Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 2 (1869 - 1875)


Lt 21, 1872

White, J. E.; White, W. C.

San Francisco, California

December 13, 1872

Previously unpublished.

Dear Children, Edson and Willie:

Elder Loughborough and I came to this place last Tuesday to prepare copy for Reformer and pack our trunks to be taken to Santa Rosa. We had an appointment over the Sabbath and first day. We have had one evening meeting at Brother Stockton’s. There seemed to be the best union of any meeting we have attended. 2LtMs, Lt 21, 1872, par. 1

Your father thought of going to Michigan this month but he has been so feeble, he gave it up. He is riding out and trying to rest. The carrier has just brought me a letter from him. He writes that he is better and is free and happy. 2LtMs, Lt 21, 1872, par. 2

He has had so great an interest in Battle Creek that it has told fearfully upon his strength. We shall spend one week from next Sabbath at Bloomfield. Brother Judson has urged us to come and stay with him this winter. 2LtMs, Lt 21, 1872, par. 3

We have sad news for you, Willie. Brother Crayson, while lifting a heavy machine, let it drop, through the negligence of the man he called to help him. It crushed one of his feet. He is laid up and suffers much. It was thought he would lose his foot, but now there is hope that it will not be necessary to take it off. I feel deeply to sympathize with this afflicted family. Do not neglect to write to him, Willie. 2LtMs, Lt 21, 1872, par. 4

I hope, my children, you will not neglect secret prayer, for this is the life of the Christian. We expect you to study hard, but make the kingdom of heaven your first consideration. If you only live up to the light you have, you will make progress every day in the divine life. Be true to your own souls and to God. Let nothing you may see or hear of infidel sentiments lodge in your heart for a moment. Your only safety is watchfulness and prayer. I had not time to finish this at San Francisco. I send more now from Santa Rosa. 2LtMs, Lt 21, 1872, par. 5