Delia Locke


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1876. Jan. 1. Saturday. The New Year comes to us with tears on its face and cloudy aspect. We may well say, as the Israelites of old, "we fear as we enter into the cloud." But, "blessed are all they who trust in the Lord," comes to encourage us, from His holy word." Therefore will we not fear. "The morn was rainy, the day cloudy and foggy. But within doors, it has been pleasant and cheerful. We have had quite a company here. Mrs. Vincent arrived here last eve, one of the "old time" friends, and has been here ever since. Then Geo. Susie and all the children, all our children, Mrs. Smith, Annie and Mr. Nichols, all together made a pleasant party. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Jan. 2. Sabbath. A cloudy and windy day and a rainy night. We have been to meeting, and I have taken charge of a class of large boys in the S. school. I did so reluctantly, but hope I may be able to do some good in a much - needed direction. The subject of the sermon by Mr. Stewart was "the house of God," after which we had the communion service. Mr. Stewart appointed a meeting for each night of this "week of prayer." (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.) Jan. 3. Monday. The weather still continues the same - cloudy windy and rainy. Mrs. Owens and Addie Bouvart called. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Jan. 4. Tuesday. Still cloudy and windy. Ada left us again for Normal school. We always feel lonely without her. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 5. Wednesday. Still cloudy and windy. It seems as if we are to have no pleasant weather this winter. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 6. Thursday. Weather the same, only more so cloudy very windy and showery. We were invited out to take tea at Father's. We got ready, then it rained so hard we thought we could not go. But Geo. came for us with his buggy, so we went 1876. Mrs. Smith and I, and Susie was also there. In the course of the afternoon, Mr. Keniston came to Mrs. Wallace's. Tomorrow, he leaves for New Hampshire with the corpse of his wife, who died at Santa Barbara, on Dec. 27, under distressing circumstances. He had left her to go and meet her mother, who was daily expected, but missed her, and the mother arrived in Santa Barbara first, but not till Mrs. Keniston had been dead about six hours. Four days afterwards Mr. Keniston arrived there having been detained by storm on the sea, and so it was that she died without a familiar face by her bedside, with the names, "mother Charlie" on her lips. When Mr. Keniston left her, she was well enough to ride out, and the day before she died, she was dressed and walked into the sitting room. But from that time, she failed fast. Mr. Keniston, as well as the mother, is well nigh distracted. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 7. Friday. Today we have had clouds, wind, thunder, lightning and rain. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 8. Saturday. The forenoon was cloudy and foggy. Have received a letter from Clara, telling of her baby's sickness and death. It seems that teething produced in it inflammation of the brain. No teeth had come through. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Jan. 9. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached text - God's question to Adam." Where art thon", making a personal application to each one. It was a solemn appeal, and produced impressions. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Jan. 10. Monday. Have received our usual letter from Ada. She writes that there are now about three hundred and fifty scholars in the school. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Jan. 11. Tuesday. I went to prayermeeting at eleven. A. M. A meeting is appointed for each day and evening this week. Only a few were present this morn, but the evening meetings are increasing in numbers and interest. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.)

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January 1876

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