Delia Locke


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1870. Oct. 17. Monday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) Oct. 18. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Bishop took tea with us. Frank Pygall was here without leave, playing with the children just at night, and, Jewel being near them, Frank accidentally stepped on his foot, when the dog turned and bit him severely near the knee, making two or three wounds. Dr. has dressed the wounds, but Frank would better remain here, Dr. says, for a few days, that he may attend to him the more conveniently, (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Oct. 19. Wednesday. Mrs. Pygall called to see Frank this afternoon. He is uneasy and feverish. His father threatens to whip him for being out of place, and his mother does not urge his being taken home. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Oct. 20. Thursday. A china boy, of about Howard's size, came today with Gam Quing. They have just arrived from China, by way of Japan. He comes to help Ah Toon, our present cook, and learn the act. He is a very bright and pleasant looking lad. I have attended the prayer meeting this eve. It was a profitable season. I had this Scripture. "The joy of the Lord is your strength," very forcibly impressed upon my mind. Yes, we should rejoice, not only because it is a duty, but also on account of the influence it has upon us, and others. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Oct. 21. Friday. We have attended a church meeting this afternoon, but although they talked a good deal, they did nothing, to speak of. We have also attended the Lodge this evening. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.) Oct. 22. Saturday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 57.) Oct. 23. Sabbath. The weather is still a little cloudy. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Bishop preached in the forenoon subject. "The highway of holiness," and again this eve from the text, "Look unto me, and be ye saved," etc., O very good sermon. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Oct. 24. Monday. Mr. Brier came just at night, to get more books from his box. They have enjoyed the refreshing Spirit of the Load at Farmington and Wheat land and now they are to labor at Linden, for a week or two. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Oct. 25. Tuesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Oct. 26. Wednesday. There was a little shower this morning, but this time the rain will not amount to much. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Oct. 27. Thursday. We have attended the prayer meeting this eve, since which some of us have been engaged in conversation with Susie, relative to Geo. offence against the church, etc. The general impression on her mind seems to be not to blame Geo. so much as others. She seems to think his aggravations and trials are so great that he cannot enjoy fellowship in the church, that Mr. Brier must be actuated by personal feeling of animosity towards them in bringing this charge, etc. But O, what is religion worth, if it does not sustain under trials, especially the little annoyances consequent on possessions and property and labor? Dear sister, be careful lest you go too far and seem to countenance the open violations of God's laws - swearing and Sabbath-breaking. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Oct. 28. Friday. Tonight we have said "Goodby to Rescue Lodge," have held our last meeting in that capacity, and my Quarter of presiding has ended. Next week we shall assemble in the new relation of the United Lodge of Lockeford, called the Lockeford Lodge, to meet in the Odd Fellows' Hall. It is thought by many that it will be better for the cause of Temperance so to do. I hope it prove so. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Oct. 29. Saturday. Today has been held the meeting preparatory to the Communion. Mr. Bishop made remarks on

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January 1870

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