Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 2 (1869 - 1875)


Lt 73, 1874

Hall, Lucinda

Battle Creek, Michigan

November 1, 1874

Previously unpublished.

Dear Sister Lucinda:

I am sitting here in the office before our stone stove, writing this letter to you. I have been able to leave Willie all day today. He is improving fast now, and I hope will be the better for his sickness. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 1

We telegraphed for Brother Butler to bring our little girls east, so we shall expect to see them next week. Our office is fitted up nicely and I think we can get off more writing here than in any other place if our brethren do as they now say they will. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 2

The Timothy [?] girl that my husband baptized is now copying for me. But you are so much needed in this matter that I want you to get well fast. We have not heard one word from you for days. Why don’t you write? We do not know whether you are living, or sick, or well. Why don’t you send two or three lines? Do, please, to let us know at once how you are. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 3

We have the best of news from California. The tent is filled. God is at work there; but we feel that it is our duty to stay east this winter. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 4

Your father is here; talks of coming home next week. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 5

I have been so closely shut up to important writing that I do not know much about matters outside of this. We have Lillie Lane for our cook—just as good a cook as I want. She is neat as a pin. I think her a treasure in housekeeping, so you see you will not have the burden when you come. You can be free to preserve your strength; but I want you to come when you feel it safe for you to journey. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 6

We had a good meeting last Sabbath. What a place of responsibility Battle Creek is! May the Lord Himself preside over the camp of Israel. We feel grateful to our heavenly Father for the good health my husband has, and for my own good health. My husband is of good courage. And we are both taking hold of our writing. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 7

Never was there a time that seemed to me so important as this. We feel to cry earnestly to God that we may move in His counsel. Please to come home just as soon as you can. Love to all the family. Written in great haste. 2LtMs, Lt 73, 1874, par. 8