Delia Locke


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Dec. 2. Sabbath. The morn was foggy and cloudy, but not so the afternoon. Have attended church with Luther and Ada, leaving Howard with Mr. Hyer, Rev, Mr. Wood, a Presbyterian minister from Healdsburg, preached a good sermon from Rom. 5. 8. "Christ died for us." He first spoke of the character of Christ, then of the character of these for whom he died. That gentleman, with Mr. Wheeler Wiley took tea here. Mr. Wood has preached at the schoolhouse above this eve, and Dr. attended. He says it was an excellent sermon. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Dec. 3. Monday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Dec. 4. Tuesday. Reid letters this morning from Mother. While we were reading them, Susie and Geo. called, but did not stop long. This afternoon, Mr. H. Rogers called. He says some are anxious to have a Festival for the purpose of collecting funds to complete the new Methodist church which has been so long in building. Mrs. Boody would serve as one of the “Com. of Arrangements," and they were very anxious I should also serve, I told him that my health at the present time would not admit of my doing so, even were I interested in the completion of the church, which I was not for various reasons. Therefore I must refuse to serve. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Thanksgiving - Loose Dress Children. Mr. Holden - Result of election - L. A. C. to be married. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.) Dec. 5. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Dec. 6. Thursday. Cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Dec. 7. Friday. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 51.) Dec. 8. Saturday. This morn I received a letter from Miss White. This eve I have attended the meeting of the Division. The ladies present were Mrs. Hurst, Mrs. Sabin & myself. Three men were initiated, all separately, one of them Mr. Atkins. After this, there was a discussion about having a ball on New year's eve, which was long and uninteresting to most of us. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.) Howard has been sick most of the week, but seems better today. Dec. 9. Sabbath. Have not felt able to attend church today, but have passed a quiet and pleasant Sabbath at home. Mr. Bateman preached at the schoolhouse, and this with the class meeting and S. school kept the people till nearly dark. Susan Doan dined with us, and rode in our wagon to meeting. Dr. also carried her home at night. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Dec. 10. Monday. The weather has been cloudy. Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. Mr. Wallace, having been at work this afternoon, took tea with us. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Dec. 11. Tuesday. The weather has been quite disagreeable, cold, cloudy and rainy. We have had but little rainy weather as yet this season, and it is fully time, so the farmers think. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Dec. 12. Wednesday. This is the birthday of sister Hannah, who is now eleven years old. She was but a little prattler when I left home, now she corresponds with me and is said to be very useful to mother about the house. "Chance and change are busy ever." The weather has been cloudy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 57.) Dec. 13. Thursday. James Christian dined with us. Shortly after, old Mrs. Christian, (probably no relative of the other) called. I have but little respect for her. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) Dec. 14. Friday. Another day of cloudy weather. This forenoon we have received a call from Mr. & Mrs. Day. She thinks the idea of having a Festival during the holidays has been given up. The people generally would not be much interested in the movement. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 15. Saturday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. But as it did not rain just at the time for the meeting of the Division, seventeen members came, and among them Geo. and Susie. We have had a pleasant meeting. Five pieces were read, Dr. read one, Susie two, and I two. Mr. Drew was re-instated. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.)

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December 1860

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