busy with her sewing, that she does not take time to make visits. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 48.) Mar. 8. Tuesday. We have received a visit from Mr. Samuel Wood, formerly of Abington, and since 49 a resident of Stockton. He took dinner here, spent the afternoon and evening, and will remain over night. There has been an examination of male teachers at Mr. Staples this afternoon. Four applicants presented themselves, among whom one by the name of Campbell was chosen to teach the school, which is to commence next Monday. He and one of his companions spent the night here. The night is rainy. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Mar. 9. Wednesday. The Vincent girls made us a long call this afternoon Mr. Wood left us this forenoon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Mar. 10. Thursday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Mar. 11. Friday. We have had showers this evening. Robert is at a candy party at Mr. Atkins. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Mar. 12. Saturday. A very high wind has been blowing all day. Mr. Wormuth has made us a long call this afternoon. He is teaching in the Davis schoolhouse. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Sabbath. Mar. 13. A fine day. Dr. Wells the dentist made us a call early in the afternoon. Mr. Correll called this forenoon. Susie, Luther and myself attended church, leaving Ada with Robert Dr. was obliged to be absent attending patients. Mr. Brown preached from the first Psalm. I think it was the best sermon he has over preached here. He described the downward steps of the sinner from the first to the last (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Mar. 14. Monday. Mr. Metz took dinner with us. I have written to Mrs. Shepard. The subjects of my letter were Mrs. Hitchcock's sickness - Mr. & Mrs. Hardy's return - Mrs. Holman's message. Picture of children & father Pleasure to hear of the improvement of Mr. Shepard's health. Weather. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) Mar. 15. Tuesday. We have had windy weather. This morning we found a roan horse colt of the Dr's dead near the house. He was loose with a long rope attached to his neck, and in running round he caught it on a large oak bush, and then ran round and round until he had twisted the rope up to his neck, when he fell and choked to death. He appeared to have died immediately after falling. I have written to my parents. Subjects of my letter were - Picture - Calico dress - Sorrow for sickness in the family - Sewing Cotton - Ada - age - active - gets buries. A Mr. Miller of Ione met the singers this evening at the schoolhouse, to make arrangements about commencing a singing school. Mr. Wallace says he comes well recommended. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Mar. 16. Wednesday. This morning, Dr. Susie, the children and myself started for a ride. We rode to the ferry just below Mr. Compton's and crossed in Mr. Wilhelm’s boat. Rode to Mr. Compton's, where we found Mr. & Mrs. Curry with their youngest girl and boy. Mrs. Compton's eyes are still quite sore, and their oldest child is not well. We took dinner there, then rode up and called on Mr. & Mrs. Allen.

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March 1859

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