Delia Locke


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1861. Sept. 18. Wednesday. Mr. Foster dined with us. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 79.) Sept. 19. Thursday. Mr. Wallace called and had his leg dressed. It is healing very slowly. Jack Owens is taken sick with the small-pox at Mr. Atkins. This is the first case of the kind I have known in this section. Those who have not been vaccinated, are anxious to be so. Little Horace and Howard have just been vaccinated from Ada's arm. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) Sept. 20. Friday. Susie called a few minutes this morning, and she and Sarah were vaccinated. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) Sept. 21. Saturday. The weather is very warm and oppressive. An apple - a Greening - has been picked from our orchard today, weighing a pound and half an ounce. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) Sept. 22. Sabbath. We have had S. school in the Hall today as usual, after which a sermon was read, the subject of which was regeneration. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) Sept. 23. Monday. We have had cloudy weather today. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70.) Sept. 24. Tuesday. Cooler weather. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 80. S.S.73.) Sept. 25. Wednesday. Mr. Finney arrived here in the stage today from Copperopolis and Chili Guleh where he has been to deliver temperance lectures. He formed a Division at Copperopolis. This evening he and Dr. have attended the New Era Division. The interest there is waning. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) Sept. 26. Thursday. Mr. Finney has been here all day. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 71.) Sept. 27. Friday. Mr. Finney has passed another day here. This eve he has lectured in our Hall to a good audience. His subject was. "The appetite for strong drink", and he illustrated his remarks with plates. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 79.) Sept. 28. Saturday. Mr. Finney is still here, but has been quite unwell this afternoon, so that he was not able to attend the Division this eve. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) 1861. Sabbath. Sept. 29. Mr. Finney was so unwell that he did not rise until after dinner. He had left an appointment to preach at the brick & church this morning, but was not able to fill it. But after taking some gruel and tea at noon, he concluded to preach in the Hall, and succeeded very well. His text was, "God so loved the world", etc. familiar enough, but rich and comforting ever. He preached a very good sermon. He has lectured on temperance at the upper schoolhouse this eve. Dr. accompanied him and says the lecture was very interesting. Sept. 30. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) Monday. This morning, Dr. started for Stockton and Luther and Mr. Finney accompanied him. From Stockton, Mr. Finney intends to proceed home to Oakland. This eve, Dr. has returned, and Emma Kerr has arrived with him. She is to board at Mr. Read's and attend school Thus it is settled that she is not to remain at San Francisco longer at present. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Additional. Horace Mann is today nine months old and weighs nineteen pounds, no more than he did one month ago. He is still the third in size, being the smallest of the three boys. He is not as forward as Ada or Howard as he does not yet creep. He has but two teeth as yet, though his gums have long been badly swollen. He is very fond of his papa and will stretch out his hands to go to him even across the room, and express much pleasure at seeing him. He also seems much pleased to have the children around him at play. Oct. 1. Tuesday. This morning we received a letter from mother. They were all well. I have written to my mother. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Honey - Bread - Mr. Finney - Small-pox. Mr. Wallace was here to dinner and supper. He will remain with us for the present. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 74.) Oct. 2. Wednesday. Geo. Locke dined here we have made some tallow candles in moulds. They burn very well. These are the first Cal. candles. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.)

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September 1861

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