Delia Locke


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1878. Mar. 15. Friday. I have written to Luther today. Mrs. Le Faber called. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 65.) Mar. 16. Saturday. A cloudy day. We have received a letter from Howard in which he says that he and his classmates have got tired of "batching" and have gone to boarding again, and we are glad of it. Have also received a letter from Cousin Sarah A. Hammond of Carver, filled with news from most of the relatives in that part of Mass. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 66.) Mar. 17. Sabbath. Still cloudy with a little rain at night. We have attended the S. school. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.) Mar. 18. Monday. Received a welcome letter from Luther. Mrs. Inglis made me a pleasant call this afternoon, with Josie and the baby. She walked up. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) Mar. 19. Tuesday. Still cloudy. Have written to Howard and Ada. Georgic is now five months old. He is a large boy of his age, weighing nineteen and three-fourths pounds - six pounds more than Eunice did. He is also a very forward child, and is improving in looks, has a fine head and is intellectual looking, with very bright eyes. He sits up in his crib and plays with things well, and is very strong to jump. He likes to stand on his feet, shows no weakness of any kind. Have received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Mar. 20. Wednesday. Still cloudy with a little rain this evening. As Hannah and Clara are intending to move away soon, I tried to have a little family gathering today at dinner, but was disappointed in not having Susie with us. She was fully intending to come, but had visitors herself and so was detained at home. Father, Mother, John, Hannah, Clara, Mrs. Stewart and her brother. Mr. Frank Kidder dined with us, also Mr. Blakeslee, who unexpectedly made his appearance this morning on his usual rounds for the Pacific, and was welcomed as usual. He says he is now a grandfather, as Helen Whitton has a son. Mr. Kidder is from New York State, visiting his sisters here. Mr. Ross would not come and take dinner here. I should think he would be ashamed to. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 66.) 1878. Mar. 21. Thursday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Mar. 22. Friday. A cloudy day. I have written to Eliza, also received a letter from Howard. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.) Mar. 23. Saturday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Mar. 24. Sabbath. A cloudy and rainy day with a thunder - shower in the afternoon. However, we have attended church and heard Mr. Stewart preach from the first six verses of the 53rd chapter of Isaiah about the work and sufferings of Christ for us. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Mar. 25. Monday. I have written to Howard today and received letters from Luther and Ada. So I visit with the children though they are far away. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Mar. 26. Tuesday. Wrote to Ada. We have a rainy night. How the rains hang on! (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Mar. 27. Wednesday. A cloudy and rainy day. But between the showers we managed to go over to Susie's for a goodbye visit to Clara. Mr. Ross was not there he will not meet with us. Mrs. Stewart was there and Sarah McCraken and Hannah G. I was nearly laid up with sick headache. Clara and family expect to start in the morning for Willits, Mendocino Co. where Mr. Ross has organized a Cong. church - the first in the county. So we have said goodbye to her. She goes in delicate health, and her little babe is very delicate. But the coast air may benefit her and the child. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Mar. 28. Thursday. Still cloudy and rainy. Winter seems unwilling to give place to Spring. Have been to the Store and Mrs. Stewart's and have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Mar. 29. Friday. Another cloudy day and rainy night. "Too much wet" is the cry. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Mar. 30. Saturday. Still a little cloudy. Have received Howard's usual weekly letter. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 31. Sabbath. We have been to S. school and had an interesting review lesson for the quarter. Susie conducted it in her usual interesting way, the whole school reciting together. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Apr. 1. Monday. Have received letters again from Luther and Ada. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Apr. 2. Tuesday. Have written to Howard. Next month will conclude the year's course for him. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.)

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January 1878

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