Delia Locke


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July 15. Tuesday. Mrs. Walker and Leonora started for home this morning in the butcher wagon. Dr. also started on horseback for Mokelumne Hill. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 81.) July 16. Wednesday (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 85.) July 17. Thursday. Dr. has returned home. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 75.) July 18. Friday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 70.) July 19. Saturday. I have today written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Children weights clothes pieces Name of babe. Mrs. H lunker died on 4th Augusta has babe - Sarah E. Hers here. Howard's birthday. Children reading. Howard is now three years old, weighs thirty five pounds and is three feet high. He is one pound heavier than either of the others, but shorter than either. He has not commenced to learn the letters yet, but will soon, I think. He talks as well as either of the others, and is quite active for so heavy a child. Any time of the day he may be seen with a whip or rope for a riata in his hand. He is generally a good boy, through sometimes mischievous. This eve we have attended the Division. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 76.) July 20. Sabbath. We have attended church today as usual. Mr. Blakeslee preached from Gen. 6.5. His subject was human depravity. Nearly every Sabbath, I come in from meeting with a sad heart, for I cannot enjoy the religious services as I have been wont. Therefore I return home wearied and unrefreshed I think the cause is, such an accumulation of care, consequent on taking five little ones with me to meeting. No wonder I have much care which diverts my mind from the worship of God. O come, Holy Comforter, and help me to live near to him from whom I derive grace and consolation. Make me to know my whole duty, and to perform it. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 78.) July 21. Monday. Mrs. Chrisman and Clara Tdanders called this eve. The young wife looks sad and careworn. No wonder's Mr. Chrisman is far away in Carriboo, and she is so badly treated by her drunken father, that she can not live at home. She has commenced woman's experience in sorrow. May bright sunshine soon dawn upon her. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 82.) July 22. Tuesday. The water still remains so high that we can go to Geo.'s only by boating across the streams. This height is reprecendented, as far as generally known. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 87.) July 23. Wednesday. Miss Wakefield called this afternoon also the Day girls - Barbara and Frances. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 82.) July 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 70.) July 25. Friday. Today the steamer Pert went by this place on the river and went as far as Mr. Athearn's It was supposed by the steamboat company that the river could not be navigated after the first of June, but the large quantity of snow in the mountains renders the river very high. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 82.) July 26. Saturday. We have attended the Division this eve. and had a pleasant time. Our Division has never been in a more flourishing condition than at the present time, considering the time of year, the harvesting, etc. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 76.) July 27. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee has preached today from Lech. 4.5, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit," etc. It was an interesting discourse. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 80.) July 28, Monday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 80.) July 29, Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 71.) July 30, Wednesday. This afternoon, Mrs. Prescott has called with her two children. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 80.) July 31. Thursday. This afternoon, Mrs. Sabin has called. They intend soon to move. Little Horace is now nineteen months old, and weighs the same as he did a month ago - twenty-two pounds. He is the smallest of all the little ones, but has the same number of teeth that Ada and Howard had sixteen. He takes but a step at a time in walking and does not try to talk much. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 85.)

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July 1862

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