Delia Locke


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1865 previously quarreled with another Chinaman, Soong, declared that if Dr. hired Soong, he should leave. Dr. said he must hire Soong to tend the plasterers, who commence work today. So Soong came and Quing left, and the cooking must be done by Hannah and myself at present, till we can procure another cook. Chinamen are full of caprices. Mr. & Mrs. Sabin called here this morn. They are to more into our neighborhood again soon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) Oct. 26. Thursday. Hannah and I have done the cooking today. It fatigues me very much as I am not well, & have not been accustomed to it for a long time. Mr. Chisholm dined with us. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Oct. 27. Friday. The morning was cloudy. Hannah left me at noon and went to Geo.'s. I wondered if she did as she would be done by, though she said she had some sewing that must be done. I wished she might be contented to stay till another cook came, whom we expect on Sunday. For I am so weak that the cooking almost makes me sick. Sylvester Rogers dined with us. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.) Oct. 28. Saturday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Oct. 29. Sabbath. I could not attend S. school, for I was too weary. A cook came at night, but he is inexperienced, and wishes me to teach him to cook. This is not such as one as I wished to have, but we seem to be unable to find one we would like, so we shall employ him. His name is th Chow. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 63.) Oct. 30. Monday. The morning was rainy. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Oct. 31. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Nov. 1. Wednesday. Mrs. Gorham called. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Nov. 2. Thursday. I have been sick all the afternoon. I think I was rather worm out with hard work last week. Mrs. Rogers called. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Nov. 3. Friday. Mrs. Hoxie called this afternoon. I think I have never seen a woman that could talk faster. This being the case, I cannot tell whether I shall like her after a long acquaintance or not, for it takes some time to find out great talkers. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Nov. 4. Saturday. Mr. Heath dined here. This afternoon, Mrs. Allard and two little sons, Mrs. Green law and two little daughters, Susie with all her children, and Cora Vincent called. I enjoyed their call, but got very weary, and through the night was quite sick. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) Nov. 5. Sabbath. I was not able to attend church, but Mr. Guernsey did not come to preach, so after the Sunday School, the meeting was dismissed. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Nov. 6. Monday. Weather cloudy. Mary is today nineteen months old. She is the smallest and most backward of all the six, for she does not yet walk, and weighs but twenty one and one-half pounds. But she is now gaining, flesh so fast, that I feel pleased and thankful. She has but twelve teeth as yet, less than any of the rest except Luther. She does not improve much in talking, and is altogether, quite a baby. I have written today to Cousin Carrie Copeland. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) Nov. 7. Tuesday. Today, Hannah came for medicine, and seemed so sick that Dr. drove down in a wagon and took her home. Geo. Lippe also came for medicine. He looks more poorly than I ever saw him before. There is a great deal of sickness around in the neighborhood and at Wood bridge I think it will be so that we must look for a season of sickness each fall, as we used to in Mass. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.) Nov. 8. Wednesday. Clara is today twelve years old. Poor girl! her face has been sore a year, and is no better. We fear she will not live to see another birthday. Should the sores heal, her face will be so much deformed as to deprive her of much enjoyment. So far as I know, she is very patient, but her

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January 1865

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