Delia Locke


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1859. Oct. 25. Tuesday. Uncle took tea with us tonight. We have had very pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) Oct. 26. Wednesday. Susie and Aunt have made me a visit today. They both sewed for me, and have accomplished much. I had not much sewing cut out, though there was a great deal to be done, and plenty of material. Susie asked why I had not more cut out. I told her if I had been previously informed that I was to have a sewing bee, I would have had my work ready. Uncle also took tea with us. Luther is not very well. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Oct. 27. Thursday. Uncle and Milton have been here today, helping to shell corn with a corn-sheller. Dr. has a very large and nice crop of corn this year. He can produce specimen ears that far exceed any on exhibition at the State Fair. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Oct. 28. Friday. Uncle and Milton are still at work here. This afternoon, Mr. & Mrs. Wiley came, and Mrs. W. has had eleven teeth extracted, mostly roots, without chloroform. What an endurance she must have had! She says Thomas Wiley is married, and is expected home shortly. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) Oct. 29. Saturday. Mr. Wallace called this evening. The boys met and adopted the constitution and Bylaws for a Young Men's Lyceum which Dr. had drawn up. They had a well attended meeting and commenced the discussion of a question which is to be continued next week, as they are to have weekly meetings. Uncle and Milton have been at work here today. As I was preparing some pork to cook for dinner. Luther asked me if I was going to cook that "pig beef." (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 76.) Oct. 30. Sabbath. There was Quarterly Meeting at the schoolhouse above this forenoon, but none of us attended it. This afternoon the elder - Mr. Benson - preached at the Octagon schoolhouse and we were all there but George baby and Ada. The text was at Luke 13.24. "Strive to 1859. enter in at the strait gate, for many I say into you, will seek to enter in, but shall not be able. "To enter into the kingdom of heaven will cause much effort, much anxious striving. Many will not be able to enter there, who had fondly expected to do so, they sought to enter in, but did not strive. The text does not say that those who strive shall fail, neither does it imply it. Mr. & Mrs. Nims came home with us to tea and will pass the night here. Aunt stopped to help me get tea, and Uncle stopped also. Susie says it is Geo.'s birthday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) Oct. 31. Monday. Mr. & Mrs. Nims left after breakfast. They have decided to live at Jackson Valley this year, as they have a Ranch there. Uncle and Aunt were here to dinner and tea. Mr. Allen was also here to dinner. I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Letter stamp - Silver Wedding - Visit from Aunt and Susie - Sewing Machine Bonnet for self - Hood and Jacket for Ada - Silk stockings - Calies Sack - Baby dress. I have also written to Mother Locke. Subjects of letter - Children - Apples. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Nov. 1. Tuesday. Mrs. Clapp called this morning, also Missouri Parker. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) Nov. 2. Wednesday. We have had very cool weather today. This eve we have received the N. E. mail, and have been made sad indeed to learn of Brother Josiah's way wardness. A while ago, I wrote as good a letter to him as I could, trying by speaking of the example of great and good man to lead him to emulate their virtues and shun vice. But when he received it, he did not road it through, but cast it into the fire paying it was not fit to be read. He has left the Sabbath school, and does not obey mother well.

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October 1859

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