Delia Locke


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1870. Nov. 25. Friday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 26. Saturday. The day has been cold and cloudy and a little rainy. Mr. and Mrs. Brier and their son John arrived before dinner, and Mr. Brier preached this eve, but I was not well enough to attend, Hannah G. called this afternoon, and she bought to Ada a very beautiful photograph album as a present for services rendered her when her last babe was born. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Nov. 27. Sabbath. Mr. & Mrs. Brier have been here today. John Brier preached this forenoon and this evening. The morning's text was, "Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies," etc. The evening's text was, "Ye are the light of the world." He is a talented man, but I take much more comfort in listening to his father's preaching. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 56.) Nov. 28. Monday. The weather today has been cloudy and windy. There is every appearance of a long rain at hand. Mr. & Mrs. Brier and John have been here all day and are here for the night. We have been this eve to hear John Brier lecture - subject - The family and school. It was a fine, instructive lecture and "right to the point", but was not well attended. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Nov. 29. Tuesday. A rainy day. John Brier and Dr. left this morning for San Francisco. Mr. & Mrs. Brier remained till after dinner. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Nov. 30. Wednesday. John Calvin is today eighteen months old, and he weighs as much as the largest. Howard namely - twenty five pounds. He has been gaining fast of late. He has as many teeth as any of the children except Ada. His number is fourteen. He also talks as well as any except Hannah and Ada. He has added some to his stock of words the past month says "horse" and is very found of riding on horseback 1870. with Luther, who sometimes allows him to ride with him. When Luther's saddle is in the house, he likes to stand by it, and play horse with the strings. When he wishes to talk of anything up high, he says "way up ah", meaning "way up there." He is now weaned. Mrs. Wallace and Miss Randall have been here this afternoon, and they with Mr. & Mrs. Brier, made a pleasant little tea-party. Miss Randall is soon to be married to Mr. Baxter of Hayward's. Mr. A. B. Vincent died today. He has been unwell for months, but for a short time past has been considered recovering, and his death, at last, was sudden. Not even his wife was with him, for although they have been married about a year, their respective farms required their attention, and being separated sixteen or more miles a part, it has not been convenient for them to be together much. But death has now made a much wider separation, and well will it be for them, if, in another state of existence, they are forever united before the throne of God and the Lamb. We have attended the Lodge meeting this eve. John Hammond was initiated, and they talked of Christmas Festival. Fred C. Megerle was irritated in some way and resigned his membership. This meeting has left a sad remembrance. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.) Dec. 1. Thursday. The morning was foggy and the day cloudy. Mr. & Mrs. Brier left us after breakfast to pursue their labors as Colporteurs. Dr. arrived home from San Francisco. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Dec. 2. Friday. The weather has been cloudy, windy and a little rainy. Mr. Vincent was buried today beside his first wife, near the house on the bank of the creek. An Episcopal minister from Stockton officiated at the funeral. Dr. attended, but I was not well enough to go out in such inclement weather. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Dec. 3. Saturday. Cloudy still. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.)

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January 1870

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