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Lt 13a, 1894

Clausen, Sister

Granville, New South Wales, Australia

June 14, 1894

Portions of this letter are published in 4Bio 137.

Dear Sister Clausen,

I have a favor to ask of you. I am in need of plush for a cloak. My last and best one, purchased in Christiania by Elder Olsen, has been worn until it is getting threadbare; the elbows have nothing but the texture of threads without the plush. Will you purchase for me three yards and a half of the worsted seal plush, such as I had before; also cheap remnants of the same kind of goods—black, brown, and gray—which I can use for trimmings or for repairing. You can sew these together in a lap robe, alike on both sides, or one side flannel. I need this much. If you can, get a cheaper quality also, ribbed or plain, for a carriage robe, and let it be brought by someone who is coming this way, either directly or by the way of Africa. They can use it to make themselves comfortable on the journey, and save expense for transportation. 9LtMs, Lt 13a, 1894, par. 1

If this kind of goods could be purchased in this country, I would not trouble you with the matter; but it is not in market here. There is nothing so suitable for me as this, both for winter and summer, since I have been afflicted with rheumatism. 9LtMs, Lt 13a, 1894, par. 2

I have to study economy in every way. We see so much poverty all about us that my heart aches. We try to divide with those who are in need. We eat no meat, and do not have butter on the table. We believe that we shall see harder times than we do now. 9LtMs, Lt 13a, 1894, par. 3

I am now much better healthwise than during my first year in Australia. I can walk much better, and am improving in activity. For about a year I was a cripple, unable to kneel, or to step up or down. Even now I have to be exceedingly careful else my shoulders will testify quite decidedly of my situation. I am so thankful to my heavenly Father for His great goodness and loving kindness to me. 9LtMs, Lt 13a, 1894, par. 4

I would be pleased to see you all, but do not expect to have the privilege. 9LtMs, Lt 13a, 1894, par. 5