Delia Locke


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Jan. 31. Saturday. Mrs. Sabin called and we had a pleasant chat for an hour or so. I have not seen her for five months. This eve, some of the Golden Rule Division from Woodbridge came up to our Division. I dressed and went up, but as I found no lady there, I came down again. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 63.S.S. 52.) Feb. 1. Sabbath. At meeting in the Hall, Josiah read the sermon also played on my Eolian, and the meeting was a pleasant one. But we were made sad by our Father's absence. He was invited to dine with Mr. Hett, and tho' the dinner was not eaten till after meeting was over, he passed the time there instead of filling his place in our little gathering. Do not our feeble effort to sustain religious meetings need the assistance of such as he? What an example to his sons. He must surely have been well enough in body, for this eve he has gone to Woodbridge with others to return their visit to Golden Rule Division. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 63.S.S. 56.) Feb. 2. Monday. Very pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) Feb. 3. Tuesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Feb. 4. Wednesday. Susan Fincher came in and dined with us. Mrs. & Miss Hibbe have called this evening. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Feb. 5. Thursday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Mr. Blakeslee made us a very short call this morn. He says he intends to locate his family at Oakland. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 6. Friday. Weather cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Feb. 7. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Feb. 8. Sabbath. We have attended meeting in the Hall as usual. Josiah read a sermon of H. W. Brecher's, from the text, "Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more, but ye see no. Because I live, ye shall live also, etc. It is a very comforting sermon subject. The presence and in dwelling of Christ in the soul. What experience of the soul is there more precious than to feel the Saviour near? None to me. Often with the favored disciples have I wished to abide with him. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 47.) Feb. 9. Monday. Ida is quite sick. She has been vaccinated, and has a high fever and seems to suffer much. Mrs. Fincher has been here most of the day. Mrs. Sturr made me a short call, also Mrs. Herrick. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 47.) Feb. 10. Tuesday. Today Ida is ten months old, but as she is still quite sick I have not weighed her. Last month she weighed eighteen pounds but she has lost instead of gaining. She is still the fourth in size, Ada being smaller. She has four teeth as Luther had, while the others all had more. She will not stay on the bed at all now when she is well, but sits on the floor. She is a pretty babe, with darker hair and eyes than the others had. Mrs. Herrick came and washed for me today, and remained till night assisting me. She works for one dollar per day. I like her well. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 51.) Feb. 11. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. Ida is very sick. The fever is high, and her head seems to be affected. She seems to have a double trouble, teething with vaccination. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 55.) Feb. 12. Thursday. The weather is rainy. Ida is a little better, and we hope she is beginning to recover. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Feb. 13. Friday. Weather still cloudy. Mrs. Herrick came and worked for me today, ironing and sewing. John Robbins dined here. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 47.) Feb. 14. Saturday. The weather is still cloudy. We have today received a letter from mother. "Another Christian's gone," she writes Uncle Brackley Show is numbered with the dead. He was a brother of Grandfather Shaw and although the older, survived him more than a year. Cousin Charles Stetson was married on New Years Eve to Mother A. Townsend. My old friend Lydia O'Brian has named her baby girl for me, Delia Hammand. Ida is better. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Feb. 15. Sabbath. Josiah read the sermon at meeting today. After the service were over, Aunt Hannah and Mr. Holden came in and read the letter from mother. They had also received a letter from Uncle Charles, which we read. He speaks of the feel which the young converts have. The work is still going on. Mr. Atkins dined with us. Mrs. Clark and Susan Fincher called. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.)

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January 1863

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