Delia Locke


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Apr. 2. Thursday. Mr. Bramall breakfasted here, and then left us for labor elsewhere. We have today received letters from mother. All were well. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) Apr. 3. Friday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work today. My roses are now blooming. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) Apr. 4. Saturday. Cyrus Smith took breakfast here. Josiah has been here most of the day. His school is to be lengthened so as to continue two months longer. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) Apr. 5. Sabbath. In our meeting today, Josiah read the sermon. After this Mr. & Mrs. Foster and two children and Mrs. Herwilt all from Aqueduct City near Voleano, and Geo. and Susie with their children came in and took tea with us. Mrs. Foster has a little girl, six days younger than Ida, whose name is Delia. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 56.) Apr. 6. Monday. Weather cloudy. Susan Fincher called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 59.) Apr. 7. Tuesday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. Mrs. Herrick has washed for me. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 49.) Apr. 8. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Dr. has started tonight for Stockton. I tried to persuade him not to do so for he has been up with the sick for two successive nights, and is nearly exhausted for want of sleep. But he says business presses, and he shall have no more convenient time. He will go as far as Mrs. Herr's tonight, and to town in the morning. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 55.) Apr. 9. Thursday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work today. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 53.) Apr. 10. Friday. Ida is now a year old and weighs twenty pounds, thus being the third in size, as Ada and Howard were smaller. She has eight teeth, and is the third also in this respect. She now creeps all over the room, and is quite active, but more troublesome than either of the others. She will not lie on the bed alone a moment when she is awake, therefore if I wish to keep her there, some of the children lie down with her. Ada is very fond of her and pets her a great deal which accounts for her restlessness. She is quite a pretty child, or would be if she had not a funny habit of holding her tongue in sight almost constantly. She has darker hair and eyes than the others had, also more hair. She is pretty well now, but while teething her head seems to be much troubled. She is not weaned. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Apr. 11. Saturday. Rev. Mr. Powell dined with us. We have tonight received a letter from mother, in which she says that Grandmother Shaw is to come and live with her. Hetta Haynes, the grand daughter who has for many years lived with her, has now gone out of town to work at her trade, and as Grandma is somewhat helpless, she cannot live alone. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.) Apr. 12. Sabbath. This morning, at eleven o'clock, Mr. Powell preached in the Hall, from the text, "Give an account of thy stewardship, for thou mayst be no longer steward. "Mr. Miller preached at the brick church at the same hour, consequently our congregation was smaller than it would other wise have been. Mr. Powell is not a pleasing preacher, neither prepossessing. He and Josiah dined here, after which Mr. Powell went to Woodbridge to preach there. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.) Apr. 13. Monday. I have been to the store to make purchases. John Hill has left our family for the purpose of enlisting as one of a regiment of cavalry, now being formed in Stockton. There is great need of soldiers. God bless all who enlist with right motives. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 60.) Apr. 14. Tuesday. The weather is cloudy. Mrs. Herrick has washed for me. Luther has been quite sick all day, with an attack of fever. Rev. Mr. Blakeslee called this morn. He has come to Lockeford for the purpose of packing and removing his library of books and case to Oakland. He gave us twelve copies of the New York "Independent", which contain as many sermons of Henry W. Beecher, for our meetings on the Sabbath. I fear we shall never have Mr. Blakeslee's like here again, as our minister. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Apr. 15. Wednesday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. Mrs. Fincher called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Apr. 16. Thursday. The memorable day which gave us our first born, or at least, its anniversary has arrived. Luther is today seven years old, a period to which he has long been looking forward, as the time when he was to

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April 1863

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