Delia Locke


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1859. Oct. 8. Saturday. The New York Tribune gives an account of the remarkable daring feat of Mons. Blondin, who has crossed the Niagara river near the falls on a rope, not simply walking on it, but performing all sorts of evolutions such as turning somersets, dancing, etc. when alone, and then carrying a man on his shoulders across the fearful chasm. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) Oct. 9. Sabbath. A thing occurred which does not often occur, Susie was absent from the S. school, of which she is almost a constant attendant, officiating as teacher of the children. She is now at San Francisco, whither she went with Mr. Ramsdell and George, when Mr. R. left for New Hampshire. George came back last Friday, and left her there to visit Augusta. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.) Oct. 10. Monday. Today Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. An emigrant train, consisting of three wagons, a few horses and a large drove of stock, are camping near us for the night. As they passed, I could see a woman and children in the wagon. All looked way worn and dusty enough. There is a very large emigration from the plains this season. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 63.) Oct. 11. Tuesday. We leave that Cousins Calvin and Mary Locke, who were married near the time of our marriage, have each, like us, three children apiece. This reminds me of a remark of Aunt Abbott's, which she made in a letter to us about the time of her hearing of Ada's birth. She wrote in substance like this. "It seems as if the three cousins last married" (referring to the above mentioned cousins and ourselves)" were each trying to see which could people the world the fastest." What will she say now? I have today written to my parents. The subject of my letter were Children and the care of them - New lamp - Apples. Our little Village - Pairs of different articles of food. Father not to come without the rest of the family. Howard is twelve weeks old and weighs sixteen pounds. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 69.) 1859. Oct. 12. Wednesday. Mrs. Warren and children came to visit us, a little before dinner. Her babe is not quite so pale as when I saw it at home, but it now weighs no more than Howard, though it is ten months old. Anna is a fine little girl of six years, and gets many a scolding from her mother. This evening, Susie and George passed on their way home. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) Oct. 13. Thursday. Mrs. Warren has been here all day. This evening, Mr. Holman made us a short call. He says his little boy has been very sick since arriving in New England. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 79.) Oct. 14. Friday. Mr. Holman came after dinner and took Mrs. Warren and children to Mr. Montgomery’s. This evening, I went with Dr. and children to see Mr. Pelton's house which they have been moving today to a spot near us. He has set up a black smith's shop in the same building with Mr. Vance's wheelwright's shop. Our little village is growing. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 78.) Oct. 15. Saturday. This afternoon, I with the children have been to the Ranch visiting. Father came for me in the buggy. Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Montgomery were there. Aunt and Uncle have got back from Columbia, and Uncle is now at San Francisco. When I reached home this eve. I found Mrs. Clapp, Nellie and Mary Bruce here. They did not remain long. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Oct. 16. Sabbath. Just as we were about starting for church today, and I had the children all ready, the horse standing harnessed at the door, a man came for the Dr. to visit a sick patient. "What will you do now," said he, "I can not go to meeting with you." "I will go alone rather than stay at home now", replied I, and so I went. I hardly knew how I could manage at first to take care of the three children and drive the horse, but I got along very well. I carried the baby and drove, holding Ada by the hand, and Luther sat on the seat beside me. Mr. Nims preached from the words, "Work out your own salvation" etc. God has done His part, it only remains for us to do ours. If all men are

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October 1859

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