Delia Locke


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1868. his brothers here. But he is very fond of gunning by himself, and has shot several birds. He still loves to seek out curiosities in Nature, and interests himself in the "Wonderful and the Beautiful." And now we are about to close another year of mercies. I have been very sick, but am still spared to my family, to whom I seem almost indispensable. Death has come very near us and has removed from earth our little nephew. George Franklin - but he has not been permitted to cross our threshold. "Not that we are better than they, but it is of God, who showeth mercy." How entirely devoted ought we to be to His service, who hath done so much for us. For my part, I would live "nearer to thee, my God, nearer to thee." Old year, farewell. 1869. January 1. Friday. The New Year commences with a very heavy rain and high wind. The weather is so inclement that there is no Lodge this evening. Our family is now very, large, consisting of Dr. and myself and eight children, Mr. Henshaw and Mr. Plummer. clerks in the Store. Mr. Rock who tends the ferry, Mr. White Joseph Stoker, Tom McGrath - one Chinaman - Soong and Ah Peng, the cook - numbering eighteen in all. I now resume the Journal of Temperature, which was interrupted by my sickness. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Jan. 2. Saturday. The weather is still rainy. We have received magazines from Aunt Gerould, enclosing a 49 letter, written by Dr. to his brother Franklin, from Independence, Missouri, and printed in the "Nashua Oasis," from which it was cut. It was read by us with interest. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 55.) Jan. 3. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today as usual. Mr. Powell preached a good sermon from the words, "Bird the sacrifice with lords, even to the horns of the altar." That should we under unto the Lord for all his benefits towards us?" First of all, we should present ourselves. a "living sacrificed." Our besetting sins should be sacrifice, bound with lords, that they may not escape. Our earthly comforts should be held lightly, and subject to His will. The river is more than bank full, from the heavy rain, and the water is running in the sloughs. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.) Jan. 4. Monday. I have been to the store to make purchases. Mrs. Day has a babe born today, the second son. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 5. Tuesday. Howard has gone to Stockton to bring out Mr. & Mrs. Wallace, who are moving here to live, from San Francisco. Father Hammond goes also with another team, to bring out their goods. They will not return tonight. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Jan. 6. Saturday. The weather was cloudy most of the day. Howard has returned from Stockton, all right. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 49.) Jan. 7. Thursday. Weather cloudy most of the day. We hope it will not rain the ground is very wet now. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.)

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January 1868

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