Delia Locke


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1860. Nov. 18. Sabbath. The weather has been cloudy today. There has been no preaching, and but few at S. school. Mr. Gildersleeve took supper with us, and this eve we have had a sing in the Hall. But few were present, no ladies except Mrs. Sabin and myself, yet we had quite an interesting time. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Nov. 19. Monday. Mr. Gildersleeve was here to breakfast. Howard is now sixteen months old, and seems quite well again. He weighs twenty four pounds, which is more than either of the other's weight at his age, being a pound more than Luther weighed. Also he has fourteen teeth, which is two more than they had at the same age. But he speaks no words except "mamma", and does not walk much, not seeming to have confidence enough. He can step two or three steps at a time, and stands alone every day. Mother writes that Grandmother Hammond is now great-great-grandmother, as Cousin Mercy Tilson has a babe. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Nov. 20. Tuesday. Mr. Wallace has been here at work today. Dr. Kerr is here to spend the night, having taken tea with us. I have written to Sister Hannah. The subjects of my letter were - Weather - Flowers - Potatoes - S. of T. Birthday. Grandmother Hammond. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Nov. 21. Wednesday. Dr. Kerr took breakfast with us, and Mr. Foster was here to dinner. Mr. Wallace has been here at work all day, and Susie has made me a visit, arriving a little before noon, with Sarah. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Nov. 22. Thursday. The morning was foggy and cold. Mr. Wallace is still at work here. Mr. Colson dined with us. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Nov. 23. Friday. Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. Mr. Wallace is still at work here. I have been wearing Howard from sucking his pipe. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 53.) Nov. 24. Saturday. Mr. Wallace has worked here all day. Dr. Kerr took tea with us, and delivered a public Temperance lecture in the Hall this eve. A good lecture & a full attendance. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) 1860. Nov. 25. Sabbath. A very high wind has been blowing all day, rendering the weather so uncomfortable, that I thought it not best to venture to church, in my present state of health. Dr. Kerr and David Smith breakfasted here. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Nov. 26. Monday. This morning, Dr. started for Sac. City and Mr. Hyer accompanied him. It always seems so lonely here when Dr. is gone, notwithstanding so many are left. Mr. Wallace has been here at work all day. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Nov. 27. Tuesday. The weather has been cloudy today, but the eve is bright. As I was just sitting here alone writing, who should come in but the Dr. His return tonight was quite unexpected, as he intended to be absent a day longer. I was very happy to see him however. I have been writing to Mother Locke. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Weather - Crops, potatoes, pie melons, sugar - cane - Flowers - Teacher boarder - Sewing machine. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 28. Wednesday. The morn was cloudy, but the day has been bright and pleasant. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 58.) Nov. 29. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day, but we have had no Festival. This morn we received letters from Miss White, also Cousins Lydia and Lizzie Wright of Northampton, Mass. Lydia Arm was to be married the 1st of Nov. to Lizzie's husband's brother of Easthampton, Mr. Isaac L. Wright. A Dutchman called John - has commenced work here today. Susie rode over and called for a few minutes this afternoon. She brought a rag doll she has made and presented it to Ada, who is delighted with it. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 30. Friday. The last day of autumn. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.) Dec. 1. Saturday. We had a foggy morning. Rev. Mr. Wood and Mr. T. Wiley dined with us. Susie has been here this afternoon, and we have attended the Division meeting this evening. Susie read a long story entitled, "Right Opposite." (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.)

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November 1860

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