Delia Locke


image preview


Oct. 7. Sabbath. Calmly and beautifullyrose the sun this morning. Still andserene was everything in Nature. Allthings seemed to remember that itwas God's holy day; and to vie witheach other in being quiet and calm.No birds seemed to sing, except thosewho were the sweetest songsters, warblingpraises to the God of the Sabbathday. The serene and quiet ofNature did not fail to producea corresponding peacefulness andalso happiness within me. How muchI enjoyed I cannot express. Nevermore in N. E. I am sure. At eleveno'clock, we went into the other neighborhoodto church. We found there alarge congregation assembled, asmany as the benches could accomodate.I saw today for the firsttime, Mrs. Barton, the mother ofMiss Margaret, Dr. Canders preachedfrom Phil 4.8, a very good andpractical sermon. Here is a briefabstract. "Christianity differs fromall other religious in operating uponthe heart, making that right.And although it teaches us toOct. 7. be moral, it condemns that religionwhich is nothing more thanmorality, like that of the Pharisees ofold, whom our Saviour denounced. Yetduties it enjoins upon us, and Paul,after naming a list in the text,exhorts us to think upon these things.""Whatsoever things are true," Do we alwaysspeak and act the truth? Whatsoever thingare honest," Are we always honest? Tobe so, is to exemplify the Golden Rulesdoing always to others as we wouldwith them to do to us in like circumstances.Some think there are nonehonest. Such ought themselves to bewatched. "Whatsoever things are just."These are such as are honest. "Whatsoeverthings are pure, whatsoever things arelovely, whatsoever things are of goodreport." The Christian will practiseall these. He never takes up an evilreport "against his neighbor." He neverutters oaths or impure words or any which hewould not be willing to utter in thepresence of the most refined society.But the practise of all these wishes willnot save us without repentance andfaith in Jesus Christ.

Date Original

October 1855

Dates Covered



Original diary dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


Delia Locke, diaries, women, diarist, California, Locke-Hammond Family Papers, Lockeford, CA, Dean Jewett Locke, rural life, rural California, 19th Century, church, temperance organizations, Mokelumne River Ladies' Sewing Circle, temperature recordings, journal