Delia Locke


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1877. Nov. 26. Monday. Have received good letters from both Luther and Howard. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 28. Wednesday. I have today written to Eliza. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Nov. 29. Thursday. I went out today for the first time since the baby's birth. As it was Thanks giving Day and Mrs. Vincent at Susie's, I felt so strong an inclination to go over there that I went Mrs. Vincent begins to seem really old, and she is not enjoying good health. There was a neck-tie party at the Brick Church, and Horace and Ida attended. Ada has been attending the Teacher's Institute in Stockton, and arrived home tonight, bringing the news of Mr. Keniston's second marriage to Miss Nichols, a teacher in the same school in Stockton. He has not been acquainted with her quite three months. John Kerr and Miss Eliza Stacey were also married today. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 60.) Nov. 30. Friday. Mrs. Le Faber called. I have written to Luther and Howard. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Dec. 1. Saturday. Cloudy and a little rainy. Mrs. Wagner died a little afternoon. She has long been failing in consumption. She leaves her husband and five children two boys and three girls - the oldest only thirteen. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Dec. 2. Sabbath. Mrs. Wagner was buried today without a funeral, because they had no minister of their denomination (the Adventists) to officiate. I could not go but those who went said it seemed so lonely and heathenish to put her away into the ground without a word to those little children and the stricken husband. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 3. Monday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Dec. 4. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Dec. 5. Wednesday. Wrote to Luther (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Dec. 6. Thursday. A little cloudy (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Dec. 7. Friday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) 1877. Dec. 8. Saturday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Dec. 9. Sabbath. Am not yet able to walk as far as the church. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Dec. 10. Monday. Dr. and I took dinner at Mrs. Stewart's. I find myself quite weak when I try to walk, but I have long been wishing to settle up accounts with Mr. Stewart on salary matter. I have his receipt now in full for last year, and some paid for this year. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Dec. 11. Tuesday. Have written to both Howard and Luther. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 54.) Dec. 12. Wednesday. Foggy morn. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Dec. 13. Thursday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 57.) Dec. 14. Friday. Little Cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 61.) Dec. 15. Saturday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Dec. 16. Sabbath. Our dear Ada is now twenty years old, very good and helpful in church matters, and, as Mrs. Stewart says, her "right hand supporter" in getting up concerts and such performances. They have had a S.S. Concert this evening, to pay for singing books and other church expenses. Ada's usual weight is about one hundred and thirty five pounds. She has not been teaching since last June, because I wished her to be with me during my sickness, and practise nursing. She will probably take a school after the New Year's. Windy weather. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 64.) Dec. 17. Monday. A rainy day. Received a letter from Howard saying he should soon be at home again for a short vacation. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Dec. 18. Tuesday. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Dec. 19. Wednesday. A cloudy day. Went to the store to make purchases and called at Sister Hannah's. Baby Georgie is now two months old and weighs fourteen pounds. He is gaining fast in weight, and does not cry as much as he did. But there is a swelling coming on the right side of his throat, which threatens to be something painful and serious, and which makes him worrisome. I am trying to scatter it, but do not seem to make any impression on it. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

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January 1877

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