Delia Locke


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1870. Jan. 10. Monday. The weather is a little cloudy. Dr. started for San Francisco this morning, by way of Stockton. Howard went with him to bring back the team loaded with flour, etc. He was expected back this evening, but has not returned. I feel rather anxious, especially as it will be likely to rain before morning. He is but a boy of ten years. In reading the 6th chapter of Rom, today, those verser which speak of being dead to sin and risen with Christ, struck me very forcibly. "How can we, that are dead to sin, live any longer there in"? If we have buried past sins, and risen with Christ, how can we wish to return to that dreadful burden from which we have been freed? And how sweet the consolation which is contained in the verse which soon follows, "Now he which is dead is freed from sin." Yes, when we lay aside this mortal body with all its pains and infirmities, we also lay aside with it that propensity to sin, which here so drags us down and fills us with sorrow and misery. Thanks be to God, "through our Lord Jesus Christ." (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Jan. 11. Tuesday. The morning was rainy. Howard came about the middle of the forenoon. The horses, being heavily loaded, were too tired to proceed farther than Mr. Hartwell's, where he spent the night. Mr. Heald is here this evening, for all night. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 12. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. Mr. Heald is here. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Jan. 13. Thursday. Weather cloudy and rainy, but not so much so as to prevent my going to the store. On my way home, I stopped to see Mrs. Brumel, who is sick with chills and fever. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.) Jan. 14. Friday. The weather is rainy. Dr. returned from San Francisco, well and in good spirits. Luther and Geo. Pygall joined the Lodge this evening. We 1870. hoped he would have done so when Ada did, but he did not feel quite ready. Dr. thinks the business training of the Order is excellent, and wishes the children to avail themselves of it. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Jan. 15. Saturday. Rainy forenoon. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 16. Sabbath. Mr. Heald took dinner with us. Mr. Bishop preached at the church, but it was not fitting for me to attend, on account of the cold room. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Jan. 17. Monday. This forenoon I went to the store, and just called in at Mr. Brown's, to see his harness shop. He has it fitted up nicely, and Mrs. Brown was singing at her work, as if she was as happy as could be, while baby Tommy was toddling round outside the door and playing with the pig. There are tokens of rain soon. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 18. Tuesday. A rainy day. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 48.) Jan. 19. Wednesday. The night was very windy, the day cloudy and rainy. This will please the farmers, who, for some time past have been crying out "drought." (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Jan. 20. Thursday. The day was cloudy and windy, and the night rainy. I think we shall have rain enough now, to satisfy all. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 58.) Jan. 21. Friday. The weather is still cloudy and a little rainy but not enough to prevent our holding a Lodge meeting as usual, also a Degree meeting afterwards. John Hudson took both Degrees. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Jan. 22. Saturday. The forenoon was rainy, the afternoon and evening bright and pleasant. Have received a call this eve from Misses Ellen White and Mary F. Randall, who are spending their vacation from teaching at Mrs. Wallace's. Miss White is to teach next at "Alpine" and Miss Randall is going to San Francisco. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

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January 1870

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