Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 16 (1901)


Lt 115, 1901

Santee, C.

St. Helena, California

August 22, 1901

Previously unpublished.

Dear brother Santee,—

In our Board meeting, Wednesday morning, August 21, we gave some consideration to the matter of holding one teachers’ institute instead of two. You will remember that this matter came up at Los Angeles and that I gave it a hasty consideration. You told me of the extra expense that would be brought upon the Conference if the teachers in Southern California attended the institute to be held in Healdsburg, and suggested the holding of two institutes, one at Healdsburg and one at Los Angeles. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 1

I assented to this at the time, but on further consideration, it is my judgment and the judgment of the Board that it will be best to carry out the first plan—to have the teachers assemble at Healdsburg, and there employ the best talent that can be obtained to make this important meeting a success. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 2

We looked at the matter from all sides and decided that it would be much better for the teachers to assemble in one place. Let one table be spread from which all can partake of the knowledge imparted. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 3

We think that it will take less time and effort to hold the institute in one place. To hold the meeting in two places will call for double time and labor on the part of the workers. It is not advisable to spend time and labor in this way when there are so many calls for help from the field. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 4

The work in both places will be weakened if two institutes are held. We talked the matter over with Brother Ballenger. He says that if two institutes are held at the time now appointed, he would have to leave Healdsburg a week before the close of the institute there. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 5

W. C. White, Miss Sarah Peck, and I will attend the institute at Healdsburg from the commencement to the close. Sister Peck has been asked to act a part in the meetings, and her help will mean much to the whole field. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 6

I leave this matter with you, asking you to arrange for the teachers in Southern California to assemble at Healdsburg. We sincerely hope that at this institute the teachers will receive a fitting-up which will place the church work on a higher, more perfect platform. This work should go forward with the strength and grace and efficiency of heavenly enlightenment. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 7

I would say much more, but I am called to the consideration of other matters. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 8

Love to all your family. 16LtMs, Lt 115, 1901, par. 9