Delia Locke


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1876. Feb. 3. Thursday. Eunice is still very sick. She has weaned herself from the breast and from sucking her thumb on account of her month being so sore. I left her long enough to attend the afternoon prayer meeting. There were eight present. Some begin to hope in the mercy of God, but we long to see them "coming in throngs." (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 4. Friday. Foggy weather. The Grubs family moved to Sac. Sarah and Kate Carroll are among the hopeful converts, and we are sorry to have them leave now. I have attended the afternoon meeting. But five were there, but the evening meetings are very full. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Feb. 5. Saturday. Forenoon foggy. I have attended the afternoon meeting and eight were present. Mrs. Raynor called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 46.) Feb. 6. Sabbath. Eunice is really better. Her week's sickness has reduced her much. She is so weak she can hardly walk. We have attended S.S. but there was no preaching as Mr. Stewart went to Lodi. So we had a prayermeeting right after the S.S. in place of the usual afternoon meeting. As many remained as at usual times come to preaching and we had a very good meeting and kept it up too long. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Feb. 7. Monday. Weather cloudy and windy. But four were present at the afternoon meeting. Received the usual letter from Ada. She has now finished her course in the Training school. The "Work and Win" Literary Society at the Normal had an exhibition last week in Normal Hall, which was a great success. Ada has sometimes been the President of this Society. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Feb. 8. Tuesday. Very windy and rainy, but I attended the afternoon prayermeeting. But four were present, but the Lord graciously met with us and blessed us. Eunice now when she is so weak is really coming down with the whooping cough. We have thought for some time that John and Mary had it, as they coughed so badly now we are sure of it. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 46.) 1876. Feb. 9. Wednesday. Showery. I have had the sick headache so that I could not go to the P. M. meeting. This is the first time I have stayed at home in the day time, since I commenced to go. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Feb. 10. Thursday. Cloudy. I have written to Ada. Was well and happy enough to attend the P. M. meeting. Twelve were in attendance, among them Mr. Guernsey, and I can truly say, we had a pleasant time, for we were favored with the Lord's presence and blessing. Mr. Guernsey is selling a book on Prayer by subscription, and I am to have one. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Feb. 11. Friday. Forenoon rainy. Attended meeting this afternoon. Seven were there, and we were made exceedingly happy by Mr. John Thompson, who spoke and prayed. He is rejoicing in a new found hope, and really seem changed. If he only gets grace enough to let liquor alone, all will be well. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Feb. 12. Saturday. We had the same number at the meeting again today - seven. I received a letter from Hannah Geffroy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Feb. 13. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. I took Mr. Haley's class in S. school, in his absence. Mr. Stewart preached on the subject of prayer - a very good sermon. We have also attended the prayermeeting this afternoon. Eunice is now eighteen months old and has sixteen teeth. She is so sick with the whooping cough that we can not take her out to weigh her, but she has lost so much with all her sickness, that I know she does not now weigh twenty pounds, so she is the smallest of all the children except Mary. But in teething she is as forward as any of the children and more so than most of them. She is very fond of a book and of looking at pictures, and will be quiet for a long time if she can have a picture book to look at. She coughs very badly, but her appetite is now good, so I think her cough will not get the better of her Mary and John have had the whooping cough for some time past, and Eddie is now coming down with it. Quite a number of other children also have it. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.)

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January 1876

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