Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)


Lt 17, 1882

White, W. C.

Healdsburg, California

June 7, 1882

Previously unpublished.

Dear Willie:

Mary [White] and the company arrived here safe last night at nine o’clock. Brother Roberts met them at the depot. They are delighted with the place. I think they came in the right time for me. I have overworked my brain and cannot write at all. Now I shall do some sewing and riding and shall erelong take the folks to St. Helena to make a visit. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 1

I have just bought a sack of old potatoes. Paid two cents and a half. Please tell me in your next, what to charge Roberts for the sack of potatoes he had. I do not know. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 2

I am entirely out of money. I have to get provisions to live on. Roberts has to have his thirty dollars per month to live on. The girls have to have money, and to supply the demands is little short of one hundred dollars per month. Please send me [a] draft as soon as possible—not less than one hundred and fifty dollars. We have been laying in a stock of hay while it is cheap at seven dollars a ton, unpressed. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 3

Brother and Sister Jones are here. Their family occupies the bedroom Addie and May [Walling] have. We make up a bed for them on two lounges. Mary and her mother occupy the bedroom off from [the] parlor. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 4

Mary Chinnock had a chill last Sabbath, another Monday, and is having another now. Poor child, she seems to have no strength. I am so sorry for her. We pray for her and I believe she will get through with this soon. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 5

Luella [Hale] came in time, but if she could have come when you telegraphed for her, I believe Mary would not have had another chill. It was a mistake to hold her at Oakland when a telegram summoned her here. I tried to save Mary all I could, but she will take on care. Luella will copy well when she can get a chance. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 6

Mary Chinnock must do nothing for weeks. She is in her feverish wanderings, constantly anxious lest she will have to leave this place and go away. So of course I shall have her remain here until she feels like going of her own accord. She requires in her chills some one waiting on her every minute, doing something until the chills and fever have spent themselves. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 7

I think I shall take my tent to St. Helena and spend a week or more there. Go up to Howell Mountain. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 8

Well I must carry May to school, and Mary White and little Miss Ella White will ride to town with me. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 9

I think I must have complete rest for two weeks if I can get it. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 10

If you were only here now, what a happy company we should be. If you can run away, do so. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 11

In much love. 3LtMs, Lt 17, 1882, par. 12