Delia Locke


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Feb. 8. Friday. This is the coldest morn of the winter. I have been very much troubled with my breathing today, so as to be really sick. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Feb. 9. Saturday. I am still sick. I cannot breath easily by day or night, and have no appetite. I could not attend the Lodge this evening. There were three initiated. Mrs. Tower made me a call this afternoon. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Feb. 10. Sabbath. There was a Sing here this morning, but I was not able to sing. Horace, Hannah and Mr. Geffroy dined here and went from here to church. It has been windy today. My breathing is improving. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Feb. 11. Monday. Weather still windy and a little cloudy. I have been feeling much better in health. Mrs. Brown and, Mrs. Gorham called here. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Feb. 12. Tuesday. A very cold wind has been blowing today, and I have been afraid to stir out into the kitchen much, as it was the same cold wind that first gave me stuffness of lungs. Mrs. Brown came and attended to the churning. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Feb. 13. Wednesday. A cold dry wind still blowing. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Feb. 14. Thursday. Mrs. Alexander and little boy made me a call this afternoon, also John Reed. He reports that business is very dull in Stockton. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Feb. 15. Friday. Weather cloudy. Hannah has been here all day. Rev. Mr. Powell a Congregational minister came with the Dr. tonight from Stockton. He will remain here all night. Besides Hannah and Mr. Powell, there were Josiah, Mr. Geffroy and Addie Andrews to tea. This eve we have had one of the best sings we have ever had. Mr. & Mrs. Beanvais, besides Horace and others came, and the room was filled with Company. There were more singers than could well be accommodated round the table. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.) Feb. 16. Saturday. Mr. Powell is still here. I have been sick again today. I suppose I exerted myself too much yesterday I have not been able to attend the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Feb. 17. Sabbath. We have had a sing this morning for rehearsals of prices. Mr. Powell preached this afternoon at the schoolhouse, but I was not able to attend Mr. Oliver preached this evening. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Feb. 18. Monday. We have had a cloudy day and a rainy night. Mother visited me this afternoon and went to the meeting this evening at the schoolhouse. Mr. Powell preached. I was not able to attend. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 19. Tuesday. We have had a heavy shower of hail. The weather continues cloudy and very windy this eve. I have been sick all day with headache and cough. Mrs. Brown called at night. Willard is now fifteen months old, and I shall commence to wean him, although he has but four teeth. But my health is so poor and he is so strong and well that I do not think it proper to nurse him longer. He cries for the breast when he is hungry and refuses to eat or to drink milk, and sometimes in the night he will nurse twice, and I think this keeps me weak and sick. He is the most backward of any of the children in teething, but his weight is the same as was Howard’s, Ida's and Horace's, viz. twenty pounds. He now gets up and stands by things. He is hair is beginning to grow, but it is very white. He can say “Ida and "mama" plainly. Mr. Powell preaches in schoolhouse this eve. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Feb. 20. Wednesday. The weather is windy, rainy and very cold. I have had no headache today, but am weak. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 45.) Feb. 21. Thursday. Weather very, very rainy. Josiah is here for the night, as the slough is so high that he cannot get to his boarding place. Mr. Geffroy's. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.)

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January 1867

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