Delia Locke


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1861. them, and at first they did not let me know of their arrival. But I knew it, when they supposed I did not. Still I feared to speak of it, as I knew the excitement of seeing them would be greater than I could bear. Horace, of course, has changed much, but Father has grown old but little in looks. How lonely mother will feel till she can join us, which she cannot do now on account of the hard times, for the homestead cannot be disposed of to advantage. The temperature has not been kept since I have been sick. June 26. Wednesday. I have today written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Sickness - May party - Arrivals - Spoons - clothing - Edging and collars from Hannah. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 76.) June 27. Thursday. We have today again received letters from Mother. All well. I have written to Emma Kerr at San Francisco. Subject of my letter were - Sickness - Letter - mistakes - walks - studies - Children - Arrivals - Division - Willie Susie called. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.) June 28. Friday. As Dr. was writing to Mr. N. R. Barton, I also wrote a few lines. Mr. Tallmadge dined here. Elmer has now been dead three years. How swiftly the time has passed to us! How passes it to him - the occupant of that grave under yon lofty tree? Sings he the song of the redeemed in glory? We cannot tell, God only knows. With us, it only remains also to prepare for sudden death. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 81.) June 29. Saturday. Mr. Norton took tea here. I am not able to attend the Division. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 74.) June 30. Sabbath. The brick Methodist church has been dedicated today, but I have not been able to attend. They have had two meetings. It is now more than two years since the corner stone was laid. Little Horace is now six months old. He is yet quite sick though somewhat improving. His teeth show no more than they did a month ago. He has lost two pounds, weighing only seventeen. Poor little one! for him to be turned upon cows' milk is very hard but my milk has entirely left me. This is indeed a great misfortune to my dear babe. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 73.) July 1. Monday. Mr. & Mrs. Nims called this morning. He is this year preaching at Volcano, and they are living there, Susie also called shortly after. My cook left very abruptly about ten o'clock, saying he was not well. But I expect the true secret of it was, he go tired of work. He has left me in a very bad plight. I am so weak that I do not feel able to sit up all day, how then can I do the work for this large family? We know of no one we can get to help us and the weather is so warm. But I can have Horace to help me in the house and I must try and get along as well as I can. O let me never be idle. Let me deserve at the close of life, this inscription on my tombstone, "She hath done what she could". (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 83.) July 2. Tuesday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 105. S.S. 87.) July 3. Wednesday. Still warmer. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 108. S.S. 84.) July 4. Thursday. At Sunrise, the men went down to the black smith's shop and fired an anvil. After firing it several times, it burst, and a large piece after striking the side of the shop struck Mr. Sabin on the leg bruising it severely, and nearly causing him to faint. How fortunate he was not worse hurt. Susie has had a family dinner at her house, and we have enjoyed it well. Baby was so unwell we thought it not best to take him away from home. So Dr. remained alone with him, while I went over and dined with the company. I then returned immediately home, and Dr. went over and dined. The hired men have all been to Stockton today. They report a very good celebration. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 75.)

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June 1861

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