Delia Locke


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Nov. 4. Sabbath. I have not attended church. No preacher came. Mr. Gildersleeve took tea with us, and we have had singing in the Hall this evening. Miss White will leave for home in the morning, and then Mr. Gildersleeve will leave coming here, I suppose. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Nov. 5. Monday. Dr. has been to Stockton today, and carried Miss White. She took the boat this afternoon for San Francisco. It seems quite lonely here now that she has gone. Mrs. Gove has another daughter, the other scarcely sixteen mos. old. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.) Nov. 6. Tuesday. This day - Election - so important in the history of this nation has passed. Who is to be our next President is probably decided, though yet unknown. Mr. Staples being candidate for Senator, every exertion was made by the crowd there, for his election. Free dinners were given to all who would vote for him, and Mrs. Staples herself dealt out free whiskey to all who would drink. O blot upon the name and character of woman! Seeing Geo. Locke using his influence against Staples, Fred Struck and bit him, for which he will be obliged to pay. Earnest Megerle took tea with us. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Anniversary of wedding day - Election - Miss White gone - Sings - Copper - toe Shoes - Children - Temperance Cause. The wind has blown briskly. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Nov. 7. Wednesday. A pleasant day. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Nov. 8. Thursday. Sister Clara is now seven years old. We received a letter this morn from Dr.'s cousin Sarah A. Gerould, stating that she and her brother Martin think of coming to Cal. And I have written this eve to Brother Roland, that if he thinks of coming to Cal. this fall, he would better come at the same time. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) Nov. 9. Friday. Earnest Megerle took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Nov. 10. Saturday. Susie came over this eve, and she and I were the only ladies who attended the meeting of the Division. She read a story, and two others were read. Almost every man there spoke. The meeting was interesting. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Nov. 11. Sabbath. The weather has been cloudy and rainy today, preventing my attending church. Mr. Bateman preached to a thin congregation. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 58.) Nov. 12. Monday. No rain today. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Nov. 13. Tuesday. Dr. has been to Stockton today and returned. He has brought me a letter from Miss White stating that she reached home safely, and it was very doubtful about her coming back, as she hoped to teach in San Francisco. I have answered her letter. The subjects of mine were - Division meeting - Sewing Circle - Luther remark about "Brother James" - Pigeons - Thimble. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Nov. 14. Wednesday. Mrs. Sabin has called here this afternoon, and Susie and Geo. this evening. Father Locke has been to Stockton with a team for lumber, and in returning, the horses took fright and ran against a stump, throwing him off and bruising him quite severely. However, he managed to drive home. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Nov. 15. Thursday. Father's new house was raised this morn. It has been very windy this afternoon. The Sewing Circle met at Susie's, but the high wind prevented a full attendance. No ladies came except the Vincent girls and myself. A few gentlemen were there and we passed a pleasant evening. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 56.) Nov. 16. Friday. The wind has blown very hard indeed. Lincoln is elected President of the United States. This is indeed good news. But what is better still, Cal. has gone for Lincoln. Four years ago, there was scarcely a Republican party. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Nov. 17. Saturday. Mrs. Vincent rode past here this afternoon. She is very ill, and looks very pale and thin. She thinks she cannot live long. This eve we have attended the Division meeting. No ladies present but Mrs. Sabin and myself. These men initiated and one re-instated. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

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November 1860

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