Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)


Lt 3a, 1882

White, W. C.; White, Mary

Healdsburg, California

April 1, 1882

Previously unpublished.

Dear Willie and Mary:

I spoke to the people today. We had a very good meeting. Brother and Sister Ballou went to Santa Rosa. He helps on the place cheerfully. She also helps [in] what [ever way] she can about [the] house. I do not feel that they are any burden. The people here want him to commence to give a course of lectures. They plead for this; would it be best? He can, in that case, get him a place in town so as not to come home nights. 3LtMs, Lt 3a, 1882, par. 1

I have something to tell you. Marian [Davis] has not been natural for twelve years, but of late she has come all right. She looks cheerful and healthy. She climbs the hills and takes considerable exercise with the best results. I never saw her look so healthy as now. 3LtMs, Lt 3a, 1882, par. 2

I am feeling so happy here, although I have had to go all the time. The morning after I came, I went with the team to do some business. The next day, went with Dolly. Was hunting a cow, buying feed for horses. I found a cow, a good No. 1 cow. Paid fifty dollars for cow and calf. She is gentle in every respect. Her calf is five weeks old. Shall sell it for five or six dollars, which will bring my cow to forty-five dollars. Yesterday I started off at half past five and kept on the tramp, doing business till near noon. My cow came Friday noon. Her milk is rich, and she gives a good lot, but [I] cannot tell how much, for her calf has to have his supply. Shall sell the calf Monday. Oh, I wish little May [Walling] could have some of this good, healthful milk. 3LtMs, Lt 3a, 1882, par. 3

Willie, I greatly fear your drains are not just right. I fear that little May’s sickness is owing to your sewage pipes. Will you make this matter secure? Do not run any risk in this matter. Be sure and look at this matter at once. 3LtMs, Lt 3a, 1882, par. 4

Write often. Roberts is waiting to take this. 3LtMs, Lt 3a, 1882, par. 5