Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 7 (1891-1892)


Lt 63, 1892

White, W. C.

Preston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

March 25, 1892

Previously unpublished.

Dear Son Willie:

I learn that I can send you a line to go by next Monday’s steamer, but it must be mailed here before nine o’clock. It is now fifteen minutes past eight. I can say in few words all that I need to say. I am of better courage than when I wrote you last—a little stronger, but otherwise no change. Night before last I slept only two hours, but yesterday was surprised to find my head clear to write some on the life of Christ. I feel lifted up and comforted when I can write on the life of Christ. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 1

Yesterday I took another electric bath. I cannot interpret these baths. I am more helpless today, and suffer more pain in shoulders and arms; but I shall keep them up for a while and test the matter thoroughly. The doctor says I must take at least three per week and not wait so long between baths. I was so sick and weak the first part of the week and the last part of the previous week, I knew that I could not stand the tax of riding fifteen miles. We had unpleasant days. I dared not get out even to ride for three days. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 2

Well, you say, How is Fannie? Better. Her foot is now in a cast of plaster of Paris, which should have been weeks ago. For two nights she has rested quite nicely. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 3

One week from today we receive our American mail. I wish you could be here to peruse it with us. We miss you every day. Well, time hurries along so speedily, the days and weeks fly so swiftly, we shall, if the Lord will, be spared to meet again. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 4

I have felt uplifted, strengthened, and comforted by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have my appointment out to speak next Sabbath if the Lord gives me strength. Today is preparation day. I shall be pleased to hear from you and Brother and Sister Starr or Brother and Sister Gates any time. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 5

Everything moves harmoniously in the household. I am thankful every day to the Lord that I have my reason and can contemplate the precious things in the life of Christ, which I try to fasten with pen and ink lest they may become dim in my mind, and I feel refreshed in spirit as I do this. I am so thankful we are not left comfortless and to walk alone. We have Jesus at our right hand to help us. We pray for you all and we believe the angels of God will go before you and prepare the way, for there is a work to be done in New Zealand, and the Lord alone can do this work. Then trust wholly in Him and He will be your efficiency. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 6

May does first rate in the position she is occupying. Annie makes a splendid bread maker, and she is highly pleased, for she says she never made bread before in her life. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 7

The wind is just blowing hard, the dust flying in the streets. I am glad we are not living on the highway, but in this retired street. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 8

Remember me to Brother and Sister Starr, and tell them to write me as often as they can and not neglect other duties. Love to all our dear friends—Brother and Sister Gates and Brother and Sister Breed and dear Sister Tay. Now I will say goodbye to you, my son. Write me a few lines when you can do so conveniently, for it will be gratefully received. 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 9

With much love from 7LtMs, Lt 63, 1892, par. 10