Delia Locke


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1861. Feb. 20. Wednesday. The weather has been cloudy. I have been to see Augusta and her babe. He is a well formed, healthy - looking child. Aunt Hannah is doing the work. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Feb. 21. Thursday. We have had some rain in showers. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Feb. 22. Friday. The anniversary of Washington's birthday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Feb. 23. Saturday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. Mr. & Mrs. Compton, two little children and Jordena, came here this forenoon, and stopped to dinner. Jordena is to board here and go to school, assisting me about the work as pay for her board. It is so rainy, there are no ladies in the Division tonight. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Feb. 24. Sabbath. The weather is yet cloudy. I have not attended S. S. today. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Feb. 25. Monday. We have had a very heavy rain. Jordena commence attending school. Dr. took her down in the wagon Horace is eight weeks old, weighs 12½ lbs. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 50.) Feb. 26. Tuesday. We certainly expected Roland this morning by the stage, as he has been out twenty five days, but he did not come. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 48.) Feb. 27. Wednesday. A high wind has been blowing all day. Susie and I have been to Mrs. Boody's to attend the annual meeting of the Sewing Circle. All the members were present, which are, the Vincent girls, Mrs. Heath and Mrs. Boody, Susie and myself. After some conversation, it was decided to change the name of our Society to that of "Elliott Township Ladies' Library Association," the Constitution and Bylaws remaining nearly the same. It was then voted to remove the Library from the schoolhouse to Mr. Gove's Store, and choose Mrs. Gove librarians, provided she shall be come a member of the Association. No time was fixed for holding a meeting, and it is my opinion that there will be no meetings under such an arrangement. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Feb. 28. Thursday. Two Messrs. Wardrobe to dinner today. I have written to Miss White. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Bachelors. 1861. Division - School - Mrs. Read & Mrs. Brakeman's babies - Roland coming. We hear tonight that the steamer has arrived. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 52.) Mar. 1. Friday. Geo. has gone to Stockton today, to meet Roland when he comes upon the boat, and bring him out. Messrs. Vance Hurst and Bumback were here to dinner. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Mar. 2. Saturday. Mrs. Morton took supper with us. We have attended the Division this evening. There were six initiated - three gentlemen and three ladies - Jordena among the rest. Geo. has arrived from town. He says it was a false report that the steamer had arrived, as it has not yet been heard from. What can be the reason? We are beginning to feel quite anxious about her safety. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Mar. 3. Sabbath. We have attended church today, leaving Howard and Horace with Mr. Hyer. Mr. Green preached from the text, "Mark the perfect man and be hold the upright : for the end of that man is peace." Mr. Harnetta Temperance Lecturer, was here to dinner. This evening he has lectured in the Hall, and there were about one hundred and fifty persons present. He enlarged upon the vile stuff of which liquors are compounded, condemned Dr. Scott for the position he has taken relative to the Temperance question in this state, and urged Christians to come up to their duty in the cause of Temperance. It was a good lecture. Succeeding it, we had a meeting of the Division, when seven men and two ladies were initiated. The ladies were Mrs. Cahill and Mrs. Clark. Susie and her babe will stop here over night. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) Mar. 4. Monday. Mr. Harnett took breakfast with us. He is an Englishman, and by some accident has lost for a time the use of his right arm. He is quite intelligent and talented we think. Horace is now nine weeks old and weighs twelve and three fourths pounds. He does not seem to gain as fast as the others did, but is bright and playful. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.)

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February 1861

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