Delia Locke


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April 3. Sabbath. A fine day. We have all attended church except Luther, who remained at home wilt Mr. Wright. Father was also there. It is the first time that he has attended church for more than a year and a half. Rev. Mr. Hale preached from Acts 16.30, 31. We are to be saved from sin and guilt and their consequences, saved from hell and raised to heaven saved to life, honor and immortality. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) April 4. Monday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 61.) April 5. Tuesday. Mr. Miller - the singing - school - teacher, called here with Geo. Locke this afternoon. Mr. Burlingame called this evening, for the purpose of riding down to the sing in the wagon. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 61.) April 6. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 69.) April 7. Thursday. This has been a very warm day. The Sewing Circle met this eve. at Mr. Philip Megerle's. Robert, Susie and I started in the wagon and rode to Mr. Day's, where we took in Mrs. Day and Barbara. We then rode on to the place of meeting. On our way we saw Mr. Ethell, and spoke to him of the meeting. He said he had only learned a few hours before that we were to meet - that he asked Mrs. Gove last week if we were to have anymore meetings, and she replied that she knew nothing about it. Several at the meeting said they had heard the report that the Sewing Circle was all broken up, and one lady said the stories came from Mrs. Staples. None from that family or Mr. Gove's were in attendance at the meeting. However there were between thirty and forty present, and the exercises did not close until a late hour. Mrs. Megerle provided work for the meeting, and a good amount was done. The reports of the three business meetings and the previous meeting of the Sewing Circle were read, also the rules for the regulation of the Library. Over eleven dollars were donated by gentlemen. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.) April 8. Friday. Rainy. Geo. Locke took dinner with us. He seems more like himself again. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) April 9. Saturday. Mr. Wilson to dinner. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 51.) 1859. April 10. Sabbath. Have not attended church today, as the weather was not favorable to taking out the children. Mr. Morse of Dry Creek preached in his way, or rather exhorted, Geo. Locke took dinner with us, and has been here this evening. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 49.) April 11. Monday. We have had a few showers today. Mr. Wilson took dinner here, and I expect he will dine here through the weak, as he is at work breaking up new ground with oxen for the Dr. Milton Vance works with him, and will board here for the present. Rev. Mr. Curry took tea with us, and will remain here over night. He has attended the singing school this evening with the others. Geo. Lepee and Dr. have commenced putting up a picket fence round the house. We hope we shall now be able to have a few shrubs and plants near the house, also our shade trees will not be injured. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 47.) April 12. Tuesday. Rev. Mrs. Curry left after breakfast. Mr. Wright left working here today. Mr. Burres dined with us. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Apr. 13. Wednesday. I have today written to Mrs. Shepard. The subjects of my letter were. Come and visit us - Health of all - Mr. Barton married - Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Douglass have babes - Sewing Circle & Library - New county. Mr. Wallace has passed the evening here. He thinks he shall not finish the Library case this week. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Apr. 14. Thursday. Mr. Allen dined with us. I have written to Mother L. The subjects of my letter were - Weather - Birthday dinner - Children - About laughing. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) Apr. 15. Friday. A very warm day. This morning we found our poodle dog - Lily - dead. It went to Mr. Clapp's yesterday with Robert and Mr. Day's large dog bit it so severely that it has died of its wounds. The children will miss it, as they were much attacked to it. Dr. has been to Stockton today and returned. He thinks the peaches are nearly or quite all killed by the hard frosts we have had. I shall be sorry if it proves to be so. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Weather - Birthday dinner - New

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April 1859

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