Delia Locke


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curtain took fire, and Hannah at once, only twelve years old, seeing the danger to the house, pulled down the curtain, and put out the fire. In doing so, she burnt her right hand severely. I hope it will not be permanently scarred. She deserves a greater reward for her bravery. The weather is still cloudy. The prayermeeting this eve is at Mr. Blakeslee's, but I could not attend, on account of having so much to do, as Horace is not very well. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were. Dates of letters sent - Hannah's bravery - Rise of Connecticut river - Children. High water Prayer meeting. Augusta's picture broken - Bees. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 69.) June 12. Thursday. The weather is cloudy, and we have had a little rain. Augusta has called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 61.) June 13. Friday. We now have seventeen swarms of bees, all from one less then two years ago. I think we have taken up about one hundred pounds of honey this year. Bees seem to be very profitable. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) June 14. Saturday. I have attended the Division this eve. J. S. Robbins and Trusman Walker were initiated. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M 74. S.S. 63.) June 15. Sabbath. Have attended church with all the children. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the two texts in John 539 and (Thes. 5.21."Search the Scriptures." Prove all things. Hold fast that which is good. "His subject was the necessity of a revelation of the will of God to man, proving that the light of Nature is not sufficient. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 67.) June 16. Monday. I have had another tooth extracted today, as the aching in my jaw did not subside after the other tooth was pulled. Susie has called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 74.) June 17. Tuesday. This afternoon, Horace and Luther have been to pick back berries, which are very abundant this year. We now have quite a good supply of the delicious fruit, which they have gathered with the assistance of Mr. Wallace. Mrs. Sabin has been here awhile this afternoon. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 81.) June 18. Wednesday. This has been the warmest day we have had this year. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 81.) June 19. Thursday. The water in the river is still very high, so that no ferrying can yet be done across it, on account of the many streams there are to cross on each side. We have today received a letter from mother in which she writes that Josiah intends to start for Cal the first of June. If he did so he is now nearly here. He is much troubled with asthma there, and thinks this climate will agree better with his health. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 77.) June 20. Friday. Mr. & Mrs. Davis called and dined with us. They reside at Camps Sees, and have been to see the soldiers at Camp Halleck near Stockton. It has been more than four years since I last saw Mrs. Davis. She now has two children, a boy and a girl. Widow Benson has visited me this afternoon. She is staying with Mrs. Hlunker, who is now in delecate health. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S.69.) June 21. Saturday. Father is now fortyseven years old, and has six grandchildren Rather uncommon this. Mr. S. E. Phelps, not long from Nashera, N. H. dined with us. He is selling a kind of patented clothes. wingers, which seem to be very good. I am still much troubled with pain in my jaw, which we now think is neuralgia. Though two teeth have been extracted it does not cease. It makes me almost sick at times, affecting the entire side of my face. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 70.) June 22. Sabbath. The pain in my jaw seems to be setting around my eye, and it has been so painful today, I have not thought it best to attend church (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 69.) June 23. Monday. After dinner, Dr. and Mr. Phelps started in a buggy for Camps Sees and Mokelumne Hill. Dr. wished to dispose of his flock of sheep. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 66.)

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May 1862

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