Delia Locke


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1860. Now he feels able to do neither, but lies on the bed most of the time. He is nearly an inch shorter in height than Luther was, also a little shorter than Ada was. When he sees animals, such as horses, cattle, dogs, he will call out, "ho, ho". I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Sewing Machine - Rid Hannah's letter - Judge Terry acquitted. What about Tirrell's poisoning case. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) July 20. Friday. Very pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.) July 21. Saturday. John Ward left us this morning. Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. They have a nice new clock in the Hall, for the Division Meetings. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 74.) July 22. Sabbath. I have attended church today, taking Luther and Ada, and leaving Howard with Robert. Mr. Russel preached from Job. 7. 17. "What is man that thou dost magnify him"? He digressed however, so much from his text, that his sermon was not at all what might have been expected. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 69.) July 23. Monday. Messrs. Ennis and Vance have been here at work today on the hay-stable. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) July 24. Tuesday. Messrs. Ennis and Vance have been here at work again today. Mrs. Sabin called for a short time this eve. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 80.) July 25. Wednesday. A very warm day. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 81.) July 26. Thursday. Slightly cooler. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.) July 27. Friday. This has been a very warm day. It seems that our excessively warm weather was reserved until the last of July. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 88.) July 28. Saturday. Little Howard's health does not seem to improve this hot weather. And his teeth some through so slowly I fear it will be quite a while ere he will have fully recovered. My sewing machine is very attractive to me, I wish that I had twice the time to devote to it that I now have. To sit down and sew with the needle seems very dull. It is certainly a great help. Mr. Stockwell took supper with us. (T.S.R. 13. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 89.) 1860. July 29. Sabbath. Mr. Curry came and dined here. He has preached today in Mr. Nims’ place. I could not leave Howard to attend church, therefore I remained with him. We have had a very warm day. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 87.) July 30. Monday. Another very warm day. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 84.) July 31. Tuesday. Augusta and baby have spent the day with us. We have had cooler weather. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 76.) Aug. 1. Wednesday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.) Aug. 2. Thursday. This morning, Miss White, a lady from San Francisco, who has been recommended as a teacher for our school, arrived by the stage. She will board here for the present, which will of course, considerably increase my labors. She is eighteen years old, a native of New Hampshire, and with her father's family has resided in San Francisco is about six months. She seems to be a pleasant young lady. Milton Vance took supper with us. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 80.) Aug. 3. Friday. This afternoon, I have been in the hay wagon to see Susie, accompanied by Miss White, Luther and Ada, leaving Howard with his father. We wished them to come for us in an hour, but we were obliged to stay about three hours, and Susie prepared supper for us. I felt quite anxious to get home on Howard's account. We were treated to peaches, and had it not been for my anxiety for Howard, I should have enjoyed the visit much. They have a little pet fawn which is very pretty. It has white spots in lines extending from the head to the tail. It is very tame and gentle. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 73.) Aug. 4. Saturday. Dr. has been away all day visiting a patient. This evening, Mr. Day has been here and they have given Miss White an examination, previous to her taking the school on Monday next. She is highly recommended by those who know her. Howard's health remains about the same. It makes me sad to see him so thin and pale. How I wish he would be well and active again as he was before he was taken sick. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.)

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July 1860

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