Delia Locke


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May 13. Sunday. Weather continuesvery fine. Rode from Langdonto Bellows Falls Vt. to churchin the morning. Attended theEpiscopal church. Sermon fromLuke 1. 79, "To give light to themthat sit in darkness and inthe shadow of death." The preacherdwelt in the lost state ofman without a Saviour, contrastingit with the blessednessof pardoned sin and reconciliationto God. Attended theUnitarian church at Charlestownin the afternoon.May 14. The weather, as well as my healthstill continues very fine.May 15. Tuesday. Langdon, Rode on15. - horseback to Charlestown7 miles. Had beautiful viewof the village from the hill.The flowers are now springingfinely. I have seen manykinds here today and before.May 16. Very rainy in the afternoon.Another horseback ride toCharlestown, and thence toClaremont in a carriage.This ride, I think, I shouldhave enjoyed more, perhaps,than any other had it notbeen for the rain, which fellin copious showers, making itseem longer than otherwise.The scenery was sublime differingfrom that which I

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1855 (May-July)


Original diary dimensions: 9.5 x 14 cm.

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