Delia Locke


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Aug. 19. Sabbath. There has been a Quarterly Meeting today at the schoolhouse, and the Elder preached to the people, but I could not attend, because it was necessary for me to remain with Howard, who still continues more comfortable. He is today thirteen, months old, and we find he weighs but sixteen pounds, showing that he has lost seven lbs. during his sickness, which has now continued two mos. and a half. But ten teeth are visible as yet, though we think four more will soon make their appearance. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Aug. 20. Monday. I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Health of all - Mother's industry - Washing preparation - Fruit - Baby cousins - Woollen stockings in the winter - Luther going to Susie's alone. I have also written to Sister Hannah. Subjects of letter - School - Kindness to Mother - Lines, Nellie Gray - Badger dead. As I was thus engaged in writing in the front room Dr. had occasion to go into the cellar. The children were playing in the room when he opened the trapdoor and he supposed they knew it was open. But Luther did not seem to know it, for he stepped backwards and fell to the bottom of the stairs. He bruised his head, hip and shoulder quite badly, and his head is very painful, but we hope a night's rest will care him. It was indeed a frightful fall, and a narrow escape from serious injury. A man was here to tea, who came with barley. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 79.) Aug. 21. Tuesday. Luther is pretty well today, but remembers nothing of his fall, he says he does not know what hurt him. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 81.) Aug. 22. Wednesday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) Aug. 23. Thursday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 84.) Aug. 24. Friday. We have had thunder and lightning, and a few sprinkles of rain this eve. Near us, we think there was a shower. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.) Aug. 25. Saturday. Dr. Wells called this afternoon. We have had a very warm day. Howard is gaining fast. He weighs a lb. and a half more than he did a week ago. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 89.) Aug. 26. Sabbath. Can not attend church, must remain with Howard. Hope he will soon be able to go again. "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Precious text, so full of encouragement. It comes to my heart, amid all my labors, like a messenger from a better land, to cheer and sustain me. (T.S.R. 69. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 67.) Aug. 27. Monday. This afternoon, Geo. Locke, Susie and the baby came and made me a call. This is the first time Susie has rode so far since her babe was born, and she seemed quite fatigued tonight. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) Aug. 28. Tuesday. I have done my washing today, but worked till nearly sunset to do it. Mrs. Sabin has made me a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.) Aug. 29. Wednesday. The San Joaquin Valley Fair has commenced in Stockton, and Dr. has been in and attended it today. He says there is not much very interesting on exhibition. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) Aug. 30. Thursday. I have today written to Mrs. Shepard. The subjects of my letter were - Fair in Stockton - Susie - School - teacher Children - Her home - Fruit - Sewing Machine - Mrs. Tilton & Mrs. Loring. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) Aug. 31. Friday. Dr. and Robert have been to Stockton to attend the Fair again. They remained this eve. to hear a Republican lecture from Mr. Fitch of Wisconsin. Geo. Lepee took supper here. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) Sept. 1. Saturday. The summer is past, autumn has again returned. How swiftly fly the seasons, and it seems to me that I accomplish but little. What shall prevent me from having an anxious care for the future? What, but entire confidence in His wisdom, who ruleth over all? With all any exertions. I can find but a very few hours for using my sewing machine, and, my sewing is every day increasing. But my three little ones make me very happy. Luther and Ada are very well, and Howard is every day improving. Truly I have much to be grateful for. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.)

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August 1860

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