Delia Locke


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1861. this is good enough. I do not ask for more. Mr. Gove looks rather "sheepish" tonight. Louis Megerle took breakfast and supper here. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 87.) July 26. Friday. We have received another letter from mother. Grand father is still very sick. This is as warm a day as we have had. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 108. S.S. 91.) July 27. Saturday. I have attended the Division this evening. There was a good attendance but no initiations. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 91.) July 28. Sabbath. We have today formed a new S. school at Mr. Read's in Father's house. There were a goodly number present, and we considered a part of the first chapter of Acts. We took all the children with us. After the S. school, Mr. Holden read a sermon to us. I have enjoyed the meeting well. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 82.) July 29. Monday. Mr. Wallace has been to see us this afternoon on crutches. He has so far recovered. Mr. Fugitt also called. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) July 30. Tuesday. Mr. Tallmadge's youngest child, a babe of ten months, was buried today near the church. The funeral was at the church, and Dr. Luther and I attended. We rode down with Mr. Holden and Aunt in their wagon, also Mr. Cogs well, Mrs. Sabin and Mr. Holliday rode with us. Mr. Green officiated, and was about as sensible as usual. Many people were present. This is the fifth child Mr. Tallmadge has buried. When we reached home we found Mr. & Mrs. Poppe here, but they shortly left. I have been writing to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Funeral - Grandfather's health - Post office - Children. Horace as help - Peaches. A Union man - Mr. Fisher of San Francisco, has lectured at the Lockeford House this eve. I attended, and was well pleased with the lecture. Mr. Fisher will remain here over night. He is engaged in lecturing all over the county. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) 1861. July 31. Wednesday. Mr. Fisher remained here to breakfast and dinner. Little Horace is today seven mos. old and weighs eighteen pounds. He is the third in size. Ada being smaller. He is not so active as Ada and Howard were, and is on the bed most of the time. He has not progressed in teething, having but two. He is a little pale fellow, and his flesh is soft. If any one speaks to him, he will shake his head as fast as he can, or move it up and down, and sits alone. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) Aug. 1. Thursday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.) Aug. 2. Friday. Mr. Geo. S. Fisher dined with us. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70.) Aug. 3. Saturday. This morning as the stage passed Mr. Gove's store with the Lockeford mail on board, Mr. Gove was so kind as to take it out, bag and all, and send up word to us that we could have our mail by coming down to his office. He assumes this authority as P. M. of Staples' Ranch. Now this is a private mail bag going to and from Lockeford, and the Dr. himself remunerates the stage proprietors - Dooley & Co - for the trouble of carrying it. Therefore Mr. Gove is assuming authority far beyond what is proper for him, in doing so. Mr. Cogswell has been to Stockton today and consulted with Mr. Lanins - P. M. of Stockton, and with the stage company about this matter, and all say it shall not occur again. Mr. Gove told Mr. Cogswell, as he passed his store tonight, that no person had a right to carry letter by his office. One would think he was "chief magistrate" and "lord of all." Mr. Wurmath dined here. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70.) Aug. 4. Sabbath. We have today attended the S. school at Mr. Read's Mr. Holden read a good sermon. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 67.) Aug. 5. Monday. Susie's little Sarah is now a year old. She does not walk, but creeps all about. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) Aug. 6. Tuesday. Warm weather. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 83.)

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July 1861

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