Delia Locke


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1871. Jan. 1. Sabbath. The commencement of the week, of the month and of the year. It is indeed a "Happy New Years" morning to us. Ourselves, and all our family of five boys and four girls, are well, which is indeed a great blessing. Our oldest is now fourteen years and eight months and the youngest nineteen months. Mr. Henshaw - the store clerk, Peter Thomson, the man-of-all-work, and the two Chinamen. Ah Toon and Ah Saow, make up the rest of the family, as pleasant a family as we ever expect to have. We have attended meeting this forenoon and heard Mr. Bishop preach from the parable of the unfruitful fig-tree, and this eve Mr. Bryant preached from the text, "How much owest thou unto my Lord?" (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) I will write a little additional to the above. We had a precious communion season after the morning service, and in view of my past unworthiness and the many favors we are constantly receiving from the hand of our Heavenly Father, I feel to trust Him entirely for the future, as my "wisdom strength and righteousness." My language today is, "Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to thy cross I cling." Jan. 2. Monday. The weather is a little cloudy, and the farmers are trying to hope for rain, for the season has been very dry thus far, and the plowing has ceased for want of moisture. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 3. Tuesday. No rain. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Jan. 4. Wednesday. Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds left the neighborhood for Calistoga. We feel sorry to have them go, but they are in search of health, and are trying to find the best place. We have attended the Lodge this eve. Scarcely any but juvenile members were present on account of a meeting at the brick church. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) 1871. Jan. 5. Thursday. Mr. Bishop called this afternoon. We have attended the prayer meeting this evening, had a profitable time. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 6. Friday. Ada went visiting at Mr. Cahill's with Clara and Mother came over and helped me tack a crib comforter. We finished it before night. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Jan. 7. Saturday. Morning foggy. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 8. Sabbath. We have attended the meeting this forenoon. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "While thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone". My head has ached some all day, and it is so painful tonight, that I cannot go to meeting, but must go to bed. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Jan. 9. Monday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Bless God for the rain, it is so much needed, Mrs. Bishop called this morning. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Jan. 10. Tuesday. We have had fine showers all day, very grateful and refreshing. A few of us Congregationalists have made Mr. & Mrs. Bishop a surprise party this evening. It is the occasion of their tenth anniversary of marriage, and we made them a little tin wedding. All carried presents of tin ware and kitchen utensils of some kind, and refreshments, and we spread a table and stood around it and ate supper. We also sang some hymns while Clara played the melodeon had prayers and separated, feeling that we had had a pleasant time. These are the kind of pleasures which leave no "bad taste in the mouth." (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 46.) Jan. 11. Wednesday. In the Lodge this evening, Mr. S.P. Hussey, a worthy man, was initiated. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Jan. 12. Thursday. We have had exceedingly cold weather today. There was ice back of the house, which did not melt all day. We have but few such days in our

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