Delia Locke


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morning they will take their departure for Oakland. We feel sad about their going, but it must be so. This eve Mr. Blakeslee also came in to bid us good bye. And now I will record an act of meanness, (not to say dishonesty) on the part of Mr. Holden. A subscription paper for building the new church was circulated, money raised and lumber bought. Roland subscribed a certain amount and paid it, or a part of it in shakes, which he brought down from the mountains. Mr. Blakeslee deciding to leave, operations concerning the church were stopped. Mr. Holden had been appointed on the building committee, but never subscribed a dollar towards its erection. The shakes Roland had brought down were left with a pile of lumber near the site of the church. Mr. Holden, wishing for some shakes, went and helped himself to them without leave or license. And when he was spoken to about it, said he would return them some time when it was convenient. To say the least, we do not think this act very honorable. The wind has blown hard all day. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Jan. 14. Wednesday. The Blakeslee family left this morning. Geo. Locke took them in his wagon to Stockton. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 15. Thursday. This afternoon, with the children I went to Mr. Read's. There has been an examination in the Hall of applicants for the District school. Five were examined and Mr. Elliott received the preference - School is to commence next Monday. I did not mention that Susie with her children were also at Mr. Read's. Augusta lets her children annoy her a great deal. Mr. Elliott is to board there. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 49.) Jan. 16. Friday. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 39. S.S. 51.) Jan. 17. Saturday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 49.) Jan. 18. Sabbath. Today we had but a small meeting, a very few, that came to hear the words of life eternal. Father and all my brothers were absent. What is their excuse? Will it quiet their consciences? Mr. Clark read the sermon. I am the way, was the text. "I am the way," said Jesus, the way from sin, the way to heaven. What a sweet truth! (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Jan. 19. Monday. Weather rainy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 49.) Jan. 20. Tuesday. Still rainy. We have received a letter from mother. She speaks of a revival which has commenced there. This is good news indeed. Many young persons are embracing the Saviour. She also speaks of the high prices of provisions, clothing, etc. owing to this dreadful war. Treasury notes and postage stamps are the money currency. Gold and silver are very scarce, and at a premium of 30 cts. on a doll. Father sent another a bill of exchange on Wells, Fargo, etc. for a hundred dollars, payable in gold, and she received over twenty dollars for what she took in Treasury notes, reserving some gold for herself. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Jan. 21. Wednesday. The morning was rainy. The butchers have today killed the big hog. He weighs over six hundred pounds dressed. He is the largest hog I ever saw. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 42.) Jan. 22. Thursday. The weather has been windy and rainy. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Jan. 23. Friday. Weather cloudy and windy. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 47.) Jan. 24. Saturday. Mr. York dined here. I think I have not seen him since /'56 till now. He was planning then to go East, and is still doing so; with no more prospect, he says, of getting there, than ever. Mrs. Robbins and Rosaline came up to Division in the evening, and called here. They wished me to go also, but I was too weary, and did not. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Jan. 25. Sabbath. We have had meeting the Hall today as usual. Mr. Holden read a sermon. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Jan. 26. Monday. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 51.) Jan. 27. Tuesday. Father Locke has received a letter from Franklin, and enclosed Herein was a photograph in picture of his house in Nashua. It is truly a fine building. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Jan. 28. Wednesday. We have received another letter from mother. The revival there is still going on. Numbered among the converts are sister Hannah, and cousins Hetta, Mary and filia. Blessed tidings! may it prove true. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Jan. 29. Thursday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Jan. 30. Friday. We are having a remark as dry winter. One extreme follows another. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.)

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January 1863


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