Delia Locke


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Nov. 22. Friday. Mr. John Norton dined with us. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.) Nov. 23. Saturday. Cloudy weather again. When Father came home from Dry Creek, Mrs. Shoemaker & Miss Lansford accompanied him. They have joined the Division this eve. Augusta and I have read a piece in the Division. Dr. has been to Stockton and returned. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Nov. 24. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee took breakfast and dinner here. He has preached for us in the Hall today. The subject of his sermon was, "The kind of religion that emigrants need." It was a very good sermon, and we had a very good attendance. Mrs. Shoemaker and Miss Lansford remained till after dinner, then returned home. Mr. Horatis Rogers called this afternoon to solicit-aid for a Festival the Methodists are to have in their church on Dec. 12. He said the ladies wished Susie and I to be on the committee. If so, why were we not appointed and notified of the fact, especially as they had a meeting last Monday to make arrangements, and it was several days after this that we first heard of it. Mr. Rogers need not resort to that dodge to draw us in. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Nov. 25. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Nov. 26. Tuesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 27. Wednesday. It has been rainy today. Mr. Blakeslee came after breakfast and remained through the day and night. He will preach for us occasionally. He is a pleasant man has a wife and four children in Fulsom. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Nov. 28. Thursday. Thanksgiving. This we have spent at Susie's, when there was a large company. An appointment for a sermon was announced at the church and Dr. and others went, but no minister came as was expected, from San Francisco. Twenty three persons dined at Susie's eight Californians - eight from Massachusetts five from New Hampshire and two from Ohio. We had a pleasant time, weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Nov. 29. Friday. Weather still cloudy. Mr. Blakeslee was here to dinner and tea. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Thanksgiving - Minister - Festival - Grandfather. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Nov. 30. Saturday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. Mr. Blakeslee took breakfast with us, then started for Woodbridge. Mr. Atkins dined here. Rev. G. B. Taylor Grand Lecturer for the Sons of Temperance in Cal. took tea with us, and has delivered a Temperance lecture in the Hall this eve. Although the weather was so unpropitious, there was a pretty good attendance, and the lecture was a very interesting me. Mr. J. is a very talented and pleasant man, and I think he will do good. After the lecture, we had Division. Little Horace is now eleven months old, and weighs but eighteen pounds. He has been sick most of the time the past month, and therefore has lost in weight. But I am happy to say he is now nearly well, his principal trouble being a bad cold. On account of this cold, I dare not let him lie on the floor, and he spends his time mostly on the bed, over which he can crawl pretty fast. He is a darling babe, just as large as Ada was at his age, and he somewhat resembles her. He will sit up on the bed and eat bread like a little squirrel, nibbling it off so prettily. He has six teeth, two more than Luther had, and two less than Ada and Howard. When I make the bed in the morning, Ada will sit with him in the rocking chair so nicely, and take care of him. O they are all dear children. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 60.) Dec. 1. Sabbath. Rev. Mr. Taylor has been here all day. This morn. Dr. harnessed a team and went with him to Poland schoolhouse where Mr. Taylor preached. This afternoon, he has preached for us in the Hall. His subject was, "It is a solemn thing to approach God". This eve Dr. has again taken his team and accompanied Mr. Taylor to Woodbridge, where he is to deliver a Temperance lecture. He will spend the night here. Messrs. Geo. Howland and Wallace dined here. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Dec. 2. Monday. Cloudy weather. Mr. Taylor took breakfast here and will spend the night here. He is lecturing in the brick church this eve. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Dec. 3. Tuesday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. Mr. Taylor took breakfast here, after which he started for the mines on one of Dr.'s horses. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Dec. 4. Wednesday. Mr. & Mrs. Roger's called here to dun for the Festival at the Brick church and dined with us. The school has closed today. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 48.) Dec. 5. Thursday. Mr. Leigh Harnett is here again, to tea & all night. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 45.)

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November 1861

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