Delia Locke


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Nov. 18. Him. he spoke of the benefits arisingfrom prayer to God, andcited the cases of Daniel. Elijah andthe three Hebrew children as illustrationsof this truth. Saw for the firsttime today. Mr. and Mrs. Shepherdof Jackson. We have been to the S. schoolsince church. Mr. Barton,our former superintendent, met with us.Nov. 19. Today we have been to visit Mr.Shepherd's family. They live 6 or 7 miles fromus on the banks of the Mokalumne.It is really a beautiful spot. We crossedin a boat, as the bank was very steepand high on the side next the house,They have recently built themselves anew house, in which they are nowliving. It looks neat and comfortableinside, altho' it is small. The men weregone hunting, and we did not see themat all. The old people have a son anddaughter-in-law living with them,and they all seem pleasant and happy.They were formerly from New York,and seem like N. E. people. Mrs. Shepherdof Jackson, had a bad headache,and did not sit up all the time. Sheworks at dressmaking in the mountains,Nov. 19. but does not like living thereas well as in the valley here. She isinteresting and pretty - told us of seeinga Spaniard hung, not intentionallybut accidentally. We took dinnerwith them, and then left. The Ranchbelow is one which for beauty of sceneryI have not seen excelled. The houseis shaded by large oak trees, and issurrounded on two sides by roundhills, which in one place just afforda sufficient opening to allow thedistant snow clad mountains to beseen. The river runs near, and affordsa pleasing variety to the scenery.We had a pleasant ride to the schoolhouse,where we stopped to see theschool now in session under thecharge of Mr. Burlingame. Wefound 14 scholars present, and theschool seemingly prospering quitewell. I had a sick headache, andtherefore did not enjoy it as much asotherwise. Returning home, we viewedthe sunset, which was very beautiful.This evening, as we sat reading andconversing, I looked out and saw atree near the house on fire. It must

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November 1855

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