Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)

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Lt 45, 1878

White, J. S.

Colorado to California

August 21 - 22, 1878

Post cards. Two of these communications appear in 11MR 56.

Post Card Communications

Cheyenne, Colorado [Wyoming]

August 21, 1878

Elder James White
Rollinsville, Colorado

We are now in the hotel waiting the overland train from California. It is rather warm. We have had no sleep of any account yet. I left one package of Sunshine Series for that gentleman who attended to the sprained ankle. The package of hominy is in Father’s room on shelf. We feel that we will get through all right. I feel that I am in the way of my duty, although I am very tired and long for rest. The train comes to take us at half-past three. I hope you will all go over to the park and have a pleasant camping trip. You may never have as good a time again to make this trip. 3LtMs, Lt 45, 1878, par. 1

Mother.

*****

Between Cheyenne and Ogden, [Iowa]

August 22, 1878

We have rested well in sleeper through the night. Have just finished our breakfast, which we relished well. We took a limited dinner yesterday. Paid two dollars for lower berth for Edith and self. Edith has suffered with soreness from her horseback ride, but nothing dangerous. My heart is some relieved. I hope you will go over in the park and make the most of this present opportunity. Love to the household. 3LtMs, Lt 45, 1878, par. 2

*****

Council Bluffs, [Iowa]

August 22, 1878

Dear Husband:

We have made the change all right. Glad you were not on board today; hot, almost unendurable. We have a lower berth in drawing-room car. Well situated. Three dollars to Chicago. Cheap enough, I think. I am glad that so many of you are in the cool mountains. Stay there as long as you can. I think Emma would be rather oppressed with her woolen dress. I am glad she is on board this train. The heat would wilt and exhaust her. At one time today it seemed as though I should faint away, but a cool breeze sprang up, and we feel better. I think I am in the way of duty. It is fearfully oppressive, yet God will sustain. 3LtMs, Lt 45, 1878, par. 3

Your Ellen.