Delia Locke


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Nov. 24. Monday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Nov. 25. Tuesday. Dr. has purchased for me a clothes wringer, composed of two rubber rollers, crank, thumb screws, etc. which is indeed a useful invention. It saves much time and labor, both in washing and wringing. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Nov. 26. Wednesday I have heard tonight for the first time that Mr. Blakeslee intends leaving us for another field of labor. He was formerly agent for a paper called the "Pacific'" a religious newspaper, supported by the Presbyterains and Congregationalists. It has not prospered well of late, and the proprietors wish him to take the agency again, which after some hesitation, he has determined to do. I feel very sad that he is to leave us. That we shall be destitute again of the preached word seems unpleasant indeed. I must try to be submissive but as yet the thought of it rests like a heavy weight upon my spirit. I have been very busy today baking for Thanksgiving, as we have invited the friends to dine here. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Nov. 27. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Blakeslee preached in the Hall this forenoon, after which we had a dinner party Susie, Horace, Daniel and George, Mr. Hett and Roland were here, besides all our own family. I think the time passed pleasantly to all. Josiah thought he could not leave his school to come over. When dinner was over, Susie and I went over to see the new store, and make some purchases. For myself, I must say that I was agreeably disappointed in the appearance of the store. It is well filled and well arranged. This eve, we have read a letter from Uncle Dr. J. S. H. It is the first I have seen of his writing since I arrived here, It was to Father, and an interesting letter. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Nov. 28. Friday. I have called at Mrs. Blakeslee's this afternoon. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Nov. 29. Saturday. This afternoon, Rev & Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hovat's Rogers with their children, called James Thompson was here to tea. He says that Mrs. Ridley's baby is dead. It is wonder that more such babies do not dies with such treatment as they have. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 51.) Nov. 30. Sabbath. Mr. Blakeslee preached to us today his farewell sermon, after which we had communion. Also Susie today had her two children baptized. We feel very sad about Mr. Blakeslee's leaving us. To be now without preaching seems more of a trial than before he came. He gave us an account of his finances, stating who had subscribed and how much, also who had paid, and how much. He spoke of the Lockes as having been very kind to him, and of things which I had sent to their table. He has not been well paid. Some who subscribed, refuse to pay at all. There seems not to be much hope of our being able to sustain a minister here at present. Mr. Arnold's little girl died tonight, leaving him almost alone in the world. How sad he must feel! Horace M. is twenty three months old and weighs twenty six pounds. He now talks considerably and well. From having been so long sick he is quite irritable and wilful. Award is full of fun and play, but Horace scarce over will play with him, and does not like to have Howard near him. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 48.) Dec.1. Monday. It has been very windy. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Dec. 2. Tuesday. The men have today been tearing down the old adobe barn which has stood about six years, one wall of which fell in the flood of last winter. They wish to use the lumber in the roof for other purposes. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Dec. 3. Wednesday. Mrs. Swett has been here to help me about my work today. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 51.) Dec. 4. Thursday. We have received a welcome letter from home. Allwell there. (T.S.R. 26. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.) Dec. 5. Friday. Willie Herr has come to live with us, and help Father Locke in the store. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were. New store - Balmord skirt. Luther's clothes - New church in prospect. Letter from N. A. church - Minister gone. Thanksgiving Women's wages here and there. (T.S.R. 26. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 51.) Dec. 6. Saturday. Messrs. Compton and Brumback took tea here Josiah has passed the day here. Dr's horse fell with him and hurt his back badly. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.)

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November 1862

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