Delia Locke


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1861. July 5. Friday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 72.) July 6. Saturday. My dear little Horace is somewhat better, but I do not feel strong enough to attend the Division. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) July 7. Sabbath. We have today been down to the new church to meeting. Mr. Bateman preached from the text, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand," etc. After he had finished, Mr. Green went up in the pulpit and said he would exhort for a short time. He then went on screaming and shouting for a while, and then tried to get people to kneel to be prayed for. He then wished the brethren to sing and while they were singing he commenced screaming so as to be heard above all. Some of us got so tired of it, that we went out, and soon the performance ended. We then went to the schoolhouse and had S. school. I am nearly sick tonight from fatigue occasioned by hearing Mr. Green perform. How can it be connected with religion? (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 75.) July 8. Monday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 83.) July 9. Tuesday. James Moore took dinner and supper here. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 76.) July 10. Wednesday. Still hot. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 79.) July 11. Thursday. I have today written today to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Pieces - Horace as help- Father's remarks. Weather. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 80.) July 12. Friday (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 72.) July 13. Saturday. Mr. Colson took supper with us. I have not attended the Division this eve. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 74.) July 14. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Some of the Methodist brethren proposed to move the S. school to the church. This we are opposed to because it has always been a Union school supported and sustained by those of several denominations and not by Methodists 1861. chiefly. And those who propose to move it are not those who have taken much interest in it heretofore. Next Sabbath is the time fixed upon for deciding whether or not it shall be moved. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 76.) July 15. Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Frank) called here this forenoon. She wished to have some teeth extracted but after Dr. had tired to pull one very much decayed, and broken it, she could not be prevailed upon to have anything more done to them, and they went home. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 75.) July 16. Tuesday. Mr. Goodwin took tea with us. Just before I was taken sick, that is, about six weeks ago, the sheep got to the wheat boiler early one morning, pushed away the fence around it, and ate much too freely of the wheat which had been boiled for the hogs. Soon they began to show symptoms of great distress, and their stomachs were much swollen. Dr. did not at first know they had eaten the wheat, and tapped them supposing he could relieve them in that way. But as they were not relieved and grew much worse, he killed one to ascertain the trouble. Finding the real cause, and seeing they could not live, he killed two of them and dressed the meat, which of course, looked very nice. Two others were sick in the same way, one of which died, and the other recovered. The hogs ate the first and last that died. This occurred on the afternoon that the June 5th ladies were here on business connected with the Library Association. Mr. Heath came towards eve to carry the ladies home, and when they were in the wagon ready to go, Dr. came up with his hands bloody to speak to them. Mrs. Gove said to him, "What have you been doing?" "Butchering," said he "killing to save life." He then related the circumstances connected with killing the sheep, and ended by saying he believed he should send the mutton to the mines. "Then you would not use it

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July 1861

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