Delia Locke


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1874. June 2. Tuesday. I am still sick in bed most to the time. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 82. S.S. 68.) June 3. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.) June 4. Thursday. Sat up but little. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) June 5. Friday. The morning was cloudy. I am no better in health. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) June 6. Saturday. Still I am able to sit up but little, and am very weak. (T.S.R. 61.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.) June 7. Sabbath. I have not been able to go out at all today, or to sit up much. The weather is very cool for this month, but the water in the river still continues very high. Thus the snow melts and runs off gradually, and unless a very sudden change in temperature takes place, there will be no danger of a general overflow. There have been occasional rains in the mountains which carry off the snow. (T.S.R. 57.2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Jane 8. Monday. This morning I had to say goodby to Ada, as she left for the Normal School at San Jose. Feeble as I am, it was a very heavy trial, and beforehand, it seemed as if I could not do it. But grace was given according to my need, for the "Lord will provide." Ida will now stay at home from school with me, and I feel that "some how" we shall be able to get along. Dr. goes with Ada this morn, as she has not yet secured a boarding place. But all the day through has been one of trials. At noon time, Luther and the cook quarreled and came to blows, both to blame, and the cook threatens to leave so soon as Dr. comes home. It would be unfortunate indeed, if he should do so. Just at night, I have a trial of a different kind Fanny Nanse has left John Haley's and been stopping at Mr. Stacy's I told Ada last week to ask her if she would come and work for me, and she said she expected to work for Mrs. Stacy, as soon as Mary Brakeman left, which was to be in a few days. Tonight she came in, and mentioning the subject said, that Mrs. 1874. Stacy says she wants her all summer, I told her I had no wish to hire her away from Mrs. Stacy. She left, but I think it was not over an hour before she came back with Mrs. Ben Haley. Now as long as Mrs. Ben Haley has lived in Lockeford she has never come in here before. But I soon found out her errand. She came to get me to here Fanny, and said that Mrs. Stacy did not want Fanny but a few days, to which Fanny assented and said if she came here, she would like to come next Monday. I feel certain that all this planning is without Mrs. Stacy's consent, and perhaps without her knowledge, for I know Mrs. S. needs Fanny and would be at a loss to do without her. I told them I could not do any thing about it while Dr. was away, but I do not like Mrs. Haley's interference, and shall not probably have Fanny any way. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) June 9. Tuesday. A windy day. Mrs. Gay called. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) June 10. Wednesday. The Normal School commences today Dr. came back from San Jose. He has made arrangements for Ada to board with Mrs. Burt. To which end, they are to move to a larger and more convenient house than they at present occupy. The house is hired and they will move next week. He left them in good spirits, early this morning. Mrs. Mowry called. Weather warmer. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 80.) June 11. Thursday. Today I have written to Mrs. McStay to request her to come and live with us for a month or two. My cough is very bad and I am quite feeble. (T.S.R. 62.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) June 12. Friday. Today I have written to Ada. I cannot sit up long at a time. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 89. S.S. 83.) June. 13. Saturday. I received a Postal Card from Ada. She has been examined and placed in the first Division of the Junior Class, so as to complete the Junior work in five months, instead of a year. I am glad

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January 1874

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