Delia Locke


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Sept. 28. Sabbath. This morning I rose feeling very unwell, and was obliged to relinquish the idea of going to church above, as we had intended. The communion was administered there, and I felt quite disappointed because I could not go. I have not been able to go out at all today. Messrs. Howland and John Benson took dinner here, also Lettie Walker, and Lettie is here for the night. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.) Sept. 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Sept. 30. Tuesday. John Herr is here. Horace Mann is now twenty one months old. He can walk, but prefers to creep most of the time, which he does. His health now seems to be improving, and we hope it is permanently fixed for the better. He now weighs twenty three and one-half pound. He now tries to talk, and speaks quite a number of words. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) Oct. 1. Wednesday. John Herr is still here. We have received letters from mother. They are all well. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Oct. 2. Thursday. Geo. Thomason and his boy Thomas were here to dinner. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Oct. 3. Friday. We had a very hard frost this morning, which killed beans, squash vines, corn, etc. Susie came over this afternoon, and made quite a long call. Also Miss Hibbe called. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Oct. 4. Saturday. Today we have had the first rain of the season. It has come early. Dr. started for Stockton this morn and has returned, getting quite wet. I hope we shall not be so much troubled by the rain this year as last. Though the rains of last year, caused an abundant harvest. I have not attended the Division this eve. As no other ladies came, Emma did not go in. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Oct. 5. Sabbath. The wind has blown very hard today. I have not been at all well, so I could not attend church. Mr. Blakeslee was absent attending the Congregational Association at San Francisco, So Mr. W. P. Blakeslee read a sermon, said to be a very good one. The sing this eve in the Hall was very fully attended. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Oct. 6. Monday. The wind still blows very hard indeed. I am so unwell and weak, owing to a bad cold I have taken, that Dr. thought best for me to have more help, accordingly he got Mrs. Swett to come and work awhile. She came, and I like her quite well, she is such a motherly sort of a woman. She is now a widow, and I think her husband must have been a Cherokee. But she seems to be more intelligent than those with whom she associates. Rev. G. B. Taylor sent word to us that he would lecture on Temperance here this eve, but we were disappointed. He did not make his appearance. Quite a company of people collected to hear him, so they had a social meeting, speaking, singing, etc. I was not able to attend. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 78.) Oct. 7. Tuesday. Mrs. Swett has been here at work today. Mrs. Fisher has been here most of the afternoon. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 76.) Oct. 8. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Oct. 9. Thursday. Dr. has been quite sick today, threatened with the bilious fever, I think. He has not been able to be out much. Geo. Thomason and Thomas were here to dinner. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 79.) Oct. 10. Friday. Today little Ida is six months old. She has not gained in weight since a month ago, weighing but fifteen pounds, and being the smallest of the five. She has no teeth, but more hair than the others at her age. She can hold things pretty well, and is a quite child, but is not very forward. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Oct. 11. Saturday. I have not attended the Division this eve. There have been three additions to its number, and a good degree of interest is manifested. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Oct. 12. Sabbath. I have had a troublesome sick headache today, and have not attended church. Little Ida also is sick I think she has had a chill. She does not seem to thrive very well, probably because I do not give her a good quality of milk, as my health is quite delicate. Mr. Blakeslee is said to have had an interesting discourse today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.)

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September 1862

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