Delia Locke


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Oct. 3. Thursday. Last night we had the first frost of the season, only affecting the lowland, and that but little. Mr. Wallace will live here for the present. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 4. Friday. Mr. Howland has made us a call this eve, and will remain here over night. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 5. Saturday. Mr. Howland breakfasted here. I have attended the Division this eve. The officers for the current quarter were installed, Dr. acting as G. W. R. and Fisher as G. C. Emma C. Kerr was initiated as visiting member. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 73.) Oct. 6. Sabbath. Mr. & Mrs. Compton were here to dinner. We have had S. school in the Hall as usual, and Mr. Holden being absent, Mr. Wallace acted as Superintendent and Susie read the sermon. The text was, "Holiness, without which no man can see the Lord." (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 75.) Oct. 7. Monday. Roland has left the Dr.'s employ, and duty requires I should relate the circumstances. He has been idle and insulting much of late, and treated father with much disrespect, so much so, that Dr. has scarcely been able to bear with him, and would not have retained him so long, only out of respect to father's wishes. This morning, from some cause, Roland was later than the rest to breakfast, and ate alone. While he was at table, Horace, who is often disposed to be quarrel some, got into trouble with Luther and struck him. This is much against our rules of government, and Dr. I both spoke to Horace about the wrong he had done, and the matter ended. Shortly after, Luther was complaining of the pain occasioned by the blow, when Roland spoke up and said to him. "Well, if you don't want to be hurt, you let Horace alone," thus justifying Horace's conduct. Dr. who was in the next room, heard what Roland said, and asked him, "Why have you anything to say about it?" Roland replied, "I shall say what I choose." After he had finished eating, Dr. called him into the next room and asked him if "he considered such language respectful.” He answered, "yes, I calculate to talk as I have a mind to," Then, "said the Dr," You cannot live here. "Well," replied Roland, "I will take my discharge." "You do take it," replied the Dr. and so the matter ended. How can we keep him in the family, when he sets such a bad example to Horace and the younger boys? We cannot, and do justice to our children. None must remain in the family, but those who are under control. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Oct. 8. Tuesday. The wind has blown very hard today. Messrs. Paxton and Stevens dined with us. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Oct. 9. Wednesday. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 10. Thursday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.) Oct. 11. Friday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) Oct. 12. Saturday. This morning we learn that Katy Wilson's baby is dead, It has been sick a long time, having a tumor of some kind growing behind one of its eyes, so as to push it far out from its proper place. I have at tended the Division this eve. Horace was initiated. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Oct. 13. Sabbath. This morning, Mr. Wilson's baby was buried near the brick church. I did not feel able to attend the funeral. We have had S. school in the Hall as usual. Afterwards, Mr. Read read a sermon, the subject of which was death and the judgment. It was very appropriate after the funeral of that little child. "O man, thou art mortal," sounds in our ears every time the grave opens her mouth to receive death's victims. But when the grave is closed, and we depart, how apt are we to forget the warning, and to live on as carelessly as before. Spirit of all grace! prepare us for the solemn moment when we must exchange worlds. Mr. Wallace has left us tonight for Susie's. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Oct. 14. Monday. We have remarkably pleasant weather, with but little appearance of rain. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 64.)

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October 1861


Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.

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