Delia Locke


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Sept. 30. hour before the afternoon servicescommenced. So we went into anold house near the place of meeting,where many ladies were staying. HereI saw Mrs. Barton, Misses Mary andMargaret Barton, Mrs. Buckner,Mrs. Harold, Mrs. Furnish and Mrs. Goodman.Also Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Lardboth of whom I knew before, Soonwe went to the place of preaching. Herewere from 3 to 5 to persons assembled.We all sat on narrow boards underthe trees. There were 5 preachers presentone of whom soon commenced a sermonfrom the words, "Because I have calledand ye have refused," etc. but he didnot confine himself to his text at all.His sermon was quite interesting &impressive, adapted to Californialife and habits. But I was very muchdisturbed in endeavoring to listen, bythe cries of the children. Mr. Wallaceone of our men, said he counted 5 babiescrying at once, and frequently.But the minister said it did notdisturb him at all, nor did he feellike reproving the mothers, for hecould preach louder them any babySept. 30 could cry. I cannot think it wasquite as much of a pleasure to otherpeople as it is said to have been in'49, when it was such as rarity, that,when a baby cried in meeting theminister stopped preaching that allmight listen; the crying being moreinteresting than the preaching. Whenthe sermon was nearly finished. I becameso weary from sitting so uncomfortably,that I returned to the old houseand sat down on the straw which wasspread over the ground floor. Soon meetingwas over and we reached home a whileafter sunset.Oct.2. Very warm. Wrote to Susan andMother. Dr. returned from Stocktonto which place he went yesterday, topurchase lumber for the new house,Oct. 5, Friday. Cool and comfortable.Received letters and papers from hometoday. They are all well, I am so gladMr. Warren does not suffer so much.and yet does not get well, but seems toremain in about the same situation.I have much sewing on hand, but donot get time to do it. Hope to get intoour new house soon, Then I shall havemore leisure.

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September 1855

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Original diary dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

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