Delia Locke


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1870. sew neatly. She sometimes learns five or six verses from the Bible for her Sunday School lesson, with but little trouble. She is not so motherly as Ada was, but sprightlier. She sometimes sits down and reads stories in papers and books by herself and is much interested. She has six permanent teeth, as the others had. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Apr. 11. Monday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Rev. Mr. Brier left us this morning for his home in Dixon. He thought he could not longer remain away from home for he is about completing a Congregational Church there, which has been built by his efforts. It seems as if we could not spare him to leave us now for there are so many here who need religious instruction. Many here are earnestly inquiring after the Saviour, and those who have lately been born into the Kingdom need to be taught, for most of them are very ignorant of the precious doctrines of the Bible. But the Lord sees fit to take him from us. He thinks he will come again after a while. I have been much comforted today with the thought of being in Christ "as the branch is united to the vine." It is a sweet thought, and impressed my mind more than ever before. Now if I only have grace to "abide in Him", I shall "bring forth much fruit", which I greatly desire to do, to the glory of His name. Mrs. Holden came to give the usual music lesson tonight, and was here to tea, also Mr. McReery. This eve we have been to meeting. They had what Mr. Mayfield called a "speaking meeting." I do not enjoy those meetings as well as prayer meetings. It is more pleasant to me to hear the reading of the Word of God and the voice of prayer, than to hear each one get up and speak so much of themselves. There is such a sameness of remarks. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 60.) 1870. Apr. 12. We have had cold showers today, in some places not for from us, hail fell. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 46.) Apr. 13. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Apr. 14. Thursday. We have attended the prayer meeting this eve. There were not so many there as I expected to see but we had a good meeting. After wards we had a church meeting, fully to complete the arrangements of hiring Mr. Bishop, of getting a new church record book, of hiring Father to take care of the church, etc. The meeting was not out till near midnight, and I became nearly exhausted. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Apr. 15. Friday. Lodge meeting this evening as usual. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Apr. 16. Saturday. Again has arrived the birthday of Luther and his father. Dr. now is forty seven years old, but he has the appearance of being much older. His beard is getting very gray, and he grows more stooping. The cares of life do not rest easily upon him. He is worried by the care of his business, and his awake nights to think about it, instead of taking the quiet sleep which he so much needs. I am sorry for him, and try to comfort and assist him as much as I can. I am sure he lives nearer to the Lord than he once did. We now have family prayers every morning and "grace" at meals, which is comforting and encouraging to me. As for Luther, my heart yearns over him, my first born. I long to see him following the example of his younger sister Ada, and coming over on the Lord's side. As yet, he is quite indifferent to religious things, and we are obliged to watch over him carefully, and keep him to meetings and the Sabbath School. I still have him learn verses from the Bible each night, and he attends the Lodge meetings, though it is not always his pleasure to do either of these. He is small of

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January 1870

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