Delia Locke


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1870. Sept. 5. Monday. To our surprise, Mr. & Mrs. J. Brown are packing up to leave. They have come to this conclusion so suddenly, and there are other circumstances connected with the matter so mysterious, that we know not how to look upon the matter. He was the Treasurer of the Lodge, and has used the funds, and leaves two notes in their place. We hope it is all right. I called to bid them goodby, as I have always felt kindly toward them, but I was chilled by their manner. What is the matter? Are they good and true? (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 71.) Sept. 6. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Brier came up from the Camp Ground this morning, the exercises being about to close up. I had forgotten her, but am happy to renew her acquaintance. They are much worn and weary. Mr. Henshaw also came here again, after traveling about the country for more than a year. Dr. will hire him again as Clerk in the Store, as he is a valuable hand. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) Sept. 7. Wednesday Mr. & Mrs. Brier will make it their home here for the present. Mr. Brier is to commence a protracted meeting here tomorrow evening. Mrs. Ed. Smith called here this afternoon, and Mr. Keast are English preacher, took tea here. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Sept. 8. Thursday. Mr. Keast took breakfast with us. This afternoon, Mother called with Mrs. Spencer and Mrs. Johnson, two ladies who have come from the Camp ground to assist here in this meeting. Mrs. Spencer preacher sometimes. She is an English woman. Mr. Keast preached this evening from the text, "As Moses lifted up the serpent," etc.(T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) Sept. 9. Friday. Mr. Brier preached this evening, but I was not able to go to hear him. (T.S.R. 50.3 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) 1870. Sept. 10. Saturday. We have been to meeting this evening. Mrs. Spencer preached. There was an attentive congregation (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S 74.) Sept. 11. Sabbath. I rose this morning with the sick headache, and I have suffered with it all day. It was very severe for a part of the forenoon, but has gradually cased away though I have not been able to attend any of the meetings, of which there have been three. Mr. Brier preached this A. M. and Mr. McReery came and dined with us. This afternoon, the first funeral has been attended in our new church. Though we have occupied so long, this is the first time we have been called to perform such a sorrowful duty from this church. Mr. T. T. Brookfield is the neighbor who has been called away. He died last night has been failing for a long time. Indeed, when he painted for us two months ago, he looked all broken down and feeble. There was but one relative present at the funeral - a brother This eve Mrs. Spencer preached again. Mother has received a letter from Susie, which she sent me to read. She is now in Mass, but will have only a short time to visit there, before they must start home. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 69.) Sept. 12. Monday. I have not been able to attend meetings today. Mr. Bishop dined here. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77.) Sept. 13. Tuesday. I am still to feeble in health to attend the meetings. But I long to go, and am persuaded I shall be permitted to do so, if it is for the best. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77.) Sept. 14. Wednesday. This evening. I have attended meeting, though very weary. Mrs. Spencer preached and we had a solemn time. The text was, "Let both grow together until the harvest," etc. She spoke particularly of the judgment day, when the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just",etc. The work is deepening. One of the AtKins girls came forward for prayers. Mr. Doom's

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January 1870

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