Delia Locke


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1871. climate. This evening there are signs of rain or snow. We have attended the prayer meeting. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 40.) Jan. 13. Friday. The weather today is cloudy. I have been with Mrs. Bishop to visit Mrs. Wiley. The visit was a pleasant one, and I hope not without profit, as we sewed for Mrs. Wiley and nearly made two calico sleeve aprons for the girls. Before we came home, we went to Mrs. Geffroy's to see the babe, It is very sick, having had teething fits. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Jan. 14. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Jan. 15. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today as usual. Mr. Bishop preached well from the text," Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear." And this eve, Mr. Bryant preached from the words, "Behold the Lamb of God," etc. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Jan. 16. Monday. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan. 17. Tuesday. The day has been cloudy and windy, and the night is rainy cheering to farmers. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 55.) Jan. 18. Wednesday. We have had showers today, but most of the day has been favorable for going out. Ellen White came in this forenoon to call for Ada to ride to Mokelumne Station with her, which I gave her leave to do, as I was not able to go out anywhere myself. Mother had a quilting today, and invited me to come, but I have been so troubled with sick headache that I could neither attend the quilting nor the Lodge meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Jan. 19. Thursday. The weather is foggy and cloudy. Dr. started for San Francisco this morning, to purchase goods. Ada and I have attended the prayer meeting this evening, and I felt the truth of a line of a hymn we sung "glory crowns the mercyscat. "When our Father" is so ready to bless us, why do we not oftener come near to Him? (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) 1871. Jan. 20. Friday. The weather is foggy and cloudy still. Hannah Geffroy made me a call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 43.) Jan. 21. Saturday. The weather has not changed is still foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) I have more to write. This afternoon, when the Express arrived from the Station, it brought Mr. G. E. McStay and his mother to stop with us. She has been living in Stockton for two or more months, since her arrival in Cal. from Wisconsin, and has been quite discontented and lonely, so as Mr. McStay is to teach the next term of school here, they have concluded to live together in the house by the store. She is an intelligent, Christian woman. Dr. came from San Francisco in the late train. Jan. 22. Sabbath. The day has been cloudy, and the night is rainy Mrs. McStay, having breakfasted with us, went to meeting with the others, and then with her son, went home with the Cahill girls. I have been to sick to attend meeting, having been troubled with the sick headache. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 23. Monday. A rainy day. I have had sick headache all day, but have been obliged to give up work altogether this afternoon and evening, and go to bed. It is very severe tonight. I have not been entirely free from headache for six days. I have vomited this eve, and hope now to be relieved. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Jan. 24. Tuesday. Cloudy. I am much better today, and have superintended and assisted in the washing. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.) Jan. 25. Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace called and invited me to attend a quilting at her house tomorrow. We have attended the Lodge meeting this eve. Officers were elected for the next quarter. Mr. Harvey was chosen for W. C. T. I am again chosen Treasurer and Dr. was elected Lodge Deputy, and Luther W. O. G. I rode over and back. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.)

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January 1871

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