Delia Locke


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1873. Aug. 5. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.) Aug. 6. Wednesday. The morning was cloudy. Roland called this evening to bid us good bye, as he starts tomorrow for his sheep camp in Tulare County. My health is still very poor. I can do little else than breathe, it is so much of an effort. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71.) Aug. 7. Thursday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Aug. 8. Friday. Mrs. McStay called as also did Clara, and Mother came in this evening. I am still short breathed. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Aug. 9. Saturday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.) Aug. 10. Sabbath. Mr. Wolfe, of the Donkard Baptist Church preached last night and today in our meeting house, but I was not well enough to hear him. Mr. Hoxie was also in company with him and exhorted. Clara had a little baby girl born this eve, weighing six and one-half pounds. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.) Aug. 11. Monday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Aug. 12. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) Aug. 13. Wednesday. Last night, Howard started, as we supposed, to go to the field and sleep near the cattle, but instead of doing so, he took some of his clothing and left for parts unknown, in company with Frank Pygall. Howard has not attended to his work very well of late, and I suppose he was fearful of being blamed. And besides, he has been longing all the summer to go away and earn wages, as Luther is doing. Last night, I saw he was ill at ease, and seemed as if he wanted to tell me something before he started, and I know he did not like to leave without telling me. Poor boy! I wish he could have plucked up courage and done his duty. How many sorrowful regrets it would have saved him, and how much sorrow it would have saved us also. As it is, I feel that he is 1873. in the Lord's Keeping, and that all will yet be well with him. Last night, in the darkness of the night, an angel came and spoke to me (so I firmly believe) and told me that he had gone, that we should not find him sleeping in the field. This was in great mercy sent me by our Heavenly Father, to prepare my mind for the morrow's trial. Knowing that I was weak in body, He, who knoweth even how to "temper the wind to the show lamb" sent a heavenly messenger on an errand of mercy to me. This weak unworthy disciple." And I can yet endure trusting in Him. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) Aug. 14. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) Aug. 15. Friday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) Aug. 16. Saturday. Mother called this morn to borrow a pattern. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 79.) Aug. 17. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today as usual Mr. Ross preached a good sermon about the growth of grace in the heart, from the text "First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear." (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 79.) Aug. 18. Monday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Aug. 19. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 87.) Aug. 20. Wednesday. Dr. came home today from Otto's sheep camp on the Stanislans, and also from a trip to Merced Co. where Mr. Fregitt lives. He heard that Howard passed near Otto's camp, but we did not find out exactly where he had gone until tonight, when a letter came from Roland, saying that Howard is at his sheep camp, near Portersville, at Rocky Fard on Tule River. It seems that Howard made the trip there in five days on horseback. Frank Pygall went with him as far as the Stanislans and then his courage gave out, and he came home, incurring debts on the road which

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January 1873

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