Delia Locke


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1877. Apr. 16. Monday. Our eldest attains his majority today. Luther is twenty one years old, and is large and well-developed. He is taller than his father, being about six feet in height and weighing more than one-hundred and sixty pounds. He is of thoughtful and peaceable disposition, quiet and undemonstrative in his character, and despises things low and mean. I wish I could write that he had started right in the world, by uniting with the people of God, and declaring himself openly on the Lord's side. But when he does, he may be counted on as "firm and true." From a child, he has been taught the Holy Scriptures, and I trust that the good seed will soon spring up and bear fruit onto life eternal. He intends soon to go to Nevada to look after the stock there and perhaps locate for himself. But this last, I prefer he would not do as there are no social or religious advantages in that wild country. He has only a good common school education, but he does not think he will attend school any more. Perhaps he may change his mind. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Apr. 17. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Apr. 18. Wednesday. Mrs. Heath called today, also Mrs. Mowry. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) Apr. 19. Thursday. Weather a little cloudy and windy today. Mrs. Starkey called. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Apr. 20. Friday. Still windy. Mr. Foster died at the age of seventy two. He has been feeble for a long time. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Apr. 21. Saturday. Still windy, drying up what moisture remains, and making it sure that the crops will be light. Minnie Burt is here today. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Apr. 22. Sabbath. We attended S. school this forenoon, and went to the Brick Church to the funeral of Mr. Foster this afternoon. Mr. Stewart preached the sermon upon the vanity of earthly things. Just as we finished the burial exercises, a wind - storm 1877. came up, accompanied by a few drops of rain. On my way home, I stopped to see Annie Smith. I had not seen her for some weeks and was surprised at the change in her appearance. She is evidently near her end. Early this morning, she was blind for a while and they thought her dying, but she rallied again. She sits up all the time, because she would immediately choke to death, if she were to lie down. Her feet and legs are swollen to such a size, that the largest men's stockings can scarcely be got on them, and she cannot move them in the least. Still she does not think she shall die soon, and is not willing to have any one, not even her mother, mention the subject to her. O if she were happy in Jesus' love, and willing and ready to go to him, how much more comforting it would be to us all. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Apr. 23. Monday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Apr. 24. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Apr. 25. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) Apr. 26. Thursday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Apr. 27. Friday. This morning early, a messenger came saying that Annie Smith was blind, and wished Dr. to come right over. He, however, was not at home. In a few minutes, Father came saying they thought her dying. I put on my bonnet as quickly as possible and went over in all haste, but I met Mr. Thomson at the gate, going to toll the bell, for she was dead. She passed away very suddenly at half past seven. She had been restless all night and longed for the morning, but when it came, she could not see the light, for death had dimmed her eyes. But she wanted to be dressed so Mother sent for Mrs. Thomson, and they began to wash and dress her. But she was gasping, and Mrs. Thomson gently laid her back on her pillow and she was gone, while her mother, who was busy with the swollen feet and legs, did not note the

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January 1877

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