Delia Locke


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O I hope he will come to himself before he gets established in a course of vice. Dr. and I made a short call at Mr. Pelton's this evening. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Nov. 3. Thursday. It has been cloudy today, and it is raining this evening. This is not very propitious weather for the ball at Mr. Clapp's. I have roasted nine chickens for Mrs. Clapp today, as she was greatly hurried. Dr. and Uncle have been to town and returned. The wagon broke down about two miles from here, and after taking tea, Dr. and Uncle took fresh horses and another wagon and went for the load and the broken wagon. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 65.) Nov. 4. Friday. This has been a rainy day, and the rain has fallen fast. Uncle has been here all day. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 62.) Nov. 5. Saturday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Mr. Hamilton dined with us. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Nov. 6. Sabbath. We had a rainy forenoon. This afternoon, Susie and the boy Daniel Bruce, who is now to live with them, rode along to S. school. I have today finished reading "Man-of-War Life," which is in our library. My parents have now been married twenty five years. I have suggested to them to have a silver wedding," but do not expect it, as we should long ago have been invited, had they intended to do so. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Nov. 7. Monday. Mr. Keene dined with us. Seeing Ada playing with hammer and nails, Luther said to me, Ada's a great carpenter pounding nails. We think this quite a thoughtful remark for a boy of three and one-half years. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Nov. 8. Tuesday. We had a very heavy frost this morning. I have seen none so white before, this season. Uncle took tea with us. Sister Clara is now six years old. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Nov. 9. Wednesday. A cloudy day, and the night is rainy. Mrs. Clapp and Mrs. Pelton called. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Nov. 10. Thursday. A rainy day. Luther asked George for leave to do something, and George told him to ask me, to which he replied, "I believe mamma will tell me no." He knew I would not give him leave. He is very much interested in machinery, and wishes to inquire into the way things are constructed, and to understand the use of the different parts, much more than children of his age usually do. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 62.) Nov. 11. Friday. When we rose this morning, we found the river rising very fast, and tonight it is higher than it was last summer when it over flowed its banks. This is owing to the large quantity of rain which has fallen within the past few days. Dr. George, and Robert have been engaged in catching lumber, sluice boxes, buckets. etc. which came down in the swift current, having been swept from the banks in the mountains by the rising water. They have caught many valuables in this way. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Nov. 12. Saturday. Today the river is falling, and we think it will soon be fordable again. Mr. Staples' ferry boat was swept away yesterday. No one can cross there now. The air is sweet and pure, the grass and herbs are starting afresh, and many of my flowers are blooming yet, there not having been sufficient frost to kill them. It is indeed pleasant weather. O how much I enjoy this beautiful season, when my mind is not disturbed and perplexed with cares. Mr. Vance took tea with us. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Nov. 13. Sabbath. Dr. Luther and I attended church, Caving Ada and Howard with Geo. who is more interested in reading and writing than in attending church. Mr. Nims preached from 2 Tim. 3. 16. 17. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable," etc. It was a very good sermon.

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October 1859

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