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Lt 35, 1880

White, James

Oakland, California

July 23, 1880

Portions of this letter are published in 11MR 65.

Dear Husband:

I have been waiting to know what to write definitely in regard to my plans. I have received three letters from Brother Burrel and I wrote him that I could not attend any of the camp meetings [in the] East. The expense of crossing the plains would be no less than three hundred dollars if I returned for camp meetings here. A dispatch came yesterday, with Burrel’s and Farget’s name signed, urging me in no case to disappoint them—my expense should be met. I may come alone. Shall leave here Monday or Wednesday. Why these particular times?—so as not to be under the necessity of changing cars on Sabbath. 3LtMs, Lt 35, 1880, par. 1

Willie is very sick with chills and fever—overdid in work and anxiety. Wednesday the office hands (Waggoner and [S. N.] Haskell were to go with them) went a few miles in the country to have a picnic among themselves. This was promised them for their Fourth of July. Willie went four miles and was brought back sick. I nursed him all day. Waggoner and Haskell, Mary and Lucinda [Hall] were necessary to keep them in proper order. Everything moved off nicely and there was nothing that occurred to be regretted, except Willie’s sickness. His fever rages very high, but everything is being done that can be done with diet and baths to break it up. But he cannot keep business and cares off his mind, and the first thing we know, someone is in talking business and then his head is troubled, somewhat flighty. He seemed a little better yesterday, under heroic treatment. Unless he improves decidedly, I shall not leave; but if he seems better shall go East to attend the camp meetings. I must bear my testimony to the people. Lucinda can hardly be spared but may come with me. I am not well. Cannot endure much taxation. I leave, trusting in God as I have done. If I do my part, the Lord will do His part. 3LtMs, Lt 35, 1880, par. 2

In much love. 3LtMs, Lt 35, 1880, par. 3

[P.S.] Elder [S. N.] Haskell remains here to attend camp meeting. 3LtMs, Lt 35, 1880, par. 4