Delia Locke


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1870. Aug. 19. Friday. Mr. Brier has been here all day. They have relinquished house keeping, and he now goes out as an Evangelist. We have attended the Lodge this evening. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 65.) Aug. 20. Saturday. Mother called a few minutes this P.M. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 74.) Aug. 21. Sabbath. Dr. is quite sick with the agree, which he contracted at San Francisco. He arrived home on Friday night, just in time to avoid being confined to his bed in that City. He is hardly able to be out of bed. Mr. Mayfield preached his farewell sermon this A.M. from the text, "Seek first the kingdom of God," etc. but he wandered all over the whole range of subjects, and night as well have chosen some other text. This evening Mr. Bryant preached a very impressive sermon from the text," While they servant was busy here and there, he was gone. "He also preached his last sermon for this year, but expects to be sent again to this people. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 69.) Aug. 22. Monday. The Dr. is better today. We dismissed our Cook. Tark Soong this morning. He was so passionate and independent, we could not well endure him. Ah Toon will now cook with my assistance, though he has but one hand, he will do very well for he is willing. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Aug. 23. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 78.) Aug. 24. Wednesday. Peter helped us wash today, and is a good hand. Ah Toon could not get along with the washing with only the help I could give him, neither can he iron. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Aug. 25. Thursday. The Union Camp Meeting at Mokelumne Station communes today. An Englishman and Wife Mr. & Mrs. Isaacs. took dinner with us. They came to look at the ferry place, thinking of buying it. Mrs. Wallace and Miss Randall came in this P.M. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) 1870. Aug. 26. Friday. We have attended the Lodge this evening as usual. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) Aug. 27. Saturday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Aug. 28. Sabbath. Dr. the girls and Luther have attended the Camp Meeting today at the Station. Some have estimated the number of people there at two thousand. Messrs. Briggs and Brier preached in A.M and P.M. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Aug. 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Aug. 30. Tuesday. John Calvin is today fifteen months old and his weight is twentyone and one half pounds. He has ten teeth if we count two double teeth which are just pricked through. He is the fourth in size, Luther, Hannah and Ada weighing more, but in teething none were more forward but Ada and Howard. In talking he is fully as forward as either of the others have been, and he speaks his words very plainly. When his father comes in, he calls "papa" until he is observed, and when he wakes in the night he calls "mamma" until I come to him. He also says "Ida" and "titty" for Kitty. He is a very affectionate child and loves to hug and kiss us. He begins to stand alone and sometimes walks a step or two. But his principal dependence for locomotion is creeping, in which he is an adept. I have not yet weaned him. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) Aug. 31. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 80.) Sept. 1. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) Sept. 2. Friday. No Lodge meeting this evening, on account of the Camp meeting. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) Sept. 3. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 75.) Sept. 4. Sabbath. Dr. and the children again went to Camp Meeting today. I did not feel able to undertake it. Messrs. Tansey and Mayfield preached. A very large crowd gathered there today, but our folks were not well pleased with Mr. Mayfield's preaching or rather "ranting." They thought he did not do as well as usual. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 74.)

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January 1870

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