Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)

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Lt 57, 1880

White, W. C.

Battle Creek, Michigan

November 1880

Previously unpublished.

Dear son Willie:

Do not urge a sale of your house at present. When a Sabbathkeeper comes along—which may be possible—who will buy and have a good influence to keep the fort, then it is time to sell. But do not write again urging means from here for Health [Retreat]. Your father is in that state of mind in which he would, if he took a notion, make some very unwise moves to meet your call, and afterwards regret that he had done so. There are plenty in Michigan who have means. Draw strongly upon them. Our property here is bringing us in good interest. We do not want unbelievers on this half block. May God help His cause and may we do all we can to help it, is my prayer. 3LtMs, Lt 57, 1880, par. 1

Father has written to Brother Judson, pressing him for means. Brother Judson begs a little time. If he can have a few months he can turn himself well, but Father has written another letter urging immediate payment. This will embarrass Brother Judson and it will be at great loss to him to sell his stock now. You see it will not answer for you to urge things now, for Father’s mind is not strong and well-balanced. He will make wrong moves. Write to anyone in California you choose, but let Father be for the present. Property, horseflesh, or anything of the sort, is not of much value to him at present. He says he would take three hundred-fifty dollars for the team today if he could get it. They may be worth more than that sum, but if so, he was very well-cheated in buying them. I must close now. 3LtMs, Lt 57, 1880, par. 2

In love, 3LtMs, Lt 57, 1880, par. 3

Mother.