Delia Locke


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Oct. 23. Thursday. Mrs. Blakeslee has been over to sit with Susie today Mrs. Thomas Parker had a son born today. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Oct. 24. Friday. I wished and intended to go to Susie's today, but got no opportunity, as the horses and wagons here were not at liberty. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.) Oct. 25. Saturday. I went over and dressed Susie's babe. Both are getting along well. They now have an Irish girl at work there. Miss Wakefield called while I was there. Mr. Diddle took tea with us. I have not attended the Division. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.) Oct. 26. Sabbath. I have had a sick headache today, and have not attended church. George took Sarah home tonight, (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.) Oct. 27. Monday. Dr. started this morning for San Francisco to purchase goods. They are commencing a new store on the opposite side of the street and nearer the Lockeford House. Mr. Brakeman and Wibbeer have been at work here today laying the brick foundation and dined here. I have again been to Susie's. She is very comfortable. Leonor Walker was here to tea. They have had a patriotic Relief meeting in the Hall, with a large attendance. I have seen the first specimens of paper currency now in use here, notes on government to be used instead of specie. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.) Oct. 28. Tuesday. I have written to mother today and sent two gold dollars birthday presents from Father and me to Hannah and Clara. I wrote of the health of all and of Father's desire for mother to come here. A week ago I wrote to her and forgot to record it. The subjects of my letter them were - Children - Emma gone - Relief societies. Winter clothing - Susie's babe - Josiah here Father's prospects. Starr Hing's lecture. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Oct. 29. Wednesday. A squaw came and was had for me today. Mr. Wilhelm was here to tea. He has sold out his ferry. Miss Wakefield called for a short time. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 61.) Oct. 30. Thursday. The weather today has been cloudy, and this eve it is raining. Mr. Wilhelm took breakfast here. A party of emigrants have just arrived in the neighborhood. One man, a relative of Mrs. Atkins has met a hard fate. He started with a wife and two children. On the way, his wife deserted him, taking all his money and leaving the children to him, one a girl of four years, the other a babe. This he was obliged to leave in Carson Valley. Surely he is afflicted. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Oct. 31. Friday. Mr. Walker of Camanche took tea with us. Horace is today twenty two months old and weighs twenty four pounds. He is not now much like the little sick baby he has been. He now runs all about the house and yard, climbs up on chairs and even tables, and tries to talk considerably. He is very fair and his hair is whiter than either of the other had. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.) Nov. 1. Saturday. This morn, instead of the Dr.'s arrival home from San Francisco by stage, there came a letter from him stating that he had been sick, so as to be confined to his room for a day and a half. He has had a violent cold and cough, therefore he cannot finish his business in time to come home before next week. Poor man I think he missed my attention when he was sick. This afternoon, I have been to Susie's. She met me at the door, and walked about considerably. Mr. Walker took breakfast here. I have not attended the Division. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Nov. 2. Sabbath. Have attended church today. Mr. Blakeslee preached from John 3.7. "Ye must be born again." It was a good sermon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 63.) Nov. 3. Monday. This eve, the relief meeting in the Hall has been fully attended. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 4. Tuesday. This morn, I received another letter from the Dr. He writes he shall probably be at home on Thursday. He says his health is improving. We have also received letters from home. They were all well. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov.5. Wednesday. I have today written to Mother or Father's account, about a draft and deed he has sent her. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Nov. 6. Thursday. Dr. has arrived home this morn, but he is far from well. His cough is trouble some. Miss White sent me

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October 1862

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