Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 2 (1869 - 1875)


Lt 3, 1871

White, J. E.; White, Emma

Battle Creek, Michigan

February 22, 1871

Portions of this letter are published in 10MR 30-31.

Dear Children:

We received a letter from Edson since our return from camp meeting. We will come out and see you perhaps next week; I cannot say surely. As soon as the Reformer is off we will see what we can do to getting out to see you. 2LtMs, Lt 3, 1871, par. 1

We are sorry you are sick, but hope it will not last long. My greatest fears have been lest death might overtake you, either Edson or Emma, and find that you have not made preparations for a home in heaven among the pure, holy angels. I hope Emma will not be indifferent in regard to these things, if Edson is. All must perfect Christian character for themselves. It is an individual work, an individual responsibility. One cannot give ransom for the soul of another. Christ has paid the dear price to ransom us. If we have no interest to avail ourselves of the benefits provided at such an immense cost, our retribution will have been justly earned. 2LtMs, Lt 3, 1871, par. 2

God help you both to make sure of a better home than this world affords. 2LtMs, Lt 3, 1871, par. 3

Edson, have your place look as well as you can. We will come soon and see you; perhaps next week. 2LtMs, Lt 3, 1871, par. 4

In love, 2LtMs, Lt 3, 1871, par. 5

Your Mother. 2LtMs, Lt 3, 1871, par. 6