Delia Locke


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today, so severe that it has been hard work enough to breathe to take all my time and strength. I have felt too weak to sit up, but could not lie down. Josiah and Eliza came here to dinner, for they are moving, and have taken away most of their furniture. Josiah is to start fore Nevada tomorrow, but Eliza will not go with the children till Josiah sees whether it is best, for it will cost fifty dollars a piece to go there. The place to which he goes is Pioche, said to be a fast growing mining town. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) Sept. 9. Thursday. Mrs. Le Faber called. Mrs. Thomson and Belle came and stayed to tea. I am better today, but feeble. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) Sept. 10. Friday. Mrs. Robt. Taylor, Mrs. Bragg and Mary called this afternoon. Mrs. Taylor had her boy Willie with her. It has been five or six years since I met her, and the call was a pleasant one. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) Sept. 11. Saturday. Have received a letter from Luther today. There have been rumors of Indian troubles in Nevada, and the Gov. of that State sent for troops to Cal. and some six hundred soldiers passed on the Cen. Pacific Railroad three days ago. But there is no mention of the subject in Luther's letter, and we begin to think there was more noise than truth in the reports, especially as some of the reported scalping was done within twenty miles of the place where Luther is. I am much relieved and thankful that these reports are not true. I opened Luther's letter, I must say, with some trepidation. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Sept. 12. Sabbath. Have recovered sufficiently to go to camp meeting this afternoon with the rest. Dr. Hurtel preached from the text, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward," etc. He said many good and true things, but his sermon was long enough plenty for two, and enough to weary me. At the meeting, I saw 1875. Minnie Burt with Mrs. Gove, but not so as to speak with her. I also met Mrs. McHendree Bishop, now from San Francisco, whom I have not met before for years. She is herewith two children, but going directly home tomorrow, when the meeting break up. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Sept. 13. Monday. Eunice is today thirteen months and weighs but seventeen and one - half pounds, so she is the smallest of the eleven. But none but Ada were more forward in walking and talking. She has the same number of teeth that Ida. Horace Luther and Eddie had, viz - eight. Ada and Howard had more the others less. Eunice creeps, gets up and stands by things, says mamma, papa and kitty. She is very active and very good. Received the usual letter from Ada. She, with the rest of the school, went to San Francisco last Friday, and visited the Mechanic's Fair and Woodward's Gardens. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 73.) Sept. 14. Tuesday. Received another letter from Ada. She had just received one from Luther telling of the trouble he has lately had in receiving his letters. One from her to him was torn up, another was found thrown away by the side of the wad, which had been taken from the Post Office, opened and read. Mr. Hetfield has also, as he thinks, lost several. He will complain to the Post Master at Ione, which is sixteen miles away. Eliza has received a letter from Josiah at Pioche. The war is all a humbug, and the soldiers have been recalled. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) Sept. 15. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 80.) Sept. 16. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Sept. 17. Friday. Was sick through the night and was in bed most of the day. Mr. Stewart called. Very warm weather the summer has returned. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Sept. 18. Saturday. Am a little better. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Sept. 19. Sabbath. I have not been strong enough to go to Sabbath school. I feel almost suffocated with this sultry heat and cough much. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 86.)

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January 1875

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