Delia Locke


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Feb. 27. Tuesday. Robert Vance is still here. Hannah called this morn. The weather is cloudy, strongly promising rain. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 58.) Feb. 28. Wednesday. It rained this morning but soon cleared away. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 50.) Mar. 1. Thursday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Mar. 2. Friday. I have been visiting at Mother's today - the first time for about six months, I think. (And still, the Dr. was not ready for me to go. Would he ever be?) (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Mar. 3. Saturday. This has been Drill day with the Military Co. Mrs. Kett and Mrs. H. Rogers called this afternoon (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 4. Sabbath. I have attended S. school with the rest. My class were all present seven in number. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Mar. 5. Monday. Weather fair. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 6. .) Mar. 6. Tuesday. The weather is cloudy. Rev. & Mrs. Curry ham made us a pleasant call. A churn has arrived. for me, a new thermometer churn, which I am delighted with. The cost was $6.00. Of late I have borrowed a churn at Mr. Gorham's, which entirely revolves, being a cube hung by two of its corners. This is an invention of his own, and I like it much. The only thing wanting seems to be the thermometer and this my new churn has. The butter comes very quickly in it. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Mar. 7. Wednesday. Hannah dined with us, also Josiah and Horace. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) Mar. 8. Thursday. Weather rainy. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Mar. 9. Friday. We had showers this morning and evening. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 47.) Mar. 10. Saturday. We have had strange weather today, cloudy through the day, and at eve a heavy shower of hail accompanied with thunder, which was followed by a brilliant rainbow. The hail fell in such quantity as to "bank up" in some places and there to remain for twelve hours. I was sitting near the fire place sewing when it occurred, and the hail fell with such force as to beat down the soot and cause it to fall with the hail, upon the work in my lap, soiling it; and even some hail stones were found, the next morning, in an unoccupied room, six or eight feet from the fire place, which they fell through. Vegetable and grain suffered by it, and animals were glad to find shelter where they could. Mrs. Geo Rogers called here before the shower. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 46.) Mar. 11. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey was there and preached to us from 1Cor. 5.20. So, after the lapse of about six months, he, at our argent request commences his labors among us again. His reason for leaving us so abruptly was, that he got the impression as he says, that he was not doing any good here. And well he might have thought so, for the meetings were thinly attended, and Father Locks took frequent occasion to lecture him on the use of the word "universal". He thinks every time the word is used, it is with intent to insult him, and he is so set that he makes every one uncomfortable around him. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.) Mar. 12. Monday. Fair. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 53.) Mar. 13. Tuesday. Mrs. David Smith has visited here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 14. Wednesday. Mother came here this morning and with her I have visited Miss Mill's school this afternoon, and O, distressing! the order was so bad and the school so noisy, that I came home with a severs sick headache, and was obliged to go immediately to bed. I have vomited up my dinner, and shall, I hope, soon be better. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.) Mar. 15. Thursday. Delightful weather. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Mar. 16. Friday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 64.) Mar. 17. Saturday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 57.) Mar. 18. Sabbath. This morning Rev. Mr. Oliver preached at the brick church to the children. Dr. went down to hear him with Luther and Ada. Mr. Blakeslee preached this afternoon at the schoolhouse after the S. school, but I was too unwell to go to hear him. I have not been well since I visited the school on Wednesday. My stomach pains me, and I feel weak. The weather all day has

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January 1866

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