Delia Locke


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Jan. 18. Friday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Jan. 19. Saturday. Weather still cloudy, with such strong indications of rain that there is no Lodge meeting this eve. Willard is now fourteen months old and strong and well. He is the third in size, weighing twenty pounds as did Ida, but he is the most backward of the seven in teething, as he has but two teeth as yet. He is more forward than Mary was, as he creeps all about, while she did not creep at all. I have not weaned him yet, as he has his trial of teething nearly all before him, I shall not do so at present. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Jan. 20. Sabbath. We have attended S. school this afternoon and preaching this evening by Mr. Oliver. His text was. Godliness is profitable" not a very excellent sermon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Jan. 21. Monday. Weather very rainy. The school commenced. Josiah as teacher. We have a new clerk in the store now, an old man by the name of Mr. Hodgkins. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 22. Tuesday. We have had showers today. Mr. Tallmadge took tea here. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 44.) Jan. 23. Wednesday. Rainy. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 24. Thursday. The day has been a very rainy one, but the evening is fair. We have been to Mother's to a Sing Dr. Mr. Kett, Mr. Tower and myself. We did not arrived till late, but we had a good sing. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.) Jan. 25. Friday. I have been to the store today, also to Mrs. Gorham's. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Jan. 26. Saturday. Weather foggy and cloudy. The Lodge met this eve. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Jan. 27. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. The singers met here to practice pieces for singing in church. Mr. G. preached from John 8. 31. 32. "If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth (as none others can know it) and the truth shall make you free." (free from sin free from the wrath of God, free to speak against sin and to do your duty in the fear of God.) It was a very good sermon, and the meeting well attended. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 28. Monday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Jan. 29. Tuesday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Jan. 30. Wednesday. The morning was rainy, the afternoon pleasant. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Jan. 31. Thursday. Received a call from Mr. Gorham this afternoon. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Feb. 1. Friday. This has been the first very pleasant day for about six weeks. The winter has been, for the most part, very cold and stormy. Still at no time has the thermometer sunk low, but there has been a continuation frosts, cloud, and rain, with none of the fine weather which is usually interspersed, until today. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Feb. 2. Saturday. The morning was cloudy. Have received a call from Mrs. Brown. We have attended the Lodge this evening. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Feb. 3. Sabbath. The morning was foggy and cloudy. Messrs. Kett and Tower came to practise pieces for singing in the evening. We have attended S. school, and this evening have been to hear Mr. Oliver preach in the school - house. His text was, "There shall be one fold and one shepherd. "A beautiful text, but the sermon did not answer my expectations. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Feb. 4. Monday. This is the Chinese New Year. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Feb. 5. Tuesday. Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Beanvais called and got some ducks and some flower roots. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Feb. 6. Wednesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Feb. 7. Thursday. The wind still blows and it is very cold and dry. I am very much stuffed at my lungs, so as to breathe with difficulty a touch of the Asthma. At the sing this eve only Messes. Kett and Tower were present, and I could hardly make a loud sound. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.)

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January 1867

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