Delia Locke


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1867. Aug. 25. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Powell preached from the text. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me," etc. It was rather a political sermon showing that the Spirit of Christ exerts an influence favorable to the freedom of all races of men. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 87.) Aug. 26. Monday. The weather is very sultry and uncomfortable. There is much dampness in the air, rendering the heat very oppressive, and much sickness principally fevers prevails. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 87.) Aug. 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 87.) Aug. 28. Wednesday. This morning we had a slight shower of rain, and it has been cloudy all day. Very uncommon weather for this month, and not favorable to health. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 76.) Aug. 29. Thursday. Clara Flanders called and had a tooth extracted. I have called this afternoon at Hannah's at Mrs. Hoxie's and Mrs. Powell's. Found the sick people improving. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.) Aug. 30. Friday. Mrs. Brown is quite sick. I went to see her this morning. This eve we went to attend the Lodge but there was no meeting, as there were not enough came to constitute a quorum. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Aug. 31. Saturday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Sept. 1. Sabbath. We have had plenty of company today. Those who lined with us were Mr. Heath. Josiah. the Adjutant General. Geo. Locke and Mr. Wm. Higby - Representative from Cal. in Congress. The letter attended church with us. Mr. Powell preached on the peculiarities of the Cong. church formation and government. After meeting, Dr. went with Mr. Higby to Camps Seco, and did not return. Mr. Powell held meeting at the schoolhouse this eve, but none of us attended (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Sept. 2. Monday. Mother has been with me a part of the afternoon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.) Sept. 3. Tuesday. The Union Party are to have a Torchlight procession in Stockton this evening, and Mr. Brown entire family started for that place after dinner. Mr. Rock and three of our children. Luther, Ada, and Howard have gone with them. The school does not keep any more this week, as the teacher is to be engaged in Election business. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 81.) Sept. 4. Wednesday. Election day. The election has passed off quietly, no noise or disturbance until this evening, when the Union people, finding themselves in the majority here and at Poland, have been firing the anvil. I believe they were the loudest reports ever sounded in this place. There has also been a large bonfire, blazing this evening. Mr. Brown's family with our children returned from Stockton about noon today. They report about one thousand grown people in the procession last eve. The torches were brilliant and had the effect to make the city almost as light as day. The transparencies bearing matters were numerous, but the children could remember but a few of them. One they spoke of, I thought very appropriate:- "The copperheads are a hateful (Haights full) set." I received a call from Mrs. Baird this forenoon. She says Mrs. Guernsey is no better. The sore on her breast rather grows worse, and there is great reason to fear it is a cancer. She cannot lie down to rest at all, by night or day. Consequently, her strength is failing. I was delighted to see Mrs. Baird (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Sept. 5. Thursday. I have been to the store and spent a short time at Hannah's. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 68.) Sept. 6. Friday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Sept. 7. Saturday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Sept. 8. Sabbath. Mrs. Isaac Brown is very sick indeed, and her life is almost despaired of. The Dr. and all Geo.'s family and Mr. Brown's family were kept from church on her account and I was not able to go, being somewhat feverish. Mr. H. Brown went to Stockton after his mother, as Mr. Isaac Brown is himself sick with fever and ague. Susie Mr. Powell has been here, there never has been so small an attendance at church. Counting children, I think there were but twelve there. Mother also is sick, Mrs. Brown is easier tonight. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.)

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January 1867

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