Delia Locke


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Apr. 28. Friday. Mrs. Andrews called here this afternoon. She is a fat, good natured woman, I should judge, who make the most of the circumstances around her for happiness (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) Apr. 29. Saturday. We have received the welcome intelligence that J. Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin of our beloved President, has been captured and killed. He, with an accomplice, were hid in a barn, and when a force of cavalry rode up and demander their surrender, they refused to do so. The barn was then set on fire, but as Booth was heavily armed and threatened resistance, he was shot at and died in a couple of hours. The Providence of God seems to have ordered that he should die in the same manner as his victim; for although the officer who shot him intended only to main him so that he could be taken prisoner, Booth, being in the act of stooping, received the ball through the head, and died in awful agony, blaspheming the government, and has gone to receive the punishment he deserves. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) Apr. 30. Sabbath. The warm weather is raising the river very fast. It is feared that the levees will break and the bottoms be flooded. Mr. Daniels preached the funeral sermon of Lincoln at the brick church this forenoon. Mr. Crosby dined with us. He preached this afternoon at the schoolhouse from P. 95. 6. "All the Gods of the heathen are idols, but the Lord made the heavens." He mentioned different idols that we may worship, though we do not bow down to blocks of wood and stone. And he made the remark that if we allow anything to occupy our minds until we are too weary to worship God as we ought, we certainly set that up in our hearts in the place of God, and give it that homage which is alone His due, whether it is worldly care study, or any earthly duly. This was a new idea to me. O Lord, help me to banish idols from my heart, and worship only thee." (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79.) May 1. Monday. The school has had a holiday, and some of the children have been on a walk with the teacher, Miss. Behan. Mother has been making soap here today but it is not finished, will be tomorrow. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 75.) May 2. Tuesday. Weather cooler. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 3. Wednesday. Dr. is very sick with cholera-morbus tonight. He got wet with cold river water just after eating his dinner which occasioned a stoppage of digestion, and the consequent evils. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) May 4. Thursday. Pieces of the bone in Clara's face are beginning to come out. Dr. gave her chloroform and made an examination. He thinks when all the diseased bone has flaked off, that the sores will heal. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.) May 5. Friday. Eve very warm. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) May 6. Saturday. We have picked the geese today. Mary is today thirteen months old, has four teeth and weighs twenty pounds. She is the fourth in size, and the most backward of all in teething. She does not creep yet but rolls round the floor some, and calls for me, "mama, mama." Her hair is beginning to grow. Weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 87.) May 7. Sabbath. It is not to be supposed that this hot weather does not melt the snow in the mountains. The river is very high, and we should be in undated were it not for the levees, which they are obliged to watch constantly. Mary is sick today, very restless with fever, so that I could not leave her to attend church. Mr. Guernsey did not come, as was expected. He is probably sick, or wearied out with the heat. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 85.) May 8. Monday. The anniversary of our marriage. We have now been married ten years! That we may ever dwell together in the presence of God is my daily prayer. Mary is not better. She seems to suffer much. Geo. Locke's levee gave way partially, wetting his or chard and some of our corn and potatoes. They hope to stop the break in the morning, when the water is lower. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 77.) May 9. Tuesday. Mrs. Miner called. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 65.)

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January 1865

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