Delia Locke


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oyster dinner and a play at "horribles." This eve I have had a good talk with Josiah who is expecting to leave soon for school again at San Francisco. And the people have returned late from Stockton after seeing the fire-works. They report a good attendance, and some thousands of dollars contributed to the Sanitary Fund. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 81.S.S. 64.) July 5. Tuesday. Dr. has a photograph of Starr King which he purchased at the Fair. He was an inferior looking man. I have visited this afternoon at Mother's Susie was there (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 89.S.S. 70.) July 6. Wednesday. Mary is three months old and is smaller by two pounds than either of the others were weighing but twelve pounds. She is very quiet, lies on the bed alone and laughs aloud to herself, turns over and coos, and notices objects very well. She is sometimes afraid of strangers even now. Her head is very bare, and she has very light blue eyes. She has a pretty round head, but is far from being a pretty baby. Mr. Holman dined with us. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) July 7. Thursday. Mrs. Warren and children have been here most of the day, and Mother and Mrs. Miner this afternoon. Mr. Holden was here to dinner and supper. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 81.) July 8. Friday. Mrs. Warren and children have been here again. Hannah came over this evening, and together we have written the "Live Oak Temperance Banner." This occupied the evening, so that I did not attend the Lodge. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 81.) July 9. Saturday. In the Division this eve, Mr. Atchison was initiated. A large number of members were present. Hannah read the paper. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 78.) July 10. Sabbath. We have had a good S. school in the Hall this morn. I have just received a letter from S. H. Ward, who is now teaching in the Institute at Guilford Crown, I was delighted to receive it, and immediately wrote answer. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 74.) July 11. Monday. This morning, Luther, Ada and Howard commenced attending school for the first time. Miss Derby is the teacher and boards at M. Kett's. They have made a good commencement. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 75.) July 12. Tuesday. Mother and I have visited at Susie's this afternoon. Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Montgomery were there. Have had a bad headache. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 70.) July 13. Wednesday. Mr. Robinson has been drunk today. He took under pretence of being sick. What will now become of all his honors? I was obliged to assist in getting supper. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 67.) July 14. Thursday. Miss Derby has called this evening. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 68.) July 15. Friday. I have attended the Lodge this eve. Henry Atkins joined. Four members of Elliott Lodge were present. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 69.) July 16. Saturday. In the Division this eve, Miss Campbell as Editress of the "Live Oak Temperance Banner" read a very spicy paper all the articles. Mr. Robinson did not acknowledge violation of the pledge, but in private denies it. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 72.) July 17. Sabbath. We have today attended S. School in the schoolhouse. Dr. staid at home with the baby and the house all the rest went. A goodly number were present and we had a pleasant school. Mrs. Doom, Hannah, Miss Campbell and myself compose the Female Bible Class. Josiah sent a box of Question Books from San Francisco, on the book of Matthew. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 72.) July 18. Monday. Our day school now numbers fortyfive scholars. It is larger than can be well accommodated in the schoolhouse and Miss Derby is too much pressed with duties, so much so that she is almost sick. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 75.) July 19. Tuesday. Howard's birthday. He is now five years old. In size he is the largest of the three, measuring three feet, six and one-fourth inches in height, and weighing forty three pounds. In form and features he resembles his father very much, and I think also in disposition. He now attends school, although we did not at first intend to have him, but consented because he was so anxious to go. He has read through Sargent's Prince and has learned about three fourths of Eaton's Primary Arithmetic. So that he is somewhat farther advanced than Luther was, but not so far as Ada. He helps to milk

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January 1864

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