Delia Locke


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her picture on card. It is a good picture, and very acceptable. She is still teaching school. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Nov. 7. Friday. We have cloudy weather. Dr. has gone to Stockton to attend to the arrival of goods for the new store. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62. ) Nov. 8. Saturday. Sister Clara is today nine years old. I cannot at all realize it. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Nov. 9. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Susie was also there with her two children. I am afraid the exertion will make her sick. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the parath of the talents. I do not think his sermon was as good as usual. Am I improving my talents to the best of my ability (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 10. Monday. I have today had the pleasure of a visit from Susie. She is spending a part of the afternoon at Mr. Blakeslee's. Ada is today seven months old, weighs sixteen pounds, and is a very happy, bright eyed baby. She has a pretty round head, and will lie and amuse herself alone by laughing and making baby noises. She is just Ada's size, but has no teeth, and does not try to get off the bed as yet. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Nov. 11. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers called today. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Nov. 12. Wednesday. Mr. Blakeslee's W. P. school has closed. He has not given very good satisfaction this last term. He is acoured of reading law books in school time. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Nov. 13. Thursday. This morning before light, while I was preparing breakfast, some one knocked, and when I opened the door, there stood Miss Wakefield. She came to beg for a horse to carry her to Folsom. She and Mr. W. P. Blakeslee had started in a buggy with the minister's horse, and in trying to cross the river, the horse had lain down, and would not stir, so Mr. Blakeslee was forced to wade out to land with Miss Wakefield in his arms. Dr. let them have another horse, and they again started for Folsom. She expects to teach a private school there. She is pleasant young lady very energetic, it would be well if she were settled here. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Nov. 14. Friday. Mr.& Mrs. John Wilson called this afternoon. Josiah was here to tea. He has commenced a school on the other side of the Calveras river. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Nov. 15. Saturday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 69.) Nov. 16. Sabbath. I have not attended church today, not feeling well. There is a calm and rest about the holy Sabbath that I love. Yes, I can truly say, I love God's holy day, and I love his word. How many precious portions of it there are on which my mind loves to dwell, and fain would linger there, did not earth so soon call it away. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Nov. 17. Monday. Mrs. R Megerle called for a few minutes this afternoon. I feel quite attached to her. John Hill and John Robbins were digging a well for Mr. Blakeslee John Hill being inside. Robbins at the top, when Robbins accidentally let a bucket fall in upon Hill, cutting his head on the top quite badly. He came here to have it dressed. There will be no more relief meetings at present, as word has come from head quarters at the East that there is a plenty of lint and bandages for the wounded at present. Mr. Nims took tea with us. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Nov. 18. Tuesday. Mr. Nims and John Robbins were here to dinner. The men are now busily engaged in moving the goods from the old to the new store - putting up shelves, arranging things, etc. It is a very busy time. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Nov. 19. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Nov. 20. Thursday. The weather is cloudy. Dr. is sick - confined to the house with a bad cough. He has not been well for a week or two, and has over exacted himself in arranging goods in the new store, until now he is obliged to give up work awhile and recruit. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 58.) Nov. 21. Friday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 63.) Nov. 22. Saturday. Josiah was here to breakfast and dinner. We have today received letters from home. All are well. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Nov. 23. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the text, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.)

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October 1862

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