Delia Locke


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Aug. 1. Friday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 107. S.S. 89.) Aug. 2. Saturday. In the Division this eve, M. Luthrell was initiated. There is a remarkable degree of interest. manifested in our meetings considering the time of year Rosa Robbins will sleep here tonight with Emma. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 109. S.S. 88.) Aug. 3. Sabbath. It has been an exceedingly warm day like yesterday, yet a goodly number of people met in church. We were all there. Mr. Blakeslee preached from Acts. 24. 16. Subject Conscience, its nature and authority. He called it the voice of God speaking in the soul, therefore at possesses divine authority. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 109. S.S. 88.) Aug. 4. Monday. Though so late in the season, the water in the river is still very high, and ferrying has scarcely commenced. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 98.) Aug. 5. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers called very early this morning, also Lettie Walker. This is Sarah Locke's birthday. She is two years old, and talks and chatters very much. Our hired men are planting a vegetable garden this week. We hardly expect it to do much but it is our only chance for vegetables for this year, as the water has been so high that we could not plant. The great height of water is indeed unprecedented. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 69.) Aug. 6. Wednesday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 69.) Aug. 7. Thursday. Horace is now fifteen years old, yet a child in size and character. He and I have been this eve to Mr. Blakeslee's to a singing party, and have had a pleasant time. The minister played the melodeon. We learn tonight of the burning of the U.S. mail steamship Golden Gate, five miles from Mansanilla, and the loss of nearly two hundred passengers. There was also the loss of a million and a half of treasure, besides lading. Dreadful causality. It seems as if the Ruler of all was depopulating these United States for their wickedness. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.) Aug. 8. Friday. The weather is warmer again, and the water is drying up. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 76.) Aug. 9. Saturday. Mrs. Rogers called this afternoon. I have been to visit at Mr. Blakeslee's, with the children Aunt Hannah, Mrs. Sabin, Mrs. Read and her children were also there. We stopped to tea and had a pleasant time. This evening in the Division, Messrs. Nims and Fisher were initiated. Bro. Josiah is also here. He is teaching a school of fifteen scholars on the Stanislaus river, twenty miles from Stockton, He says it is a lonely place, and so he came to see us until tomorrow night. Rose Robbins will sleep here tonight with Emma. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70.) Aug. 10. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee preached today as usual, continuing the subject of last Sabbath's sermon very conscience. He spoke today at length of the happy results of following the dictates of conscience. Rosa is here again tonight and the young people have had a sing in the Hall. Ida is now four months old, and weighs fifteen pounds. She is next the smallest in size, Ada being smaller than she. She is, however, very plump and pretty, with dark blue eyes and quite dark hair. Some say she is the prettiest of them all, and certainly she is as good as any except Luther. She is very well indeed, and I have a plenty of milk for her. I do feel thankful for the little darling, but what a task it will be to train her right by. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.) Aug. 11. Monday. Emma has gone home to help her mother this week, thinks she will return next week. Rosa came here tonight. The weather is cool. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 60.) Aug. 12, Tuesday. Rosa has ironed for me today. Truman W. has gone home. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 67.) Aug. 13. Wednesday. Warmer. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.) Aug. 14. Thursday. I have visited Susie today taking all the children, Have had a pleasant time. We have received letters from mother, They are all well. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 80.) Aug. 15. Friday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 90.)

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August 1862

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