Delia Locke


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Dec. 2. Wednesday. The morning was rainy. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Dec. 3. Thursday. This morning we had a very heavy fog - almost a rain. We have received a letter from Father. He says they will soon go to New Hampshire to visit Mother Locke and Franklin. He intends to come here with the family in the spring, and wishes Roland to buy the Blakeslee house for him. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Dec. 4. Friday. Mr. Nims, now living at Geo. Locke's is very sick and not expected to live. He has had the chills all through the Fall, and now has disease of the lungs. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Dec. 5. Saturday. The morning was very foggy. Mr. Nims died at about three o'clock, A.M. He dropped away suddenly at last. Geo. Thomason was here to tea, and Emma Herr remained over night. I have attended the Division, and the meeting was a very interesting one. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 46.) Dec. 6. Sabbath. The weather has been very damp and chilly all day. We have buried Mr. Nims. Mr. Buckner said he would attend at eleven o'clock, but we waited till twelve and past, and he did not come. Then Mr. Holden read a chapter from the Bible - the fourteenth of job - we sang a hymn, "When shall we meet again," Mr. Rogers lead in prayer, and we marched in procession to the grave, which was dug beside Elmer's. A goodly number of people were present. Not a relative was near, only comparative strangers to drop the parting tear. Such be not my fate. I do not think that we can hope he is forever happy with the Lord. O that it might be so. After arriving home I wrote a letter to my parents. The subjects were. Mr. Amis's funeral. Thanksgiving. New houses - Mr. Hett's family expected soon. Mr. & Mrs. Read coming back - children. Sewing - pieces. Picture - taking. Grandpa's birthday. Geo. Thomason and Emma Herr were here to breakfast, and Mr. Coffey to dinner. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.) Dec. 7. Monday. Ida is not very well. She has taken cold, and has some fever. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Dec. 8. Tuesday. Ida is better today. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Dec. 9. Wednesday. Mrs. Rogers has washed. Weather foggy and rainy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 52.) Dec. 10. Thursday. The weather is foggy and cloudy. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. Susie's baby boy has had a second fit today, probably caused by teething. It was not so severe as the first and does not leave him so weak. Susie is sick in bed, and Emma Herr, who has been living there, left this morn with the frivolous excuse that she must prepare for a Christmas ball. I feel very sorry for Susie. Ida is today twenty mos. old. She is the third in size, Luther and Howard being larger, and Ada and Horace smaller. Her weight is twenty three pounds. She has the same number of teeth as the rest, sixteen. But she is more forward in talking than any of them, a real little chatter box. She often puts four words together to form a sentence. She is a pretty child, with a fine quantity of curling hair. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Dec. 11. Friday. The weather is cloudy. I am not well, and Mr. Robinson is in the house, to help about the cooking. He is a very good cook, also neat. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Dec. 12. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. My health is better today. It is sister Hannah's birthday. She is now fourteen years old. We have received a letter from Franklin saying our parents were then there on a visit. We shall expect a letter from them soon. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Dec. 13. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and rainy. But however inclement the weather, the Sabbath is usually a pleasant day to me, if for a while I can cast off the heavy cases which rest upon me and read and meditate. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Dec. 14. Monday. Mr. & Mrs. Herrick have moved from our place to me near Camanche. Mrs. Rogers has washed today. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Dec. 15. Tuesday. Weather cool and pleasant. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Dec. 16. Wednesday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. Mr. & Mrs. Weaver called with a sick child. Ada is today six years old, and it is a little singular that she is just as tall as Luther was, three feet and seven inches. She, however, only weighs forty two and one fourth pounds, being slender and thin. The fact is, her mind much out strips her body, as she is, in her lessons, much in advance of him, at the same age. In all their lessons, she is as far [?] as he now is, and is certainly a better reader. They have commenced reading through the Second Reader (Sargents) for the third

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December 1863

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