Delia Locke


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1875. and is smarter in numbers than Mary is. She writes well for her age, but her eyesight is not good, her eyes being weak. She has six permanent teeth, more than Willie and Mary had, and the same as the others had. Her flaxen hair still curls in her neck, and is but little trouble. And I may say of her that she is a gentle and quiet child and well disposed. She is quick to learn music and a good singer. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Nov. 20. Saturday. Cloudy and rainy again, as if it had not already rained enough. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Nov. 21. Sabbath. Susie could not get over the flood to meeting so I took her class in the S.S. Mr. Stewart preached of the glory of the church, what it was intended to be, but how different ours is, so lifeless and cold and indifferent. "O Lord revive thy work," we may well pray. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Nov. 22. Monday. Have received my usual letter from Ada. She does not think they have had so much rain in San Jose, as here. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Nov. 23. Tuesday. Cloudy and rainy again. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Nov. 24. Wednesday. I have written to Ada. Mrs. Le Faber called The night is rainy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 25. Thursday. The weather is still cloudy. This is Thanksgiving Day and we were all invited to take dinner at Geo.'s, but as I could not leave Mr. Nichols for so long a time, only the children went, and Ida and Willie stayed all night. Mr. Nichols is not yet able to sit up at all, consequently he must be waited on for everything, and his five kept up, Mrs. Inglis came in to see him this morning before meeting, and then we went to meeting together. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?" He preached well. Have received a letter from Eliza. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Nov. 26. Friday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) 1875. Nov. 27. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Nov. 28. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. The afternoon is cloudy (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Nov. 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Nov. 30. Tuesday. A cloudy and rainy day. Dr. went to San Francisco. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Dec. 1. Wednesday. Showery. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Dec. 2. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Dec. 3. Friday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.) Dec. 4. Saturday. Dr. came home today. He has had a wet time for purchasing goods, but today is more pleasant. I have written to Eliza today. Dr. stopped over night with Hannah Geffroy last night in Brooklyn. Mr. Geffroy is away for a few days. They are all well. Two babes were born today to Emma (Holman) Watson a boy and to Ellen (White) Baird a girl, but the latter, sad to relate, was still born. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Dec. 5. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "We have here no continuing city." (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 6. Monday. Received our usual letter from Ada, also a Postal Card from Mrs. Smith of Chicago, saying the they started for Cal. on Nov. 30. So they will soon be here. I have fell it to be a great trial to have two strangers come into the family from a distance, who will be likely to remain here for quite a length of time, and the more so, because Mr. Nichols now occupies the room which I would wish them to use, and it takes me so much time to wait upon him that I am much behind hand in necessary work and sewing. But I have carried my burden to the Lord, and I am sure He will "sustain she," for He has graciously promised. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Dec. 7. Tuesday. Forenoon foggy. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Dec. 8. Wednesday. Cloudy again. Mrs. Le Faber called. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.)

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January 1875

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