Delia Locke


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when the final vote was taken six voted in favor of surrendering and five against it. It was also voted to appropriate the funds remaining in the Treasury to the purchase of Temperance books. Adjourned for one week. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Dec. 18. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school and had a very pleasant time and good attendance, considering the cold weather (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 42.) Dec. 19. Monday. I have written a short letter to Bro. Franklin. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 42.) Dec. 20. Tuesday. We have attended the Lodge this eve. Miss Wilson was initiated. We have had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 44.) Dec. 21. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 46.) Dec. 22. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Dec. 23. Friday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Miss White made a short call. She is living at Susie's. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Dec. 24. Saturday. Cloudy day and rainy night. Five ladies and four gentleman came to the Division but no meeting was held. With the assistance of Ah Teet, I do the washing and ironing, and he does the cooking. I sew and help the Dr. keep the accounts, write letters for him. etc. Also I spend an hour or more in teaching the children each day. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Dec. 25. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and rainy and the ground is so wet that I could not attend S. school. Only Luther and his father attended but they had a pleasant school. This eve, Rev. Mr. Curry has preached in the Hall from Gen. 17. 1. "I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be thou perfect." God is Almighty in supplies, in Creation and redemption. The text implies progression in the Christian life, also perfection not absolute perfection, but relative perfection. The sermon was a good one and quite well attended. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Dec. 26. Monday. Weather still cloudy and rainy. We have all attended the Christmas celebration at Susie's. Clara was there for the first time since her sickness, the entire Hammond family the Kett family, Misses White, Derby and Campbell, Messrs. Holden and Shaw and James and John Reed and Mr. Wallace. We had the most beautiful Christmas tree I ever saw. It was fairly loaded with presents, which I cannot enumerate here. Among them were a beautiful breakfast shawl to Mother two sets silver spoons and a butter knife to Susie, a silver washed school signal to Josiah, etc. Luther had a cap, belt, pair of gloves and two books Ada had a work-basket, pair of gloves. pair of shoes a pair of stockings and two books, Howard had a pair of mittens, two books and a cap, Horace Mann had a cap, a squeaking bid and a book, Ida had a pair of stockings, a doll and a book, and Mary had a new dress, three tires and a pair of stockings besides a bag of candy to each and a chair tidy to myself a watch case to the Dr. and a comfort bag to me. We got quite wet coming home, as it rained hard. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 58.) Dec. 27. Tuesday. At the Lodge meeting this eve but seven were present and I was the only female, still we had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Dec. 28. Wednesday. Weather very pleasant. My hair has fallen off so that it is thinner than I ever knew it before, owing to my late sickness. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56.) Dec. 29. Thursday. The steamer Pert arrived with the ferryboat this eve. She is loaded with merchandize for the mines. The weather is cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Dec. 30. Friday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Geo. Locke. Mr. Polk, Josiah and a Chinese merchant HeLong, all dined here. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Dec. 31. Saturday. Weather cloudy and rainy. A letter from Franklin brought news from friends in Texas who have not been heard from before since the war commenced. Uncle Calvin Locke has lost his oldest son, killed in the rebel army, and has two daughters are married to rebels. His door, sash and blind factory has been taken by the Confederate government for an armory. Cousin John Gerould was lost over board from a rebel steamer and drowned. He was, however thought to be Union in sentiment, but was pressed into the rebel service. Dr. is absent in the mines, attending to the delivering of freight. Horace Mann is now four years old and is the third in size weighing thirtyseven pounds and measuring three feet, two and one-half inches in height. He is the most backward of any of the children as he has always been, still he is intelligent and easily managed. He is more fond of pets than any of them, and if he cannot find a live animal for a pet,

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January 1864

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