Delia Locke


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Feb. 18. Tuesday. Today I learn from a reliable source that the steams has not yet reached Wood bridge, owing to the large number of trees, &c. to be cleared out of the stream. We have received letters from mother today. Josiah is better in health. Watson Bates, who visited us in 1859, and whose wife is now Cousin Emma Shaw, has a son born on the 15th of Dec. last. (T.S.R. 31.2 P. M. 53. S.S. 48.) Feb. 19. Wednesday. The weather is rainy, uncomfortable to those who are at work clearing the river, especially as it is so cold. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 40. S.S. 43.) Feb. 20. Thursday. The Dr. does not yet arrive Samquite impatient to see him. Each day I seem to imagine I hear the whistle of the Steam boat, and I long, O how I long to know where he is, and how he is prospering. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 52. S.S.47.) Feb. 21. Friday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. The Dr. arrived here about noon today, not in the steamer, but in a wagon, in company with Capt. Magedon (Maggerty), capt of the Fanny Ann. This boat has arrived at Woodbridge, and some parties who wish it to go no farther represent to the captain that it is dangerous for him to proceed up the river. Dr. has therefore come with him in a wagon, and they are to go back to Woodbridge in a small boat and examine the river. They dined here, and have started back, notwithstanding the cold rain. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Feb. 22. Saturday. Today some of the men have been to Woodbridge and report a meeting of the people there to induce the captain, if possible, to give up all thought of proceeding any farther up the river. J. H. Woods is at the head of this conspiracy, selfishly desiring to stop here are enterprise, in the forwarding of which he cannot claim the smallest share or credit. Also, if the river proves navigable above the point where his bridge was treated before the flood of this winter, he cannot put it there without a draw, which would cause him some extra expense, Strange to say, the captain is somewhat inclined to be bought off, notwithstanding he has already said, that the steamer has passed worse obstructions already than are to be found between Lockeford and Woodbridge. He did say, indeed, that he feared one place near Staples' was too shallow for his boat, but as if providence had arranged to remove every objection the river has risen even higher than was deemed necessary by him, for safe navigation. I fear he is a worthless fellow, and his word and honor not to be depended upon. Mr. Hyer went to Woodbridge with a wagon, thinking to bring the Dr. home this eve, best Dr. thinks it safest for his interests to remain there, so I cannot see him tonight. There has been no meeting of the Division, on account of the inclemency of the weather. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 47.) Feb. 23. Sabbath. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. Mr. Blakeslee preached from Matt. 5. 16. It was expected that the church would have been formed today, and the bread and wine for the communion were prepared, but the weather proved so unfavorable for the coming together of those who wished to unite, that it was postponed until next Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee in his sermon said it might be that Our Heavenly Father saw that we were not well prepared in heart and life for such a solemn occasion and urged us all to meditate much and deeply upon it and to endeavor at all times in accordance with the text to "let our light so shine before men that they seeing our good works might glorify our Father which is in heaven. "This eve brought" the Dr. home, but no steamer is to come to Lockeford as yet. Capt. Hagedon of the Fanny Arm has been bought off." And what makes it the more aggravated, is, the fact that Dr. found him at San Francisco in straightened circumstances on account of losses by the late flood, and kindly assisted him to a condition in which he could help himself. But now, as J. H. Woods has promised him a lot of land in Woodbridge, and other citizens of that place have promised him wood and money, if he will go no farther on, he violates his word, equivocates, in fact, shows himself to be anything else but a man of honor, and decides to stop there.

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February 1862

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