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Lt 42, 1874

White, J. S.

Battle Creek, Michigan

July 13, 1874

Portions of this letter are published in 2Bio 441.

Dear Husband:

After my last six pages to you had gone to the office, I received your letters directed to myself and Willie and at the same time one from Edson—all good, cheering letters. I purchased a few things and started for home when I was informed for the first time that an appointment had been given out in all the churches that Mrs. White would speak upon the subject of temperance in the park next Tuesday evening. 2LtMs, Lt 42, 1874, par. 1

I was suffering intensely with cold. Had taken fomentations and sitz bath the night before, and was so hoarse I could scarcely speak. Mr. Peavey came to see me and I told him it would be simply impossible, but he thought if one of our speakers could occupy part of the evening and I a part, the matter would pass off pleasantly and I should have the park fitted up or should have any of the churches in the city. He had ascertained that any one of them were at my service, but the park was their choice. I told him I would consult Elder Smith and am to report this afternoon. 2LtMs, Lt 42, 1874, par. 2

I came to the Institute and took heroic treatment. I was first put in a hot sitz until I looked like a boiled lobster. Then I was put in a cold wet sheet—one four-doubled around my body. I lay in it three quarters of an hour, then took a cold dripping and had Sisters Haskins and Bell Simenton give me vigorous blows until their strength was well taxed; then had a dry rub. [Remainder missing.] 2LtMs, Lt 42, 1874, par. 3