Delia Locke


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1871. but Ada goes to learn her standing and receive benefit to herself. They will stop with Josiah and Eliza while in Stockton. Hannah Geffroy and Ellen White made me a short call this afternoon. John Calvin is now twenty one mos. old and has sixteen teeth. He has not been weighed today, but his weight is not much more than it was last month, twenty five pounds. He improves in talking very fast, and is very active and affectionate. He now goes up and down between the houses by himself at pleasure, and when he finds the door closed, calls out, "ope door," till some one comes. When he sees more than one thing of a kind, as horses or chickens, he will say, "one, two horse" or "chicky." (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Mar. 1. Wednesday. Windy weather. Did not attend the Lodge. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Mar. 2. Thursday. I have attended the prayer meeting, and enjoyed a sweet season of communion with "our Father", though very weary in body. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.) Mar. 3. Friday. Ada arrived home this eve with her father from Stockton. Has had a pleasant time and all the girls stood high on examination papers. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Mar. 4. Saturday. We have attended what Mr. Bishop calls the "covenant meeting" this afternoon, preparatory to communion. He made remarks from the words "Christ loved the church and gave himself for it," etc. He embraced the doctrine of a "higher life" in his remarks, which gave rise to some discussion upon the subject by some of the members, and Mr. Geffroy got considerably excited, but I think the meeting will do good. It shows the Spirit is still present with us. After the meeting, I went to the store, to Mrs. McStay's and Mrs. Ed. Smith's. Afternoon cloudy. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 61.) 1871. Mar. 5. Sabbath. Cloudy. We have all - the entire family - attended meeting today. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Be ye followers of God, as dear children." After the sermon, followed the communion service which was well attended - more communicants than usual. I have not felt well enough to attend the evening meeting. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Mar. 6. Monday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Mar. 7. Tuesday. Ellen White made me a short call. She is to commence school in Peteluma next month. Josephine Cahill is to teach in the Douglass District and Clara is to have the school seven miles from Stockton on the Mariposa road. So the girls are all provided for, Clara and Josie at $60 per month. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Mar. 8. Wednesday. The weather is still a little cloudy. Rev. Mr. Jones and Eddie took tea with us and went to the Lodge. I myself did not feel able to go. G. W. S. Mills was expected, but did not come, much to the disappointment of many, especially Mr. Harvey who went to the Station on purpose for him. He was so much annoyed about it, that he was very ill-natured in the Lodge, and made some abusive personal remarks to the Dr. which spoiled the pleasure of the meeting. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Mar. 9. Thursday. I have had the sick headache today and have been in bed most of the afternoon. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Mar. 10. Friday. Mrs. Bishop called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Mar. 11. Saturday. Warm. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Mar. 12. Sabbath. We have all attended meeting today. Rev. Mr. Clark, of Oregon, who is now traveling as Agent for the "Pacific", preached a very good sermon from the text, "I have given you an example." The subject was - the power of example. This afternoon we have had a storm of wind and a little rain, just at night.

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January 1871

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