Delia Locke


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1859. Speaking of the very good effect perusing the Scriptures has upon the life and conduct, he urged upon all the importance of bringing each day's life in contact with some Bible lesson. This evening we have been reading aloud in the family the "Story of Columbus," as found in our library. I have read it before. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 66.) Nov. 14. Monday. We have had two Irishmen at work today. As we were eating supper, Luther dropped a piece of bread which I did not notice till he said, "Mamma, I be careless and dropped my bread." (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Nov. 15. Tuesday. The two Irishmen have worked here all day. Uncle took tea with us. I have today written to my parents a long letter. The subject were - Grief at destruction of letter sent to Josiah and reviewal of it. Children - Rise of river – Luther’s remarks - Rhubarb in mince pies. Weight - Leaving children - Butter and milk. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Nov. 16. Wednesday. The two Irishmen left after breakfast, to work for George Lepee. This evening, we commenced reading Livingstone's "Travels and Researches in South Africa." Ada is today twenty three months old. She talks very well, and will repeat long sentences after Luther, which she does not understand. Her last teeth are now coming through. She seems to have an idea of numbers, as far as one and two are concerned. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Nov. 17. Thursday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Nov. 18. Friday. Uncle took tea with us. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Nov. 19. Saturday. Susie has been here this afternoon, and together we have called on Mrs. Clapp. Uncle & Aunt have made a short call this evening. Nattie Howard is today four months old and weighs nineteen pounds. He is thus the largest of the three babies, and I think he is the strongest. He is a little darling so good and quiet, but Ada was more playful and observing than he is. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) 1859. Nov. 20. Sabbath. This evening we have continued so acting "Livingstone." It is an interesting history, but is not written in a pleasing style, consequently much of the interest is lost, and reading it is not so agreeable as it would otherwise be. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.) Nov. 21. Monday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. Mr. Tilton has been here this evening waiting for him to go and see a sick man at his house, but getting tired, he left before the Dr. returned. Mr. T. Says his wife, who is in New England, will not return. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 56.) Nov. 22. Tuesday. Weather still cloudy and rainy. An old man a stranger - called and begged a lodging, which was granted. He told us his name was Miller, and that he formerly lived in Denmark. He is on his way to Poverty Bar, where he expects to meet an acquaintance. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54. S.S. 47.) Nov. 23. Wednesday. The weather still continues cloudy and rainy. Mr. Miller left after breakfast, to pursue his journey. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Nov. 24. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. The morning was rainy, and so is the evening, but through the day we have had no rain, though it has been cloudy and cold. The children and myself have been to visit Susie and took dinner with her. We had a pleasant time, and Dr. came for us about sunset. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Nov. 25. Friday. This has been a very rainy day, with a high wind. This evening, Paul Dennis came here intoxicated. I did not know before that he would drink to excess. He came into the house and stopped, and was very talkative. When he left he could hardly keep on his feet, as he walked through the mud. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Nov. 26. Saturday. We have had showers today. Father took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.)

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November 1859

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