Delia Locke


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Jan. 21. Saturday. Cold weather. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 43.) Jan. 22. Sabbath. We have attended S. school in the schoolhouse. Mr. Curry has preached in the Hall this evening. This is the coldest morn we have had. (T.S.R. 27. 2 P.M. 50. S.S.46.) Jan. 23. Monday. I have today written to Susie H. Ward. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 24. Tuesday. Mother came in this afternoon. Josiah came to tea and we sang in the evening while he played on the Eolian. When he had gone, it is too late to go to the Lodge, besides I have such a cough that it was hardly prudent. Josiah says that Capt. Bradbury of the steamer Pert is in the habit of drinking liquor to excess, which of course is no recommendation to a man in his situation, nor indeed, to any person I can think of. I am very sorry to hear of it. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.) Jan. 25. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy, temperature growing. warmer. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 47.) Jan. 26. Thursday. Weather cloudy and rainy with high wind. Hannah came over this afternoon. She is crocheting a breakfast cape for herself. The weather is so unfavorable that we have not thought it best to attend the Soldiers' Aid Society at Mr. Geo. Rogers. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 59.) Jan. 27. Friday. I have been visiting at Mother's this afternoon. This eve I have attended the Degreemeeting of the Lodge, and have taken the second and third degrees in company with Earnest and Philip Megerle. Robert Vance also took the first degree. The evening was dark and cloudy and the night is very rainy. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Jan. 28. Saturday. The forenoon was very rainy, the afternoon showery. The grass is very green. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 29. Sabbath. A very pleasant day. We have all attended church except the baby. She lies on the bed in Ah Teet's care. Mr. Guernsey preached from Heb. 12. 22, 23, 24. He spoke of the company and privileges of those who come to Jesus, of angels as ministering spirits, illustrated by dream told by Dr. Doddridge, and remarked that believers who sin even while surrounded by all these influences for good, must be exceeding guilty. The Methodists have a Quarterly Meeting at the church, which made our meeting rather thinner than usual. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Jan. 30. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 31. Tuesday. We have had a very hard rain accompanied by thick clouds and a high wind. On this account there has been no Lodge meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Feb. 1. Wednesday. There were heavy showers this morning. The river is full, running a little over the levee. Hannah called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Feb. 2. Thursday. I have been visiting at Mother's this afternoon. Susie and her children and Miss White were there also. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Feb. 3. Friday. A very cold wind has been blowing today. The river is falling. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Feb. 4. Saturday. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Feb. 5. Sabbath. I have not felt well enough to attend S. school today. The children and their father went as usual. I have the sick headache a great deal, which almost unfits me for exertion. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Feb. 6. Monday. Mary is today ten months old. She is now the fifth in size, weighing seventeen and one-half pounds Ada being smaller. She is now about as far advanced as Ida was at her age in everything except in teething, in this respect she is the most backward of all the little ones, as she has yet no teeth. She sits on the floor a good deal now and likes to eat a little of anything soft. She has very light blue eyes. I think she resembles Sarah more than she does any of her brother or sister. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Feb. 7. Tuesday. Mother and Clara have been here this afternoon. I have not felt able to attend the Lodge this evening. Miss White called and went to the Lodge with the Dr. Mr. Davis of Camps Saco was here to tea. He is looking for a business situation. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Feb. 8. Wednesday. Mr. Davis is still here. I have been to visit Mrs. Kett this afternoon with Mother and Clara. I took Ida and Mary with me and when I came home I found Mary had one of Mrs. Kett's silver spoons in her hand, which if she had dropped, I should never have know anything about it, as I did not know she had it. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.)

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January 1865

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