Delia Locke


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Nov. 8. upper neighborhood. They examinedand approbated him, altho' notwell qualified for the situation. Thetwo Misses Athearn called this afternoon.They had been to call on Mrs. StaplesNov. 10. This afternoon, Dr. and I have beento call on Mrs. Staples. We went horseback.Found her at home and very well.She has just returned from a visit to N. E.She was quite impatient while there toreturn to Cal. She has two childrena boy and a girl. We heard there thatthe wife of Mr. Heath, who has been recentlymarried, has left him and goneto Sac. city. He saw her only twice beforethey were married and know littleof her character. She is Irish. I havenow to record something which has notbefore occurred since I have been in C.The first rain of the season has beenfalling this evening. It seems reallyhomelike. Patter, patter, it falls verygently. I was the first to observe it, Nowthe winter has really commenced. Asthe barn is not built, Dr. has been bringingin saddles, harnesses, etc. into thehouse, making it look more like astoreroom than anything else.Nov. 11. Sabbath. More rain has been fallingtoday. Having a bad cold, I remainedat home all day.Nov. 12. Pleasant. The men are now busy preparingfor the rainy season.Nov. 13. The sun rose brightly, butabout noon became obscured by cloudsand it rained quite briskly for atime, but some ceased, altho' signsof rain still continued until night.As I was busily engaged writing lettersto mother and Susan, Mr.Hodges, an extensive land owner inthis vicinity, a bachelor, came in.Ah! said he, "I know what you aredoing! you are writing home."Yes" Ireplied, "I do that frequently." He theninquired, how I liked Cal. "Very well."said I. Dr. wished me to play a littlemusic to him, which I did. Heseemed delighted, and said he mustfollow the Dr.'s example, go to thestates & get him a wife.Nov. 14. A pleasant day, I have been washingout of doors. About noon we discoveredthe snow on the tops of the SierraNevada range of mountains. It formeda very pleasing contrast to the blue live.

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November 1855

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