Delia Locke


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1865 Aug. 20. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Mr. Flood dined with us, also Hannah. Susie and Sarah are both quite sick, the latter with chills. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 68.) Aug. 21. Monday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 66.) Aug. 22. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) Aug. 23. Wednesday. Mr. Flood's threshing machine with the hands came just in time for supper tonight. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.) Aug. 24. Thursday. The threshers commenced their work this morn. We now have, boarders and all, twenty seven men to cook for. But Quing, the Cook, is such good help that we can get along without any extra help. I have to spend most of my time in arranging and clearing tables, preparing fruit, etc. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 84.) Aug. 25. Friday. We had a slight shower at sunset. There are strong indications of early rains. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 80.) Aug. 26. Saturday. Susie called this afternoon. Tonight all the Chinamen got into a fuss with the machine hands and refused to work the last hour. One of the machine hands struck one of the Chinaman with a weed, and feeling insulted, the whole ten left the field. I hope we shall be able to make peace again by Monday morning. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) Aug. 27. Sabbath. I did not attend church this morning, as I was too weary so to do, after breakfast for so many men was over. Mr. Guernsey was expected to preach today but did not come. We learn that he is a little sick. Camp Meeting will commence at the former site of the Octagon schoolhouse, next Friday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) Aug. 28. Monday. Chinamen at work, one left. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) Aug. 29. Tuesday. Today there was a formal public sale of the Steamer Pert for a debt against her. She was bought by some of this family, and is now safe against all other lives of the kind. Capt. Bead bury managed so badly that many different claims have been presented against the Pert since he left. This eve there has been public speaking at the Lockeford House by various. Union candidates. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) Aug. 30. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Aug. 31. Thursday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) Sept. 1. Friday. The threshing machine left us after dinner. Now it seems quiet again. Mother and Clara dined with us. They are going in to the examination of Miss Bigelow's school which closes today. The camp meeting commences today. We have 2800 bushels of grain in all. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 69.) Sept. 2. Saturday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 78.) Sept. 3. Sabbath. We went down to the Camp meeting this morning leaving Mary in Luther's charge. Then as it was so near, we came home to dinner and have been again this afternoon. There were a great many people there and Mr. Gorham, who had given notice that he would furnish dinners to all who wished it, had more than he could accommodate. Mr. Oliver preached this morning from the text, "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge" &.c.c. Mr. Priddy preached this afternoon from the text, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit." Mr. Oliver is a very interesting preacher. Emma Kerr came out from Stockton in company with others to attend the meeting, and took tea with us. Dr. and Luther have gone to attend the evening meeting. I am so weary that I cannot go. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Sept. 4. Monday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 87.) Sept. 5. Tuesday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 87.) Sept. 6. Wednesday. Mary is today seventeen months old, and truly she is a little Mary for she weighs but seventeen pounds. She is the least of all the six, but has as many teeth as half of them, namely twelve. She does not seem to grow or gain strength at all, still she is not very sick, and is generally a quiet child. She can stand by the wall, creep well, and walk between two, but must be stronger before she can walk alone. Election day, and Mr. Coffey dined here. There were one hundred and thirty votes.

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January 1865

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