Delia Locke


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1873. chloroform and opened the abscess, and it discharged wonderfully we are all relived by this result of the trouble she has had for five weeks, for all have feared the hip disease. We hope that now she will soon be well again. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.) Dec. 15. Monday. (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Dec. 16. Tuesday. The forenoon was rainy. This is the birthday of our dear Ada. She is now sixteen years old, and though she is one inch shorter than Luther was, she weighs three pounds more. Her weight is now one hundred and twenty four pounds but she has weighted as much as two or three pounds more. Her height is five feet three inches, which is just my height, I believe. She and Luther help their father in the store and Post Office, and she does not even have time to do her own sewing. She is usually good and obedient, but when she is older she will not feel as though she knew so much as she does now, for now she often thinks she has better judgment than her parents, and feels very rebellious to some of our requirements. "The Lord bless" and keep her at this critical age. (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 17. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Dec. 18. Thursday. A cloudy day. I went to Mother's and took dinner. I have not been there before for many months. This afternoon I called at Eliza's and went to the two stores to make purchases. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Dec. 19. Friday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Dec. 20. Saturday. Cloudy forenoon. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.) Dec. 21. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and cold. We went to meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached in behalf of the Women's Board of Missions. He thought we ought to organize one here immediately, and finally he 1873. got so excited that he said we should have one here, even if it consisted of only his wife, and she had to carry it all alone. He told the men how selfish they were, and said that if they pleased, they could support him without Missionary aid. I wonder if he thinks the spirit of such sermons is the right one. The Geffroy family were there, having some up from Brooklyn, all in good health, to spend Christmas. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Dec. 22. Monday. The forenoon was cloudy. This afternoon some of us have been to Mother's, to sew together a quilt which is designed as a Christmas present for Clara. The pattern is "blazing star". It is made all of red and white. There were present, Hannah Geffroy, Susie, Eliza, Mrs. Wallace, Ellen White, Mrs. Isaacs & Smith, Mr. Haley and Ardelia and myself. These all made each a square also Mother, the two Mrs. Mowrys and Mrs. Le Faber. I must except Ellen White. There were twelve square, in all, and it is a beautiful quilt. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 46.) Dec. 23. Tuesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Dec. 24. Wednesday. The forenoon was cloudy. They had the Christmas Tree this eve in the church, and an exhibition also, with plenty of music also, by Josiah, Clara, Ed. Smith and Mr. Bryant. Two small trees were loaded with presents. I did not attend, but I received a fur tippet from Papa and the children, a tidy from Ida and a small flower pot from Hannah Geffroy. Ida had twelve presents. I think no other person received as many. But she worked diligently in preparing presents, and well deserved them. I took care that each one of my nephews and nieces had a present, either from myself or from some of us. There were three for Howard, a handkerchief, a necktie, and a box of initial paper. The last Ada sent to him

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January 1873

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