Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 1 (1844 - 1868)


Lt 4, 1849

Hastings, Brother and Sister

Topsham, Maine

March 22, 1849

Portions of this letter are published in 1Bio 159. See also Annotations.

Dear Brother and Sister Hastings:

I can write but little now as I am weak, but the Lord is very good to poor unworthy me. While riding in the stage Wednesday I thought I should have to stop at a private house and go no farther, but James and I united in faith together that God would give me strength and suddenly I felt a visible change for the better, and arrived here without accident or harm. Praise the name of the Lord. Yesterday I was unable to sit up; today am free from pain, though weak. My faith is strong in God. I am ready to go anywhere He shall send me, knowing He will give me strength. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1849, par. 1

Keep up good courage, my dear Brother and Sister. God is your helper. A few more days here in toil and then we shall be free. Time is short; let us hold fast unto the end. Pray for poor me. Excuse my [not] writing more; my side pains me much; I cannot write. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1849, par. 2

E. W.

[Note added in James White’s handwriting:]

Ellen says, “Do give my love to the children.” Her side is so lame she cannot write a word more, “and sign my name,” so here it is. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1849, par. 3

E. G. White