Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)


Lt 16, 1877

White, J. E.; White, Emma

“Morrisville Camp Ground,” Morrisville, Vermont

September 7, 1877

Portions of this letter are published in 6MR 304; 10MR 36.

Dear Children, Edson and Emma:

We arrived on the camp ground last night about nine o’clock. Father rested well last night. This morning he rode out. Sister Ings and I went with him. He drove the team himself and took great satisfaction in so doing. I did not expect to speak today; but our brethren told me that judges, lawyers, ministers, and doctors were on the ground, so very anxious to hear me, that I decided to speak. 3LtMs, Lt 16, 1877, par. 1

I had great freedom in speaking one hour. All were deeply attentive. But the best part of the matter was that Father went into the stand, sang and prayed like his own self. This is God’s doings, and His name shall have all the glory. 3LtMs, Lt 16, 1877, par. 2

I must get this in the office before the Sabbath. Your father is painfully conscientious, which makes it hard for him to cling to faith for himself; but he is steadily coming up, and he views the case of your mother very differently than he has for the last ten years. He thinks he must have been blinded by the enemy. The scales have fallen from his eyes. We are in perfect harmony in views and feelings. I never enjoyed his company so much in years as I do now. We are very distrustful of self, but in God we will be strong. God is our helper. Praise His dear name. 3LtMs, Lt 16, 1877, par. 3

The brethren here are so grateful that we have come; they can hardly find words to express their joy. It would have been a terrible disappointment to them if we had not come. We have friends here of the very best kind—true and tender. They love us and appreciate our labor for God. I must say good night. Love to all the family. 3LtMs, Lt 16, 1877, par. 4