Delia Locke


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Sept. 11. Friday. Dr. has bought an apple paring machine, which promises to be of great service to me. It is a very small machine but does good work. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 81.) Sept. 12. Saturday. The military company has been drilling this afternoon. Susie and I have received a letter from Mrs. Augusta Read. She is not well contented, where they are in Washington Territory. She says there are but a few white settlers in the place, the rest are Indians painted red. She complains there are no schools and no Sabbaths. She hopes they will not remain long. Josiah took tea with us. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) Sept. 13. Sabbath. We have received letters from Mother again. All were well. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 74.) Sept. 14. Monday. Little cooler. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 69.) Sept. 15. Tuesday. Mrs. Miner picked our geese today on shares. We have a pound of feathers apiece. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 81.) Sept. 16. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton washed for me. The Sons of Temperance have a party tonight at Woodbridge and Geo. and Susie have gone. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) Sept. 17. Thursday. Mrs. Norton has been here at work. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 80.) Sept. 18. Friday. Very hot weather (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 81.) Sept. 19. Saturday. The weather is cloudy - Mr. Geo. Bramall Grand Lecturer, S of T, has been here most of the day. He has lectured in the Hall this eve, which I did not hear. After the lecture, there were nine initiative eight men and one woman - Mrs. Prescott. Mr. Geo. Thomason was among the number who joined, induced to do so by Mr. Bramall, both being Englishmen, Mr. Thomason took tea here. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) Sept. 20. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. I have written to Augusta. The subjects of my letter were - marriages. Death of Mr. Bragg's child. War East drafts. Father's going home. Prices there. Aunt's trip to the mountains. Lockeford news. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Sept. 21. Monday. Mrs. Norton has washed for me. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) Sept. 22. Tuesday. Mrs. Norton has been here at work today. She is good help. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 81.) Sept. 23. Wednesday. Mr. Legh Harnett arrived here today, from San Francisco. He looks about as usual. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) Sept. 24. Thursday. Mr. Harnett is still here. About three o'clock, we started for Stockton to attend the Country Fair, taking the three oldest children, and leaving Horace Mann and Ida with Mrs. Rogers, and Father at home to keep house. We arrived at Mrs. Kerr's about sunset, took tea there, then Mrs. Kerr with us we proceeded to town in the evening. The moon shone brightly, and we had a pleasant ride. The children remained with Mrs. Kerr's children. We drove to the Pavilion, which we found filled to such a degree with people, that there was but little opportunity to see the things on exhibition. Hon. Mr. Machin, Lieutenant Governor elect, made the annual address, which was very good, particularly his remarks relative to the training of children. After the speech, we had some excellent music from the Stockton Band. Previous to this, however, there were the presentations of two beautiful silver goblets to the president of the Agricultural Society. Dr. E. S. Holden from the members of the Society - also the same gentleman a plain silver goblet from the former clerks in his Drug Store. After the speech we met Geo, and Susie with Mrs. Shackford. Mr. Harnett escorted Mrs. Kerr round in great style, and has the promise of Emma's company to the closing Ball tomorrow evening. Returned to Mrs. Kerr's to spend the night. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) Sept. 25. Friday. Early this morning, we took the children with Emma and Sarah Kerr and went to town again. We first made some purchases. I bought a monitor hat and a thin shawl for myself, and we went into the Pavilion. There was a fine show of fruit, and some other interesting things. A hearse costing 1,600 dollars and many rich & beautiful specimens of minerals. We took a lunch with as and drove out to the stock grounds. Here we did not see much that was in

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September 1863

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