Delia Locke


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1876. Feb. 14. Monday. We have concluded still to continue the meetings, as the interest still holds out. At the prayermeeting this afternoon, only Susie, Mr. Stewart and myself were present, but we had a precious season of prayer, for the Lord himself was there and deigned to bless. Light and assurance came from above, that He does hear and answer, though there are but a few that will turn aside from their labors to pray, and though we see, as yet but few results of our efforts. Many young people are interested but there are none who come out boldly on the Lord’s side, telling "what a dear Saviour they have found." Still we feel encouraged to labor and pray, knowing that the Lord will accomplish His own work in His own good time, and we can afford to wait for it will be glorious. Have received a letter from Ada. The measles are in the Normal School, and some of the seniors have been sick with them so as to interfere with their studies, so Ada is glad and thankful she has had them. Have written to Eliza today. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Feb. 15. Tuesday. There were five at prayermeeting today, and we had a good time. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Feb. 16. Wednesday. At the prayermeeting there were four present Mrs. Wallace, besides Susie, Mr. Stewart and myself. Mrs. Wallace does not often go. Two children were born in this place today - to Elison and Mary Cahill a girl and to Mr. & Mrs. Hughes a son. These last came into the place but yesterday, and she is a sister of Mr. Renner. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Feb. 17. Thursday. Mrs. Smith went to Stockton with Dr. today. I have written to Ada and attended the afternoon meeting. As yesterday, but four were present. Why will Christians not "come up to the help of the Lord against the mighty?" I long to have them. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.) Feb. 18. Friday. Morning foggy. Have attended the meeting this afternoon. Four were there, but the fourth is a different one each day. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Feb. 19. Saturday. A foggy morning and a windy night. At the afternoon meeting, nine were present, some of the young people from school. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) 1876. Feb. 20. Sabbath. There was S. School as usual, and after it we had a prayermeeting, as there was no preaching. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Feb. 21. Monday. Have attended the P. M. meeting. Eight were present. Have received the usual letter from Ada, and she is very happy for two reasons. One is, that Horace has written to her that he is trying to lead a new life with Christ for his Saviour, which I had noticed before and rejoiced over. Then, another cause for her happiness is, that the teachers of the Normal School have chosen her to deliver the Valedictory Address, out of a graduating class of thirtyeight. This is indeed a high honor, and shows how hard she has tried to do well in all respects while at school. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Feb. 22. Tuesday. After the afternoon meeting, Ellen Baird and Susie called a few minutes. Five were present at the meeting. Ellen had nearly lost her eyesight by paralysis of the nerve of the eye, but is slowly recovering it again. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Feb. 23. Wednesday. Have written to Ada, and attended the afternoon meeting. Seven were present. The interest in the evening meetings still continues, but there are few conversions. It seems to me there are too few of God's people who labor and pray for the blessing - too few who can reach forth the hand of faith and take the offered prize. "Lord, increase our faith." (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Feb. 24. Thursday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. At the afternoon meeting, but four were present. Mrs. Le Faber and Mrs. Bruml called. Ah Saow - our cook has gone to San Francisco, and Mrs. Smith will take his position while he is absent. Received a letter from Ada, as to the choice of a graduating dress. Her father wants her to have a nice one, she has done so well. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Feb. 25. Friday. Showery - but not so as to keep us from meeting though but four were present. After the meeting. I rode with Susie to call on Mrs. Inglis, whose babe

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January 1876

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