Delia Locke


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Aug. 5. Sabbath. An eventful day, for Susie has had a little daughter born weighing seven and three-fourths pounds. It was born this forenoon. Tonight I have been to see her. She is comfortable, also the babe. The grand-parents have now four grand-children in Cal. We have attended church today taking all three of the children with us. We hoped the ride would do Howard good, and he seemed to enjoy it very much, and behaved very well in church, as did also the others. Miss White accompanied us. Mr. Russel preached from Dan. 2.44. concerning the superiority of Christ's Kingdom over all others in every respect. The sermon was good, but after he had finished it, he made a long speech about camp meetings, which was almost disgusting. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 88.) Aug. 6. Monday. I have sent a letter to my parents. The subjects were Children - Teacher - school - Division - seal - Susie and babe - Future prospects for Cal. Miss White has commenced school today with seven scholars, but as the busy season is not over, she will probably have more by and by. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 86.) Aug. 7. Tuesday. Brother Horace is thirteen years old today. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 89.) Aug. 8. Wednesday. Catharine Sherman called this morning with her babe, for medicine. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 86.) Aug. 9. Thursday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 80.) Aug. 10. Friday. Mrs. Sabin has made us a short call this afternoon, and she with Miss White and Dr. have taken a walk to the orchard. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 83.) Aug. 11. Saturday. Dr. and Miss White have been to Stockton today and returned. She has now a certificate from the County Superintendent. Mr. Geo. Thomason dined with me and the children. The remainder of the family were all absent. We have received letters from mother. The family were all well. Howard is not quite so well again. Poor little one! he is pale and thin indeed. The weather is a little cooler. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 78.) Aug. 12. Sabbath. Howard has not been well enough to be taken to church, therefore I have remained at home with him. After meeting was over, Miss White took care of him, while Dr. and I went over to see how Susie was getting along. Found her very comfortable, nearly well enough to sit up a little. The baby, which resembles her very much, she thinks of naming Sarah Willard. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) Aug. 13. Monday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.) Aug. 14. Tuesday. Warm weather. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 82.) Aug. 15. Wednesday. We have had another warm day. Mr. Tallmadge dined with us. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 87.) Aug. 16. Thursday. Susie has received a letter from mother. Our friends were all well. Susie is very comfortable, though she has had a very warm time to be sick in. Mr. Vance took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 91.) Aug. 17. Friday. Our little Howard was taken suddenly very ill last night. All the night long he was tossing with fever, and the discharges from his bowels have been very copious and almost as colorless as water. He has been very sick indeed today. His gums are much swollen, and his teething is doubtless the cause of all his long sickness. We felt this morning that he could not continue long with us unless there was speedily a change for the better. But our Heavenly Father as seemed to smile upon our constant care of him and the remedies Dr. has applied, and tonight he seems to be more comfortable, and is sleeping quietly. This weather is too warm for sick people. I fear it will go very hard with him, he is so very thin. I think I never saw so thin a child, almost nothing but "skin and bones". (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 85.) Aug. 18. Saturday. Dr. has been to town today and returned. Howard was so comfortable he thought he might safely leave him. He rests quietly today. Mrs. Clapp and Mrs. Sabin have made me a short call. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 77.)

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August 1860

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