Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 7 (1891-1892)


Lt 82, 1891

White, W. C.

Petoskey, Michigan

June 3, 1891

Previously unpublished.

Dear Willie:

I sent you letters from Eld. Fulton. Look over the propositions carefully and if you advise me to sign the deed, I will do so and send at once to California. I cannot see through their propositions. Their paying no rent and no interest money either is something I do not understand. The building is not yet commenced. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 1

The pump of the mill broke and the lumber could not be prepared, which has hindered us two days. The lumber for barn will be here today and three men will work at it till a comfortable shelter is obtained for the horse. Paxton and Brown both seem inclined to do the best they can for us. They are very willing to advise, which takes their time. Last night Paxton told me there was a foundry in Petoskey. We shall see if they cannot get a cover to the stove. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 2

Last night—this morning at two a.m. it commenced raining and has rained quite steadily until now. The wind is rising and shakes the building some. I feel thankful for our chimney. It is a good job. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 3

The raspberries and blackberries are saved and this rain is worth millions of dollars to this section of the country. It will put out the forest fires and clear the atmosphere of smoke. We have cool weather. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 4

My health is very good. Sent letter to Dr. Burke yesterday. Paxton says in ten days the frontage will be completed. Paul Roth walked in this morning. We will not need carpets until the addition is put on. Putting the stairway and hall between the two buildings in new part necessitated eighteen feet in the place of sixteen, so three feet hall or stairway will make the room fifteen by fifteen in the clear above and below. This will make additional expense, for Paxton figured for the present stairway to be used, but I thought the stairway ought to be in under cover. We are all usually well. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 5

Much love to yourself and little ones and the household in general. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 6


Answer at once if you think best for me [to] sign deed after reading the letter. These envelopes are no good. Send me good-sized envelopes with your address on them else I shall use the old ones. I [have] a few left. 7LtMs, Lt 82, 1891, par. 7