Delia Locke


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1861. May 20. Monday. The clouds have been hanging over us all day and tonight it is raining. There have been indications of rain for several days. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 58.) May 21. Tuesday. The wind has been blowing briskly today. Susan Fincher called for a short time. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 71.S.S. 57.) May 22. Wednesday. Mr. Tallmadge was here to tea. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 58.) May 23. Thursday. The weather is cloudy again. Mr. Vance took tea with us. We now have sixteen in the family and I am the one who does all the work except the washing and ironing, which Susie does. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.) May 24. Friday. This afternoon Mr. Flanders came on an errand and Mrs. Flanders and Charlie who accompanied him, came in and spent an hour with me. Mr. Cogswell took tea with us. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 25. Saturday. John Heh left us this morning. We have read letters from mother again. All there is excitement and interest about war matters. Young and old in Mass. are enlisting to fight for the glorious "stars and stripes", against the Southern rebels. O to think there should be such traitors in these U. S. as would tear down and trample upon that beautiful banner! Mother also writes that Father and Horace will start for Cal. on the 21st inst. if they can raise the means. If they did so, they are now on the "bring wave". I have attended the Division this eve. One gentleman and one lady were initiated. Mr. Peters and Miss Mary Mills were here from Woodbridge. Mr. Cahill and a few others have been agitating the subject of building a new hall for our Division to meet in for months past, and have been doing their utmost to get the Division away from this place. Tonight the question was brought to a final vote, and the Division decided they would neither locate nor build. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.) 1861. May 26. Sabbath. I have not attended church today. It is very pleasant comfortable weather. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 65.) May 27. Monday. Dr. has been to Stockton today with Luther and returned. Luther, who has not been there before since he has been old enough to remember much about it, was much interested in all he saw [?] is full of talk tonight about it. He has indeed observed and remembered much for a boy of five years, and tells it plainly and distinctly asking many questions. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.) May 28. Tuesday. The wind has blown briskly today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.) May 29. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.) May 30. Thursday. I am twenty-five years old. Can it be so? Yes, so many suns have risen and set since I have had a being, and many, many acts has the recording angel put down to my account. And O, I fear that most of these have been sinful acts, offensive in the sight of Him who these twenty five years has preserved me from danger and death, and given me so many blessings to enjoy. What return have I made Him for all His benefits? None, none. O Father, help me to do better in future. I am so oppressed and worried with work just now that I am not very happy. And I find that when I am not happy I am not apt to govern and manage my family well. Having from sixteen to eighteen to cook and care for no wonder it is almost too hard for me. Dr. Herr was with us one year ago, now he is gone. Shall we all live to see another year? No matter, if we are prepared for the great change. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) May 31. Friday. Mrs. Sturr gave me a short call. Mr. Cornpton ate dinner here. Horace is today five mos. old and weighs nineteen pounds. He is chubby, good and pretty, and has two little teeth just pricking thro' the lower gum. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 67.)

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May 1861

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