Delia Locke


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requiring much care, though he is a very quiet child. The little babe is not yet named. He is well and quiet, and is the largest babe we have had. Jan. 27. Sabbath. Am not able to attend church. The rest of the family have attended, while I remained with the little children. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Jan. 28. Monday. Baby boy is four weeks old today, and weighs ten and one-half pounds, having gained but one pound. This eve we have received a letter from Sarah Gerould, whom we have been expecting from N. H. by every steamer, saying that she has unexpectedly changed her plans, and concluded to settle in Canaan. She is to be married to a lawyer Blodgett of that place in the spring. Two other ladies who intended to come with her, will wait until spring. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Jan. 29. Tuesday. Mr. J. H. Smith dined with us. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - My health - Children - Cousins not coming Augusta and babe - Grandfather's health. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Jan. 30. Wednesday. Very windy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Jan. 31. Thursday. There has been an examination of teachers at the schoolhouse this afternoon. Two of the applicants, Messrs. White and Elliott, and Mr. Clark and Miss Fincher were here to dinner. Mr. J. S. Cogs well received the certificate from the Trustees, and will commence school next Monday. He has been here this eve. Is a young man from N. H. Susie has left me tonight for her own home, having been with me thirty two days. She is a good kind sister, and I hope she will be rewarded. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Feb. 1. Friday. We have decided to call the baby - Horace Mann. I have a brother Horace, and admire the name, while Dr. venerates the man who bore this name, and whose labors in the cause of education, he thinks, should be highly commended and appreciated. May our little one be as great and good a man, as he for whom he is named. Opposed and mis-represented while he lived, now that he is dead, men begin to praise him. And, indeed, his "work do praise him." (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Feb. 2. Saturday. Received letter from mother this morn. They are in trouble, for, on account of national troubles, the boot and shoe business is very dull and father is likely to be thrown out of employment. They are undecided whether or not to remain there. "War is actually begun". South Carolina has commenced it by firing in to a vessel bearing the stars and stripes, and carrying U. S. soldiers. What will be the end of these things? We fondly hope it will be the end of slavery in these U. S. Mr. Stevens dined with us. Susie came over alone to attend the Division this eve. I did not feel able to attend. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Feb. 3. Sabbath. Have not been able to attend church. Mr. Vance dined with us. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Feb. 4. Monday. A very pleasant day. Horace is now five weeks old. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Feb. 5. Tuesday. Today we receive intelligence through Mother Locke and Franklin, that Sarah is in very delicate health. They fear she has cancer of the breast, and cannot live long. It makes us feel very sad to hear of this. Franklin seems almost over come with grief. I pity him much. This eve Dr. has been down with a wagon and brought Susan Fincher to live with us awhile and assist me. She crossed the plains last year from Arkansas - is a girl of nineteen, and but poorly educated. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 64.) Feb. 6. Wednesday. Very pleasant. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58.) Feb. 7. Thursday. Susie started for Stockton this morning, leaving Sarah in my charge for the day. She is a very quiet babe. Mrs. Clapp made me a short call this forenoon. I have written to Miss White about baby - school - cousins not coming. Mrs. Vincent's death. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 54.)

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January 1861

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