Delia Locke


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1871. Mechanics' Fair, now in progress. School will commence next week, and they must go now or not at all. Ada and Horace M. went with their father, and Ida went with them in the single wagon, to drive the horse home. It seemed rather risky to me to trust a girl of nine years to drive alone from Stockton, especially as the horse sometimes tries to run away. But the Lord sent a good angel to accompany her, and she reached home in safety, though much fatigued. Mrs. J. Brown called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Aug. 11. Friday. This morning, Howard started for the Licking Ranch with Otto Bergenheim, who goes to stop there and take the care of things. Howard is to drive the team back, and with the high-seat wagon he has, I feel much concern for his safety. But I must "confide and be patient," trusting in the Lord. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) Aug. 12. Saturday. Dr. Ada and Horace M. arrived home from San Francisco in the last train. Dr. had his finger opened again thereby Dr. Spencer, but without relief, and it is very painful indeed. I have written to Dr. & Mrs. Moore. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Aug. 13. Sabbath. This morning, leaving Dr. and Ada at home with the little children, Horace M., Ida, Mary, Ida Hetfield and I went to the camp meeting. Dr.'s hand was too painful for him to go, and Ada has a boil on her face, which makes her nearly sick. There were several hundred people at the camp meeting, but few who camp there. We took a lunch and stayed all day. Mr. Benson - of the "Advocate" preached in the forenoon from the subject of "Christ weeping over Jerusalem," and in the afternoon from the text, "What more could I have done for my vineyard, that I have not done?" There was a children's meeting at 2 o'clock, which was quite interesting. I came home so tired tonight, that I went into a fever, 1871. which continued the greater part of the night. I did not know I was so weary, till I tried to rest. The weather is pleasantly cool. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) Aug. 14. Monday. School commenced today, Mr. Rice - teacher. This afternoon, we received a letter from Luther. He is in Nevada, on Walker's River, enjoying himself finely. He writes that they catch nice fish, and that the weather is very pleasant. I would like to have him here now to commence school with the others. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 76.) Aug. 15. Tuesday. Mrs. Brown washed for us today. Dr.'s finger is very bad and painful. He gets no rest, day or night. He fears he may lose the end of it entirely. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Aug. 16. Wednesday. Mrs. McStay dined with us. She expects to remove to Stockton tomorrow, and go into the dress making business. We have sent a letter to Luther today addressed to Ione, Nye Co. Nev. The Dr.'s finger is worse and worse. I don't know how the poor man will endure the pain. It really makes him sick. I could not attend the Lodge this eve. L - McCloud is here for the night. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) Aug. 17. Thursday. Dr. is still an acute sufferer with his finger. If opening it again, which will be the fifth time, does not relieve it, he thinks he shall be obliged to have it amputated. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Aug. 18. Friday. Dr. Foote has opened Dr.'s finger today, and it is a little easier. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 88.) Aug. 19. Saturday. The pain in Dr.'s finger has considerably abated. Clara is here from Mokelumne City on a short visit and took tea with us. Ada went this evening with them to attend the Camp meeting. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) Aug. 20. Sabbath. This is the last day of the camp meeting, Dr. went with Ada, Hannah and Ida Hetfield this forenoon, and this afternoon he went with all the children but the little ones. John Calvin is feverish and fretful

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January 1871

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