Delia Locke


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1865 May 10. Wednesday. This eve I have been to Mother's with others to practise some pieces of music for the meeting tomorrow night, but I am so hoarse that I can not sing much. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) May 11. Thursday. Mr. & Mrs. Tallmadge and baby came this morn and remained to dinner. She had a tooth extracted. Mr. Holden took supper with us. This eve, we have had a meeting of the Soldiers' Aid Society in the Hall. The attendance was good, and the amount taken over twelve and one-half dollars. The amusements were "Grab-bag" and a lively game. The motion was made and seconded that we should hold no more meetings until the time of the full moon in Sept., but it was voted down. The next meeting was appointed at the Harmony Grove schoolhouse on the 8th. of June. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) May 12. Friday. Warmer weather. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) May 13. Saturday. Cora Vincent called this afternoon to exchange books in the Ladies' Library. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) May 14. Sabbath. The wind is blowing briskly. Sarah Brooks had a little boy born this morn. I have not attended S. school today for I am half sick with my cold, and it seems all the time to be growing worse instead of better. I am so hoarse I can but just speak aloud. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) May 15. Monday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.) May 16. Tuesday. Jeff. Davis, the head of the Confederacy, is caught. He was attempting to flee in female attire, but failed to get his boots off. So much for the present glory of Southern chivalry. We hope he will not escape the punishment he so richly deserves, as testimony is strong to confirm the suspicion that he was one of the chief conspirators against the life of our lamented President. Hang all the traitors as high as Haman, say I. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.) May 17. Wednesday. The weather is a little cloudy. Miss Behan called tonight. She thinks she can keep her next school better than she has this one. I hope so. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 62.) May 18. Thursday. The day has been windy and cloudy with a little rain. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) May 19. Friday. We had a very heavy rain last night. It will do much damage, destroying the feed on the plains to a great extent and beating down and lodging the tall grain so as to make it difficult to cut it. I suppose our vegetables will be some benefited, but they did not lack moisture, as that has been supplied to them from the river. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) May 20. Saturday. Mrs. Brakeman called this morning. She made some uncomfortable remarks to me, but they are in keeping with her usual conversation. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) May 21. Sabbath. I have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey preached from Col. 3. 16. He was very earnest in his remarks and talked as if he thought his time was short and eternity near. I enjoyed the meeting much but got so wearied that I have been in bed the most of the time since. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) May 22. Monday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 64.) May 23. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 57.) May 24. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) May 25. Thursday. This afternoon Messrs. Henry Robinson and Mr. Brand called. Mr. Brand calls Mr. Robinson "elder" and Mr. Robinson calls Mr. Brand "Dr." They are finely dressed and make a great "spludg." "Elder Robinson" left an appointment to preach at the schoolhouse tomorrow night. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 73.) May 26. Friday. Miss Beham's school closed this afternoon. This eve Mr. Robinson held forth at the schoolhouse to the extent of his ability. Some say he did better than they expected. Dr. went but I did not. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 66.) May 27. Saturday. Weather cooler. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 28. Sabbath. I was not well enough to attend S. school with the others. This afternoon, Dr. and the children have been to the brick church to hear an address from Mr. Richardson in behalf of the Freedmen. This is the subject next claiming our attention. Pictures of slave children were sold for the benefit of the

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January 1865

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