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Lt 9, 1882

White, W. C.

Healdsburg, California

April 16, 1882

Portions of this letter are published in 3Bio 195.

Dear son Willie:

I received the draft. I will do as you say—return it to you. I was not made sick by being out in the storm that day. Bro. Ballou, I think, was threatened with chills but is better now. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 1

I find, after all, your mother can endure about as much as the younger people. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 2

What do you wish I should do about the horse? Shall I bring down Dolly and take the other? What do you advise? I thought Brother Ballou and I would ride down to Brother Chapman’s and save [the] expense of traveling and horse-keeping which is quite an item. I would like to have my team in Oakland, but it costs too much to cross the Bay, to think of it. I paid seven-and-[a]-half-dollars for half-a-ton of hay. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 3

Had Brother Ballou better bring his wife to Oakland with him? I think he had better go up in the country where his uncle lives and take a tent with him and commence meetings. He will be at less expense there than in a new place where he has no friends. Will you please let me know about this matter? I think they both had better go to Oakland. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 4

Speak to Brother Fay about their having a home with them during the meeting. Brother Ballou is getting confirmed in health and wants to go to work. He spoke yesterday and last night and speaks tonight. I remained at home yesterday and wrote an article for [the] paper. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 5

I shall save myself wherever and whenever I can. Brother Ballou put the bottom in my mountain wagon. It was thoroughly done so that it will stand as long as the wagon lasts. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 6

I do not know how long I shall feel like having Brother Roberts with me. He can not set himself to work. When I leave, he will, be an unprofitable hand. Well, we will see about the matter. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 7

I am doing well. Mary Chinnock is well. The matter in regard to Southern camp meeting will be considered at our April meeting. But I have no mind to go to the meeting. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 8

Brother Harmon’s horses are sick. Brother Mills is in danger of losing his with some distemper. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 9

School opens with 26 scholars. All [is] going well, I think. Professor says seven more are coming this week. When I get anything more definite, will write you. I have not seen Prof. B. since you left. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 10

What do you think of Allen as a fit man for Battle Creek? 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 11

I have a chance to send this now. 3LtMs, Lt 9, 1882, par. 12

Mother.