Delia Locke


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Mar. 19. Thursday. Weather cloudy. Mr. Herrick came and worked for me. Mr. Bobbins dined here with us. Jose Pana died about noon of his wounds. Will not justice seek out the murderer and recompense him? He has left this part of the country, but he has the mark of Cain upon him. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Mar. 20. Friday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. This forenoon they buried Jose. He was placed in a plain redwood coffin, dressed in clean clothes and buried decently. He did not wish to be buried in the Indian fashion. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Mar. 21. Saturday. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Mar. 22. Sabbath. Mr. Tallmadge took breakfast with us. Josiah was over from school and read the sermon in our little meeting. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 23. Monday. Susan Frincher called this afternoon. Ida has been quite sick with high fever more than half the day. Mr. Phelps (agent for the clothes wringer) has been here to tea. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58.) Mar. 24. Tuesday. Mrs. Herrick washed for me. Mrssrs. Geo. Bram all Grand Lecturer of the S. of T, and Mr. J. Gorham of Wood bridge took dinner with us. It is thought a secession plot has been discovered and broken up in the bay of San Francisco, wherein the rebels were endeavoring to take possession of the treasure on board one of the W. S. mail steamships, also of the arsenal and forts. No doubt there are many secession sympathizers in this state of ours. It would be a dreadful thing of war should devastate this rich and fertile soil. We have received another letter from home. They were all well. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) Mar. 25. Wednesday. We have had a very hard rain early in the morning and it continued until noon. It will do much good to the farms. John Smith's child died early in this morning. It was about the age of Ida, and has been afflicted some time with dropsy on the brain. I have written to mother. The subject of my letter were. I have pattern received. Henry Ada's dresses and aprons - Luther's shirts - children. Occupation of brothers. Pleasant weather (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 59.) Mar. 26. Thursday. The night rainy. Mrs. Herrick has been here. She took care of the little ones, and also of Susie's babe while we went to the funeral of Mrs. Smith's babe. Another little lamb has been gathered to the fold by the good Shepherd. I was acquainted with Mrs. Smith in 55, since which. I have not seen much of her, but she has not altered much in looks. However, she has seen much trouble. Two little ones have been laid in the grave, and two remain. Her husband has been dissipated, and they have lost all their property. Mrs. Fincher called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Mar. 27. Friday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 61.) Mar. 28. Saturday. Mr. Bramall has been to Lindon and visited the people there, and now he has returned back. He took dinner and supper here. Mr. W. P. Blakeslee also came over from Liberty to visit us and was here to supper. He has not yet finished his school there. Both there gentlemen attended the Division this eve. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Mar. 29. Sabbath. We have had our little meeting today, and Mr. W. P. Blakeslee read the sermon. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Mar. 30. Monday. Mrs. Sturr called with a subscription paper to solicit charity for Mrs. Walker. Her eyes, which have long been weak, have grown so bad of late that she cannot bear the high and is obliged to stay in a dark room all the times. She seems to be fast growing blind, and her friends think it necessary that her eyes should be subjected to an operation. But she is too poor to bear the expense of going to San Francisco, so they solicit aid from the neighbors. Susan Fincher has also been in this afternoon. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) Mar. 31. Tuesday. Mrs. Herrick has washed for me. Mrs. Fincher called this afternoon. Mr. Bram all has returned from Wood bridge and will spend the night here. He and Mr. Tallmadge were here to tea. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) Apr. 1. Wednesday. Mr. Bramall has been here all day and has lectured this eve to a goodly number of people on the subject of Temperance. I attended with the rest and was much pleased with the lecture. Geo. Thomason came up on business, and finding Mr. Bramall to be from the same part of the world as himself, became interested and stopped to hear the lecture. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.)

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March 1863

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