Delia Locke


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1860. May 12. Saturday. Jacob took breakfast and dinner with us. He has now finished work here for the present. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.) May 13. Sabbath. Dr. and I have attended church today, taking Luther with us, and leaving Ada and Howard with Paul. Mr. Russel preached from the text, "All flesh is grass, and all the glory there of as the flower of the field. The grass withereth, the flower there of fadeth, but the word of the Lord shall stand forever." He preached a better sermon than usual. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) May 14. Monday. (Fair and pleasant.) (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71.) May 15. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) May 16. Wednesday. Dr. has gone to Stockton today, and Emma went with him to her home. Whether she will return in a few days, I know not. I have written to Brother Roland a birthday letter, as he is now eighteen years old. Ada is now two years and five months old. She weighs twenty nine pounds, one pound less than Luther did at the same age. She can talk much more than he could, and can repeat parts of many hymns and sing then with one prettily. She is loving and generous, and seems to be very fond of us all, little Howard in particular. She asks to say the little prayer, "Now I lay me," etc. every night as she goes to bed. Her arm is now quite well. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 62.) May 17. Thursday. Dr. has returned from Stockton. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - May Festival- Ada's arm well. Words of the song Nellie Gray. Roses- Children - Calico & gingham. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 62.) May 18. Friday. We had some rain this morning, which did not continue through the day. We have received a letter from mother, in which she says that Roland has gone to Westboro, Mass. to work on Uncle Edwin's farm. I think this will be better suited to his taste than shoemaking. Mother also writes that she has joined the Division of the Sons of Temperance in A. and is much interested. To that 1860. Division there are over one-hundred members, and much interest is manifested. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 57.) May 19. Saturday. Howard is now ten mos. old and weighs twenty three lbs. which is one pound more than Luther, and six pounds more than Ada did at the same age. He has six teeth, can stand alone and walk round by things. He is very active and playful, and tries to imitate noises which he hears. His hair is growing finely. He is very fond of playing with the children. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) May. 20. Sabbath. Could not leave the children to attend church today. Fred. Staples and Emma Simpson were married this morning at her home, and came to church together. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.) May 21. Monday. Two men have come to work for us, and were here to supper. Mr. Pelton has been here and says he has separated from his wife, she taking the baby and he the little boy. I think probably there is fault on both sides, but he says she says that she never lived happily with him and never can. It is sad though to think of a separation, and he seems to be deeply afflicted by it. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.) May 22. Tuesday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy, and a high wind has blown all day. Sad to relate, at the chivarie which was given last night to Fred. Staples, six of the Sons of Temperance got drunk. How disgraceful ! And it was done intentionally by two or three, for the purpose of making trouble. These were Jeff. Moffett and the Simpson boys. I think they will find it is no trifling thing thus to do. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) May 23. Wednesday. The weather has again been cloudy and rainy Mr. & Mrs. Wardrobe and two children have visited and dined with us. I fear they got wet on their return home, for it rained very hard shortly after they started. She was born within a few miles of my native home, in Hanover, Mass. Another man has come to work for us, and was here to supper. This makes the no in the family, ten. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.)

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May 1860

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