Delia Locke


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Nov. 30. tasted very natural. Father seemedto enjoy it all very much - said hehad not enjoyed so good a meal sincethe last year's Thanksgiving dinner.We expressed the hope that eachThanksgiving would find us as happyas this the first in our new house.Dec. 1. Father came and dined with us onthe pagments of the turkey and pudding.Mr. Vincent called with hisdaughters this evening and they stoppedto tea while he went over to Elmer's.Dec. 2. Sabbath. Heard this morning of thedeath of an Indian girl who has beenliving at Mr. Staple's. This is the firstdeath which I have known of occurringbetween here and Sacramento sinceI have been in Cal. About noonwe had a little shower of rain. Fatherhas just been to the Post Office, andbrought us letters from home, alsofrom Miss Sears and Mrs. Lakeman.Mrs. Lakeman is now in Sacramento,Dec. 3. This has been a very pleasantday, and I have improved itwell in washing. I have also answeredNellie Sears' letters. Aboutsunset, we had a beautiful view ofDec. 3. Mt. Diablo. This is the firsttime I have seen it plainly fromthe Ranch.Dec. 4. This morning we had a littlerain, tho' but little. Mr. Vance &his little daughter dined with us,and George came in this evening.Dec. 5. Wednesday. This morning, asyesterday morning, was a littlerainy, but it did not deter us frommaking a visit which we had beforeproposed to make. We startedearly in the forenoon and rodeto Mr. Foster's, who had a sickchild, which Dr. was attending.I had not called there before. Theylive in a rude house, but are wellcontented. They are pleasant N. E.people. Mrs. Foster inquiredif I knew whether the Indiangirl, who died at Mr. Staples',was buried. I told her, "Yes" forI knew of it from eye witnesses.She said it was she custom ofthat tribe to burn their dead, butthat she had lived so long withMr. Staples, she should not thinkshe could bear the idea of her being

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November 1855

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