Delia Locke


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1860. June 24. Sabbath. I could not leave Howard to attend church today, but my time has been busily, and I trust, profitably occupied. Mr. Russel preached today to a full congregation. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 69.) June 25. Monday. Dr. has been to Stockton today and returned. He has bought for my use, a sewing machine, patent. Wheeler & Wilson's - price – eighty five dollars. I am sanguine in the hope that it will be very useful to me in my rapidly increasing family. I am sure I need it. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 78.) June 26. Tuesday. Dr. and I have been practising on the sewing machine. I think I shall soon learn to use it. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71.) June 27. Wednesday. Much cooler. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.) June 28. Thursday. This is the anniversary of a sad day, the day of Elmer's death. Two years he has been sleeping. "Peaceful be thy silent slumber," dear brother. Mr. & Mrs. Sabin called for a few minutes this morning. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Sewing machine - Anniversary of E.'s death. Mother's letter mis-sent- New neighbors-Luther's pants- Emma going home. I have also written to Mother Locke. Subjects of my letter- Children - Sewing Machine - Anniversary of E.'s death. Butter and cheese. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.) June 29. Friday. Mr. Stevens took dinner with us. The weather is cool. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 63.) June 30. Saturday. Have received letter from my own mother today. She writes that Cousin Rate Sloan's husband is dead. They have been married but ten and one-half months, and now she is left a widow. I pity her sincerely, for she is a good girl, and very affectionate. The people in North Abington have a minister by the name of Leonard to preach to them now. Brother Josiah succeeds well in learning to play the Melodeon. Aunt Hannah stepped in a few minutes on her way home from visiting Augusta and Susie. Howard is more comfortable, but not yet able to be on the floor at all. His double teeth are not yet through. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) 1860. July 1. Sabbath. Was again obliged to remain at home from church with Howard. Mr. Nims preached, and the house, as usual, was well filled. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 61.) July 2. Monday. This morning, Emma left us for her own home. Her father wrote that her mother was much in need of the help Emma could give, and consequently, they wished her to return. She went in company with Mr. Wright and the Dr. on Geo's spring wagon. I hope to get along nicely now that I have a sewing machine, and butter and cheese making season is over. Dr. has returned this evening. Earnest Megerle took tea with us. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 61.) July 3. Tuesday. Geo. Lepee dined with us. This afternoon, I have called to see Mrs. Clapp and Mrs. Sabin. I think Mrs. Clapp is indeed to be pitied. With so much care on her mind and hard work to do alone, for Mary Bruce has left her, she is growing old fast, and using up her strength. Mrs. Sabin is rather lonely, as she has no little ones, and her husband is absent except at meals. Besides, her health, just now is rather feeble. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.) July 4. Wednesday. Cannon announce that the great anniversary has arrived. But I have been busily engaged in washing. Earnest has been here all day, and sick. Mrs. Klonker called this afternoon. Mrs. Gove has returned to her home and her husband having been so long time at Burt's garden near Drytown. She will probably now hold no intercourse with those false friends - the Staples family. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 65.) July 5. Thursday. Earnest Mgerle left for home after breakfast, having somewhat recovered. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) July 6. Friday. Warmer weather. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) July 7. Saturday. Mr. Hurst took tea with us. Afterwards, Mrs. Hurst and Rosa Robbins came to attend the Division meeting, and stopped in the house with me a while. I have attended the meeting and remained about two hours, leaving the children in Robert's care. Three gentlemen were initiated, two re-instated, and new officers were installed for this quarter, also a new password was given. Howard has been on the floor some for two days past, but is not yet very strong. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.)

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June 1860

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