Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 20 (1905)


Lt 81, 1905

Faulkhead, N. D.

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

February 27, 1905

Portions of this letter are published in MRmnt 124.

Dear Brother Faulkhead,—

We received the money, and thank you for sending it; for we needed it. For several years I have been carrying a heavy debt caused by borrowing money to advance the work in different places. I have brought out large and small books, but I am still heavily in debt. After the burning of the Review and Herald office, I purchased the plates of Patriarchs and Prophets and several other of my books in the German, Danish, and Finnish languages, because I desired to bring out a new edition. I hope that in the future my books may be given a wide circulation in this country and that sometime I may be free from debt. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 1

I have recently added to my indebtedness by borrowing two thousand dollars from the bank to help in the purchase of the Paradise Valley Sanitarium property. I could not endure the thought that the opportunity to purchase this property for so low a price should not be improved, and Sister Gotzian and I clasped hands over the table in a resolution that we would purchase it and set the sanitarium in operation. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 2

This we have done, with the help of some others, and now the building is filled with patients. A good flow of soft, pure water has been secured by digging a well on the lower part of the land. This means much in a country where water is so scarce. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 3

I should be very much pleased to visit Australia; but this I can not do; for my work is here. I have much to do in writing. Last year I went to Washington and was away from home nearly a year. This put us so much behind with our work that I shall never make so long a trip again without a positive “Thou shalt” from the Lord. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 4

My work is very much behind, and I hardly think that I shall attend the coming General Conference; for when I am away from home, my workers cannot labor to much advantage. W. C. White will go, but will return as soon as possible to help me. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 5

The Lord is my helper, and if He spares my life a few years longer, I can bring out books that will be a great help to our people. Then, should my life close, the printed matter will remain and do its work. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 6

We are to live in this world a life that will give us a right to enter in through the gates into the city of God. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 7

I would be very much pleased to see you and talk with you. I wish to say to our brethren in Australia, Give Brother Robert Hare encouragement to go right into the cities and labor for those who have never heard the truth. 20LtMs, Lt 81, 1905, par. 8