Delia Locke


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1865 state of health makes us all feel sad. Mrs. Dillon's oldest was born today a son. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 61.) Nov. 9. Thursday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Nov. 10. Friday. Somewhat cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 66.) Nov. 11. Saturday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 64.) Nov. 12. Sabbath. I have today attended S. school with the children. Dr. thought it not best for him to leave the house, as the plasterers were drunk, and one of them, Mr. Burke, was inclined to quarrel with every one, and especially with the Chinamen. Towards eve, he saw a horse and buggy standing near the front of the tavern, and without ceremony, he stepped into it and drove at full speed towards Stockton. The team was owned in Stockton, consequently, the horse traveled at a fast rate and was not overtaken before reaching home. We understand, the owner claimed twenty dollars for damages of Mr. Burke. So much for a drunken scrape. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Nov. 13. Monday. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Nov. 14. Tuesday. The day was very rainy with a heavy wind, which blew over a row of bee-hives, but did no serious damage. The plasterers finished their work today, which has been to put hard finish on the office, bedroom and hall in the new house. Right glad am I to say good bye, to such lovers of strong drink. The rooms look nicely now, but it will take them a long time to dry this wet weather. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Nov. 15. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Nov. 16. Thursday. The morning was foggy, the day cloudy Mrs. David Smith called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Nov. 17. Friday. The weather is still cloudy. I have been in bed most of the day, sick with a feverish attack. Mrs. Hoxie called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 61.) Nov. 18. Saturday. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) 1865 Nov. 19. - Dec. 31. I make this long inclusive date because in all this time I have not been able to keep my daily record. For two days previous to this, I had been confined to the bed most of the time with fever symptoms, and on Sabbath, Nov. 19th, our seventh child, and fourth son, was born. He was very small weighing, as we suppose, about six pounds, for at the age of one month he weighed six and one-half pounds. The first day he whined constantly, and would not draw the breast; since that time, he has seemed to be very well and growing. As for myself, I have been quite sick, having frequent fever attacks, and am still weak, though comfortable. My greatest trouble is now and has been for some time, with my night breast, on which there is a running sore. During the Second week of my sickness, without any apparent cause, this breast became sore and painful, and a hard bunch formed in it, which kept increasing in size, until it now occupies a great portion of the breast, and has two places in it for the discharge of matter. One of these Dr. made and the other opened itself. At times, it is very painful, but on the whole we think it is improving. I have not yet left my room. Mother was with us two and one half days the first week and the same the second week - since then she has only occasionally called. Mrs. Rogers has been here in all nearly two weeks. The rest of the time. Dr. and Ada have been nurses and taken care of the children. Ada is very handy and willing for a girl of her age. Most of the neighbors have called in, and some who are not neighbors as Mrs. Elliott. Susie has been very kind to me coming in often and sending flowers. She also lent me baby clothing, as I had but little prepared for mine, owing to circumstances. Thanksgiving Dec. 7. all the children and grand-children were invited to Father's, and all went except Roland who is at Reese river, and myself who was in bed. On Christmas, the family assembled at Susie's,

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January 1865

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