Delia Locke


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1877. Nov. 11. Sabbath. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.) Nov. 12. Monday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Nov. 13. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 14. Wednesday. A cloudy day. Mother and Mrs. Ambrose made a short call. Dr. started for San Francisco taking John Calvin with him. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Nov. 15. Thursday. Foggy. I was well enough today to sit up and write to Luther, the first letter since baby's birth. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Nov. 16. Friday. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Nov. 17. Saturday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Nov. 18. Sabbath. I have been able to sit up on the lounge awhile though I am very weak. Those rheumatic pains have been very weakening to me. This evening they have held a S.S. lowest in the church. They asked no admission fee, but took up a collection in order to pay for singing books for the S. school. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Nov. 19. Monday. Baby is today one month old and weighs twelve pounds. He has gained finely, notwithstanding that he cries a great deal. We think we never had a little baby that cried so much as he does. He will scream sometimes for an hour at a time without any apparent cause. We have decided to name him Geo. Hammond, for my Father. As I had no child with Hammond in their name, I thought it was time. Willard is now twelve years old, weighs ninety three pounds and measures four feet and nine inches in height - a large boy of his age - weighing five pounds more than Howard, who was the largest before, but he is not as tall as either Howard. Horace or Ida. He is a very good and industrious boy, very capable and smart, and forward in his studies. He is in the second grade in the Grammar school, but in some of his studies he recites with the first grade. He is especially good in History and Geography, and stands in those studies as high as any scholar in school. He is extremely bond of reading History, and spends much 1877. time in this way. He is easily managed, and generally tries to do what is right, avoiding evil and low practices, and making good resolves for the future. Hannah is now ten years old, weighs sixty five pounds and measures four feet and five inches in height. She is as tall as any except Horace and Ida, but all the boys were heavier than she is. In her studies, she is as forward as any but Ada and Howard, and more forward in everything but Arithmetic than he was. She reads in the Fourth Reader, ciphers in fractions, studies geography and word analysis, and writes and composes well. She is a good singer of her age, and is always chosen as performer in all the concerts held here. I often think she is put forward too much. She still wears her long, light curl, five on each side. Miss Stacey has left us, and we suppose she is soon to be married to John Kerr. We would gladly have kept her, as she is very good and pleasant help, but she said she must go home and do sewing for herself. So we have gone back to China cook again, which we did not wish to do but were compelled to, now that I shall have the care of a young babe. Our new cook's name is Ah Chang, young and pleasant, and he tries to be very accommodating. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.) Nov. 20. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Nov. 21. Wednesday. Bennie Kerr has been teaching a class in writing and has just closed it. He offered three prizes to those who should make the most improvement, one of which our Mary took. It was one of his own pen drawing Horace, Willard and Mary were all of our children who attended. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Nov. 22. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 60.) Nov. 23. Friday. We had rain in the early morn. Cora Vincent called. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Nov. 24. Saturday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Nov. 25. Sabbath. I am not yet able to attend church and S. school. The time of my weakness seems long. I gain but slowly. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 59.)

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January 1877

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