Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 4

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Lt 32, 1885

White, W. C.

“Crystal Springs,” St. Helena, California

February 19, 1885

Previously unpublished.

Dear Son Willie:

We came here all safely. Brother and Sister Lockwood are in my house and well pleased with the place. They enjoyed the journey much. When Mary and you come to Oakland, set up a bed in the parlor and take all the comfort you can. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 1

Brother Staines is poorly. He says he cannot even lift a trunk. He should not have even the care of the horses further than to feed and drive them a short distance. What will be done in his case I cannot tell. Poor man! We must have one full man on this hill, and we cannot do without such a man. Delay in this matter is time lost. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 2

Whitman, who was at the office, came to me for advice and work. I set him papering and painting the house. Then we can see his worth and treat him accordingly. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 3

I hoped you would receive my letters from here and Healdsburg in time to answer them, but was disappointed to receive not a line when I returned here. I enjoy being here very much and shall improve in health I am sure. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 4

I think Brother Staines will have to go into the valley. He enjoyed riding, but is not strong enough to endure long rides. Take these things into consideration, and do write something at once. I have not received a line from Sister Scott in answer to my letter. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 5

It rained yesterday, but we were not the sufferers from rain. It is beautiful today—cool and clear and bright. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 6

Will you write me whether Wallace can come here? No half man or broken-down man is wanted, for we have an abundant supply. Get one able-bodied man on this place at once. I shall send for someone myself and pay him myself if you do not get round and do something in this direction. Brother Staines is not able to do that which is essential on this hill, not by a great deal. If he were not a broken-down man, he could do something. He can go to Oakland and try it there. If he is better, he can have that job on 38th Street to do. Brother Lockwood will find all he can attend to here and wants to stay here. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 7

Love to all. 4LtMs, Lt 32, 1885, par. 8

Mother.