Delia Locke


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June 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.) June 30. Tuesday. Mrs. Lizzie Davis and the Day girls called this forenoon. Mrs. Davis has a little boy born on the 9th of April last. She was very dangerously sick at the time with convulsions, and Dr.'s timely aid probably saved her life. She did not hesitate to praise and command him for it. There has been a funeral at Wood bridge today of one of the Sons of Temperance, who was buried with the ceremony from the Ritual. Dr. and Mr. Wallace attended. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 76.) July 1. Wednesday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 66.) July 2. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 67.) July 3. Friday. Cool and pleasant. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.) July 4. Saturday. Horace has gone to Stockton on horseback to celebrate The anvil has been fired here night and morning, commencing at mid night. The children have fried three bunches of firecrackers, and while they were doing so, I was obliged to give constant attention to them. There has been a large celebration at Liberty by the "Copper heads," as they are called, or those who favor the Rebels, really, while the assume to favor the Union Cause. Susie and Geo. rode over horseback just at night. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) July 5. Sabbath. I have had a wisdom tooth pulled today, which has been troublesome for sometime. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) July 6. Monday. Mrs. Herrick called for a short time this afternoon. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 85.) July 7. Tuesday. Howard went to Stockton today with Dr. Tonight they have returned, and Dr. says, Howard was perfectly at his ease in town, though he was never there before. Dr. left him a short time in a store, and he went out by himself, walked down to the lever, and looked at the water awhile, then laid down on the sidewalk to rest. Dr. found considerable trouble in finding him. Mr. & Mrs. Prescott and family dined here. He is riding round with her to divert her mind, and thinks she will soon be able to resume housekeeping again. She is very silent and reserved, but seems better than before she went to the Asylum. I have today written to mother. The subjects of my letter were - Baby walks weaned - Children's - reading - knives - Work - running - washing - Salute at departure of Reads' - Fourth of July (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 82.) July 8. Wednesday. Rosa Robbins called today and had a tooth extracted. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 84.) July 9. Thursday. Still very warm. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 83.) July 10. Friday. Mr. & Mrs. Gallis called this morning for the purpose of having one of her teeth extracted. Geo. Lippe caught a badger this morning and brought it from the river on his horse. He stuck it in the head intending to kill it, & it has been dull all day, but tonight it has run away. We thought it so near dead, that there was no need of securing it, but it was only playing possum. Ida is now fifteen months old, and weighs the same as Howard and Horace did, viz. 20 pounds. She also has the same number of teeth that Horace had ten. She is more active than most of the babies, as she walks well. She also tries to talk - says "me" and "no" plainly, also tries to say "see there" and "bread." She lets me know when she wishes to drink by making a little funny noise. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 80.) July 11. Saturday. The weather has been cloudy, and it is the anniversary of a severe hail storm here. Mr. Prescott has moved into Mr. Blakeslee's house, and Mrs. Kibbe and daughter into the Lockeford House. Mr. Bragg is to occupy the Taylor house. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) July 12. Sabbath. Mr. Henry Taylor has moved to Geo. Locke's, as he is so feeble that he can hardly bear the noise of the tavern. There seems to be but little hope that he can ever recover, as the bone of his right arm is diseased, and he is too weak to endure an amputation. He talks of going home to his friends in New York. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 81.) July 13. Monday. We pulled a white turnip from our field today which weighed six pounds and was good throughout. Mr. Clark planted it. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 87.) July 14. Tuesday. Dr. goes into the pond often with the children, and Luther and Ada are beginning to swim. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 85.) July 15. Wednesday. Luther has been to town with his father. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 84.) July 16. Thursday. We have received letters from mother - all were well. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 79.)

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June 1863

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