Delia Locke


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1872. a sermon at the outset of his ministry which should make them uncomfortable. I do hope that he will be able to interest and instruct them. Mr. Jones of Copperopolis preached from the text, "Now abideth these three, Fath, Hope, Charity", etc. I could not help feeling that he was preaching for his own edification rather than ours. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Mar. 11. Monday. A rainy morn. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) Mar. 12. Tuesday. Another very rainy morn. Surely we have an abundance of rain this winter, in some place, it is said, to the depth of seven and one-half feet. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 13. Wednesday. A very heavy wind has been blowing all day. Mother has been quite unwell for more than a week with pain in her head and face, and thinking it might proceed from a decayed eye tooth, she came this afternoon and had it extracted. Sure enough, the tooth was ulcerating. We were pleasantly surprised this eve by a visit from Mr. Blakeslee. He came just as the members were going to the Lodge room, and, after eating supper here, he also went to the Lodge. He seems as good and as brisk as ever. Ada and Howard went on horseback for Lizizie McCloud this eve, and she came with them to the Lodge and is here for the night. Fred. Megerle joined tonight. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Mar. 14. Thursday. Mr. Blakeslee was here to breakfast, and is here again for the night. He attended the prayer meeting with us this eve, and made instructive remarks. We had a good meeting, and quite a large attendance. I was much blessed. The sweet peace of God pervaded my whole being. Is not this the "fulness of God?" I believe it is. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Mar. 15. Friday. Another windy and uncomfortable day. Mr. Blakeslee left us after breakfast as stirring as ever. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Mar. 16. Saturday. Still the wind blows. Mr. Ross has boarded 1872. with us up to the present time, but is today moving to Mr. Wallace's. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Mar. 17. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Except ye eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, ye have no life in you." After the preaching was the communion service, of which a goodly number partook. Mr. & Mrs. B. Bryant came home with us to dinner. Mr. Vischer and son called this afternoon. He is now painting at the Station, and his little son, a fine looking boy of perhaps ten years, is spending a vacation with him. This family, we learn, was broken up by intemperance. Dr. Jack and Chisholm boy took tea with us, and we all went to hear Mr. Ross preach this eve from the text, "Looking diligently, lest any fail of the grace of God." There were but few present, on account of United Brethren's Quarterly Meeting. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 18. Monday. Clara Humiston and the County Surveyor are here for the night. Yesterday was the "wooden wedding" day of Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy, and tonight the relatives have made them a little "surprise party." I could not go, for I had a sick headache, and did not feel able. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Mar. 19. Tuesday. I have been quite sick with headache today. Mrs. Ross called. The County Surveyor and Clara Humiston are still here. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 61.) Mar. 20. Wednesday. We have attended the Lodge this evening. Jo. Garner was initiated. Fred. Megerle assisted in the initiation, and then left at recess, leaving a note stating that he had violated his pledge. We are very sorry for him, as we know he is severely tempted. We have voted to reinstate him. Went in to see Sister Geffroy's babe, which is having fits again. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Mar. 21. Thursday. We have attended the prayer meeting this eve. There was a good attendance. The lesson was the 16th of John. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.)

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January 1872

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