Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 12 (1897)


Lt 172, 1897

White, J. E.; White, Emma

Sunnyside, Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia

March 15, 1897

Previously unpublished.

Dear Son Edson and Daughter Emma:

I can write but a few lines at this time. I have arisen at two o’clock and have written Willie and Dr. Kellogg. He is particular to send me important matter, which I highly prize, by every mail. He does not neglect one mail. Sometimes he sends two and three letters in one mail. 12LtMs, Lt 172, 1897, par. 1

I now send letters to Willie which he may wish to retain. I wish you to have a copy of these important letters so I send them to C. H. Jones with explicit directions for him to copy them if he chooses to retain copy, and send you a copy as soon as he can. This is the best I can do for you on this mail. Willie, I suppose, will be with you, and you can read his letters, as I send to no others in Battle Creek. Copies must go to Elders Daniells, Farnsworth, and Hickox. Every copy is taken up. 12LtMs, Lt 172, 1897, par. 2

I am quite nervous, as this is thirteen pages I have written since two o’clock a.m. It is now my breakfast time and I must eat, for I take only two meals per day—at seven and one o’clock. I shall have no uneasiness in regard to you in your work if your reliance is wholly upon God. Holiness is a constant agreement with God, the shaping of the life in conformity to Christ. The soul windows are kept open towards the Sun of Righteousness. Live for God. You can live in simplicity of mind, cherishing the meekness of Christ. The Lord Jesus’ command to you is “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” [Matthew 11:29.] 12LtMs, Lt 172, 1897, par. 3

I cannot go farther now. I am so weary. Love to you and Emma. 12LtMs, Lt 172, 1897, par. 4


Edson, I have written to you largely. I have sent you copies of important letters. Whatever you deem best to put into the hands of others you can do so. I have written to Brother Tait. You would send him a copy of some things I had sent to you, just as much as you can afford to send him. You can send the same I send you to him, and let him copy and return to you. It is much work to get off so much writing and I want to do all the good I can. Some things may come out in the papers in time, but not yet have we time to get it edited. I wish to send in two weeks manuscript on life of Christ for you to use as I have specified. If I can, I will get this off on this mail. Have been up since three o’clock, writing. 12LtMs, Lt 172, 1897, par. 5