Delia Locke


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1861. Dec. 6. Friday. The weather has been windy and rainy. Mr. Harnett took breakfast here. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 46.) Dec. 7. Saturday. We other cloudy and windy. Mr. Harnett took dinner and tea here. In the Division this eve, Mr. Harnett made some interesting remark. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Dec. 8. Sabbath. Weather like yesterday's - cloudy and windy. Mr. Harnett has been here all day, and Mr. Blakeslee to tea. He has preached to us this afternoon, text, Ps. 19. 9. Mr. Taylor arrived here about noon, and has preached this evening. His text was in 2 Kings. 5. 13. Subject leprosy. He first spoke of the leprosy of Naaman the Syrian, and compared it with the sins of the people and especially the sin of intemperance. His remarks were very good. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 63.) Dec. 9. Monday. The morning was rainy. The river is over blowing its banks, and is as high as I have ever seen it. Mr. Harnett has been here all day. Mr. Merchant was also here to dinner and Mr. Blakeslee with Mr. Harnett will remain here over night. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Dec. 10. Tuesday. Messrs. Harnett and Blakeslee were here to breakfast, after which both left. My clothes were hanging on the line to dry, and some of the cattle or horses came up and ate and tore many pieces. This caused me much sadness, for the sewing for the family is indeed very great, and all must be done by one, as over burdened as I am. Heaven help me to "still keep up heart and hope and will." (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 11. Wednesday. Mr. Blakeslee took dinner with us today. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Dec. 12. Thursday. Sister Hannah is today twelve years old. The weather has been foggy. Dr. and Father have attended the Festival at the brick church this evening. They report but a limited attendance. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 49.) Dec. 13. Friday. Dr. has been to Stockton today and returned. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Dec. 14. Saturday. The weather is cloudy. In the Division this eve we have had a pleasant and profitable meeting. The people of Sacramento are suffering terribly. The city has been overflowed this week to a depth scarcely ever equaled before. Two or three persons lost their lives, and a vast amount of property has been destroyed. All over this valley, and in the mines, the distress occasioned by this flood, is very great indeed. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Dec. 15. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. Mr. Blakeslee was here to dinner and tea. He has preached to us from the text, "To obey is better than sacrifice. "1. Sam. 15. - Our meetings are very well attended. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 16. Monday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. Ada dear is more four years old, is three feet three inches in height, and weighs thirty six and one-half pounds. She is one inch - taller, but not quite so heavy as Luther was. She reads in words of two and three letters, and can count twenty. She also learns to sing quite readily, and is very fond of it. She is very affectionate in disposition, but impulsive, resolute and courageous. I feel that she requires dedicate and firm management, to make her the good woman - she is capable of being. Although so young, she already helps me considerably and is very willing to help. When I make my bed in the morning, she sits with the baby in the rocking chair, sometimes for a half hour, willingly and pleasantly. She is very fond of the little darling. Her hair is thick, and grows fast. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Dec. 17. Tuesday. The weather is foggy and cloudy. Mr. Vance was here to dinner and tea. He is helping Mr. Shoemaker to repair the old house on the hill, which Mr. S. has hired for a year, and where he intends soon to move his family. We have today received a letter from mother. All is well with the family there, and business is better. I have also written to mother. The subjects of my letter were. Overflow here and in Sacramento. Luther's clothes - Reid verses from Hannah. Lectures and preaching - Festival. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M 57. S.S. 52.) Dec. 18. Wednesday. Mr. Vance has been here to meals. Dr. has paid the amount due Roland for wages - one hundred dollars. The contract was something in this way. If Roland worked ordinarily well, he was to receive two hundred dollars for a years labor. But if he did extra well, he was to receive two hundred and fifty dollars. We could not think he did extra well during the six months that he was here. What with his illness, inefficiency and domineering and insulting manner, he was quite disagreeable. We think him well paid at a hundred dollars. But he does not think so, and has been very insulting to the Dr. tonight, charging him with most sordid motives in his kindest actions. Will not Roland some day repent of such conduct? As for me, I have had nothing to say to him about the matter, but I fully agree with the Dr. in his views. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 54.) Dec. 19. Thursday. The weather is foggy and cloudy. We have again [?] letters from mother, leaving us to suppose that those we received two days ago were detained somewhere Grandfather is still failing slowly. Mr. Vance has been here to meals all day. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Dec. 20. Friday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 21. Saturday. The day has been cloud and the night is rainy. Mr. & Mrs. Shoemaker have moved from Dry Creek today, and will spend the night here. We have attended the Division tonight. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.)

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December 1861

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