Delia Locke


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1867. May 30. Thursday. I am now thirty one years old. My weight is 106 lbs. - less than usual but my health is now quite poor. Mother weighs 105 lbs. and I suppose I ought to think myself quite heavy, if I weigh more than my mother. Mr. Powell is here. Mr. Meyers dined with us. Not so much wind blowing. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 79.) May 31. Friday. Mr. Powell is here. Mr. Chittenden dined with us. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) June 1. Saturday. Mr. Buchanan came to preach for Mr. Powell tomorrow, which is Communion Day. We had a Preparatory Lecture this afternoon from Mr. Buchanan, and it was a very good one. Then Mother came here and spent an hour or two. The text this afternoon was from Ps. 2verse - 16 chap. In the Lodge this evening it was voted to change the night of meeting to Friday evening, inasmuch as some of our members wish to attend the Odd Fellows Lodge which meets on Saturday night. The discussion tonight was on this subject. Resolved that it is better for a young man to marry early in life, rather than to wait to secure a competence first and marry afterwards. Decided in the affirmative. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) June 2. Sabbath. Mr. & Mrs. and Miss Elliott came and dined with us. They wished to attend meeting here. Mr. Buchanan was here all day. He preached from the text, "O then that hearest prayer" - a very good sermon, after which we had the Communion service. Father and Mother united with our Church by letters from Stockton. Our meeting was fully attended. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) June 3. Monday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) June 4. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. S. L. Magee called with their little ones. The youngest is sick and they wished to get some medicine. Received their call with pleasure. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) June 5. Wednesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) June 6. Thursday. Very windy weather. Mrs. McNeil called. This wind troubles my lung very much. I am stuffed and cough badly. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) June 7. Friday. The wind blew very hard through the middle of the day, but towards night it was stilled, and I took the opportunity to go to the store for some articles I needed. I have also attended the Lodge this eve, but I fear for the last time for months, for they have voted to move the Lodge to Holman's Hall. It will be much more expensive, but it is the movement of some of the young members, and only five or six voted on it. Willie Steele was openly the leader of the movement and said things of which he cannot fail to be ashamed, considering the sacrifice which Dr. has made in the cause of Temperance. He is no gentleman, any way, whether he will ever be one, remains to be proved. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) June 8. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.) June 9. Sabbath. We have attended church today. I took Mother's class in the S. school, as she was too unwell to be present. Mr. Powell preached from the text. "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." After the service, we had a church meeting, and chose for Deacons to the church, Father and Mr. Thomas Wiley. We also chose Mr. Brown as the S.S. Superintendent. After the meeting we rode down to see Mother. She looks very feeble indeed, and is not able to sit up much. It made us sad to see her look so sick. I fear she has over worked herself. We had Horace Mann, Ida and Mary with us and took supper there. John Reed came with others before we came away. He is from Stockton on a short visit. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.) June 10. Monday. I have called at Hannah's today. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 78.) June 11. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70.) June 12. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 71.) June 13. Thursday. School closed today with an examination. This evening, there were exhibition exercises at the Brick Church, the school house being considered too small for the purpose. It was well attended, but I was so stuffed at the lungs that I could not attend. My breathing is very difficult indeed. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 72.)

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January 1867

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