Delia Locke


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1867 Mar. 3. Sabbath. We had a Sing this morning for selecting prices for meeting. Mr. Powell preached this afternoon, a very solemn discourse from the text "My Spirit shall not always strive with men." Many were deeply impressed, and some rose for prayers, among whom were Dr. and Ada, also. Hannah and Eliza Simpson. This eve, we had a good sermon from Mr. Oliver on the fore. knowledge of God. The schoolhouse was crowded. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Mar. 4. Monday. Messrs. Powell and Oliver dined with us. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Mar. 5. Tuesday. Rev. Mr. Buchanan came from Stockton to assist Mr. Powell in the meetings. The Methodists are talking of giving up their Brick church, and of building a new Church in Lockeford. To this end, they have this day applied to the Dr. for a building lot, which Dr. will freely give them. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Mar. 6. Wednesday. The religious interest is so great, that it has been thought best to hold daily meetings in the place, and as the schoolhouse could not be had for that purpose, as school is in session, our Hall has been selected as the most proper place. Today we have had a good meeting in the Hall, Rev. Messrs. Oliver, Buchanan and Powell present. Mother and Mr. Powell took tea with us. We have attended meeting this eve at the schoolhouse. Mr. Buchanan preached a good sermon from the text, "One thing thon lackest." After meeting, Mr. Cahill, being under the effects of liquor, challenged W. Brakeman to fight, on account of an alleged insult, but the difficulty was quieted without much trouble. Willie baby is quite sick with teething. Ada has taken care of him today and evening, so that I could attend the meetings. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 51.) Mar. 7. Thursday. Meeting in the Hall today at two o'clock. Messrs. Oliver and Buchanan spent last night here, and were here to breakfast. There are indulging hope of sins forgiven, Hannah, Mary Brakeman and Geo. Locke, Others still are anxious. O there are precious meetings. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.) Mar. 8. Friday. Weather cloudy and rainy. We had another meeting at 2 P.M. Two more are indulging hope Mr. Geffroy and Mr. Hoxie. This eve I went to preaching at the schoolhouse in a pouring rain. Mr. Powell preached, and there was what we would usually call a good congregation, in spite of the rain. Mr. Powell took breakfast with us, and Mr. Geffroy and Hannah, Josiah and Eliza were here to tea. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Mar. 9. Saturday. Mr. Powell was here to breakfast. This afternoon, the church held a preparatory meeting to the Communion tomorrow. Mr. Geffroy read a lecture by the Rev. G. Mooar, on the distinctive features of the Congregational Churches. Seven candidates presented themselves for admission into our church, and there were only Susie and myself of the old members present, to vote on thin acceptance. In the Lodge this evening, Mrs. Brown and Harry Patton were initiated, and six candidates were proposed. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Mar. 10. Sabbath. It seemed to me this morn that this was to be the happiest day of my life. That I might be permitted to set with my dear husband at the table of our Lord, has been with me a constant prayer, for years, and now that my desire was about to be gratified, it seemed that my cup was filled to overflowing. But ah! a sadness came over me, which I could not have expected Geo. Locke came over early for meeting, with symptoms of insanity. He took Dr. and Mr. Powell aside, and charged Dr. with having sent "two to hell" and said he must not join the church, till he would come out and make open confession of all his sins. Mr. Powell talked to him and quieted him some what and we want to church, I with a sad heart. The schoolhouse was crowded Mr. Powell preached from the text, "There is three fore now no condemnation," etc. an excellent sermon

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January 1867

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