Delia Locke


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June 24. Tuesday. Roland is not well. He seems to have some indications of a fever. He is now at George's (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 65.) June 25. Wednesday. Dr. and Mr. Phelps have returned from Mokelumne Hill and San Andreas in time for tea. The prayer meeting is at Mr. Doom's tonight, but my erge is not well enough to allow me to go. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 66.) June 26. Thursday. Mr. Phelps was here to breakfast. Susie called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 67.) June 27. Friday. This afternoon as I was sitting with the children and hearing them read, some one knocked at the door. I went to the door and found a young man who took me by the hand and said, "How do you do, Delia"? I thought he was rather familiar, as I did not recognize him, but I soon found he was brother Josiah. He has changed so much in seven years that I did not know him, and he said he did not know me only as he knew the children by their resemblance to the pictures of them which we sent home. He is as large as Roland but does not look at all like him. He is in excellent health and spirits, and left the friends well. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 76.) June 28. Saturday. Josiah was here to dinner. This eve I have attended the Division. Offices were elected for the evening quarter. Mr. Brumback, W.P. Robert Taylor. W. A. etc. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 71.) June 29. Sabbath. Today I have attended church with all the children. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the text, "Beliene me for the very works' sake." He was preaching on the evidences of the truth of the Bibla, spoke of the prophecies last Sabbath and today of the miracles. Josiah's trunk has arrived and in it S.S. books. one hundred volumes-from the S. school in Abington, also pictures of Cousin C. Copeland's children. I can not express the emotions which thrilled my heart-as I looked upon there The eldest is almost a perfect image of her mother, just seven years old, Dear cousin I shall we ever meet again? My love for the remains in charged. as deep and peace, yea, deeper than in youth. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S 70.) June 30. Monday. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were. The babe- Josiah’s arrival. Horace is now eighteen months old, and does not yet walk. He is the most backward of all the little ones, in this respect and also in teething, as he has but twelve teeth as yet. He also weighs less than either of the others, viz twenty-two pounds. He is a very quiet child, and makes but little trouble, expect a great deal of washing, as he is troubled in our bowels constantly. He speaks a few words, but does not improve much in talking. He stands alone, and has stopped a little without assistance, but is not strong (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.) July 1. Tuesday. This afternoon I have called on Mrs. Read. Mrs. Walker has just arrived there from Camanche. I have also called on Mrs. Blakeslee. Her sister, Miss Wakefield, is now stopping there for a while. She has been a teacher in the Folsom Institute, and it is now vacation time. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 68.) July 2. Wednesday. Cool. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 66.) July 3. Thursday. Augusta had a baby born last night, She now has two girls and one boy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 68.) July 4. Friday. This gale day of the nation has been a sad day to his, for a kind neighbor has departed this life, after much suffering. Mrs. Hlunker died very early this morn. She gave birth to a still bow babe last Monday, the second she has lead, and since there has failed rapidly. Her age was twentynine yrs. Mr. Hlunker, as well as the whole neighborhood, and little Willie in particular, all have met with a great loss. She was kind and amiable and much beloved. Father, Geo. and Susie have been to Stockton, to have T.S. King's oration. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.)

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June 1862

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