Delia Locke


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1870. Mar. 14. Monday. Mrs. Miner made me a short call this morning. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Mar. 15. Tuesday. Mrs. James Brown came in this afternoon just as we finished hanging out the clothes to try, to get a little assistance about cutting out a calico dress. I cut out the skirt and sewed up the seams for her on the machine, and tonight I am so weary. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 16. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Mar. 17. Thursday. A rainy day, and the temperature, which does not often happen, stood at one point all day. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Mar. 18. Friday. This morning, Mrs. Allard and Arthur came over from Geo's, intending to go by stage to Stockton, but meeting the Dr. at the store, they were induced to remain here till tomorrow and go in with him. So they have visited here all day, and are here for the night. Mother and Clara also came here this afternoon, and Mr. Lambert and John Hammond came to tea. We have attended the Lodge this evening. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Mar. 19. Saturday. Dr. went to Stockton today, taking Mrs. Allard and Arthur home with him, and bringing out with him tonight, a young lady by the name of Miss Kinkade, who comes to try for a clerk-ship in the store. She is not accustomed to the business, but thinks she can leave. She has curly hair, and is well looking. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Mar. 20. Sabbath. Miss Kinkade is sick today, and not able to attend meeting. I have been to meeting. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life," etc. I have also been to prayer meeting this eve, which was an interesting one, although we had a poor leader - Mr. Cooke. He makes strange remarks sometimes. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) 1870. Mar. 21. Monday. Cloudy weather. I have been to the store to make purchases, called in to see Maggie Plummer, also to see Mrs. Brown. Here I met Mrs. Wiley. On my way home I called in at Mr. Manly's, next door to us, having left the Locke ford House to "Bob Patton," as he is called. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Mar. 22. Tuesday. The weather is still cloudy. Mrs. Brumel called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Mar. 23. Wednesday. Rainy morning. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Mar. 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Mar. 25. Friday. Mrs. Ringer called this afternoon. Miss Hinkade has given up going to the store at all, and stays at the house altogether. What could be her motive in acting such a farce, we know not. Dr. wanted her assistance, most of all, in keeping books, but she never made an effort in this direction, or showed any interest in it. Why did she take the trouble to come out here, if she did not wish the situation? Seeing she did not take hold to help, Dr. offered to take her back home again, when he went on Wednesday, but she said, no, she would wait a few days but she has not been in the store much since. She is not very industrious, we can see that. We have attended the Lodge this evening. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Mar. 26. Saturday. Cloudy weather again. A minister by the name of Mr. Johnson from Antioch, has come tonight, and is to preach for us tomorrow. He is a young man recently from Augusta, Maine, and is looking for a location for his family. Perhaps it will be best for us to have him here. I wish it might be so. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Mar. 27. Sabbath. Windy weather. I have had a sick headache all day, and have not been able to attend church, Mr. Johnson preached, was here all day. Mr. Mayfield commenced his protracted meeting in our church this evening. It is to continue all the week. He has many admirers but I have not heard him preach. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.)

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January 1870

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