Delia Locke


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1877. Oct. 20. Saturday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 67.) Oct. 21. Sabbath. We had some rain this morning. Pleasant as I lie in bed. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) Oct. 22. Monday. A cloudy day with a little rain. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 61.) Oct. 23. Tuesday. A Rainy morn. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 62.) Oct. 24. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Oct. 25. Thursday. A cloudy day with a little rain. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 71.) Oct. 26. Friday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Oct. 27. Saturday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Oct. 28. Sabbath. A windy day. I am not yet able to sit up. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 60.) Oct. 29. Monday. Still windy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 61.) Oct. 30. Tuesday. This is Eddie's birthday. He is now six years old and weighs forty five pounds. Luther, Howard, Horace and Ida were heavier than he is, but he is heavier than Ada, Mary, Willie, Hannah and John. As I have been in bed, he has not been measured but I think he is fully as tall as the average, perhaps taller Most of the children have not shed any of their milk teeth at his age, but he has lost six, and has four new ones in their places. He attends school to Miss Howe as teacher and is learning fast in spelling and arithmetic, but not fast in reading. He is a good singer and learns tunes very readily ; also verses of Scripture to write at Sunday school. Jas. Grant is his S. S. Teacher. He has a very good mind, but is not so active in body as some. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Oct. 31. Wednesday. Sat up a little for the first time, but do not feel strong. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Nov. 1. Thursday. I have had so many callers today that I am very weary and fear it will not be well for me. The following ladies called viz. Mrs. Bruml, Mrs. James, Mrs. Brakeman, Mrs. Renner, Lizzie McCloud and Mattie Moore. As they did not all come together, it prolonged my time of sitting up so long that it was really painful. Mr. Powell lectured this eve on "Resources of California." (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) 1877. Nov. 2. Friday. Cloudy with a little rain. Mr. Powell called to see us this morning. He preaches at Nortonville both in Welsh and English has four children - all girls but Johnny who was born here. We learn today that Mr. Ross and Clara have sold the lot of land which Dr. in pity for Clara, gave to her and her children I suppose he must have coaxed Clara to sign the paper, for it was fixed in such a way that Mr. Ross could not dispose of it. Well, she has shown herself unworthy to receive a gift. They are talking of leaving Lockeford, though they have not yet found a place, and when they get away, I should not think they would ever have a face to come back again. It seems he borrowed money of Jerry Cotton to build his house, and never paid it, so now Jerry takes the house and buys the land. He talks of tearing down the house and building a large, nice me there. Sad, sad news come to us from Mr. Wallace's family in Brooklyn. Their eldest born - their darling Eddie has died after a short illness, and left them refusing to be comforted. He had congestion of the lungs, or something of that kind - died yesterday. They have found, that the they thought they had moved to a healthy location, yet in this would of ours, sickness and death are everywhere. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.) Nov. 3. Saturday. Still cloudy. I have suffered dreadfully with a rheumatic pain in my left limb. It was so severe all night that I could hardly bear it at all, and today is not much better. Coming upon me in this time of my weakness, it confines me entirely to my bed. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 59.) Nov. 4. Sabbath. Still cloudy. I am only able to sit up long enough to have my bed made. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 62.) Nov. 5. Monday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 64.) Nov. 6. Tuesday. A foggy morning. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 61.) Nov. 7. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 8. Thursday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Nov. 9. Friday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Nov. 10. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.)

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January 1877

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