Delia Locke


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1860 with so strong a will and active a nature, that she will require delicate management to make her all that she is capable of being. Nathaniel Howard is but five and a half months old, a quiet babe, very fat & healthy. I know not how long Aunt and Uncle will remain with us, probably some weeks. Uncle is driving a team of two horses from Stockton to the mines, Aunt assists me with the work, and the children are very fond of her. Paul and Jacob are the men of all work on the farm. The weather has been cloudy today. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 2. Monday. Mr. Barnes Parker came this morning to bid us goodbye. He is leaving for Kentucky. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Jan. 3. Tuesday. A cloudy day. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Jan. 4. Wednesday. Rode over and conversed with Susie awhile this afternoon. They are now living at the cabin on Geo.'s claim on a ground floor, and she cooks by the fireplace. It is a very pleasant spot, but she says she is rather lonely there, and she is almost alone all the day long. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Jan. 5. Thursday. A rainy day, so that we did not attend the annual meeting of the Sewing Circle, which was appointed at Mr. Boody's. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Jan. 6. Friday. Still raining. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.) Jan. 7. Saturday. We have had showers today, but it has not rained constantly. Tonight, we have received letters from Eastern friends. Among the rest, I have one from Lydia O'Brien who has never before written to me. We were formerly quite intimate, but I have only occasionally heard from her since I have been here, and always through others, I seems almost as if I had seen her, since reading her letter, and I am convinced she is the same dear friend she used to be. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Jan. 8. Sabbath. I believe we have had some of the heaviest showers today that I ever saw, and they were accompanied with hail. Dr. and Robert went down to the S. school, and were obliged to wait there sometime after the exercises closed, before 1860. they could come home, on account of the heavy showers, also Susie was thus detained, and got a wetting at last, before she could reach home. Geo. Lepee took supper with us. We learn by the late papers, of the very sudden death of Washington Irving, the celebrated writer and historian. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 9. Monday. Mr. Wurmoth took dinner with us. Susie has spent the afternoon here, and took tea with us, we have had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Jan. 10. Tuesday. John Griffith called this evening. He is circulating a paper for the purpose of starting a division of the order of "Sons of Temperance" here. It has already received many signatures. Dr. Kerr is to be invited to come out and lecture to the people here. He lives near Stockton. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 11. Wednesday. We learn that the road to Stockton is almost impassable, on account of the mud and water, in consequence of the late heavy rains. I have written to Mother L. The subjects of my letter were. Cattle & calves - Weather - New year - Children. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 12. Thursday. The weather has been very fine. Just after dinner, Susie came with horse and buggy and wished one to ride out with her. I accordingly prepared myself, taking Ada with us, and leaving the others with Aunt at home. We rode directly to Mrs. Boody's, and talked over with her the matter of the annual meeting of the Sewing Circle. It will meet here next week. From this place we rode to Mr. Brakeman's to see Edgar, who we learn is very sick. Mrs. Cahill was there. Edger indeed looks very sick. They have no physician, and are depending upon patent medicines to work a cure. It is a great sick to run, where life or death is depending upon its we reached home about sunset. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 13. Friday. Sister Susie is now twenty one. I have today written to Lydia H. O'Brien, in answer to hers of last mail. I hope she will answer soon. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 14. Saturday. Very pleasant. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.)

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January 1860

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