Delia Locke


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1860. Dr. has returned from Stockton this eve, and Emma has come with him. I hardly know whether to be glad or sorry. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 57.) June 1. Friday. For the first day of summer we have had cloudy weather I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Division meetings - Roland - Edging sent by Hannah - Mr. Pierce's death. Children - Dea. Stetson, who is he - No school - Wearing out - Separation of families - Birthday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 62.) June 2. Saturday. Comfortable weather. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) June 3. Sabbath. We have attended church, taking Ada and Luther with us and leaving Howard with Paul. Mr. Nims preached from Rom. 8. 1-4. The subject was the fall of man and its cause. He said there were three causes. Temptation by the evil one - Want of faith in the word of God - and Disobedience. Mr. Nims has taken tea and will pass the night here. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 61.) June 4. Monday. We have had a few drops of rain today. Mr. Nims took breakfast with us. This afternoon Mr. & Mrs. Warren called for a short time. Anna is at Mr. Klonker's, and not very well. Howard is not at all well, is teething and has much trouble in his bowels. There seems to be a sort of distemper prevalent among the little children. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.) June 5. Tuesday. We have had another cloudy day. Howard is still sick. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.) June 6. Wednesday. Aunt came this afternoon and got in a quilt for me in the Hall. She will quilt it there, as it is a nice place. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 65.) June 7. Thursday. We have had cloudy weather. Aunt came and quilted and took dinner and supper with us. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.) June 8. Friday. Another cloudy day. Aunt has again been here quilting. Howard is indeed quite sick, and seems to be growing worse instead of better. The trouble in his bowels is a serious one, and his gums are much swollen. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) 1860. June 9. Saturday. Pleasant & comfortable. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 62.) June 10. Sabbath. I have remained at home from church today to attend to little Howard, and I am myself far from well. Yesterday I was feverish and vomited. My stomach seems to be quite weak and disordered. Dr. Emma and Robert have attended church. Mr. Russel preached, and the meeting was an interesting one. Howard is still quite sick. He does not play on the floor at all, and has but little appetite. He is growing very thin and pale. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) June 11. Monday. An old gentleman by the name of Mr. Miller, took tea with us, and will spend the night here. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) June 12. Tuesday. Mr. Miller took breakfast with us, and Mr. Wermuth was here to dinner. Howard is still no better. The river is beginning to overflow its banks, and the water is running in streams across the lowlands. It will do great damage to many people, but probably will not injure our crop much. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 58.) June 13. Wednesday. Mrs. Megerle has sent me down a little poodle dog to take the place of the one which was killed. It is white with black ears and nose, and two black spots on its back. It is named like the other Lily. Luther is delighted with it, and Ada, though a little shy now, I think will be. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) June 14. Thursday. Howard has not appeared quite so sick today as for many days. Susie and Augusta have made us a short call this afternoon. The river is still rising. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.) June 15. Friday. Intelligence has arrived from the East that Messrs. Lincoln of Illinois and Hamlin of Maine have been nominated by the Republican Convention at Chicago as President and Vice President for the next term. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were Howard sick. Butter and cheese - Overflow of river - Bedquilt - Friends here - Children - Dog lily. We have had pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 65.)

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June 1860

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