Delia Locke


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1861. Oct. 15. Tuesday. I have today written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Roland's conduct - Children - Health. Robert has not been seen here since the morning, and from some things we learn tonight of the way in which he has been engaged for several days, we think he has left our "beet and board." Dr. has had some money of his in keeping for him and last Sabbath morn he asked for it, saying that he wished to lend it to his father. Dr. gave it to him. It amounted to thirty six dollars, and we now find that he went immediately and bought a horse with it. I believe this is the first time I have ever known Robert to tell a direct falsehood, which is much to his credit. If he has left, we cannot tell his motive but think his father has influenced him to the action. We shall not miss him much for he has been very unpleasant of late, especially in his treatment of Luther and Ada. I have often fears he would not be much credit to us or himself if he remained. He was too indolent to exert himself to learn, and wasted much valuable time. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 69.) Oct. 16. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) Oct. 17. Thursday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) Oct. 18. Friday. A man by the name of Leonard, has put up a tented ambrotype saloon by the side of the Lockeford House. Mrs. Read and children, Mrs. Sabin and Emma Herr have visited me this afternoon, and took tea with us. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Oct. 17. Saturday. In the Division this eve, one man was initiated. No ladies were present except Emma Kerr and myself. Brother John is five years old today. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Oct. 20. Sabbath. The weather is a little cloudy. We have had S. S. in the Hall as usual. A sermon was read the subject of which was, "Heaven and Hell." (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) 1861. Oct. 21. Monday. Mr. Oliver has been here at work today. Geo. Lepee took dinner with us. after which he and Dr. started for Sacramento. The Grand Division meets there the present week and Dr. wishes to attend the meeting, as well as to settle some business of his there. He will be absent nearly or quite all the weak. This is not a pleasant anticipation for me, of the coming week. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) Oct. 22. Tuesday. We have today received letters from mother. She writes that Grandfather is worse and that cousin Rebecca is sick. Grandfather fancies all the time that he is absent from home, and he wishes and longs to get back. How much he must suffer when all the time during so much bodily suffering he thinks himself in a land of strangers. We may surely hope he will soon arrive at his heavenly home. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Oct. 23. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 68.) Oct. 24. Thursday. Susie has been to the Ambrotype saloon and got some good pictures of Sarah. This afternoon, with all the children, I have visited Mrs. Sabin. Susie and Augusta were there also with their children. Tonight I called at Augusta's and also at the Lockeford House. Mrs. Sturr is to leave tomorrow and Mrs. Broady is to take her place. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) Oct. 25. Friday. No rain yet. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 69.) Oct. 26. Saturday. This morning a letter came for the Dr. from Robert, who is at Visalia. He complains of hard treatment here. to justify his leaving, says he left for a few days that we might see that he filled a very important place in our family, and might learn to treat him more kindly, and that he shall return in a few days 10 or 12. He also sent a very silly simple letter to the Division which had better for his credit, been left unsent. We do not miss him, do not wish him back. let

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October 1861

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