Delia Locke


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The weather is cloudy, and I think we shall soon have rain. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) May 2. Friday. The weather is cloudy and rainy with some hail. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) May 3. Saturday. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. Messrs Practor and Randolph from Dry Creek were here to dinner. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 55.) May 4. Sabbath. I have not felt able to attend church today, but my heart has at times been filled with praise to "God from whom all blessings flow." Truly He is good to me and mine. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 57.) May 5. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.) May 6. Tuesday. This morning early I had an attack of pain in my right side. It was more severe than any I ever before felt. After suffering an hour or more I was relieved by the use of medicine, internally and externally applied, and have been pretty comfortable through the remainder of the day. This afternoon, Mr. & Mrs. Nye called, who reside at Camps Sees. She is a Mass. woman a "Cape Cod girl," and seems very pleasant. The visit from her was an agreeable one. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) May 7. Wednesday. Dr. has again left us for San Francisco. He hopes he shall not be absent more than a week, and I am of the same mind. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 8. Thursday. We have now been married seven years. How time speeds away! Every moment is occupied with me, I hope, usefully. Certainly my cares are many, and my pleasures are many also, all found at home, with my little ones. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 58.) May 9. Friday. Weather cloudy and rainy with hail. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 50.) May 10. Saturday. We have had a cold rain today. Ida is now one month old and weighs eleven and one-quarter lbs. having gained one pound in a month. She is a quiet and well babe, but can cry very loud. There has been no Division meeting tonight. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) May 11. Sabbath. I have attended church today for the first time since my sickness. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the text, "Abhor that which is evil." He spoke chiefly of the enormity of evil. He said the enormity of evil was in proportion to the authority of the governor, and the importance of the law violated. He spoke of breaking the Sabbath as a great crime. Said he had often been pained in Lockeford on the Sabbath to hear the anvil of the blacksmith, and to see the loaded teams passing He said the people of this place should be united as one man to suppress this crime. He believed the community would be much more prosperous and happy if they would set themselves firmly against the violation of the law of God. Mrs. Kidley took care of the two babies in the house, the three older children went with me. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 52.) May 12. Monday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. Geo. Locke dined here. Two of Mrs. Kidley's sisters with her father are here tonight. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) May 13. Tuesday. Weather fair. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.) May 14. Wednesday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 57.) May 15. Thursday. I have written to Rev. G. W. Finney. The subjects of my letter were - Flood - orchard - granary - losses - Preaching. Sorry for afflictions - Division - Father Locke's health. This afternoon, Dr. has arrived home from San Francisco, having been absent eight days. He brought with him Mr. Hett, a harness and collar maker, who is to establish himself here. He is from Holliston, Mass. and has lived within three miles of my early home. He has left a family of a wife and three children. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 63.) May 16. Friday. Mr. Hett took breakfast with us. He has taken the small house where Mr. Holdan formerly lived for a harness maker's shop and put out his sign. This afternoon I have been out making calls and purchases. I have called on Mr. Prescott, Mrs. Sabin and Mrs. Blakeslee. Mrs. Sabin went with me to call on Mrs. Blakeslee. She has two pretty twin girls, and two others. Roland is twenty years old. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 53.)

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April 1862

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