Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 4 (1883 - 1886)


Lt 59, 1884

White, W. C.

Portland, Maine

September 11, 1884

Portions of this letter are published in 3SM 111; 3Bio 262.

Dear Son Willie:

We have just read the matter in regard to the time of trouble. Brother [Uriah] Smith thinks that chapter by no means should be left out of Volume 4. He says there is not a sentence in it that is not essentially needed. This seemed to make a very deep impression upon his mind, and I thought I would write to you in reference to this matter. I have read it and it is just a thrilling power with it. I see nothing that will exclude it from the book for general sale among unbelievers. 4LtMs, Lt 59, 1884, par. 1

As yet I have not commenced work here because [I am] not really well. I begin this my labor evening. Yesterday afternoon I got Sister Morton’s horse and rode out to Gorham to see Lizzie. She was about the same, if anything, a little more comfortable. We had a very nice visit, considering her sad state of affliction. The meetings are going well. Today they had a very interesting meeting. There is a softened subdued feeling in the congregation. We are so glad that Elder Smith is with us again. Elder [S. N.] Haskell says he preaches as he never has done before. 4LtMs, Lt 59, 1884, par. 2

We leave here next Monday for Lancaster, stay over night, [and] then go on to Syracuse. [We will] meet Emma [White] there and then go to Ohio. Edson [White] says it is impossible for him to leave now, as he is making business arrangements that will involve great care, thought, and work, but says he will meet me in Omaha. 4LtMs, Lt 59, 1884, par. 3

Everyone says you must be at General Conference. I have no duty to make for you but should be glad to see you and counsel with you should you come. Cannot Elder Waggoner and Willie make it their duty to be at the meeting in Omaha the last week of the meeting? And [the] Missouri [meeting] immediately following these will be important meetings, we think. I am sorry I cannot thank you for the letters you have written me. Will you please to see in regard to the papers sent to Lizzie N. Bangs? They do not come. She misses the Signs much. I thought I made permanent arrangements that these papers to my friends should come regularly. What does this mean? Have they all stopped? Does John White receive the papers? 4LtMs, Lt 59, 1884, par. 4