Delia Locke


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Aug. 7. Wednesday - This is Brother Horace's birthday. He is now fourteen years old, and very childish for one of his age. Geo. Thomason called this morning. He has the same familiar way as ever. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) Aug. 8. Thursday. Our Post office is now regularly established by government at Lockeford, and Luther Locke is appointed Post master. W. D. Read is to be assistant P. M. I was the one who suggested the name at first. I expect Mr. Gove will be considerably troubled by this. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) Aug. 9. Friday. Father Locke dined here. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 76.) Aug. 10. Saturday. I have attended the Division this eve. There were no initiations. Calaveras Division, formed last May is about to resign its charter, as the members are taking more interest in a Lodge of Good Templars, lately established there. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 75.) Aug. 11. Sabbath. We have all attended S. school at Mr. Read's as usual. Dr. read the sermon to us today. Mr. Cogswell has been here. He is to commence a school tomorrow in the Williams' neighborhood. She will not teach this school next term. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 75.) Aug. 12. Monday. Messrs. Paxton and Wilson dined with us. I have written to E. C. Herr. The subjects of my letter were - Health - Mistake about arrivals - School - studies music and painting - Children. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 74.) Aug. 13. Tuesday. We have today received a letter from mother. Grandfather is more comfortable in health. There is some hope that he will recover. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Aug. 14. Wednesday. I have today written to Mother. The subjects of my letter were - Grandfather - Miss B. B. S. school - Butchering - beef - Earning money - Children. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 84.) Aug. 15. Thursday. Mr. Wallace took tea here. He has been to Stockton today with the Dr. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 82.) Aug. 16. Friday. Mr. Hawley was here to tea. He is teaming across the Sierra Nevada mountains to Washoe. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 80.) Aug. 17. Saturday. Still very warm. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 85.) Aug. 18. Sabbath. Mr. Cogswell took dinner and attended the S. school with us. He also read the sermon after the S. school. It has been a very warm day. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 86.) Aug. 19. Monday. Mr. Foster dined with us. Mrs. Sabin has made me a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 85.) Aug. 20. Tuesday. We have a new dog nearly grown, which we call Tiger. His former owner called him "Jeff. Davis," but we discarded that name. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 80.) Aug. 21. Wednesday. Mrs. Sturr made me a short call this morn. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.) Aug. 22. Thursday. Mr. E. C. Norton was here to tea. The state of the country is now dreadful in the extreme. Civil war is raging, and some very severe battles have been fought. Virginia and Missouri seem to be the states which are chosen for battle grounds. How can there be a class of people in these U. S. so base, as to dishonor publicly our "star-spangled banner." Yet so it is. Men is high places have done it. May such traitors meet the fate they deserve. What a blessing it is that we have a Republican President. Otherwise our troubles would be much worse. Famine is now prevailing in some places. Will not this bloody war soon terminate? I hope never until rebels have submitted to a just government. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 77.) Aug. 23. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 81.) Aug. 24. Saturday. I had such a very severe sick headache that I could not attend the Division this eve. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 83.) Aug. 25. Sabbath. We have held the S. school in the Hall today as it was thought it would be more convenient there on account of room. There was a good attendance. For my part, I enjoy these little meetings of ours far better than the noisy meetings of the Methodist. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 75.)

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August 1861

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