Delia Locke


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1863. Aug. 6. Thursday. Mrs. Bragg called a while this morning - a genuine Irish woman is she. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70) Aug. 7. Friday. Brother Horace is today sixteen years old. He lives here and assists in keeping store. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 86. S.S.74.) Aug. 8. Saturday. Tonight Mr. Goldthwaite shot Cyrus Smith on the road near, Mr. Fugitts. The cause was an aggravating one. A short time ago, Smith eloped with Mr. Goldthwaite's daughter. Ada. After being gone about a week Smith returned without the girl, and refused to make known her whereabouts. Smith was shot in the hip and the ball remains lodged in his body. He was brought here for surgical treatment. Dr. does not think it a dangerous wound. It was a strange act, his eloping with a girl not quite thirteen, though this does not justify the act of shooting. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 66.) Aug. 9. Sabbath. An emblem of the rest above. O how I long for rest. But my health is delicate, my family large and my cares many. For me, much rest cannot be found. I sometimes think there is no sweeter word in our language than rest, except those which pertain to the Godhead. I could never bear idleness, all I ask for is leisure enough to refresh once more this tired, wearied body. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.) Aug. 10. Monday. Mrs. Arnott called. Ida is today sixteen months old and weighs twenty one pounds. She also has twelve teeth, the same number which every one of the others had except Howard, who had fourteen. She is exactly the size of Horace Mann but is much more forward in getting about. She walks all the time, and if the door stands open, she is out of doors immediately, running round in the hot sun and browning her pretty round face. She is very active and reminds me of Ada. She is improving in talking also. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) Aug. 11. Tuesday. Lawyer Byers was here to dinner and supper. We have received letters today from mother. She is quite impatient for Father to return, as she writes she wishes to get to Cal. with him again before winter. She seems quite anxious to come here. She says she wishes to live near her children. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) Aug. 12. Wednesday. Fall weather. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 69.) Aug. 13. Thursday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 65.) Aug. 14. Friday. They have had a trial of Mr. Goldthwaite for shooting Cyrus Smith before Mr. Clark here in the Hall. Mrs. Goldthwaite came up as one of the witnesses, and as she was the only female present in court she did not wish to stay in the Hall except while she gave her testimony, so she remained in the house with me all day, for the trial was not concluded until dark. I see I have made a mistake. The trial was relative to money matters instead of the shooting and was decided in Mr. Smith's favor. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) Aug. 15. Saturday. Susie is not well, and Geo. is absent. Ada has been to stay with and help her today. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.) Aug. 16. Sabbath. I have been thinking of the text, "Ye have need of patience, so that after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise." And so it is. Impatience with me is a great failing. When shall we have the preached word and the means of grace. We need them so much for the children’s sake as well as for our own, the time seems long to wait for them. I am afraid the Sabbath does not seem like a sacred day to the little ones. How sweetly the "Sabbath bell" used to round to me. If there is one thing above many others which I love, it is the sanctuary privileges of New England. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) Aug. 17. Monday. Mr. George Howland dined with us. He has been quite sick with a fever. He says he is preparing to go East, and thinks he shall go with Father, (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.) Aug. 18. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers washed for me today. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Aug. 19. Wednesday. Susie is sick. Roland was here to dinner. Father has put off starting for home until the 3rd. of October, when an opposition steamer is to sail. Mother will be disappointed for Father sent her word that he intended to start on the last steamer in the present month. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) Aug. 20. Thursday. Susie is recovering. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) Aug. 21. Friday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.)

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August 1863

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