Delia Locke


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time, have learned most of the Multiplication Table and can add and subtract pretty readily. They are now learning to write on their slates, and Howard also. After a little, they are to have writing books Ada is a very useful girl about the house, very willing to help and very active. To her can never be applied the epithet - lazy, for surely she is much the reverse. A deer good girl she is, so careful of her clothes and watchful over the younger ones, and yet she has a strong will of her own. Her father says he would not have it different, if he could. We hope to be able to turn her energetic will in a proper direction. She has two new teeth, Luther had none. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.) Dec. 17. Thursday. We have received a letter from our parents, describing their visit to New Hampshire, and to Holliston, where Mrs. Hett lives. They made very short visits to all. Father write he hopes to be able to start for Cal. in March next. I do not think he will get ready so soon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Dec. 18. Friday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. The weather is fine. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Dec. 19. Saturday. Mrs. Bigelow came and had a front tooth filled, and an other extracted. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Dec. 20. Sabbath. We have had a little sing, my brothers, Mr. Wallace and Mr. Hett were here. Since this, I have been to see Susie. Her health is some what better, but she is not well. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Dec. 21. Monday. The weather is cloudy. Mrs. Alexander has been here to have teeth filled. I have been to the store to make purchases. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 22. Tuesday. Weather still cloudy. Susie called on her way to buy something for the Christmas tree she is to have. We are all invited there to spend Christmas. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Dec. 23. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Mrs. Rogers came and washed for me. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Dec. 24. Thursday. Weather still cloudy and rainy. I have not been well and Mr. Robinson has been in the house doing the cooking. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 25. Friday. We have all been to Susie's to spend Christmas. I cooked the dinner for the men and left it on the table when I went away. Mr. & Mrs. Booher and children were there also Aunt Hannah and Mr. Holdan. We had a pleasant time. The Christmas tree was covered with presents, and looked prettier than last year's tree. There was a Harmonion for Luther, a bird and scarf for Ada, and her old doll was dressed anew and hung on the tree, also Sarah's. Then there was a trumpet for Howard, a squeaking dog for Horace Mann, and a doll for Ida, also a round comb. Sarah had a scarf and Reader, and Elmer a new jacket and trumpet. There were some new books for Daniel and toys for Mrs. Booher's three children. I gave Susie and Aunt Hannah each a bottle of cologne, and Aunt gave Susie and I prices of black lace for under sleeves. Then there was candy for all. Who of us shall live to see another “merry Christmas?” (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 47.) Dec. 26. Saturday. Mrs. Rogers has been here to work. Susie came and dined with us. She walked over and drew the baby in the little wagon. Josiah also dined here. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Dec. 27. Sabbath. Susie was taken violently sick this morning, with chill and vomiting blood. Dr. went over in haste, and she is easier tonight, but quite sick. The exertion of the past week, has doubtless been too much for her. I am sorry she is so weak. I have written to parents. The subjects of my letter were. Health of all - parents visits. Prices of hicory - Christmas party and presents. Ada's birthday. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Dec. 28. Monday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Dec. 29. Tuesday. This morn the frost was so heavy that the children gathered it into balls like snow balls. We seem to have a day and frosty winter. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Dec. 30. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton came and washed. She has had five or six teeth extracted today and took chloroform. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 43.) Dec. 31. Thursday. The last day of the year, and Horace Mann's birthday. He is now three years old, is just as tall as Ada was three feet and one half inch, and weighs thirty four and one half pounds, nearly as much as the heaviest, which was Howard. He is very well, with fat, very cheeks, and quite good looking. His hair is the whitest of any of them. But he is more babyish than either of the others, and has not learned his letters. He clings to mamma as much as Ida does, and seems to think her quite

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December 1863

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