Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 2 (1869 - 1875)


Lt 35, 1875

Nichols, Brother

Oakland, California

October 22, 1875

Portions of this letter are published in 2Bio 479.

Dear Brother Nichols:

We have not forgotten you, my much respected brother. We should have been glad to have visited you while on our Eastern journey, but could not find the time to even go to Boston. We went to Maine to visit my sister Harriet who is dying with consumption. We went the route which was new to us which passed through Gorham, where my twin sister lives. We called on sister Mary Foss and got her and her daughter Ellen and my niece, Mary Clough, to go to the camp meeting with us. They were very much interested in the meeting, and we hope the truth which they there heard preached will result finally in their conversion to the truth. 2LtMs, Lt 35, 1875, par. 1

We had an excellent meeting in old Maine. Our camp meeting labors wearied us much. We find ourselves much exhausted, but if we could find time to rest, we should recover from our weariness. As soon as the camp meeting closed in California, the mammoth tent was pitched in San Francisco and Elders Loughborough and Waggoner are laboring there to call the people out to listen to the truth. We help them what we can. I speak Sabbath and Sunday to the people. We have the best of attention and we pray earnestly to God that His grace will water the seed that is sown. 2LtMs, Lt 35, 1875, par. 2

I commenced this letter last Friday, but was obliged to leave it in order to fill my appointment to the city of San Francisco. Last Sabbath we had a good congregation under the tent. I spoke with great freedom one hour and a half. 2LtMs, Lt 35, 1875, par. 3

Evening after the Sabbath, Elder Loughborough spoke to good audience. Sunday at 11 o’clock a.m., I spoke to a good audience. I never saw better attention. The tent makes a good meetinghouse. I then had to leave the city of San Francisco to fulfill an appointment for me given in the public papers. I spoke to a crowded hall, to a most intelligent and respectful audience. Had we laborers, we might pitch a second large tent in Oakland and call the crowds, but we have not laborers to carry forward the work in San Francisco and Oakland too. Here are two large cities to be warned. We publish notices. 2LtMs, Lt 35, 1875, par. 4