Delia Locke


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1878. May 6. Monday. I am sick with asthma again. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) May 7. Tuesday. Cloudy weather. Still sick in bed with asthma. Ada came home, having finished her school in Lathrop. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.) May 8. Wednesday. I am still sick in bed. Rebecca called to bid us goodbye, as she is going home tomorrow. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) May 9. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) May 10. Friday Have written to Luther and Howard. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) May 11. Saturday. Received a letter from Hannah Geffroy today. They are getting nicely settled. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.) May 12. Sabbath. Have attended S. school. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) May 13. Monday. Have written to Hannah G. and received letters from Luther and Howard. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 60.) May 14. Tuesday. Mrs. Hued called. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.) May 15. Wednesday. Summer weather. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.) May 16. Thursday. A windy day. Have written to Luther and Howard. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) May 17. Friday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 68.) May 18. Saturday. Weather cloudy with a sprinkling of rain which did not amount to much. Have been taking a ride with Dr. We went to sheep camp by a round about a way and then called on Mrs. McCloud. She has long been disaffected towards Mr. Stewart and indirectly with the church, and the object of my call was to try and being about a better state of things, and get her once more interested in church work. Having but a short time to stay. I did not accomplish all my heart desired, but I have reason to hope she feels more friendly towards some of us than she did. I find Mr. Ross tried to fan the disaffected spark into a flame. How does he expect to Labor for the Lord, as a true servant ought, by taking such a course? Has he no more regard for ministerial courtesy than that? A letter from Howard received. He is jubilant over the fact of coming home next week. He is worn out with study and happy in the thought of rest. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 64.) 1878. May 19. Sabbath. A cloudy day. We have attended meeting Dr. Warren was there and preached from the text, "He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied." After the sermon we had a church meeting, at which Dr. Warren presided. He wished to know whether we wished to keep Mr. Stewart another year and whether we would support him, for he told us plainly that we must not expect to receive any aid from the H. M. Society this year, as there were so many more destitute places. We told him we wished to keep Mr. Stewart, and all to ourselves, and as to the matter of support, we would see what we could do. Mr. Warren said Mr. Stewart must have a thousand dollars or so as salary. We are going to canvass thoroughly, and see how much we can get pledged for another year. But we have the feeling that Dr. Warren does not mean we shall have Mr. Stewart another year. He says nobody but Mr. Stewart can do the work needed to be done at Lodi and Golt, and we think no one can do the work at Lockeford so well as he, and that now he has had three years of preparation and seed sowing, he has just come to the time when he can begin to expect results from his labors. As to Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, they seem to prefer to remain, but the result will prove whether they really do or not Mrs. Owens buried her babe today - just a little younger than Gengie. It seemed to be always full of a bad humor, which kept breaking out in bad sores. Georgic is now seven months old, and one of our largest and strongest babies, as he weighs twenty two pounds and has two teeth. He now sits alone well on the floor, but I have not yet changed him to short clothes, because I have been too busy to make them, but think I shall accomplish it soon. He is a good and beautiful boy - so noble - looking. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) May 20. Monday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) May 21. Tuesday. Cloudy and a little rainy. Have been out collecting on the salary. People promise well for next year. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.)

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January 1878

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