Delia Locke


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indispensable to his happiness. He can not talk very plainly, and it is only for a few months that he has tried to talk much. His teething sickness was almost too much for him, but we think it will not injure him permanently. This has been a year of mercies and blessings - thanks be to the giver of all good. May the year to come be as free from ills to us all. As for myself I believed I am happier than I was a year ago. I feel that I have no cause for unhappiness, and the only great annoyance I have is in having Grandpa Locke in the family. He is so childish and trouble some, that some times I hardly know what to do, and could not endure him, were it not for the kind advice and assistance of my husband. Grandpa is not fit to be in the store or post Office, but how to get him out is the question, for he is so wilful that he will stay, especially if he thinks any one wishes him out. Now let the curtain be drawn over the past, for we are hurried on to the commencement of another year. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 48.) 1864. Jan. 1. Friday. Now commences the new year. It finds me laden with cares and duties, but happy withal. The children five, the men ten in number, with myself, make sixteen in the family. But I hire the was hing and ironing done, and in any emergency, I can have Mr. Robinson to help me cook, and he is a good cook. When I speak of ten men, I count all the male members of the family. Josiah dined with us. His scholars have this for a holiday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Jan. 2. Saturday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Jan. 3. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 4. Monday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Jan. 5. Tuesday. The morning was rainy, the day otherwise pleasant. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 7. Thursday. Luther is sick with the chills. I believe he is more subject to them than either of the others. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Jan. 8. Friday. Mrs. Prescott seems to be insane again. The immediate cause seems to be sickness. Her husband is making arrangements to leave for Illinois. T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Jan. 9. Saturday. Have attended the Division this eve. Mr. Clark was expelled for stealing and drinking liquor. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 10. Sabbath. Ida is today twentyone months old, and weighs twentyfour and one - half pounds. She is still the third in size but can talk as well, if not better, than any. She will climb up to the table as soon as the men have finished eating, and feeds herself very well - She is a good little child, and easily managed. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Mr. Blakeslee's letter Parsonage minister. Children work Josiah's school Mr. & Mrs. Read in San Francisco Mrs. Prescott in sane again. Mr. Shoemaker in Stockton. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 51.) Jan. 11. Monday. The weather is cloudy. Mrs. Lacock called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Jan. 12. Tuesday. I started a little before noon with Luther, Ada and Howard to visit Josiah's school at the Salem schoolhouse. On the

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December 1863

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