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Manuscript Releases, vol. 19 [Nos. 1360-1419], Page 185

MR No. 1390—Letter to a Discouraged James White; Work in Washington, Iowa

(Written from Washington, Iowa, July 2, 1874, to “My Dear Husband.”)

We are now in our Washington home. It looks pleasant here, as it always does, and it surely is attractive. I should love to live here if it were the will of the Lord, but we are only pilgrims and strangers and I do not think we can have any certain home in this world. So I am content to obey the call of God to go here or there.

I do wish we could get even five thousand for the place and then the interest on the money would be worth something to us. Washington property is low, but the place is building up slightly. There is a nice large brick college just erected—nearly completed—and there are very fine buildings that have been erected since we were here. Washington is, I think, a very pretty place, and I should think we might sell.

Our field is the world. God has honored you with the precious and important work of starting the publication of truth upon the Atlantic Coast. Twenty-six years later He has honored you again with the trust of the publication of the truth upon the Pacific Coast. Your way may not always seem clear to you, but God will lead you if you take on no extra anxiety. “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world,” were the words of our Saviour just before He left the world for heaven, to plead in our behalf before His heavenly Father.

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