Delia Locke


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large in her hands, she will say "eavy, eavy", for heavy. She is very active, climbs upon chairs and tables, and is very fond of a doll, but will scarcely ever kiss any of us and does not like to be petted much. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Nov. 11. Wednesday. The weather is still cloudy, and we have had a little rain - the first of the season. It comes a month later than is usual. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Nov. 12. Thursday. Susie and Emma Kerr have made me a call. Susie's health is not good. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 53.) Nov. 13. Friday. Mrs. Norton has been here sewing today. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Nov. 14. Saturday. The weather is cloudy. Dr. and Josiah have been to Mr. Boody's and got the Ladies' Library and placed it in the hall. Josiah took dinner with us. I have attended the Division this eve. There were three initiated. When I came down from the meeting, having left the children alone as usual, I found Ida up alone and sitting in the rocking - chair. I left her asleep, but she waked and not finding me, she got off the bed and rocked until I came, without crying. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 58.) Nov. 15. Sabbath. The wind has blown hard and we have had showers. Dr. has started for Sacramento being called on business. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Mr. Thos. Parker dead - Mr. Cahill joined Division Hat and shawl - Apple - parer. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 16. Monday. The forenoon was windy and rainy, the afternoon bright and pleasant. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Nov. 17. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers has washed for me. I have been to the ambrotype saloon of Mr. Bowers at the Lockeford House with the children, to try and get their pictures, but did not succeed. Dr. has arrived home from Sacramento. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Nov. 18. Wednesday. Mrs. Rogers has been here today. I have been again to the saloon to try and get the children’s pictures. After trying eleven times in all, we took the best one obtained, which was very poor - one in which I am sitting with the babies in my Cap and Ada standing beside me. A teamer stopping at the Lockeford House had both legs badly broken tonight by being seen over by his own team. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 19. Thursday. Mrs. Norton has been here at work today. I have looked over the books in the library - taking notice which were in and which were out - how much they were soiled, &c. But few books have been taken out since the Library has been at Mrs. Boody's. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Nov. 20. Friday. Mrs. Norton has again been here at work. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Nov. 21. Saturday. I have attended the Division this eve and opened the Ladies' Library, which is now to be opened regularly every Saturday evening. Very windy. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Nov. 22. Sabbath. The wind still blows hard. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Nov. 23. Monday. The weather is foggy and damp. Mrs. Rogers has washed for me. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Nov. 24. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. We have cold mornings with no rain. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Nov. 25. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton has been helping me to prepare for Thanksgiving. This afternoon Emma Holman called - the first time since her arrived - though she has been here three months. I was so very busy and tired that I could not enjoy the call as well as otherwise. Her mother does not talk of coming here at present. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Nov. 26. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. We have had the family dinner here, and about thirty persons dined here. There were all Susie's family, my brothers and Aunt Hannah, and our hired men, to the number of twelve. We had roast turkey and roast pork - chicken pie and plum pudding, pies, tarts and cakes. It has been hard work to prepare and serve the dinner, and I am almost exhausted. We eat as long a table as we could in the house, and Susie has helped me a great deal. Emma Kerr was also here. The weather is fine (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Nov. 27. Friday. Still fine weather. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Nov. 28. Saturday. We have today received letters from mother containing the welcome news of Father's safe arrival home, after twentyfour days passage. I have attended the Division. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.) Nov. 29. Sabbath. The coldest morning. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 52.) Nov. 30. Monday. I have been half sick ever since Thanksgiving, and Susie has the chills again. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) Dec. 1. Tuesday. Mrs. Rogers has washed. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 53.)

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October 1863

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