Delia Locke


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1861. Aug. 26. Monday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) Aug. 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 75.) Aug. 28. Wednesday. I have today written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Children - School to commence Sewing - Short clothes for babe - Augusta moved into their new house. This eve there has been a political discussion at the Lockeford House, between Messrs. Tyler and Underhill - Union men, and Messrs. Budd and Bradford - Secessionists, all candidates for office at the coming election. Every thing passed off well. I did not attend, but many ladies were present. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) Aug. 29. Thursday. I have today written to Cousins Lydia and Lizzie Wright of Northampton. The subjects of my letter were - Family - Arrivals - War - Direction of letters. There has been an examination of candidates for school teaching at the school house this afternoon. Three teachers were present, and after due examination, Miss Dodge was preferred, and engaged to commence school next to Monday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 70.) Aug. 30. Friday. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 69.) Aug. 31. Saturday. Little Horace is now eight mos. old and weigh nineteen pounds. He is still the third in size, Ada weighing three pounds less. He is not so forward as either Ada or Howard, as he does not creep, but rolls round on the floor and falls from the bed frequently. He has two teeth, the same number as the others, sits alone well, and sings himself to sleep on the bed. He drinks all his milk from a cup. He now we are short clothes, which I wished to make for him before, but could not find it convenient to do so, (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) Sept. 1. Sabbath. Then has been a Methodist camp meeting at Willhelm's ferry, and Dr. Father, Horace, Mr. Holden and Luther went to it from this place. No S. school. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) 1861. Sept. 2. Monday. Dr. has been confined to the house today with a severe toothache, and his face is much swollen. The school has commenced and Horace attends it. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.) Sept. 3. Tuesday. Dr.'s face is still very painful, keeping him confined to the house, most of the time to the bed. We have received a letter from mother. Grandfather's health is about the same. The rest of the family are well. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 73.) Sept. 4. Wednesday. This has been election day, and on its issues hangs the destiny of our fair state. If the secession governor is elected, wo be to our peace and prosperity. But if Stanford is elected, California will stand true to the union and the right. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) Sept. 5. Thursday. I have received a letter from Emma Herr. She is about to leave San Francisco, at least for a while, and come home. I hope she will soon go back again Mrs. Heath and Mrs. Wagner drove past here in a carriage and stopped at the door a few moments. Mrs. Wagner's babe is a large one. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.) Sept. 6. Friday. Joyful! joyful! the tidings from the polls are indeed delightful. Stanford, the union governor, is elected by an over whelming majority. California shows herself to be on the right ground. Now we hope that matters will take the right turn, and the "stars and stripes" will float in triumph all over this golden land. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 82.) Sept. 7. Saturday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.) Sept. 8. Sabbath. The Methodist camp meeting is still in session and Dr. with some others have attended. I wished to go, but was prevented by a sick headache. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 75.) Sept. 9. Monday. Mr. Paxton dined here. He says he has done living with Green - the secessionist. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73.)

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August 1861

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