Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 2 (1869 - 1875)


Lt 19, 1870

White, J. E.; White, Emma

Battle Creek, Michigan

November 27, 1870

Portions of this letter are published in 4MR 38-39.

Dear children, Edson and Emma:

Another year of my life has closed. Today I enter upon my forty-fourth year. Oh, what has been the record of the past year? I see much to be grateful for. Many and abundant have been the blessings I have received from my Saviour. I feel glad that I have had opportunities to do some little good for our Saviour who has done so much for me. But I see many errors in my past year’s life to correct. I long to be more like my Redeemer. I resolve to be more humble, more watchful, more faithful, and reflect more perfectly the image of my Redeemer. 2LtMs, Lt 19, 1870, par. 1

We see a great work to do and but few engaged in doing this work. We want to labor as never before in the cause of God. 2LtMs, Lt 19, 1870, par. 2

Your father has been afflicted with cold and cough. His lungs were congested. We labored for him, giving him thorough treatment. He could not cease labor for even a day; therefore we had to work at considerable disadvantage. But he is improving for which we feel to thank God. 2LtMs, Lt 19, 1870, par. 3

Dear children, we received the letter from Edson in due time. We were glad to learn of his prosperity. We feel thankful he has kept as free from debt as he has. 2LtMs, Lt 19, 1870, par. 4

We did not see Brother McPherson, or Brother Root. I was sick. We would gladly come and see you if we could, but there is so much to be done here and Brother Gage sick, and Brother Uriah away, that there is no chance for us to leave. Willie came home last Tuesday. He has not recovered but he is now gaining. Driving around out doors seems to agree with him. [Letter ends here.] 2LtMs, Lt 19, 1870, par. 5