Delia Locke


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1869. as Horace did, but is a little shorter. He and Mary know about half of the Alphabet, but I am sure it is not their fault that they do not know the whole, because no one teaches them but seldom. He has been able to count twelve for a long time. He is not a whit behind the others in intelligence, and he has a remarkably finely formed head. But his disposition is the most unpleasant and the hardest to manage of any of the children. He is naturally selfish, and gets angry very quickly and retains anger for a long time. I am sure he makes me more trouble than either of the others have. From writing of him, I turn to our little gentle Hannah, who is now two years old. A darling child she is, and as good as any child of her age could possibly be. She is fully as forward as any of the children have been about talking. I gave her some thing the other day, and she said "Rank oo" for "thank you." When I said, "nice Hannah," she said, "Is nice Hannah." Ada calls her, her little girl, and indeed she is more fond of Ada than of any other member of the family, not even excepting me. No matter where she may be, if she is with Ada, she is perfectly satisfied. She likes the baby and says of him, "Donnie Cavin's my girl." She says her name is "Hannah Work." She came to me the other day and said, "Mamma, papa take tee out," meaning teeth. She referred to his extracting teeth. She weighs twentysix and one-half pounds and measures two feet, seven and one-half inches in height. Thus she is larger than Ida and Mary were, but smaller than the others. Her hair curls prettily in her neck, and her eyes are large and expressive. This eve we have attended the Lodge. Messrs. Fisher and Drummond were initiated. The Festival Committee reported Christmas night as a suitable time for the holding of the Festival for the benefit of the Orphan's Home. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Nov. 20. Saturday. The weather is a little cloudy. Received a call from two Abington men, Messrs. Baldwin and Bowen. Mr. Bowen has been in California since 1851, left a family in Mass. of a wife and four children, whom he has not since seen. Now lives in Dutch Flat, Cal. 1869. Mr. Baldwin, Fred. used to be one of my scholars, is now a young man of twenty two years of age, and resides in Marin County. It was pleasant to recall old times in connection with my "school ma am" days. He was always a good boy, when he was my scholar, wonder if he is so now. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Nov. 21. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend meeting today. Mr. Bishop preached assisted by Mr. McRary. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Nov. 22. Monday. This morning Geo. Fisher went to the Ferry as usual, being ferry man, since then he has not been seen or heard from. Rather unthankful he has proved himself, for he came here naked and starving, and we took him in", fed and clothed him, and last Friday night paid his initiation fee into the Lodge. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Nov. 23. Tuesday. Cold and windy. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Nov. 24. Wednesday. Still windy. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Nov. 25. Thursday. Still windy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Nov. 26. Friday. Dr. and Mrs. P. Jack, recently arrived from the city of Glasgow, Scotland, came here today. They arrived in San Francisco about two months ago, and is looking for a location, in order to practice medicine. Perhaps he will locate here, if he can find a residence. There is no house vacant at present, but as Mr. Powell intends to remove soon, perhaps he will take the house afterwards. We have invited them to make their home here for the present, and they have brought their trunks here. In the Lodge this eve, Adda Brown was initiated. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 27. Saturday. Cold. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Nov. 28. Sabbath. Was not able to attend church, for fear of taking cold, as there is no way of having a fire in the meetinghouse. No preaching was expected, as Mr. Powell was absent, but after the S. school, a stranger walked in, and though no one thought him to be a preacher, he took a text (upon invitation) and preached a good sermon. His name was afterwards given as Mr. Cook, a hired man on a Ranch not far from here He is very boyish in appearance. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.)

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January 1869

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