Delia Locke


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May 2. Monday. This has been a very rainy day. Geo. took dinner with us. I have been writing to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Rain - Aunt & Uncle still visiting here - May - day celebration in Stockton - Methodist church. I also wrote a short letter to sister Hannah Taylor Vance has been here all day. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 54.) May 3. Tuesday. Today, Uncle and Aunt, Geo. & Susie went to Stockton, to be present at a May - day celebration. They have returned and say it was postponed on account of the ground being so very wet. They visited Weber's garden, and Susie has brought home a very large and beautiful bouquet of roses. They are very fragrant. Taylor Vance is still here. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 55.) May 4. Wednesday. We have again received letters from Abington. Cousin Rebecca is married to Edwin Whiting. Mr. Thomas C. Mitchell - a negro who lived in North Abington - died suddenly of heart disease. Laurens. Moore has been here, and informs us that his Aunt Rogers, who lived at Nevada, is dead and buried there. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) May 5. Thursday. As Uncle and Dr. were riding together on horseback, Uncle's horse turned out to the ride of the road suddenly to avoid a mud-puddle, and brought him up against a tree with such force as to knock him off, and he fell to the ground. He was considerably bruised, but rode the remainder of the distance home. They had been as far up as Clay's Bar, and this accident happened near Mr. Megerle's. Uncle went immediately to bed after arriving home, and says he suffers much pain, but we hope he is not seriously hurt. Susie informs us that she is engaged to be married to Geo. Locke. My feelings are such in regard to the matter that I forbear to write. It is so sudden and unexpected. A strange infatuation seems to have seized her. Some time we may know how it is best for it to be so. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 68.) May 6. Friday. Mr. & Mrs. Hitchcock came here that she might have a tooth filled, and stopped to dinner. Geo. Locke also dined with us. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) May 7. Saturday. This afternoon, Dr. and I called on the family who live in the little cabin which stands where the schoolhouse formerly did. Mrs. Pelton is quite young and has one child about a year old. She also has a brother - a small lad - living with them. They are from the West. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 58.) May 8. Sabbath. The anniversary of our wedding day. We have now been married four years. And how happily those years have been spent. If we are permitted to pass another four years together, may we have as little of trial and sorrow and as much of happiness as in those years which are now past. We went to church expecting to hear Mr. Brown preach, but he did not come to fulfil his appointment. We sung a few pieces, and were then dismissed. Geo. Locke took tea with us. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 55.) May 9. Monday. This forenoon, Mr. & Mrs. Sly of Stockton called. They wish to have Milton Vance come and live with them, but I hardly think Mr. Vance will let him go, as they seem to be quite eccentric people, and Mr. Sly is over seventy years old. It is not decided. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 54.) May 10. Tuesday. Mrs. Foster has sent me a present of a pretty embroidered infant's waist. I suppose she thinks I need it, or shall need it shortly. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.) May 11. Wednesday. Ada has another tooth, one of the upper eyeteeth. The mate will come shortly. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) May 12. Thursday. It has been very windy indeed today. Uncle went to the mines today with one of Geo.'s men - Mr. Ramsdelt who has gone to sell a load of salmon and pie plant. Aunt and Susie have gone to the Ranch to make preparations for the wedding. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.)

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May 1859

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