Delia Locke


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1870. May 11. Wednesday. Mrs. H. K. Brown called here for a time this afternoon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 67.) May 12. Thursday. Much cooler. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) May 13. Friday. It is really cold today and tonight. Such a great change in the weather is making people sick. Two or three of the children are half sick; Ida, Willard and Hannah. In the Lodge this eve, a charge was preferred against J. D. Baylis for a violation of the Pledge: Locke, Brown and Megerle Com, of Inv. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 55.) May 14. Saturday. It is cloudy today. There was frost last night five or six miles above us, which killed down corn, potatoes and other vegetables, but I think there was no frost here. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 55.) May 15. Sabbath. We have attended church today. One and another were remarking how chilly it was, hardly warm enough for comfort, for the sun was clouded and a cold wind was blowing. Mrs. Huntington was there from San Francisco. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal", etc. This eve. Mr. Bryant preached from the text, "Behold I lay in Sion a sure corner-stone, tried and precious," etc. The two sermons were upon nearly the same subject, and it would be hard to tell which preacher managed it with the greater ability. Both were comforting and instructive. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.) May 16. Monday. Still cooler. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) May 17. Tuesday. Mrs. Holden came to give the usual music lessons to the children. The cool weather continues. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) May 18. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) May 19. Thursday. The weather is cloudy, and we have had slight showers, not sufficient to lay the dust, or do any harm to hay, or any good to the gardens. Dr. has started today to San Francisco in company with Mr. Ayers, a carpenter who is 1870. engaged to put the piazza around the house, and make other needed improvements. Dr. goes to purchase lumber for the same. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 55.) May 20. Friday. I am so much trouble with the asthma, that I have been in bed more than half the day, and could not attend the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 61.) May 21. Saturday. I have been more troubled with asthma today, and not able to sit up at all. Dr. arrived home from San Francisco this afternoon. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) May 22. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend meeting today, but my health is improving. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) May 23. Monday. Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Huntington called tonight. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) May 24. Tuesday. Hannah Geffroy came to see me this afternoon, bringing the baby and Mabel. She remained till after tea. Her babe is a nice and pretty one, five weeks old, and she is quite well again. It has been an uncomfortably warm day. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 79.) May 25. Wednesday. This morning, in company with mother I went to spend the day with Susie, taking Willard and Johnnie with me. Geo has gone to San Francisco, to endeavor to purchase tickets to go East over the Railroad with the "Teachers" excursion, which to start next Saturday. If he can procure tickets the whole family are going. Consequently she must be in great haste to get clothes and everything in readiness to start at that time. Ellen White is there to sew for her, and Mother and I have been helping today what we could. She has her clothing nearly ready. As she has but three children, she can enjoy the trip very well. I find myself longing just a little to go too, but as it is impossible, I must not think of it. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 64.)

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January 1870

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