Delia Locke


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Jan. 20. Friday. Dr. Kerr left us after breakfast. I hope his trip here this time has not been without its good results in the Temperance cause. Surely there is reason to hope for better things, when such men as Messrs. Cahill, Vance Pelton and others are so much interested in the cause of Total Abstinence. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Jan. 21. Saturday. Mr. Wallace are made us a short call this evening. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Jan. 22. Sabbath. It has been cloudy all day and it rains this eve. We have been to attend a funeral this afternoon, leaving the children in Robert's care. We first attended the S. school, and went from the school house to Mr. Simpson's, as Mrs. Simpson's mother - Mrs. Smith died last night, and the funeral was to be attended today. Mrs. Simpson says her mother seemed to be but slightly unwell until about an hour before she died, when she appeared to suffer much. She thinks her age to be about eighty eight. Poor woman! she has lain down to rest after a long life of care and trial. May her sleep be sweet, and her rest pleasant in her lonely grave. Mr. Russel preached from Dan. 10. 12. It was a very good sermon, but too long, and we scarcely reached home before dark. Geo. Lepee and Mr. Vance dined with us, and Philip Megerle took tea here. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Jan. 23. Monday. Cloudy weather. Philip Megerle breakfasted here. I think I must have taken cold yesterday, for today I have had quite a severe attack of fever. I hope, however that a little medicine will make me quite well again. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 24. Tuesday. Frosty morn. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Jan. 25. Wednesday. Dr. rose this morning feeling quite unwell, and was in bed through the forenoon, but is better tonight. I am also getting better. Uncle went to Stockton this morn, and Aunt accompanied him, at least, a part of the way. This evening, Messrs. T. B. Parker and Smith called for a few minutes. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Jan. 26. Thursday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 27. Friday. Aunt returned with Uncle a little before noon. Dr. went to Stockton. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Jan. 28. Saturday. This evening, Dr. arrived home again. The members of the Lyceum held a public discussion in the Hall, and quite a number of spectators were present including six ladies. The discussions are all to be public henceforth. I could only remain in the Hall about fifteen minutes, while Uncle was eating his supper, because there was no one to leave with the children. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Jan. 29. Sabbath. There being no one to stay with the little ones but me, I could not attend church. John Robbins was here to breakfast and dinner, an uninvited and I am sure, an unwelcome guest, for he is a very rude, ill mannered boy. It is said he has not been at home for a number of days. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Jan. 30. Monday. Aunt left us for San Francisco this morn. She is to stay with Augusta a few weeks, who expects to need her nursing care. Mr. Manning took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Jan. 31. Tuesday. The meeting of the Division of the Sons of Temperance, has been held, as usual, in the Hall this evening, and there were six ladies present from Wood bridge. Ladies are allowed to attend the same meetings with the gentlemen in this state, but in New England, they have a separate organization, known as the Daughters of Temperance. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Feb. 1. Wednesday. Luther has seemed almost sick today with a severe cold. I know not how he has taken it, as, of late we have had very pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Feb. 2. Thursday. This afternoon, I have attended the Sewing Circle at Susie's, taking Howard and Ada

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January 1860

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