Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 4

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Lt 30, 1885

White, W. C.; White, Mary

Healdsburg, California

February 16, 1885

Previously unpublished.

Dear Children:

I received Willie’s letter before leaving St. Helena and answered it immediately. I am becoming more rested and conclude my wisest plan is to go back to St. Helena with Brother and Sister Lockwood, start them in housekeeping, tell them the work I want done and the best way to do it, and then when you come return here to Healdsburg. Then Marian and I will make all we can of the time left us before you start for Europe. I am glad Mary is coming. I think Sister Place will be ready to come back to Oakland by that time. Our family will be small, and we would be very glad to have Mrs. Mary White and the little Miss White as our guests. 4LtMs, Lt 30, 1885, par. 1

I have prayed the Lord to show me my duty in regard to going to Europe, but get no positive light. I cannot consent to go without it. If I should go, Mary White must go with me. But I see not my duty in that direction. 4LtMs, Lt 30, 1885, par. 2

Brother Staines came down with us. He seems to breathe better as soon as he strikes the valley. He enjoyed the journey yesterday. The horses were as gentle as they need to be. I had thought of coming to Oakland, but think of nothing special to come for, therefore shall give it up unless you shall telegraph me to come for some special object. I will go back to St. Helena Wednesday. There are things that will keep me here till then. 4LtMs, Lt 30, 1885, par. 3

Brother Decker was most sorry I came down from St. Helena, as he was coming up today to see me. Brother Mills was to bring him. Well, I am fully determined to do what I can of my writing. My eyes have been too painful to do much while I have been gone. 4LtMs, Lt 30, 1885, par. 4

Write me here as soon as you receive this before it goes out of your hand. 4LtMs, Lt 30, 1885, par. 5

Mother.

What about Chicago property? What about Sister Mills? Let me know at once, for I ought to write to Brother Starr. 4LtMs, Lt 30, 1885, par. 6