Delia Locke


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1869. Taylor, who is sad and lonely indeed. I then went to Mrs. Wallace's, and found Miss Ellen White, sick with chills and fever. She has not been able to sit up at all today, has had a high fever all the afternoon. Susie, Hannah and Mr. Geffroy, and Miss Lizzie White of San Francisco, were with us then to tea. On our way home, Susie and I called on Mrs. Powell, who, with her little babe, has just arrived from San Francisco. It is a fine, pretty babe, about the size of mine, and six days younger. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) July 9. Friday. Three of the children now have the mumps, but Howard suffers most. He has considerable fever and does not go out much. Ada goes to school with hers, and eats anything she pleases. Willard has them too, but not severely. I hope all the children will have them now and get over them well. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) July 10. Saturday. We learn that Bro. Josiah has a daughter, born on the fourth inst. They live at Grafton, where he is teaching. Mrs. David Smith and Mrs. Sherman have been here most of the afternoon. A cool day. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) July 11. Sabbath. I have attended meeting with the others. Mr. Powell preached a continued discourse on Congregationalism. Towards night, Mrs. Wallace and Miss White called for medicine for Miss W. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) July 12. Monday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) July 13. Tuesday. Hannah now has the mumps on both sides, but is not very sick. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 78.) July 14. Wednesday. Johnny Calvin is sick with a high fever. I can not imagine the cause, unless it is a cold. The poor little fellow moans piteously. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 84.) July 15. Thursday. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) July 16. Friday. Ellen Packard called this eve. She has grown so corpulent I should hardly know her. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) July 17. Saturday. Mrs. Brown came here, and together we want to the Lecture Preparatory to Communion tomorrow. 1869. Mr. Powell preached a sermon from the text, "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. "After the sermon, Mr. and Mrs. Brown requested dismession from the church. He says he cannot fellowship with some of the members. After the meeting, I had a long talk with father. I told him that under the existing circumstances, that is, the treatment of my husband by some of the members, in excluding him from the Communion Table, I should probably soon feel it my duty to withdraw from this church, and unite with him with some other He and Mr. Powell thought I would better wait a little, but I think I cannot wait long. The attendance at the meeting was very small. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) July 18. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." After preaching, came the communion service, at which I enjoyed more than usual peace and satisfaction. At prayer time in the morning, I had laid my sin burdened soul at Jesus feet, and it seemed as if I could hear him saying to me as he did to Mary Magdalene of old, "Daughter, go in peace." I longed with such a thirsty longing, to have my dear husband and children at my side. When will it ever be? Help me, O Lord, to wait thine own good time, and to know how to labor for it. I have been to prayer-meeting this eve, which I have not been able to do before for a long time. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) July 19. Monday. Hannah is now twenty mos. old. She and Ida are the third in size, weighing twenty three pounds. Only Luther and Howard were larger. In teething, she is more forward than Mary and Willie, as she has fifteen teeth. All the others had more. She talks very well indeed, and knows two in distinction from one. When we were visiting at Mrs. Wallace's week before last, she slipped away from me, and went to Mrs. W.'s shoe box, in her bedroom. Soon she came to me bringing one of Mrs. W's

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January 1869

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