Delia Locke


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1875. dangerously hurt, and Charlie Powell lamed his right arm by jumping. Dr. will not longer keep him to drive the horses. (T.S.R. 66.2 P.M. 93. S.S. 88.) July 10. Saturday. (T.S.R. 65.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 83.) July 11. Sabbath. I have been sick and feverish today and so could not go to meeting with the others. (T.S.R. 61.2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) July 12. Monday. I am still quite sick and weak. Messrs. Stewart and Devine called this forenoon. I have received the usual weekly letter from Ada. It brings such pleasure with it. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) July 13. Tuesday. Eunice is now eleven months old, has six teeth and weighs but fifteen and one-half pounds. So she is the smallest of all the eleven children at this age for none of them weighed less than eighteen pounds. But in teething, she is just as forward as Ida and Horace were, and has more than either of the others had, except Ada and Howard, who had more. But none of the others had had the measles, and she is still weak and thin from the effects of the dysentery which followed the measles. She has been in bed so much for the past months that she does not creep. Hannah Geffroy is visiting around now, and Susie invited all the relatives and Mr. Stewart to tea. Her principal wish was to have Father there, as he feels somewhat strangely towards his children of late, but Father has headers at work for him and thought he could not leave. Hannah has a big baby boy - named Arthur Richard - weighing nearly eighteen pounds at two and one-half months old. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 92. S.S. 75.) July 14. Wednesday. This afternoon, I rode with Susie and Hannah to see Father in his field at work, and then with Clara also, we stayed with Father to tea. Mrs. Pygall got tea for us. We had a short talk with Father outside (Susie and I) in which we explained to him our seasons for removing the silver all quite satisfactory. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) 1875. July 15. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 99. S.S. 75.) July 16. Friday. This afternoon, Susie, Hannah Geffroy and Eliza made me a surprise visit, which was none the less pleasant. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) July 17. Saturday. This morning, Susie proposed to take Sister Hannah to Lodie for the train and invited me to go, and Eliza also. So we all went and saw Hannah started, all right, for home. We made some purchases and called on Mrs. Brooks and then came home again. It was a pleasant ride. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) July 18. Sabbath. Went to meeting with the rest Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "Return unto thy rest, O my soul," etc. It was a very good sermon, filled with beautiful thoughts. Mr. Stewart, I think, is a man of deep spiritual experience, and, out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth speaketh." (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) July 19. Monday. And now our boy Howard is sixteen years old. He is the largest of the children thus far, weighing one hundred and forty five pounds and measuring five feet and six inches. He is strong and well, can do a man's work, and much prefers work to study. He thinks he has been to school "enough," and says school is as bad to him as a person would be, but I sincerely hope, when he is older, he will have a different mind, and apply himself to study. He has been though the common school arithmetic, and is good in it, but he is a very poor reader, speller and grammar scholar. I have hopes that he will make a very useful man, with all his buoyancy and activity, but I do desire that he will leave off the use of tobacco, and some of his rough ways. He has a good and generous nature, and, polished by "grace divine," he will make one of the best of men. Each day I pray for my dear boy. He has had a birthday party this eve, and a large number of young people have been here to eat oysters, cake, apples and confectionery, and play games. We received the usual letter from Ada, and she also wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.)

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January 1875

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