Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 1 (1844 - 1868)


Lt 4, 1868

White, W. C.

Tittabawassee, Michigan

February 17, 1868

Portions of this letter are published in 2Bio 227-228.

Dear Son Willie:

Our meetings have been very interesting in this place. The people are all young in the truth but wholehearted, noble, enterprising, interested to hear. They take books at a great rate. They have built them a very nice meetinghouse. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 1

Sabbath your father spoke in the morning; your mother in the afternoon; Brother Andrews in the evening. We did not get to rest before 11 o’clock. Sunday the house was well filled—the largest turnout there has ever been in this place. Your father spoke in the forenoon with freedom upon the Law and the Gospel. The people thought they never had the Sabbath made so plain. One man who had once been a preacher, who has embraced the Sabbath, said he would give $10 to have the discourse printed [so] that he could distribute a few copies for opposers to read. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 2

Your mother spoke in the afternoon with freedom but in weakness. Earnest attention was given. The deepest interest manifested. Your father then followed me with a few words of exhortation, inviting all who wished to be Christians to come forward. Twenty-one came forward,—women grown, young women and children. We had a most interesting season of prayer. In the evening, the meeting increased in interest. The people persuaded us to remain with them several days this week. No meeting today; one this evening, three meetings Tuesday, and three Wednesday. May God give me strength. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 3

Willie, I dreamed of talking with you last night and telling you that your hens were too closely confined. That they must have sunlight, air and room to exercise in, then they will be healthy; and if you give them gravel, will lay even in cold weather. You let them out and they seemed so happy, so contented, and went to laying and you brought in several eggs. “There, Willie,” said I, “see what pure air, sunlight, and exercise will do?” The cow, Willie, must have the same treatment. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 4

Willie, my dear boy, we hope you will trust in the Lord. Be of good courage; pray for the Lord to bless and strengthen you. He will hear your prayer. He will answer your petitions. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 5

Much love to Sister Julia and Brother John. The Lord bless you all. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 6

From your Mother. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 7

In much love. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 8

Write to us at St. Charles. 1LtMs, Lt 4, 1868, par. 9