Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 6

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Lt 22b, 1890

Paddock, Mr.

Burrough Valley, California

March 8, 1890

Previously unpublished.

Dear Sir,

I am very sorry that you have not received the money due from me to you. I gave the business into Sara McEnterfer’s hands to be promptly attended to. She was to pass it into the hands of the bookkeeper who should have sent a draft. I think there has been a mistake somewhere, as Sara has been in Chicago for three weeks. I will send in this letter the money due you. 6LtMs, Lt 22b, 1890, par. 1

In regard to the furniture, I heard that George Hutchings has sold it, but he has not written to me about it, at least I have not received a line from him directly. I did not care particularly about the furniture, but thought he should have kept me informed of what he was doing. I am sorry, Mr. Paddock, if anything of mine has caused you trouble. I have not had an intimation of anything the least unfavorable to you, and I have had no reason to cast the slightest reflection upon you. I have ever felt that you had a kindly interest in me, because you saw that I needed advice and counsel which I have been grateful to receive. In every letter written to Robert Sawyer and Brother Dunlap in regard to my place and the setting out of fruit trees, I have said, “You had better counsel with Mr. Paddock. I regard him as a friend and as a man who understands the business. He will willingly give you advice.” 6LtMs, Lt 22b, 1890, par. 2

If the furniture is worth that which you paid for it, then I am satisfied; if it is not, I will make the matter right. I do not think you would wrong me out of anything. I have much respect for yourself, your good wife, and your precious children. If any one has made false reports, I am sorry. Nothing has come to me of this character. I have written to George Hutchings, stating some facts and how I looked upon some things. He may feel injured, but I did not write to hurt him. I wanted him to know what I considered right and just. I have done no more than my duty. 6LtMs, Lt 22b, 1890, par. 3

I expect to be at the April meeting in California. If possible, I may spend a day or two at the Fresno camp meeting, if I can get through from Texas. I leave Battle Creek March 23. Spend one Sabbath in Chicago, one Sabbath in Arkansas, one Sabbath in Texas, and perhaps a day or two in Fresno. 6LtMs, Lt 22b, 1890, par. 4

Much love to your family. 6LtMs, Lt 22b, 1890, par. 5