Delia Locke


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Feb. 8. Friday. The morn was rainy, day otherwise pleasant. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Feb. 9. Saturday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. Have attended the Division this eve. Susan Fincher and Mr. Cogswell, the new teacher, were initiated. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Feb. 10. Sabbath. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. I have been rather unfortunate today. We started for S. school, having one colt in the wagon unaccustomed to the harness, with a quiet mare. We had proceeded but a short distance when the colt, in attempting to turn the wagon towards home, ran the end of the pole against a tree with much force. Luther was thrown from the seat, but not injured. I was not so fortunate, for, in attempting to save Ada from falling, I was thrown forward against the front seat, cutting quite a gash in my fore head, just under my left eye brow, and bruising my left knee. We immediately returned home, and Dr. put four stitches in the wound to draw it together, and thinks the sear will hardly be notice able. I cannot see much from that eye tonight. Susan Fincher's brother John took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Feb. 11. Monday. This has been a rainy day. Horace is now six weeks old and weighs eleven pounds, Mr. Russel took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 53.) Feb. 12. Tuesday. Fair weather. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Feb. 13. Wednesday. This afternoon, Susie and I, with all the children have visited Aunt Hannah. We first spent a short time with Augusta, and then she went to her mother's with us. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56.) Feb. 14. Thursday. This morn, Susie went with a carriage and brought Mrs. Gove and babe to visit us. They were all here to dinner, then I went with them to Susie's, taking all the children but Howard. Mrs. Gove calls her baby Lilla Burt. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Feb. 15. Friday. Susie spent the forenoon, and took dinner with us. This afternoon, we have called on Mrs. Clapp and visited Mrs. Sabin. We have had very fine weather. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Feb. 16. Saturday. Cloudy weather. I have written to my parents. The subject of my letter were. Babe and children - dress name - State of the Union - Coming here - Visiting - Help - School. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.) Feb. 17. Sabbath. Still cloudy weather. Have attended church, leaving Howard and Horace with Susan Fincher. Mr. Bateman preached, but unfortunately, we were not in season to hear the text, as the preaching commenced at eleven. After meeting, we all went to Susie's. Mr. & Mrs. Holden, Messrs. Wallace, Cogs - well and Howland weed Fisher were also there, and we had singing, also music on the Melodeon. Have had a pleasant time, and returned about sunset. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Feb. 18. Monday. Another cloudy day. Horace is now seven weeks old and weighs twelve pounds. He is just as large as Luther was, and smaller than either of the others at the same age, although the largest when he was born. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Feb. 19. Tuesday. Howard is now nineteen months old and weighs twenty six pounds. He is very fat and well and his hair is somewhat curly, so that we think he is rather pretty. His skin is very white and fair. He now begins to talk, and can say a great many words if disposed. Augusta has a little boy born today. Lizzie is but little more than a year old, I think she will have her hands full. Susan Fincher went home this morn. She wishes to commence attending school next week. Susie has received a letter from Roland saying that he has purchased a ticket for Cal. and was to start for the first of Feb. If so, he is on his way here. We rejoice at this. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.)

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February 1861

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