Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 3 (1876 - 1882)

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Lt 4, 1882

White, W. C.; White, Mary

Healdsburg, California

April 2, 1882

Portions of this letter are published in 3Bio 195.

Dear Children: [Willie and Mary White]

We are getting along as well as could be expected. I have all rooms settled but one; that is the parlor. I am waiting for a carpet. I know if I put the red one down it will not please me for it will not stand the sun or [the] usage it will have. Some more sober color is what I need. I thought if Sanford should get the carpets for the Institute, he could get one at the same place and same time for me which would suit me. I want 21 yards. The red carpet is too small. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 1

Mary, your bedroom is all ready for you. The parlor needs to be settled. That is waiting for carpet. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 2

We have in about one thousand grapes; have one thousand more to set. We have beans, corn, and other things planted for [the] garden. Not but few peas yet. Have plenty more to plant. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 3

I asked Young to get me prepared a full account of property for sale here cheap. He will have it ready for me. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 4

Will you please send me the history of Paul?. You have it in the office. For some reason mine was not brought from Michigan. Will you see [that] it is sent immediately, unless Brother Van Horn is coming and can take it here for me? 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 5

I do not expect to attend Southern camp meeting. I will devote my time to writing on Volume Four. I am just striking in upon it. I fear it will never get out unless I take hold of it decidedly and take time to write it. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 6

I am as well situated here as I ever shall be. When once settled, there is nothing to hinder my going ahead in writing. This is a beautiful place. I am pleased in every way with it. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 7

George thinks that Dolly may work into ploughing or harrowing. She is very awkward, but she tries to learn. She will see what Katy does and will try to do just as she does. Everything is odd to her now, and she stares at the mountains and hills as if she were a tourist viewing the scenery. I think she enjoys the change. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 8

Will you please send me a draft for $50.00 to pay for my cow: also one for $50.00 more to settle with Marian [Davis]. I borrowed money of Brother Mills before I left home the last time. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 9

I am anxious about Mary Chinnock. There may be a letter in the office for me. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 10

Keep me informed. I can get good fruit; dried plums for twelve cents per pound. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 11

Shall get the things from [the] depot today. Those cuttings at [the] depot [on] 16th street have not come. 3LtMs, Lt 4, 1882, par. 12

Mother.