Delia Locke


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1875. Aug. 19. Thursday. Spent a very pleasant and happy day here at Mrs. Russem's. Even into such beautiful places as this, death invades, and brings sorrow and trouble. A lady matron in the asylum (lunatic) came here early this morn and spent the day. Emma Hurd and children came here this afternoon. It has been many years - perhaps ten - since I have met her before, and she has changed much. I should hardly know her. Her two little girls, Fanny and Lilia - are bright and interesting. Emma herself has poor health. There is a political lecture in Stockton this eve, and the Kerr girls and Bennie have gone to attend it. So also did some of the Lockeford people, and an accident happened to Messrs. Foster and Stacy, whereby Mr. Foster had his hip and one of his thumbs dislocated, and was otherwise injured. They were riding in an open buggy through the town, when the house took a sudden fright and overturned the buggy Mr. Foster was taken to the Co. Hospital. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Aug. 20. Friday. About noon, Geo. Locke came along in his buggy with Mr. & Mrs. Keniston, expecting to bring me home. It was rather crowded, but we came home so, calling a few moments at Mr. Day's. I arrived home very tired, but I trust better for the trip. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Aug. 21. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Aug. 22. Sabbath. Last night I went to bed with sick headache, which weakened me so that I did not feel able to attend S. school today. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) Aug. 23. Monday. School commenced again today. Mrs. Keniston is to assist her husband. John Calvin commenced his school life. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 82.) Aug. 24. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 82.) Aug. 25. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) Aug. 26. Thursday. I have written to Ada. Mrs. B. Bryant made a pleasant call this morn. Also Mr. Steward called. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 71.) 1875. Aug. 27. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) Aug. 28. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) Aug. 29. Sabbath. Forenoon cloudy. It seems like autumn weather. We have attended meeting as usual Mr. Stewart preached from the text," What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" from which he argued man's greatness and not, as many do, his littleness. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) Aug. 30. Monday. Letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Aug. 31. Tuesday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Sept. 1. Wednesday. Election day. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 74.) Sept. 2. Thursday. I have written today to Ada and Luther. Camp meeting commenced at the Brick church. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Sept. 3. Friday. I was taken sick last night after retiring and had no sleep after ten o'clock, was very sick all night with a cholera morbus attack and high fever. Have not been dressed at all today. Mrs. Le Faber called, also Susie. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Sept. 4. Saturday. Another day I have been in bed, and not dressed but am better. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) Sept. 5. Sabbath. Another sleepless night, last night, and another day I have been in bed. There was no meeting in our church on account of the camp meeting. Geo. and Susie came in as they went home from the camp meeting. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) Sept. 6. Monday. I am still in bed and not able to be dressed. Received my usual weekly letter from Ada. Mrs. Wallace called to see me, also Mr. Stewart. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Sept. 7. Tuesday. I have been up a part of the day and have written to Ada and to Minnie Burt. Minnie sent an invitation to us to attend a church festival to be held there soon, and I wrote to decline the invitation, as the distance is so great eighteen miles - and the children so busy attending school. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.)

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January 1875

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