Delia Locke


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1872. Nov. 2. Saturday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Nov. 3. Sabbath. There was no preaching in our church today as Mr. Ross preached at the Station. This eve he had a meeting but I was not able to go. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 4. Monday. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.) Nov. 5. Tuesday. The great national day the Presidential election. The principal nominees are Grant and Greeley - both good men, but there is no doubt that Grant will be elected by a large majority, being at the head of the Republican party. Horace Greeley has been one of the best of Editors and writers, and no doubt that is his forte, and most people are of the opinion that he ought not to step out of that position into an untried one, at his time of life. Mrs. Heath has been with me this afternoon. Mrs. Wallace called this eve, and Lura Smith stays over night with the girls. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Nov. 6. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Nov. 7. Thursday. Cloudy morn. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Nov. 8. Friday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Nov. 9. Saturday. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Nov. 10. Sabbath. I have attended meeting twice today, which I have not done before for months. I have heard Mr. Ross preach twice this morning from the text, "He that is faithful in that which is least", and this eve from the text, "Know ye not your own selves"? (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Nov. 11. Monday. A great fire has occurred in Boston, very destructive to property. It commenced last Saturday eve, and is not yet extinguished, but is at length under control. It broke out in the fourth story of a very tall warehouse, corner of Summer and Kingston streets, and the heat from burning buildings was so intense, that fire proof houses as well as others fell victims to the flames, until an area of eighty to ninety acre 1872. in the very centre of the business part of the city was laid in smoking ruins, and about 200,000 dollars worth of property consumed. Such a Sabbath as the last was never before known in Boston. It is said that 11,000 girls are thus thrown out of employ, and about as many men. Only a few families were turned out of doors, as the buildings burned were mostly stores. But, no doubt there will be much suffering this winter among the poor on this account. Other cities will send aid, which if rightly distributed, will do much to relieve distress. The weather here is cloudy, and I am sick, for I exerted myself too much in going twice to meeting yesterday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Nov. 12. Tuesday. The weather is still cloudy and I am no better. Dr. had an auction sale today, to dispose of the Ferry and land there, with some horses and cattle. He sold the Ferry and land to Mr. John Norton but found no sale for stock. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 13. Wednesday. The forenoon was foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 58.) Nov. 14. Thursday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Nov. 15. Friday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Nov. 16. Saturday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Nov. 17. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy. I was not able to go to meeting. I have been sick all the week and feel quite feeble. There has been a death in our midst this early morning, that of Mr. Spooner. He retried to bed last night, seemingly as well as usual, but soon went into spasms from which he never recovered, so as to speak, and he died at four A.M. He has used so much morphine as to hasten his end. He leaves a wife and three boys, who are as well off without as with him, I suppose, for he was a godless man. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.)

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January 1872

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