Delia Locke


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May 21. Monday. Cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 60.) May 22. Tuesday. Rainy today. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) May 23. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and showery. I have had a trouble some sick headache. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 54.) May 25. Friday. The weather has been cloudy windy and rainy. It has really seemed like a winter rain, so cold and chilly And it is so near June, too. We are having a late and backward Spring season. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 51.) May 26. Saturday. The weather has been a little showery and constantly cloudy. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) May 27. Sabbath. The last Sabbath in May has singular weather. We have had heavy showers of rain with hail, so that there has been no S. school. I never knew the like before so late in the Spring. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) May 28. Monday. We have again had heavy showers. Mr. Tower commenced painting our house today. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) May 29. Tuesday. I think now we will have fair weather. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 68.) May 30. Wednesday. On this thirtieth day of May I am thirty years old. I have always thought to feel pretty old at thirty. but cannot say that I do, although sometimes when I look at my seven children, I do not feel as young as when first married. My weight is 112 lbs. now, and I am as well as usual. This is about my usual weight. Rev. Mr. Guernsey called on us today. He is a good man, we think. I like to hear him talk. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) May 31. Thursday. This forenoon I have visited the school. Josiah is the teacher. I was pleased with the appearance of the school. Mrs. Hoxie went with me. This afternoon Mrs. Gorham and Mrs. Taylor have made me a call (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 54.) June 1. Friday. This forenoon Mrs. Tower called. The weather is warm and pleasant. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) June 2. Saturday. Mary Brakeman came to visit Ada today (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) June 3. Sabbath. I have Mended church today with the children but Dr. has been too unwell to go. Father Locke and Father Hammond are also both sick. Mr. Guernsey preached from Col. 3. 16. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, " &.c It was a good sermon Misses White, Derby and Campbell were there having just arrived from San Francisco. It is now vacation They called here a few minutes after meeting. They are as lively as usual. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) June 4. Monday. Warm weather. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.) June 5. Tuesday. Dr. went with Misses White, Derby and Campbell to visit the examination of L.J. Megerle's school on the other side of the river, near Wilhelm's ferry. Lewis gives promise of making a good teacher. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) June 6. Wednesday. The weather is windy and disagreeable. Geo. Locke, Geo. Lippe, Susie and the San Francisco Ladies started for the Big Trees this afternoon Hannah also went with them. One wagon broke down near Mr. Montgomery’s, and they did not get started again, for two hours or more, but they would not turn back. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 62.) June 7. Thursday. Windy again. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.) June 8. Friday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. Such cold and stormy weather as this is very unusual for this month, and will cause much sickness I fear the Big Tree Party will find it rather too cold for confect up in the region of snow. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) June 9. Saturday. This morning we had a little rain (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 59.) June 10. Sabbath. I have attended the S. school as usual. Only Father Mother and myself were there besides the children. John. Reed, who now lives in Stockton called here after I came home. I learned from him that his sister Kate died on the 4th of May of scrofulous erysipelas. He let me see a letter from Carrie containing are account of her last days and death. She suffered very much, and was as they thought, dying for twelve hours. She had to be constantly fanned for a week before her death, in order to breathe. She was a good girl, and if morality can save, she is safe. She was a believer in Swedenborg. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.)

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January 1866

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