Delia Locke


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1861. Mar. 13. Wednesday. Mr. Dresser breakfasted here. Mr. Harnett called this morn. He has spent the day with Susie, taking the children with him. He will remain here over night. Augusta called for a short time this forenoon. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) Mar. 14. Thursday. The weather is still cloudy. Mr. Harnett took breakfast with us. Dr. has gone to Stockton, and will not return tonight. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Mar. 15. Friday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Mar. 16. Saturday. This morning, Mrs. Compton came with a wagon and Jordena went with her to spend the day and night with Mrs. Rogers. This evening, we have attended the Division which was, as usual, interesting. Two gentlemen were initiated, and I put on the regalia and gave the address. Mr. Harnett was there, and made quite lengthy remarks, defending the position he took in his lecture relative to Dr. Scott, and other things, and also his delivering it on the Sabbath eve. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 71.) Mar. 17. Sabbath. The weather has been very pleasant. We have attended church. The schoolhouse was more than filled with people. Mr. Bateman preached from the text, "Lord, how manifold are thy works, in wisdom hast those made them all". In the S. school, Mr. Wallace resigned his situation as Superintendant, which he has filled for six years. Mr. Holden was chosen to fill his place. Mr. Harnett came home and took dinner with us and will remain over night. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Mar. 18. Monday. Mr. Harnett breakfasted here. Dr. has gone to Stockton to meet Roland, as the steamer is expected to arrive today. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 73.) Mar. 19. Tuesday. Dr. has not arrived from town, so I suppose the steamer has not reached San Francisco, and he is waiting for it. Lewis Mesgerle took supper with us. Howard is now twenty mos. old and weighs twenty seven pounds, a fat boy, though inclined to be troubled with the croup. He tries to speak almost any words, and begins to talk sentences. The weather is warm. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.) 1861. Mar. 20. Wednesday. This afternoon, Dr. has arrived from Stockton. Roland was just behind, having some on foot a part of the way. The steamer arrived in port yesterday, and Roland came up to Stockton this morning. He and Dr. meant to take me by surprise, as Dr. did not tell me he had arrived, and Roland went to the back door, but I was there ready for him, and could not be deceived. So after a journey of forty seven days, he has arrived in safety. What a happy reunion! Susie came a short time after, having come on an errand, not knowing he was here. He does not look much like the little boy I left almost six years ago. Six years! how time flies! This eve, Geo. and Susie have spent the evening with us, and Roland has gone home with them. How I wish our parents could know this minute that he is here! How it would relieve their anxiety. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Mar. 21. Thursday. Roland dined with us. The other meals he took at Susie's. He seems much like father I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were Roland's arrival - Dr. Kerr's death - Pledge - Children Aunt Hannah's health - Weather - Lecture on Astronomy - Received letters for Roland - Starting with him. I have also written to Miss White. Subjects of my letter - Roland's arrival - Ada's Valentine - Dr. Kerr's death - Pledge - Lectures - Sorry for her disappointment. Mr. & Mrs. Sabin. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 55.) Mar. 22. Friday. Susie and Roland have been here today. His trunk has arrived, and mother has sent us many clothes and keep - sakes for the children. The clothes have been out grown by Johnny and Clara and she sends them to us. They are very neat and nice, just as her things always are, and will be of great service to me. Aunt and Augusta and children have been here this afternoon and to tea. Cousin Emma and Watson Bates have sent us their ambrotypes. They were married on New Year's day. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.)

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March 1861

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