Delia Locke


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been cloudy, and the night is rainy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 19. Monday. This morning, Rev. Mr. Blakeslee made us a very pleasant call, then bade us goodby and left us as we thought. But not succeeding in finishing his business matters as he expected to do, he came again, took dinner and supper with us, and remained over night. This afternoon, a heavy shower of rain fell. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Mar. 20. Tuesday. Mr. Blakeslee left us after breakfast. The day has been cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Mar. 21. Wednesday. Mr. Shaw's Son Bela and Gilbert Bates, who is brother-in-law to Bela arrived direct from Abington last night. They dined with us today. Provisions in the Eastern States are very high - money scare and hard to be obtained. Some are expecting a panic in money matters. Mrs. Hoxie has called, also Mrs. Rogers. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 22. Thursday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Mar. 23. Friday. Fair. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 11.) Mar. 24. Saturday. Weather somewhat cloudy. Messrs. Shaw and Bates dined with us. This afternoon, I have had the sick-headache severely. Nothing uncommon for me. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 25. Sabbath. Showers of rain have been falling occasionally which did not prevent public service in the school. house. Mr. Guernsey preached, but I was not able to attend. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Mar. 26. Monday. Geo. Lippe and Geo, Thomason dined with us. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Mar. 27. Tuesday. I have had a pleasant visit from Mrs. Andrews. I would like it if I had her taste and skill in executing fancy work and cultivating flowers. Yet, with my family of seven little ones, if I had not more of the practical blended with it, I should make but a poor housewife. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Mar. 28. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy, and therefore all the more favorable to my occupation of planting flowers - seeds and plants - in which I have been engaged a part of the day. Mrs. Andrews sent me this morning, some pinks, gilliflowers, crysanthemums and cypress, and with the helf of Ah Toon, I have fixed up some temporary flower-beds and planted them. We do not design to layout the yard in front, until the piazza is completed-probably next Fall. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Mar. 29. Thursday. The weather is still cloudy. Mother has visited me this afternoon, and she, with Messrs. Bela Shaw and Gilbert Bates, took tea with us. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Mar. 30. Friday. Weather still cloudy. Mrs. Gorham called on us this afternoon, also Mr. Holden, who took tea with us, and James and John Reed were here this evening. John is engaged to tend store for Owens & Moore in Stockton, and will commence work there next week. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) Mar. 31. Saturday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Hannah made me a short call. The night is very rainy. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Apr. 1. Sabbath. The wind blows briskly. The river is full and over flowing. Holman's levee has broken and a stream is pouring down the slough across our field. Father's field is nearly covered with back water and has the appearance of a lake. Our levees, it is said, will stand well. We have attended S. school today. Usual number present. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Apr. 2. Monday. Fair weather. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Apr. 3. Tuesday. Hannah came up to attend the Lodge of Good Templars, and so took tea and spent the night with us. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Apr. 4. Wednesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Apr. 5. Thursday. Fair weather. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Apr. 6. Friday. This is our little Mary's birthday. She is two years old, the smallest and most backward of all the children. She has never yet put two words together, though she tries to speak many single words. She weighs only twenty three pounds, and measures two feet and six inches in height. She has yet but fourteen teeth, having six more to come. Her health is pretty good now, but she is nothing but a baby. She begins to run out of doors a little now. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.)

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January 1866

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