Delia Locke


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Aug. 23. Thursday. I have today written to Cousin A.A. Read, who is now living in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 79.) Aug. 24. Friday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) Aug. 25. Saturday. A District Convention has been held here in Temperance Hall to nominate Supervisor, which resulted in the nomination of Mr. Canfield of Woodbridge. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) Aug. 26. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey preached a good sermon. The subject was. "The influence of the study of the Scriptures on the character." After meeting, Mr. S. Diddle and Miss Martha Miller were married at the preacher's house. They then came to the Lockeford House for supper. I should have mentioned that George Green and lady were also married. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 76.) Aug. 27. Monday. We have been very busy indeed today. The man have been taking up honey to the amount of some hundred pounds, while I have been cleaning the boys' bedroom and making soap. In the midst of it all, Mrs. Gorham called, and as I cannot talk with her and do anything else, I was obliged to leave my work and attend to her. So much the better, I suppose, for I got a little rest from housework. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73.) Aug. 28. Tuesday. While hanging out cloths, a bee stung me near my left eye, and above it, and in a short time my eye was completely closed. The swelling also extended over the entire half of my face, even to under my chin, and is quite painful. The bees are enraged at the loss of their honey, and they sling all that come in their way, in a very summary manner. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) Aug. 29. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 77.) Aug. 30. Thursday. Today I have the sick headache, probably the effects of the bee sling. It has indeed been very troublesome. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 72.) Aug. 31. Friday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) Sept. 1. Saturday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.) Sept. 2. Sabbath. I have attended the S. school today, and was the only teacher, Mother and Susie having gone to Stockton. We had a queer but rather interesting performance after the S. school. A man styling himself the "Wandering Pilgrim" addressed the congregation. His real name is I. Alonzo Webb, but he believes himself to be a prophet and to receive revelations from heaven. He is writing the Bible in poetry, and he thinks he was commanded to do so by God, and was told that he shall live forty years to do it. He has traveled nearly all over the United States & Canada, and says he is to go to England. (his nation place) and revise his work, under the patronage of Queen Victoria. I think he is a Christian, but laboring under a delusion as regards his visions. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 83.) Sept. 3. Monday. Mr. Rock arrived from the mines today, whither he had gone with a load of potatoes, very sick. He seems to be near death, but may recover. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 81.) Sept. 4. Tuesday. There was no Lodge this eve on account of so many of the members being engaged in threshing. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) Sept. 5. Wednesday. A Congregational minister from Clayton, Mr. Morgan by name, dined with us. He is looking for a location, as the church in Clayton has nearly dwindled away. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 80.) Sept. 6. Thursday. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) Sept. 7. Friday. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.) Sept. 8. Saturday. Threshers came this morning, but did not commence their work until after dinner. It is a machine from Ione Valley, under the direction of Messes Sharp , & Co. This has been Drill day. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.) Sept. 9. Sabbath. I was too weary with the extra duties attendant upon threshing time to attend the S. school, and neither Mother nor Susie were there. They have not yet returned from Stockton, Clark is having her face sewed up, as it has never healed where the diseased bone was taken out. Weather cool. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.)

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January 1866

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