Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)

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Lt 31a, 1876

White, W. C.

[To Council Bluffs, Iowa]

June 7, 1876

This letter is published in entirety in 11MR 137-138.

[Willie:]

Now in Iowa. In two hours shall be at Council Bluffs. Tomorrow shall take the cars for Marshalltown, Iowa. Must travel all day tomorrow. 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 1

Dear children, Willie and Mary, I thought as my letter written day before yesterday has not yet been mailed, I would write a word more on the cars. 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 2

Yesterday we arose early and rode three miles over rough road to see the train move grandly out of the depot, leaving us behind. We then went to Brother O’Brien’s and waited till next morning. This was the most distressing day to us we have passed for [a] long time. We were all three debilitated. I very much so. 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 3

It is cooler today and we all feel better. We arose very early, rode to the depot six miles and took the cars [at] half past six and have been riding all day. It is now 5:00 p.m. 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 4

I find when the entire burden of labor rests on your Father and myself, we do not find time and have not strength to write even letters. But Brother Smith will join us in Iowa so that we shall be better able to write we hope. 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 5

We have had very good meetings in Kansas and Missouri, but the best was in Kansas. 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 6

Love to all, 3LtMs, Lt 31a, 1876, par. 7

Mother.