Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)


Lt 39, 1876

White, W. C.

Campground, Milton Junction, Vermont

August 17, 1876

Portions of this letter are published in 10MR 34.

Dear Willie:

Here is a piece I have read to Father. He says tell Willie to put it in just as it is, or you can give it an introduction as you please. 3LtMs, Lt 39, 1876, par. 1

Here we are with tent pitched, board floor, bedsteads and things generally comfortable. But now both of us, [and] Mary [Clough] also, [are] tired. We choose repose and entire rest. 3LtMs, Lt 39, 1876, par. 2

We meet old tried friends that we have been acquainted with for twenty-six years. They greet us with greater confidence and with love than our new friends in California. There is nothing but what they would do for our comfort, and best of all is they accept our testimony and seem to be rejoiced that we have visited them again. 3LtMs, Lt 39, 1876, par. 3

Brother Smith spoke this morning, your father this afternoon. I speak this evening. May God help us at this meeting is our prayer. Oh, that Jesus would come to the feast and gladden our hearts with His sweet, loving presence. I do find rest in Jesus. I find peace in believing and joy in the Holy Spirit. Never did we have so many and so urgent calls for our labor as now. Such earnest entreaties are coming nearly every day from some direction. Truly the harvest is great and the laborers are few. Our petitions must go up in faith to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. 3LtMs, Lt 39, 1876, par. 4

Your father and mother are worked down. I am looking old and poor for the very reason that there is no rest for us. We work hard. Your father does the work of three men at all these meetings. I never saw a man work so energetically, so constantly as your father. God does give him more than mortal energy. If there is any place that is hard, your father takes it. We pray God that we may have strength to do the work necessary to be done in these special occasions. Write to us often, dear children. 3LtMs, Lt 39, 1876, par. 5