Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 21 (1906)


Lt 374, 1906

Haskell, Brother and Sister

St. Helena, California

December 9, 1906

Previously unpublished.

Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell

Dear Brother and Sister Haskell:

I wish to know where you are. Things seem to be rather unsettled. Please keep me informed of any changes. When you move, please let me know, and tell me where to address you; for I feel a deep interest in your work. 21LtMs, Lt 374, 1906, par. 1

Last week I wrote a short letter to Elder Hibbard and have received a good letter in reply. I will send copy of my letter to him. I am now writing to Frank Belden and to others whom I hope to be able to help. 21LtMs, Lt 374, 1906, par. 2

I have just received a letter from a son of Brother and Sister Butcher of Vacaville. This letter contains a request for me to make them a visit, to see if I can help the family. Things have reached a terrible condition in their home. Their daughter Alice has been for years an invalid, and she is sometimes treated very harshly by both her parents. 21LtMs, Lt 374, 1906, par. 3

If I were well, I believe I should consider it my duty to visit this family. But I have not yet recovered from the influenza, and for me to take such a journey at this time is out of the question. But I wish you would go to Vacaville, and see what you can do for this family. If you can do so, I shall feel greatly relieved. Propose to the family that they send Alice to the sanitarium. The poor girl has a hard time at home. 21LtMs, Lt 374, 1906, par. 4

The letter I received from Mr. Butcher was marked “Private,” and I do not wish to mention this matter to any one else. Such things should be kept as quiet as possible. I hope and pray that we may be guided by the unerring Counselor. 21LtMs, Lt 374, 1906, par. 5