Delia Locke


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July 3. Sabbath. Felt hardly able to attend S. S. with the children, therefore did not go. Have found some books in our library of late, which, though they are designed for children, are not suitable for them, because the stories are not founded on fact. I think we shall burn them. Reading for little ones should be selected with the greatest care, that they may get no wrong idea from what they read. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 72.) July 4. Monday. It has been cloudy today, and we have had a few drops of rain. Quite uncommon for this season of the year. Robert and Geo. went to Stockton today. Susie came over just at teatime and sat down with us. After supper, she and Dr. rode to the P. O. and brought up the N. E. mail. Sister Clara has been quite sick with the lung fever. Have passed my 4th of July, busily sewing. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71.) July 5. Tuesday. Today we learn that Mr. John B. Lewis was shot dead at Woods' last night. We have not learned the circumstances. It is a dreadful thing. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 87.) July 6. Wednesday. A very warm day. Mr. Alley took dinner with us. Afterwards, Dr. Langdon came with Dr. Locke, and I prepared dinner for them. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 84.) July 7. Thursday. This afternoon, Mr. & Mrs. Athearn and Mrs. Sophia Andrew made us a short call. I have hardly seen Mrs. Andrew before since she was married. She now lives in Stockton. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 84.) July 8. Friday. Last night the Poland house was entirely destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is unknown. Nothing was saved, the furniture, clothing of the boarders, and all the property in the Post-office department being entirely consumed. Those who owned the house are poorly able to bear the loss. Mr. W. Beak was badly burned, before he could escape from the blame, was carried to Mr. Athearn's, and Dr. was called to dress the burn. He thinks it will be some weeks before he will recover. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 76.) July 9. Saturday. Cooler weather. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.) July 10. Sabbath. I have not attended church today, not feeling well enough and Dr. has been very busy visiting patients. Mr. Curry preached, and there was a good attendance at church. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 68.) July 11. Monday. This morning we find that the squash vines have been slightly bitten by frost. This was down on the flat near the river. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) July 12. Tuesday. The school that has been taught in the Octagon schoolhouse by Mr. Irving Campbell, closed this afternoon. The scholars do not appear to have learned much, at though they have had a four months' school. Only eight or nine scholars have attended lately. Susie called here on her return from visiting the school with Geo. She tells me that Mrs. Gove had a little daughter born this forenoon. This is the first child, tho' they have been married about eight years. I understand. No doubt they are now very happy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) July 13. Wednesday. Father has been to Brady's mill alone with a wagon and two horses. He is getting quite active again. He did not use crutches. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 73.) July 14. Thursday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) July 15. Friday. Early this morning, Mr. Beals, the man who was burnt in the fire of the Poland house a week ago, died of the effect of those burns. He would probably have escaped with little harm, had he not stopped to get a bag of money, containing about four or five hundred dollars. Poor man! he did not think he was endangering his life. But for a week he has lingered in such agony and died at last. He regretted very much he had not left the gold, and saved his life, but alas! too late to be of any avail. This event makes us all feel sad. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73.) July 16. Saturday. Today I have been writing to my parents. The subject of my letter were - Children - Fire and burning of Mr. Beals - Cheese - Flowers - Sorry for Clara's sickness - Mr. Lewis shot at Wood's.

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July 1859

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