Delia Locke


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1871. Apr. 29. Saturday. At Mother's all day, and a little more comfortable in breathing than yesterday. Mrs. Brumel came in to see me this afternoon. Mr. Bishop also came in. He and his wife have just returned from Clayton, where they have been assisting Father Harker in a protracted meeting. Just at dusk, Clara came home unexpectedly. She had an opportunity to side home from Mount Carmel District, where she is teaching. She is succeeding nicely - has but two weeks more to teach there. Apr. 30. Sabbath. At Mother's all day, and slowly improving. The United Brethren hold a Quarterly Meeting in our Church, by permission. John Calvin is now twenty three months old, has sixteen teeth, and weighs twenty eight pounds. He is well and strong, and does not seem to miss me while I am away, tho' when he comes here, he is delighted to see me. He is second only in size to Luther and Howard and is more forward in teething than Mary, Willie and Hannah. He is improving in talking constantly. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) May 1. Monday. Ada wished to attend a May Party at the Railroad Station, which she could not do unless I came home to take charge of things, so Dr. came for me with the wagon and I rode home. Ada and Howard with other children went in our wagon to the Party, but I have had a sick day at home. I have been taking a new medicine which seems to have eased the asthma, but does not help me to raise the mucous, and I think this has caused me to be feverish. Just at night, Mr. & Mrs. Bishop called to see me. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.) May 2. Tuesday. I have felt a little better today. Mr. & Mrs. Bishop came in again this afternoon. They are kind friends. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) May 3. Wednesday. Susie came and passed most of the day with me, helping me sew, and I have been able to cut out a little work. Susie is very kind. This has 1871 been the warmest day so far. Installation of Officer in the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) May 4. Thursday. It was a little cloudy this forenoon. Some of the people about here have been out for a picnic near Mr. Ethell's (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 58.) May 5. Friday. Mrs. J. Brown came and washed for us. As I still have the asthma, I am not able to be round the kitchen, so as to assist the Chinaman, as I usually do, about washing. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.) May 6. Saturday. Cool. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.) May 7. Sabbath. I have been much troubled with asthma this afternoon and evening. Messrs. Bishop and Jones supplied the pulpit in the church. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) May 8. Monday. The anniversary of our wedding day. We have now been married sixteen years - years full of blessings to us. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 61.) May 9. Tuesday. Mrs. J. Brown came and washed again for us. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 61.) May 10. Wednesday. A windy day, and therefore a day of sickness and suffering to me. I am afraid I shall not recover from the asthma, until the weather becomes settled and warm. The season is cold and backward, though dry. Mrs. McStay called to see me, also Mother. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 57.) May 11. Thursday. Another windy day, As I sat over the five in the morning, Short of breath, who should come in but Dr. & Mrs. Moore of Boston. I could scarcely believe my senses, and for a while, seemed almost over whelmed at the thought. The house is so perfectly "up in arms" with the plasterers, not a room that can be used much except this one, and this so very dirty since my sickness, what can I do? But our circumstances must furnish a sufficient excuse, and we must enjoy their visit as well as we can. They came to Cal. to attend the Medical Convention lately held in San Francisco and are now about to return. They seem not to

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January 1871

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