Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 5 (1887-1888)


Lt 64, 1887

Ings, Jenny

Hotel Liverpool, England

August 3, 1887

Previously unpublished.

Dear Jenny:

We found the family when we arrived at the depot, and then we at once left for Brother Drew’s where I was visited to my heart’s content. Sister Sorensen, who lived at Battle Creek, was there. Says she has washed for you. Her husband is not a believer, but she keeps the Sabbath. She was very glad to see me. Then as I was about to write you, I was informed that Brother Smith from Berkenhead had come to see Mrs. White, so I talked and talked until our little meeting commenced. Then I had much freedom in talking a while to those assembled. Then did not get to bed until after ten and did not sleep until about midnight. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 1

Altogether it was a wearisome day. Mary was looking quite changed; poor, yet seems to be as well as I expected. Baby is all right. Mary is pleased with her fur cape. Just what she wanted. She would be glad to have had some things we might have purchased at Grimsby. Mary purchased nothing; made scarcely anything for children. Both have cloaks from that piece of heavy cloth, wine color. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 2

I told Brother Ings just what you said in regard to your going to America now and staying until W. C. White goes. Elder Haskell is seeking to get Brother and Sister McClure to come, and he feels that it would be a great favor for you to remain a time. I think it best. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 3

Cecelia has a chance in our room, first class, for two pounds extra. The intermediate was full, and Brethren Olsen and Bourdeau, by paying a trifle more, found a position first class. The steerage passengers are full. First-class passengers two hundred and fifty, second-class two hundred fifty, steerage large company. All packed full. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 4

Be assured I miss you. As yet have not had time to say ten words to Cecelia. We will visit on the cars. I hope and pray for a favorable passage. Ella seems quiet and well. Mary has good courage. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 5

We are just ready to start for the boat, so I will write no more at present. I wish it could be so that you could be with us on the same steamer, but it seems not to be the will of God. I hope you will not be in any way discouraged, but try to encourage others. Someone is rattling on the piano, and I am so confused and stunned I cannot think. Elder Bourdeau has his son along. His family comes when W. C. White comes. Now I cannot say any more. The Lord bless you is my prayer. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 6

In much love. 5LtMs, Lt 64, 1887, par. 7