Delia Locke


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1859. previous to his going East to get a wife, when he returns with a "new wig, certain advertisements, and a bride," etc. Susie has also received a copy of the paper. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) May 25. Wednesday. The Irishman, John, left this morning. Our family now seems quite small, as we member but six. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) May 26. Thursday. Geo. Thomason called again this forenoon, on his way back to the mines. We have had a very warm day. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 79.) May 27. Friday. It seems indeed very pleasant to have only our own family. The work is almost more than I can attend to, but I shall make but little more butter at present. Geo. Lepee does the washing, and we hire the ironing done by any one whom we can get to do it. Dr. and I are very happy in each other and the children. Those dear little ones! they are very affectionate, and grow dearer to our hearts each day. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71.) May 28. Saturday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 61.) May 29. Sabbath. We have attended church, taking Luther with us and leaving Ada with Geo. Lepee. Mr. Hale preached from Prov. 1. 24 verse to the end of the chapter. "Because I have called, and ye refused," etc. He preached above this forenoon, and I sent him a notice of the meeting of our Sewing Circle this week, and addressed it to him thus: "Rev. I P. Hale, Sis, Please read the following notice at all your appointments." I underlined the word read, because when it fell to his turn to give the notice before, he did not read the notice I gave him, but said it in so indistinct a way, that people could hardly understand him. But instead of reading it today, he gave it before the sermon, and gave it wrong. I felt very badly about it, thinking he must have understood my meaning, and I think so still. I immediately wrote another notice, and sent it to Mr. Wallace by Luther, and it was read after the benediction had been pronounced. Some think Mr. Hale is told not to read the notices of our meetings. I rode home in the buggy with Geo. and Susie. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 30. Monday. This is my birthday. I am now twenty three years old. O how swiftly time flies, seemingly more and more swiftly each year. Mr. Burrows took dinner here. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) May 31. Tuesday. A windy day. This morning, Dr. Luther and myself started out for a ride. We rode to Mr. Megerle's, calling at the door, and from thence to Mr. Siltoirs. Mrs. S. formerly Mrs. Poland, intends to start this week with her children for Maine. It must be fatiguing to go with three little ones like hers. Her husband will remain at home. We took dinner here, and then rode to Mr. Putnam's. Mrs. Putnam, with two children eleven and seven years of age - has recently arrived from Mass. We had a pleasant call, then rode to Mr. Athearn's, intending to call, but they were not at home. Called at Mr. Holman's, on our way home, and had a laugh over that piece in the Amada Sentinel. I find nearly all the ladies about are supplied with copies. We have no doubt as to the Authoress - Mrs. Staples as we have heard her make some of the very same remarks which are there written. But she has several times boasted of being the getter - up of the Sewing Circle, and now she gives me all the credit of it, though she does not seem to think there should be much credit - attached to it. Messrs. Wallace and S. L. Moore took tea with us. Laurence did not stay long in the Southern mines. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) June 1. Wednesday. I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Thanks to Rebecca for wedding card. Birthday - Expecting pictures - Children - Calls, Tonight, who should arrive but Uncle and Aunt Holden. They came by way of Stockton, and walked most of the way, this warm day. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79.)

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May 1859

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