Delia Locke


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Aug. 5. Monday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 84.) Aug. 6. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) Aug. 7. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 87.) Aug. 8. Thursday. Mr. Powell took tea with us. He has been helping Mr. Peters this afternoon on the house which Dr. is having built for his accommodation, and so he did not with to go back to Geo.'s before the prayermeeting at Father's. Now Father has moved up, the weakly prayermeeting is held there. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.) Aug. 9. Friday. Mrs. Brown called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 76.) Aug. 10. Saturday. Cooler weather. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 74.) Aug. 11. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "Now is the accepted time." It was a solemn sermon and listened to with manifest interest. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 78.) Aug. 12. Monday. This afternoon I spent at the schoolhouse, visiting the school, taking Mary with me. Howard was not well enough to do much at study, so I left him with Willie, while I was absent. Found the school studious, and in good working order. After school I stopped at Hannah's to tea. This evening there is political speaking at the tavern by Mr. Oliver and others. Union party candidates It will be kept up very late. It must be so, if Mr. Oliver is one of the speakers. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) Aug. 13. Tuesday. Cool. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Aug. 14. Wednesday. Hannah and Eliza have been here this afternoon and I have been sewing for Hannah on the machine. Mr. Geffroy came in to tea with them. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Aug. 15. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Aug. 16. Friday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 84.) Aug. 17. Saturday. The Communion Service is to be held tomorrow, and today we have had a Preparatory Lecture. The subject was Self examination. Mr. Powell spoke very well. Afterwards, he read some Standing Rules, which he has written out for our church government, which were accepted. I stopped at Mother's till near night. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) Aug. 18. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "God forbid that I should glory, " etc. a very good sermon. The church celebrated the Lord's supper. Mr. & Mrs. Powell joined this church by letter, he from Clayton and she from San Francisco. Susie has been quite sick today with chill and fever. She thinks it about as severs a chill as she ever had. The family were nearly all absent from church. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 79.) Aug. 19. Monday. Willie is today twenty one months old, and is the smallest of the seven children, as he weighs but twenty two and one half pounds. But he has the same number of teeth that Mary had at his age and is much more active. He likes to go out of doors with the children. In talking he is about as forward as any, sometimes making sentences of four words. If he gets angry and has anything in his hands, he will say, "I'll tow it out," and run to an open window and suit the action to the word. If he sees apples he will say, "O see pretty bapoo," meaning apple. He is very fond of his sister Ada, as she usually takes the chief care of him when she is at home. Mrs. Brown came in to see me this afternoon, but left with a chill. Many in the neighborhood are sick with the same, but our family has been mostly exempt thus far, though some of the Chinamen have been sick. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Aug. 20. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) Aug. 21. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) Aug. 22. Thursday. Mr. & Mrs. Powell moved into their new house today. It is now done with the exception of clothing papering and painting. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) Aug. 23. Friday. I have been troubled with a severe sore throat for several days, as have also some of the children. I thought it not prudent to attend the Lodge tonight. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy resigned their membership, also Mr. & Mrs. Hoxie, and Josephine Cahill. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 84.) Aug. 24. Saturday. I have called on Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Brown Both are unwell with chills and fever. Mrs. Alexander called this eve. She is from Camps Sees, visiting. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 86.)

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January 1867

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