Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3

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Lt 14, 1878

White, W. C.

Oakland, California

March 8, 1878

Previously unpublished.

Dear Willie:

We go back to Healdsburg next Monday. Father sleeps well and does considerable writing. But there are some developments in his case we cannot explain. He is troubled with heat in his limbs and hands, that used to be cold. This sometimes makes him very nervous. Poor Father—he needs retirement and careful attention. He is always cheerful and happy. No murmuring, no lack of patience. But he is not well and healthy. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 1

We received the pamphlets in reference to Redemption and the Apostles. We like them much. But not one word comes to us in regard to the manuscript I sent to Battle Creek to lead out on [Spirit of Prophecy] Volume 4. I see a portion of it in the second pamphlet on Redemption, but is this all? Is there no manuscript to return to me? Will you see to this matter without one minute’s delay? 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 2

We received a box of goods with two dresses for me, my writings in green box, two scrapbooks, and Christian Weeklys. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 3

We shall remain here this summer. We would be glad to be with you, but we should only hinder you. Father seems to have good judgment. He has been of good service to those here the past four weeks. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 4

My health is good now, for which I am very thankful. You will see report for Pacheco. We will send you a fuller report. Mary and Samuel are needed here very, very much. Cannot they come at once? Samuel is needed in the bindery, Mary in every and all departments. Inefficient help will be the death of this office unless we can get interested, experienced helpers. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 5

We are waiting for means. In no way we can turn, can we get it here. We are in debt and cannot raise means. Will means be coming at once, raised in some way from Battle Creek? Send at once. We will make every exertion to sell our house—the Morrison property. A man promised to decide the matter yesterday. Also a man promised to decide the matter of renting our house today. The man did not appear yesterday. How the matter will be with the renter today we do not know. If we can rent we can get only $25 for the first month; after that $65. They can have roomers after this month. If we had been receiving rent for this house, it would have helped us a little. If this bondage for money will close, we shall be free and happy once more. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 6

Last Monday thirteen were baptized here. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 7

Mother.

Dear children: We feel deeply in earnest in doing what we can in the work of God. I was never in better laboring condition. We long for freedom from this confinement because of Father’s sickness. Dear children, put your whole trust in God, and make haste slowly. Do not overexert yourselves, but labor prudently. May the light of heaven shine upon you continually is our daily prayer. If you are connected with God, He will give you wisdom, sanctification, and righteousness. The Lord will be your shield and your buckler, your defense, your tower of strength. Jesus is very precious to us. We enjoy His presence and feel perfect confidence that He will bring us out all right. 3LtMs, Lt 14, 1878, par. 8

Mother.