Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3

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Lt 47, 1878

White, J. S.

Between Rochester and Syracuse, New York

August 28, 1878

Previously unpublished.

Dear Husband:

I rested well last night in sleeper. Mary Smith Abbey is my attendant. I should have journeyed alone had she not accompanied me. I thought she would be a good copyist, good singer, and serviceable in many ways. I have been wonderfully exhausted since coming to Battle Creek. I do not think it is all being worn, but I think it is on account of the climate. It seemed an impossibility to get away from Battle Creek, for I could not think what I needed to get ready, but I filed some letters this morning. I received your letter and card advising me to attend New York camp meeting. If I do this, of course, I cannot go to Kansas or Iowa. I will try to study duty in this matter. I sent for Mary Chinnock to come to keep house for us. I do not feel that the children should be left with Mary [Chase] alone at all. She is not one that is calculated to take charge of them. Mary will be there now, for we saw her in Jackson depot, but could not arrest her attention; but she is bound for Battle Creek. I hope you will all come home at least a few days before the meeting. 3LtMs, Lt 47, 1878, par. 1

If I do not feel stronger than I now do, I shall not attend the General Conference. I consider that line is where I shall be needed the least, and yet responsibility will be thrown upon me if I attend that meeting. Plenty of ministers will be in attendance. [Remainder missing.] 3LtMs, Lt 47, 1878, par. 2