Delia Locke


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1864. Luther and Ada can swim considerably. Their father wishes to make this one branch of their education. This afternoon I have been reading to the children from the book "Illustrated Life of Christ," as I have often done before. We have a painting "Bible Scenes" which they love to look at, and they love to hear me read and give good attention. I have also been reading the "Maine Temperance Journal," which is taken by our Division. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 63.) Apr. 25. Monday. Mrs. Metcalf came and had tooth extracted this morning. This afternoon, as Horace was attempting to draw a calf home on which he had thrown a rope, being on horseback, he tried to twist the rope round the pommel of the saddle. In doing so, the middle finger of his left hand was caught in the rope, and without warning was twisted entirely off except the skin of one side. He was about a mile from home, but came round directly, and as Dr. was at home, he fixed it up immediately. He amputate it below the joint, having first administered chloroform. We are glad it was not the right hand. It is not very painful. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) Apr. 26. Tuesday. The morn was rainy, and the remainder of the day cloudy. We have received letters from mother, enclosed in which was a photograph of Hannah and Clara. O how they have grown and changed! Susie has spent the afternoon with me. We have had a very pleasant time. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 63.) Apr. 27. Wednesday. This morning I wrote to Brother Josiah. Aunt Hannah called this forenoon. She brought pictures of Dr. Towle and wife. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) Apr. 28. Thursday. I have just finished making boys' clothes for Horace Mann, and putting them on him. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 69.) Apr. 29. Friday. I have written to Mother Locke - the first time for about four years, I think, though perhaps not quite so long. If my mother comes here, and so I do not have her to write to, I can occasionally write to her I think. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.) Apr. 30. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.) May. 1. Sabbath. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 69.) May 2. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) May 3. Tuesday. This is the warmest day we have had. This morn we have received a letter from Josiah. He says the school is to close on the 20 inst, with a public examination of three days in length. He stands No. 1 in his class, but will not graduate this term. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 73.) May 4. Wednesday. We have had a very sudden change in the temperature, which I fear, will cause sickness. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 61.) May 5. Thursday. We have again received letters from Mother. They were still intending to start for Cal. on the 13th of April. Father had sold the homestead and most of his land. Three young ladies and one young man were expecting to come with them, besides Mr. Kett's family. What an arrival that will be! The weather is cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) May 6. Friday. Baby is now a month old. She has gained one pound and a quarter is weight, now weighing nine and a quarter. She is well and quiet. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.) May 7. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. The Military company have been drilling here. They now have revolvers and swords. They still drill on foot. We have received letters from Mother Locke and her photograph. She has grown old in looks, but seems to be heavier. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.) May 8. Sabbath. The anniversary of our marriage. We have now been married nine years and have six precious immortals committed to our training. Precious trust! in comprehensible responsibility! As husband and wife, we are no less dear to each other than ever. My cup of happiness is as full as earth ever affords. I trust my heart will be filled with gratitude to the Giver. I have been over to see Susie and her sick baby. Elmer looks quite feeble with teething. Mrs. Norton has a son born this morning. The morn was rainy, the remainder of the day cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) May 9. Monday. Weather still cloudy, Mr. Holden called this afternoon. He says Aunt Hannah is quite sick. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.)

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January 1864

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