Delia Locke


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teacher. She is from Indiana. Mrs. Lakemanis much better in health, than whenshe left here. Sent five letters home.July 12. Heat very intense through the day.We are very sorry not to have a thermometer,which may indicate thedegree. As we sat in the twilight, conversingupon various topics, I was verystrongly reminded of home and itspleasures. To me, this was always themost pleasant part of the day: - whenbrothers and sisters met and rehearsed thedifferent scenes through which they hadpassed, sympathized with and encouragedeach other, and so gained strengthsfor future effort. I hope it will not beless pleasant in my new home.July 14. Saturday. Very comfortable day. AnIndian and his son, a little boy,came to the Ranch. The childrenwhich I have seen among the Indiansare very ill-favored and notat all interesting in their appearance.Took a horse-back ride aboutthe farm towards night. My kindhusband wished me to view the siteof our future home. There are threesituations near each other, eitherJuly 14. of which, would be pretty buildingspots. Of these, the prettiest and bestshaded from the sun, is the smallestand not large enough for the buildingswhich he intends to erect. The sceneryhere is delightful. The MokelumneRiver makes a bend round thefarm, forming its boundary on two sides;its course can be readily traced outat a distance from it, by the lowwillows which grow on its banks. In thefar distance we could see the towermountains of the Sierra Nevadarange, forming a beautiful contrastto the plain on which we live. Farm-housescould be seen here and there onthe bluffs, which overlook what is herecalled the bottom or river lands,small houses, to be sure they are, butI have learned well. I think, that happinessdwells as well in such cottagesas in the nicer and more elegant cottageof N. E. I only wished my dearsister were here to enjoy all with me,but especially the horseback ride,which she would have liked so much.Dear Sister Susan! I suppose she is atHanover, toiling in the schoolhouse.

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July 1855

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Original diary dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

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