Delia Locke


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May 17. Saturday. Mrs. Ridley left me this morning. I have not felt as well as usual today, and not able to attend the Division this eve. Mrs. Sabin called this afternoon. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) May 18. Sabbath. I have not felt able to attend church today. Mr. Blakeslee took charge of the S.S. and will in future, and I think he will make it more interesting. The weather is still cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.) May 19. Monday. Mrs. Ridley called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 69.) May 20. Tuesday. Dr. again started for San Francisco this morn. He is not to be absent long this time. Mrs. Ridley came and washed for me. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and their little girl called this afternoon. I have written to my mother. The subjects of my letter were - Children - Our regard for each others. Mrs. Ridley makes butter for us - Bees - Harness - maker. No. of children in Lockeford. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) May 21. Wednesday. Warm (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) May 22. Thursday. Dr. arrived home from San Francisco this mom. He brought a box of alphabet Block for the children. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 73.) May 23. Friday. Mrs. Ridley came and ironed for me today. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) May 24. Saturday. The weather is still cloudy. The river is very high again and overflowing its banks. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 25. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy. The steamer Pert arrived again today. Mr. & Mrs. Walker of Camanche called here, also attended church. They have one daughter living with Susie and another with Augusta. I have been to meeting and taken all the little ones. Every one behaved well, especially the babies. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the text. "Without faith it is impossible to please God." Act. 11.6. He had two heads, to his sermon. What is faith, and why is it necessary? Faith is belief of what he has said, and it is necessary because without its exercise, we can obey none of His commands, and unless we obey we cannot receive his favor. His displeasure is the worst thing we can fear. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 61.) May 26. Monday. Messes. Foster and Bradbury dined with us. Susie made me a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.) May 27. Tuesday. This morning, very early, we went out to see the steamer Pert come to the foot of the hill in our field, O it was such a beautiful sight! If I had had the brush and skill of a painter what a lovely picture I could have made! The landscape, all so beautifully green, so rich and varied, the fine and glistening stream of water through the fields, up which the steamer came gliding like a thing of life and beauty it was truly a magnificent sight. I enjoyed it highly. After the steamer was anchored, I went on board with many others who were there, to see how she was made. Then we came up to the house again, and Dr. & Mr. Foster had breakfast. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 58.) May 28. Wednesday. Rosa Robbins called this morning and had a tooth extracted. Rods & Mrs. Blakeslee have made us a call this evening. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.) May 29. Thursday. We received a letter from Mother this morn. saying that when they received the letter she was answering, Brother Josiah was making preparations to come to Cal. and she was making shirts for him for the same purpose. But Farter wrote that he preferred Josiah should remain there for the present, which caused him great disappointment. He thinks he can remain there no longer than through the summer, on account of his health, as he is troubled with asthma. I have attended a quilting party at Mrs. Sabin's this afternoon. Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Ethell and Mrs. Doom, Susie and Mrs. Read were also there. The greater part of the quiting was done before we left. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) May 30. Friday I am now twenty six years old and the mother of five little ones. Little did I think when first married that so much responsibility would rest upon me in so short a time. How happily speed the years away!

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May 1862

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