Delia Locke


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Aug. 17. Wednesday. Today I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Health - Baby's clothes. T. C. Mitchell, jr. - Mother's visit - Vegetables - Mrs. Burt has babe. Missouri and Joseph Parker called this afternoon. Dr. has returned from town, bringing me a most beautiful bouquet of flowers from Dr. Kerr's garden, also some of the nicest preaches I have eaten since leaving home. They are really refreshing. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 68.) Aug. 18. Thursday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 71.) Aug. 19. Friday. My babe is now a month old. He is getting quite fat. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.) Aug. 20. Saturday. We have again received letters from N. E. also pictures of Bros. Josiah and Horace on steel plates. Josiah has not changed much in looks since I saw them, only he has grown larger, but Horace looks so differently that I should not have guessed it was his picture, but for the company it came in. I feel very thankful for them. Mother says she will send the others soon. I sent the money for them several months ago. Susie and Augusta have made me a short call this evening. The threshing is done, and the threshers have gone. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 81.) Aug. 21. Sabbath. Have not felt strong enough to attend S. school. Dr. went on horseback, and Luther rode by his side on the old gray mare, which he calls his horse. On their way home from S. School. Susie and Augusta called for a few minutes. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) Aug. 22. Monday. This morning, Augusta left us for Stockton, where she will proceed to San Francisco. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 74.) Aug. 23. Tuesday. Our babe is now five weeks old and weighs twelve and one-half pounds. He is the largest of the three babies, and is very strong indeed. He is also very quite, and when not asleep, lies quite still. He resembles Luther so much, that almost every one who comes in, notices it. We have tonight received a letter from Lawrence Moore, dated at San Francisco, in which he says he is about to start for Boston in the steamer which has just left. He gives direction as to the disposition of certain articles which he left here, and bids us all good bye. If he has indeed gone home, it is what he has been endeavoring to do these past two years, but has not had perseverance enough to earn and keep the money required to pay his passage. Fare on the steamer is quite low now, though he mentions nothing about it. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 81.) Aug. 24. Wednesday. Weather ten degrees cooler than yesterday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 67.) Aug. 25. Thursday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 66.) Aug. 26. Friday. I recover my strength very slowly indeed. My back is very weak, and I have not been able to clean my house any yet. The cooking. Sewing, and care of the children, are as much as I can attend to at present. But I hope soon to be stronger. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) Aug. 27. Saturday. Mr. Wormuth called and took tea with us, and will pass the night here. He came up to the schoolhouse as an applicant for the school, being informed that there was to be an examination of teachers there this afternoon. The committee were present, who are Messrs. Faster, Boody and Day, and three applicants, viz. Messrs. Wormuth, Smith and Campbell, The committee at first proposed that each one of the applicants should write upon piece of paper the price for which he would teach, and that this should constitute the examination required. Then after consulting a while among themselves, they gave Mr. Campbell the preference who taught the school last term. What a committee! what a teacher! (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 71.)

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August 1859

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