Lt 242, 1899

1899

Lt 242, 1899

White, J. E.; White, Emma

Sunnyside, Cooranbong, New South Wales

September, 1899

Previously unpublished.

Dear Children, Edson and Emma White:

I must say to you that your letters confirm all I have had presented to me, that it was your privilege to place yourself in different relations. It has always been presented to me, you well know, that W. C. White, your mother, and yourself should connect together in the work, but why is it not done? I know of no one who could be a greater help to you in your bookmaking than W. C. White, and you could be a great help to us. I have now decided Marian has served her time with me. She burdens me with her peculiarities, and she cannot do the books I desire to have done. Lt242-1899.1

I wrote to you in regard to paying your debts before incurring more debts. I may not have made myself understood, but will say, if you wait the long process you have arranged before you come to us, I fear my time to work will be done. And yet I do not feel to urge you unreasonably. You will draw from the Review and Herald enough to pay your fare and Emma’s fare, and draw what is necessary to bring the things you desire or see fit to bring, or to make purchases there. Well, I do not see as I can make any more statements than I have made. I warn you not to get up a rivalry in bookmaking, for your danger was presented to me. Lt242-1899.2

I am sure if you are here we can get out quite a number of books. I can say no more. It is now six o’clock. I have been writing since one o’clock. Slept until twelve o’clock. Lt242-1899.3

Now, my son, ask God for wisdom. We cannot say you must break away and come to us, but we say, ask the Lord. Get your light from the Lord. He can and will teach all who seek Him and whose will is to do God’s will if they know His will. Lt242-1899.4

I spoke in my last letter in regard to the case of Sister Rose. You may draw from the office the sum to cancel that debt and charge to my account, and we will settle that business between you and me. Lt242-1899.5

I am sure of one thing, that the warning was given me especially for you not to carry out the inclination of your own heart to strive for rivalry in books. I would be able to help you, I know, or put in your power to handle some of my books I anticipate getting out. But, Edson, Marian has been on the strain a long while, and I think she should be released and not kept at the treadwheel until she loses her mind. I greatly desire to have proper help and not have to wait one or two years, for I know not how I shall be in one year from now. Lt242-1899.6

I shall try to spend some time in the open air. Last evening Sara and I rode with Jasper, Elder Haskell’s horse, to Martinsville for oranges. We found enough for the present. Shall go again on Thursday. We brought home twenty-six dozen for W. C. White and our family—three pence per dozen, which is six cents per dozen. The trees are all in bloom again for another crop. We have a very nice flower garden. The oranges were ripe when the union conference was held. I would not let the family pick many oranges and mandarins, but gave the ministers the privilege of picking the fruit for themselves. The trees are loaded with blossoms and so fragrant. We have plenty of lemons which are in all stages of ripening and are full of blossoms. Lt242-1899.7

In much love, Lt242-1899

Mother.

My eyes will close while I am tracing words to you. Lt242-1899.8