Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 14 (1899)


Lt 19, 1899

Caro, E. R.

Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

February 8, 1899

Previously unpublished. +Note

Dear Brother:

We came to Newcastle on the noon train, and hoped to find you here. I wished to speak with you in regard to that which you mentioned—whether it was best for you to write to Dr. Kellogg for a specified sum of money. I meant to have said, It is not best. I know the Doctor very well. Please not to make the slightest reference to anything I have written in regard to our needs here. 14LtMs, Lt 19, 1899, par. 1

Satan, once the most highly exalted being in the heavenly courts, is waiting and watching on the track of every soul, that he may take them with his guile. He can deceive, and make light appear darkness. In our letters to the doctor, I do not want to give any chance for the enemy to try him as he might do should you or any other man make a suggestion in reference to the things I have written him. Give the enemy no occasion to insinuate that you and I are linked together, that you represent things to me, and that I am moved by your ideas. You know the facts in the case, but the doctor does not. Let nothing further be said to him in regard to the matters of which I wrote, until I can get a response from him. 14LtMs, Lt 19, 1899, par. 2

The Lord has been pleased to lay this burden upon me, now I have done my duty. Let the Lord move upon His people in America to take hold of the work. I will trust all in His hands. We will be preparing to co-operate with God; we will hear His voice, and make ready for action. 14LtMs, Lt 19, 1899, par. 3

If you can send to John Wessels the things which I have told him you would send, he will get a better knowledge of the situation in this country. You can send a similar copy to Dr. Kellogg, to show him our destitution of means at this time, and the positive necessity of a sanitarium that may correspond to the work which is so important and so much needed now. When I see you, I will explain matters more fully. But when you write to the doctor, please make no reference to me in any way. 14LtMs, Lt 19, 1899, par. 4

Now I have a word of caution to give you, my brother. You are not to take on so many burdens. Will you please consider this question. You are in danger. You should eat intelligently, as you direct others to eat. Take time to eat, secure the most nourishing food, and eat as regularly as possible. You must not feel it your duty to take on so many burdens. You must rest brain, nerve, and muscle. I entreat you not to be reckless, not to draw too heavily upon your health bank deposit. Be cautious. I look at the young men who are broken down when they ought to be in their prime, and I feel that it is my duty to caution you. We want you to be preserved in a condition of excellent health. 14LtMs, Lt 19, 1899, par. 5