Delia Locke


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Feb. 6. Thursday. Mr. Shoemaker took dinner with us, and Mr. Foster, the singing master, was here to tea, after which Horace went with him to the singing school. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Feb. 7. Friday. I have written to any dear husband this morn. How I wish to see him, but as I cannot writing is the next best pleasure, and of this I have availed myself. Mr. Shoemaker dined here. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 45.) Feb. 8. Saturday. I have attended the Division this eve. It seemed lonely there without the Dr. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57.S.S. 50.) Feb. 9. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee preached today from John. 15.1-8, a good sermon. The weather was pleasant, and there was a very good attendance at meeting. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Feb. 10. Monday. The two Messrs. Blakeslee dined here. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Feb. 11. Tuesday. The weather is very pleasant. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Feb. 12. Wednesday. This morning I received two letters from the Dr. and very welcome indeed they were. He was detained one day in Stockton to attend a trial, before he started for San Francisco. He is getting along well, has engaged a steamer - the Fanny Ann. to proceed as far as practicable up our river. I shall soon expect him to be here. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Feb. 13. Thursday. I have received a visit from Mrs. Shoemaker this afternoon. She is a very pleasant lady. Missouri Parker is married to George Chrisman. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Feb. 14. Friday. This afternoon we have had a church meeting in our Hall for the purpose of organizing a church, composed of Congregationalist, Presbyterians, &c. About twenty persons have signed the paper stating their desire that such a church should be formed. This afternoon, articles of faith were drawn up and assented to after some discussion. I did not quite understand what name for the church was decided upon, but think it is to be called the "First Church in Lockeford." Messrs. Blakeslee and Geo. Howland were here to tea and will remain over night. Two more facts relative to the last flood, I wish to record. The water in the Sacramento river rose sixty feet, and it is estimated that one thousand or more Chinamen were drowned in this state during the flood. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Feb. 15. Saturday. Last night, I was very agreeably surprised at Dr.'s return home, long after all were in bed. The steamer having reached Mokelumne City, he left it, borrowed a horse, and rode home to see if all was well. I wished so much that he would stay with us, but he was obliged to leave us again early this morning. He anticipates quite a long trip up here from Mokelumne City. owing to many obstructions in the river, in the shape of trees, driftwood, snags, &c. Mr. Blakeslee took breakfast with us. In the Division this eve, we have had a very pleasant time. R. B. Drew was again initiated. He has now been initiated twice, and reinstated twice, I think. He was so frightened, a short time ago, when he came so near being poisoned to death with strychnine whisky, that he has resolved to live a temperance man, and we hope he will adhere to his resolution. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Feb. 16. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee preached this afternoon. His text was in Acts 2, last verse. "And the Lord added daily into the church of such as should be saved." Would it not be glorious times indeed, if here there could be daily conversions. He who is all-powerful, could cause such result. Let us pray that He will, even here. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 51.) Feb. 17. Monday. The wind has blown hard all day. School has commenced, W. P. Blakeslee, teacher. I have written to my mother. The subjects of my letter were Dr. 's absence steamer. Formation of church M. king clothes on machine - School commenced. Black bound. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.)

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February 1862

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