Delia Locke


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1875. June 22. Tuesday. I received today a letter from Cousin Sarah A. Hammond of Carver, enclosing a photograph of Aunt Lucy Ransom, both very thankfully received. Some of our cousins have thought of coming here to live, but have given it up. On Father's account, we much wish they would come. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 72.) June 23. Wednesday. I have written to Ada. Mr. Stewart called He and Nemma are now boarding at Father's. We are glad Father consents for him to come, for he can do Father much good. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) June 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 76.) June 25. Friday. School closed, for a two months vacation. The teachers propose to visit Yo-Semite and Big Trees. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) June 26. Saturday. Election of school Trustee, and they have elected P. Bryant, a man who can scarcely read and write. It was done for a farce and for opposition's sake. Josiah is the one going out of office. Eunice is very sick with dysentery - has had twenty passages from bowels in twenty four hours. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84.) June 27. Sabbath. Eunice is still sick, but I left her with Ida and went to meeting. Mr. Green preached about the "beast with seven heads and ten hours", spoken of in Rev. and called it the Roman Catholic church, and warned us against it. (T.S.R. 69.2 P.M. 99. S.S. 82.) June 28. Monday. Received letter from Ada, containing the notice of the death of Prof. Alten's babe, about the age of our Eunice. It died of brain disease. Eunice is not much better. She is much emaciated. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 83.) June 29. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 93. S.S. 74.) June 30. Wednesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.) July 1. Thursday. Eunice is still quite sick. Frankie Day made a short call. We have received a good letter from Luther. In accordance with his Father's wish he will soon start for Nevada, to see about stock. (T.S.R. 60.2. P.M. 93. S.S. 80.) 1875. July 2. Friday. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.) July 3. Saturday. Clara and Eliza with their children have visited me this afternoon. Clara is living at Eliza's while Mr. Ross is away looking up a place. (T.S.R. 64.2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) July 4. Sabbath. Could not attend meeting and communion service, for baby is still quite sick and I am troubled much with asthma. Eunice is thin and weak and there is not much change for the better as yet. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.) July 5. Monday. It is quiet and cool today. We do not join in celebrating the glorious Fourth. Mrs. Wallace called, also Mr. Stewart. Have received a letter from Ada. She is hard at study. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) July 6. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) July 7. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) July 8. Thursday. I have written to Ada today. There is a singular sort of an oldish man here stopping with us. His name is Rev. J. A. Devine - a Scotch minister - but now a Congregationalist - so he says looking for a place, if we would believe him, but more inclined. I think, to take it easy, and live without work. He has a good opinion of his own abilities, is a great talker, and tries to make himself popular with the children, and is withal, quite fond of good food. I don't think he will find a place to preach very soon, unless he will go into the waste places, and do home missionary work, which I suppose would not suit him. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M. 97. S.S. 83.) July 9. Friday. Mr. Devine is still here. Willie and Johnnie had quite a narrow escape today. They were riding in the hay wagon with Mr. Powell, who was driving four gray houses and hauling hay. The horses taking fright, Mr. Powell dropped the reins, jumped out and left the boys to their fate. The boys fell out on their heads, the wagon was broken all in pieces and mattered here and these over the yard, the horses ran till they broke through the front yard fence and brought up round a piazza post, None of the horses were hurt, but the boys were badly, though not

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January 1875

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