Delia Locke


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1863. She stands alone much and firmly, but does not walk. She tries to speak some words, and will take a paper and pretend to read. She is more of a baby, than either of the others were, being petted more. I have not weaned her yet. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 62.) June. 11. Thursday. Mr. Robbins took tea here. He came to attend the meeting of the "Union League," which meets here weekly (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 65.) June 12. Friday. Mrs. Herrick has been here at work. This eve, Geo. Locke has been here. Mr. Clark has shut up his cows for trespassing on his field, and Geo. is so angry, he cursed and swore dreadfully, and all before me and the children. What does he think of himself? (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) June 13. Saturday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 73.) June 14. Sabbath. Geo. Locke came in again today, and indulged in some very unpleasant and abusive talk, so much so as to make me feel sad and unhappy. Mr. Holman took tea with us. This afternoon, Ellis Herrick was suddenly taken with conclusions. Dr. was summoned and he was soon easier. He thinks Ellis must have been poisoned by eating the leaves of the stramonium plant, which contains a deadly poison. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 63.) June 15. Monday. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were Willie Read's death and funeral. Grandpa L. wounded. Sickness among children. Father H.’s sickness. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 76.) June 16. Tuesday. Augusta has called. She was dragging Lizzie in the little wagon. Lizzie is so weak she does not stand alone, but she seems to be gaining some. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 82.) June 17. Wednesday. Mrs. Herrick has washed for me, but she says she can not come again another week, as Ellis is not well enough to come with her, and Mr. Herrick is not willing to take care of him. The warmest day. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 89.) June 18. Thursday. Mr. Herrick has ironed today. The weather is cooler. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 70.) June 19. Friday. Weather cooler. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.) June 20. Saturday. Susie made a short call here. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) June 21. Sabbath. Father is today fortyeight years old. O how I miss our N.E. Sabbath privileges. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 74.) June 22. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 70.) June 23. Tuesday. This morning, learning that Mr. Read thought of going away today, and fearing that I should not have another opportunity to see Augusta, I went over there. They did intend to leave today, but Augusta said she should call here before she started, and she did so this afternoon, also she went over to bid Susie goodbye. The thought of going weighs her down. They expect to live now in Washington Territory, on Puget Sound, near the British Possessions. She would feel sad indeed were she going alone, that is, without, Mrs. Cynthia Read. They are expecting to take passage on a sail vessel, and to be on the water about two weeks. All day there has been upon a tree near the house a paper upon which was written. "Notice - When the thieves leave Lockeford, there will be a salute fired. " No one seemed to know who put it there, and we did not think it would be done. But sure enough, this evening, after the Mr. Read's had got off a convenient distance on their way to Mr. Holden's, the blacksmith fired the anvil twenty five times, loud enough to be heard ten or twelve miles up and down. Mr. W. D. Read has quarreled with every one in Lockeford that would quarrel with him, and shown himself so devoid of manly principle, that every one is rejoicing at his departure. Mr. Wallace has bought his wagon shop, and will commence work there immediately. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) June 24. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 73.) June 25. Thursday. We have today received letters from mother, containing the ususal good news - all are well. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 71.) June 26. Friday. Mrs. Hibbe and daughter have come again to Lockeford. They wish now to lease the Lockeford House. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 69.) June 27. Saturday. I have been nearly sick today, caused by wearing the baby. I have felt almost like having a fever. Rosa Robbins came in this evening, and wished me to attend the Division, but I was obliged to refuse. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 61.) June 28. Sabbath. Samuel Pollegs died last night. Elmer has now been dead five years. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 68.)

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June 1863


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