Delia Locke


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July 25. Wednesday. Today Mr. York, formerlyof Maine, called to see the Dr.He has been sick of a fever. Wrote to MotherJuly 26. Today, Mrs. Lakeman, who has beenstaying with us since the Sabbath.went to Mrs. Holman's, Mrs. Lakemanis a very pleasant woman, andI like to have her here. Wrote to Susan.July 27. Mr. Wheelock was here again today.This afternoon, went in horsebackto Mr. Holman's, then went incompany with them to Mr. Atheam's.They are very pleasant Western people.I would much like to become acquaintedwith the two young ladies.July 28. This afternoon went on horsebackto see Mrs. Bramlet, Found her quiteunwell but pleased to see us. She isa Western lady, her husband a Texan.July 29. Sabbath. In Sabbath School, arrangedinto classes, so that it wasmore interesting and instinctive.July 30 - Aug. 4. Monday to Saturday.Began to feel a severe pain in my headand back and limbs. Towards nightbegan to show signs of fever, whichset in soon and prostrated me. Wasvery sick. but the Dr. nursed andAug, 4. attended me, and Saturday foundthe fever gone, although I was stillvery weak. He could not have beenmore kind and attentive. Driving anysickness, I received calls from Mrs.Lakeman and Mrs. Holman, andMrs. Vincent with two daughterscalled Saturday night. She livesabout 3 miles away.Aug. 5. Sabbath. Comfortable, though weakand not able to attend church. Thisis the first time I have been obligedto remain at home, since our arrivalReceived Call from Mr. and Mrs.Smith and two children. Also Mr.York. Mr. Smith and wife wereformerly from Virginia, and shehas some ideas very different frommine. But I find differences everywhere.Dr. encourages me in tryingto be useful among the ladies here.What should I do without the Dr.?Aug. 6. My health is improving rapidly. Roseearly, and read over letters from homewhich I received on Wednesday last,and which afforded me a great dealof pleasure. Dr. has been engaged movinghay for the cow which we shall

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July 1855

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