Delia Locke


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1869. Sept. 8. Wednesday. T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75. Sept. 9. Thursday. I have been to Mrs. Wallace's to engage her to make some dresses for me. We intend to go to San Francisco soon, and I am afraid I shall never get my sewing ready, if I do not have more help. Ada helps me a great deal, to be sure, but it is no slight job to get ready for such a visit, to take all the children with us. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Sept. 10. Friday. No Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) Sept. 11. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 76.) Sept. 12. Sabbath. I did not attend the meeting at the schoolhouse. It seems, indeed, as if I was weary enough when the others are ready to go, without attempting to walk that distance. Next Sabbath, the church will be dedicated, and then I hope to be better able to go to the meetings. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Sept. 13. Sabbath. Monday. I was invited to attend a meeting at Mrs. Wallace's this afternoon, at which time the ladies of the society proposed to consult together as to what they could do towards raising money to furnish the pulpit of the church, with some desirable articles I went, but O that I had not gone! For I have been so deeply pained by those who, of all others, should be kind and friendly. Only mother, Clara and Hannah were there besides me, but they were enough. Not much business was done, for soon allusion was made by mother and Hannah to the unpleasant state of things in our church. Mr. Wallace said, "Don’t talk about such things." But Hannah replied, "Yes, we have been wanting to have a talk this long time, and we might as well have it now." She then improved the opportunity of saying that she thought they had treated the Dr. just right in relation to church matters, and when Mrs. Wallace rather sided with me, it made her the more vehement, and she and mother said very unpleasant things. Clara said nothing there Mother complained that I do not visit her. I asked her, "How can I wish to meet my brothers and sisters, when every time I do so, I am so deeply pained?" (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) 1869. Sept. 14. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) Sept. 15. Wednesday. Mrs. Andrew came and had eight teeth extracted at one sitting. Occasionally, during the operation she would burst out laughing. She generally puts out the cheerful side. Mrs. Alfred Parker also came here and bought a Florence Sewing Machine. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) Sept. 16. Thursday. Dr. has been to Stockton today, and Mrs. Holden returned with him. She comes to help us about the singing for the Dedication. She is to play Mr. Geffroy's organ, and so comes to practise before hand. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) Sept. 17. Friday. I went with Mrs. Holden to Mr. Geffroy's, and as it was cold and windy, and the singers were to practise there in the evening, I sent for the baby, and remained with Mrs. Holden to tea. We have had quite a pleasant sing this eve, but are sadly deficient in tenor and bass singers. Mrs. Holden is not very well. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Sept. 18. Saturday. This afternoon, I called at Mr. Powell's with Mrs. Holden. There we met Dr. Dwinell of Sacramento, who has come to preach at the Dedication. This evening, the singers met at the church, and Mr. Geffroy's organ was there. We had a pleasant and profitable sing, and arranged the music for tomorrow. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Sept. 19. Sabbath. Dedication of our new meeting-house. Services commenced at eleven o'clock with a Voluntary by Mrs. Holden on the Organ and an Anthem by the choir Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. Sermon by Dr. Dwinell text. "Household of faith." After the sermon an effort was made, which was successful, to raise an amount of money equal to the remaining debt. This was done by calling for voluntary subscripting of fifty dollars, then twentyfive, then ten, then five, and then two and a half, after which the hat was passed round. In this way, over two hundred dollars was raised, followed by the Dedicatory Prayer offered by Dr. Dwinell. We then came home to dinner. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and Miss Elliott dined with us. In the afternoon, instead of the Sabbath school, we had a

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January 1869

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