Delia Locke


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receive a promised axe. He thinks he can now learn to chop wood. He measures three feet; ten inches in height and weighs about fifty pounds. Of him I may say, that he is a careful and thoughtful boy, considerate to the last degree, looking out for "number one", and very truthful. He is but little disposed to be quarrel some, when with other children, but is rather lacking in energy, as compared with Ada and Howard. He and Ada have read about half through Sargents Standard Second Reader and recited twenty seven pages in Colbern's Arithmetic. He cannot read quite so readily as Ada, but fully equals her in Arithmetic. He can ride a gentle horse very well, and is not ignorant of driving. He and Ada are very useful about the house, as they can clean the dishes, bring in wood, and run of errands. He has but two permanent teeth as yet. Dr. is now forty years old. For about six months, he has abstained from the use of tea and coffee, with very beneficial results, as he does not lie awake night as previously. His cares and duties are many. He is now very busy attending the sick. The measles prevail in Woodbridge and vicinity, and he has had nine or ten patients. Ida is teething, and is not well. The wind blows hard. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 53.) Apr. 17. Friday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work today. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Apr. 18. Saturday. Cool. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Apr. 19. Sabbath. In the meeting today. Mr. Brumbach read the sermon. It was a very good one of H. W. Beecher's. The subject was, "We should sanctify ourselves for the sake of those whom God has given us. "Husbands and wives should sanctify themselves for the sake of each other, parents for their children, etc. It was a New Years' sermon, and well adepted. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 59.) Apr. 20. Monday. Weather rainy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Apr. 21. Tuesday. Weather showery. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work washing. Capt Bradbury took tea with us. Mother is now forty seven years old. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 50.) Apr. 22. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 54.) Apr. 23. Thursday. Mrs. Herrick had been here at work today. Our dug Jewel died. He has long been sick (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.) Apr. 24. Friday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 63.) Apr. 25. Saturday Fine growing weather. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) Apr. 26. Sabbath. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. The bear swarmed the first time today. In the meeting, Dr, read me of Brecher sermons. His text was concerning the fall of Baby con. He compared the Southern Confederacy to that wicked city, and predicted its fall in like manner, because of its unjust commerce in slaves. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 63.) Apr. 27. Monday. Cool. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Apr. 28. Tuesday. The Grand Division of the Sons of Temperance commences its semi - annual session today at Marysville. Our Division will not be represented there. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) Apr. 29. Wednesday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work washing. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) Apr. 30. Thursday. Mrs. Herrick came again today. A brother of Mr. Read - Mr. Asher Read arrived from the East with hiswife and two little boys. They have been living in Minnesota. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) May. 1. Friday. The river is over flowing its banks for the first time this year - Mr. Wilson and Hatie called this forenoon. Willie has gone to Stockton to attend a May Party. Dr. went in on business. Josiah was here to tea. I have written to my mother. The subject of my letter were - Grandma Shaw to live with her - Preaching - Temperance Lecture - Clothes made - Mr. Read's brother arrived River over flowing - Luther's birthday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 70.) May. 2. Saturday. Josiah started this morning for San Francisco, in company with Mrssrs. Elliott and Plummer, to attend a Teacher's Institute there, to commence next Monday. Augusta called this morn. She says Mr. Asher Read's oldest child, a boy of three years, has the measles. Susie left her children here this afternoon, and went to Woodbridge. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) May. 3. Sabbath. In the meeting today, one of Beecher's sermons was read by the Dr. We have but few to attend our meetings, but we intend to keep them up, hoping for the "preached word", (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) May.4. Monday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 77.)

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April 1863

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