Delia Locke


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Locke's Ranch. California, July 4. 1855.Wednesday. Here I am spending my independenceon the shores of the Pacific. Howdifferently from the way in which I shouldhave spent it in N. England. I cannot realizethat I am so far away from my formerhome, and yet so happily situated. Thewife of such a kind husband as mine, I cannotbut be happy. For although my cares andtroubles are many, yet, I am resolved to bearall with a patient good will, trusting in Onewho is stronger than I. Father is rather morecomfortable, although he still continued verysick. Today I saw two deers. They were of alight reddish color.July 5. This morning I took a boat ride across thepond, then through the garden to the oldhouse. I enjoyed it very much. The flowersin the flower garden have mostly done blooming,while in N. E. they have scarcely commenced,In the orchard, the apple and peachtrees are looking finely. The vegetables aregrowing well, although the ground is quitedry. The prospect from the old house is muchfiner than from the one in which we live, butthe house itself is much less convenient andcomfortable. Father still continues to be better.We hope he will soon be well. George and Emma

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July 1855

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Original diary dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

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