Delia Locke


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1867. May 17. Friday. Have called on Hannah, this afternoon, and after I returned, received a call from Mrs. Brown. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.) May 18. Saturday. The weather is a little cloudy. I am not able to attend the Lodge tonight, as I coughed so much last night that I am almost sick. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 54.) May 19. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Powell preached a good sermon from the text, "For as Moses lifted up the respect in the wilderness," etc. Willard is now eighteen months old, and is the fourth in size, weighing the same as Horace Mann did - twentytwo pounds. He is now well and growing finely, and will soon walk. He gets up in the floor and stands alone and calls out "look, look," taker a step or two and then sits down again. In this respect he is more forward than Mary, but in teething he is the most backward of all the seven, as he has but eight teeth as yet. But teething does not seem to trouble him, so I hope he will go through it well. He improves some in talking. Whenever he is hungry, he calls out "pupper," meaning supper. He also says "titty" for kitty. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) May 20. Monday. Mrs. Alderman made a short call. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) May 21. Tuesday. Mr. Powell has been here all day. Hannah called. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) May 22. Wednesday. Mr. Powell has been here all day and Father to dinner. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) May 23. Thursday. Mr. Powell is still here. I am quite unwell for my breathing is difficult, owing to stuffness of the lungs, through the day, and at night I cough badly, so that it makes me sore and lame. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 63.) May 24. Friday. Dr. thought it best for me to go to Stockton with him today, and try to obtain some relief for my difficult breathing. But we chose a bad day, for it proved very cold and windy. However, as I was dressed in winter clothing, I do not think I took any cold. On our way, we called on Mrs. Herr. She has been having her house fixed some and painted, so that it looks nicer and better than I ever saw it before. She is in excellent health and spirits, I should judge Her trees and flowers look nicely, and her rose's are beautiful. We did not stop long, but proceeded to Stockton, and stopped at the Magnolia, when we found Clara in good health. She has been there nearly two weeks, and Dr. Clark has finished sewing up her face. She will go home with us tomorrow. (T.S.R. 53. unknown.) May 25. Saturday. This morning we came from Stockton and brought Clara with us. I have just received a letter from W. D. Read, informing me in answer to mine relative to Mrs. Read's health. She has been so as to seem very near death, but is now a little more comfortable. However, she is not expected to survive long. The medicine is discontinued, and she takes but little nourishment. I have not felt able to attend the Lodge tonight. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.) May. 26. Sabbath. I have not attended church on account of ill health. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 62.) May 27. Monday. I have been sick in bed all day. The weather is windy, and this wind seems to make my breathing very difficult. I also cough badly nights, which makes me feel weak and sore. Hannah has called. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) May 28. Tuesday. Weather still windy and disagreeable. Susie has been here all day. I have been able to sit up some. Susie made a whole shirt for Howard by hand. Hannah was here to dinner. Susie could not go home till George returned from Stockton, which was late at night, and I could not persuade her to stay all night. I fear she will take cold going home in the boat. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) May 29. Wednesday. The wind still blows very hard. Mrs. Smith called today. Mr. Powell is here. I feel a little better. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.)

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January 1867

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