Delia Locke


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Nov. 14. of hills which it capped, Mrs.Vance called today to have her armdressed again, and was here to dinner,Mr. Barton has been here this evening,He has been to Camps Sees, takingdaguerreotypes. He says he is engagedto take pictures of the wire suspensionbridge across the Mokalumne, alsoof the new wooden one building above.Mr. Hodges wishes him to take oneof his mill, also. I played my musicto him, with which he said he wascharmed. It is a rarity here in C.Nov. 15. Thursday. The sunrise this morningwas beautiful. I watched it, tosee its effect on the snow clad mountains.As the beams of the sun descendedon this side, they fell on the snowso brightly as almost to dazzle the eyes,O glorious sight! O beautiful scene! Iwas charmed. The effect it produced onmy mind, I never shall forget. Thisafternoon, I took my work and called onMrs. Holman, I walked up there forthe first time. She showed me some newgoods she has recently purchased. We hadalong talk about Sewing Societies. Thetime passed away swiftly, and it wasNov. 15. night only too soon. She accompaniedme a part of the way home. Shesays they had watermelons from their gardenlast Sabbath. Nov. 21. I came homeand prepared supper, and after tea wereceived a call from Mr. York.Nov. 16. Today I have been writing toAugusta. The Dr. has been workingin the house, arranging furniture, etc.Mrs. Vance has been here again tohave her arm dressed. It appears to begetting better. We have just receivedkind letters from Stoddard, N. H.and Abington. Our friends are well.Nov. 17. Removed our bed from the sitting roomto our bedroom. We have nowbeen here a fortnight, Dr. and Roberthave gathered some very nice wild grapesof which I think I shall make jelly.Lawrence has gone to Columbia.Nov. 18. Sabbath. Clear and cool. Attendedchurch. The minister was a Methodistwhom I did not know. His text was"Who is the Almighty, that we shouldserve him or what profit shall wehave if we pray unto him?" After enumeratingsome of the attributes of Godand the reasons why we should serve

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November 1855

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