Delia Locke


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Feb.16. Monday. Weather windy, cloudy and rainy. I have written to mother and sister Hannah. The subjects of my letters were. Work - namesake- Religion - Keeping up meetings. Aunt Hannah gaining in health and flesh Ada's panties. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 46.) Feb. 17. Tuesday. It has been a rainy day, and we have had some very heavy showers. Geo. Locke took tea with us. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Feb. 18. Wednesday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. Mrs. Herrick came and washed for me. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Feb. 19. Thursday. We learn that Terry. The infamous murderer of D. C. Broderick - has gone to Texas probably to join the rebel army. It is fortunate for California that he and others of his stamp have left her shores. Let us hope that they may fall into the hands of the Union army and receive their just deserts. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Feb.20. Friday. This forenoon, Mrs. Herrick came and ironed. Susie and Augusta with their children have made me a visit this afternoon. We have had a pleasant time. Only ten children present - the oldest six years of age. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Feb. 21. Saturday. The weather today has been cloudy, windy and rainy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Feb. 22. Sabbath. The wind still blows hard. At meeting in the Hall Josiah read the sermon. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 51.) Feb. 23. Monday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Feb. 24. Tuesday. The wind has been blowing very hard indeed today. Mrs. Herrick came and washed for me. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Feb. 25. Wednesday. This afternoon, in company with Susie and Augusta I have called on Mrs. Herrick It is a beautiful place where they live, in the house on the hill. She seems to be neat - tidy and pleasant, far above, in intelligence, the "poor white folks" of the South, whom we so often meet here. I have also been to the store and made some purchases. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.) Feb. 26. Thursday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work today ironing and sewing. We have again received a letter from mother. She writes us of the very sudden death of one who was a bold blasphemer - though gray hairs should have admonished him that eternity was at hand. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Feb. 27. Friday. Mr. Flood and his son George dined with us. Jordena (Geo's wife) is now attending school. Susan Fincher called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Feb. 28. Saturday. Members of the Golden Rule Division Woodbridge have visited our Division this eve. There were six ladies, and I should think as many as twelve gentlemen. I went up a short time. We had a pleasant meeting, with cakes, cheese and apples for a treat. The cause of Temperance has taken a new impulse at Woodbridge. Seventeen persons were initiated at their last meeting. Would that the spirit of progress might be infused into our Division. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Mar. 1. Sabbath. Ida has seemed quite unwell today. I took her up in the meeting, and she had a high fever while it lasted, with an aching head, I think. Mr. Elliott read the sermon today - one of H. W. Brecher's - and a very good one. The text was - "All things work together for good to them that love God. "It was a very comforting discourse. The winter has now ended - one of the most pleasant winters I have ever passed here as it regards weather. We have had but very little rain indeed. Thus one extreme has followed another. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 66.) Mar. 2. Monday. Ida is still sick. Her head seems to trouble her a great deal. We now have fifteen in the family. Dr. is endeavoring to lever the bank of the river - to prevent it from again overflowing the bottom as it did last year. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Mar. 3. Tuesday. Ida is a little better. Mrs. Herrick came and washed for me. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Mar. 4. Wednesday. Very pleasant. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Mar. 5. Thursday. Mrs. Herrick has been here ironing and sewing. Mr. Atkins dined with us. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Mar. 6. Friday. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Mar. 7. Saturday. Still cloudy. I feel quite sad tonight. Yet I hardly know why. I have been reading awhile this eve, a privilege which is hardly ever mine in these days of toil and care. The Temperance Journal came in

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February 1863

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