Delia Locke


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1877. Jan. 27. Saturday. Mrs. Wallace and children left here this morning. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Jan. 28. Sabbath. Weather cloudy windy and rainy. Have attended S. school, however, also went to see Belle Thomson, who is very sick with diphtheria. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Jan. 29. Monday. Weather still cloudy and windy. I wrote a Postal to Sister Hannah G. also received a letter from Eliza. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Jan. 30. Tuesday. Very rainy. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Jan. 31. Wednesday. I have written to Eliza today. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Feb. 1. Thursday. The morning was rainy. This evening I have attended the prayermeeting, went also to see Belle Thomson, who is still very sick. Her case looks rather doubtful for recovery. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Feb. 2. Friday. Weather still cloudy. The exertion of going out last eve was too much for me, and I was sick all night - did not get up till ten o'clock this morn. Clara's baby being taken with spasms, I went over to see it this afternoon. Mrs. Starkey was there, it seemed to be in great pain, was moaning and had an expression of great suffering on its little white face. Mrs. S. said she could do nothing for it. I went from there to see Anna Smith. She is steadily failing in health. Called on Mrs. Ambrose then went back to Clara's. The baby seemed to be easier, and took its milk well, just as I started home. About nine o'clock, word came that it was dying. Dr. and I hastened over, but it had breathed its last, before we entered the house. After I left it, it slept awhile on its mother's lap, then suddenly awoke in a spasm, and soon died. It always seemed very delicate. Mrs. Ringer was there and Mother also, so together we laid it out for burial. Clara herself is very feeble, hardly able to stand on her feet. The babe looks as white and pure as alabaster. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Feb. 3. Saturday. This afternoon at two, Clara's babe was buried at the Brick Church. There was no funeral, no services at the house, only a prayer at the grave, and that accepted unwillingly by Mr. Ross from Mr. Stewart. Indeed, Mr. Ross did not wish any of the friends to go with him to the burial, and tried to keep the hour a matter of secrecy. But we found it out and Geo's and our families followed after Father’s wagon, which had the coffin in it. A few young men discovered the procession, in haste followed after, and performed the work of burial. Didn't it seem strange for Mr. Ross to do so? Clara herself was helped from the bed to the buggy, and is very feeble. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Feb. 4. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Let us draw near with a true heart, in the full assurance of faith," a good sermon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Feb. 5. Monday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Feb. 6. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Feb. 7. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Feb. 8. Thursday. Have been to Susie's and spent the day. Mrs. Green law is there with her youngest a boy. I have also been to prayermeeting this eve. Of late, there has been a large attendance of young men at our prayermeetings, and a degree of seriousness prevails which leads us to hope and pray that good is being done, by the presence of the Holy Spirit. O I long that these young men should be led to cense crate themselves to God. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Feb. 9. Friday. Started to go and see how Clara and Annie were, and Mrs. Stewart called me in there, to see Mrs. Morse and Mrs. Norton, who had come there to visit. After a short call there, we all went to see the sick ones. Found Clara somewhat better, but Annie is failing gradually. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Feb. 10. Saturday. We have had callers today. Lozzie Thomas came and had scarcely gone, when Mrs. Faster and Mrs. Earle called. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.)

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January 1877

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