Delia Locke


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and after supper returned home.Sept. 14. Today wrote to mother. As Iwas thus engaged, two Spaniardscame in. George was here with me,but they wished to see Elmer, SoGeorge went to find Elmer, and leftme alone with them. I engaged inconversation with them as far as Icould, for I could understandbut little Spanish. Presently, oneof them said to the other, that Iwas 12 years old. "No, 16." said theother. He then inquired my age.When I told him 19, he asked ifGeorge was my husband, I said"No, the Dr. Do you know the Dr."They said. "No." I then spoke ofhis fine mule and jackass. Theywere much interested, and one ofthem wished to buy the jack witha cow. I hope to know the Spanishbetter soon, so as to be able tospeak it fluently. Received letters from home,Sept.15. Very windy. It looks like rain.Wrote to Sister Susan.Sept.16. Sunday. Cool and pleasant. Attendedchurch twice today. At theschoolhouse in the forenoon. Dr. CandersSept.16. preached from the words. "To obeyis better than sacrifice." He spoke ofthe pleasure we always experience froma consciousness of having done our duty.And that Christians do right, not somuch for the sake of a future reward,as that they may please God, and receiveat the time the reward which alwaysfollows and accompanies rightactions. Dr. Canders came here to dinnerand also a Mr. Arpa, a man who formerlylived in the neighborhood. Inthe afternoon, we attended meetingat the schoolhouse in Mr. Athearn'sneighborhood. Dr. Canders preachedfrom the words, "Therefore many of thembelieved." Salvation is not promisedas the universal result of the use ofmeans, but unless means are used,men are not likely to come to a knowledgeof the truth. Returning home,we found it very cold, uncomfortablyso. Stopped at Mr. Holmans', toinquire after George, who has been verysick with the harm fever. Found himbetter. Here we learned that the sad accident,which occurred last Thursday.a gun burst, and blow off a man's hand,

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September 1855

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Original diary dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

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