Single-page letter hand-written on front and back of sheet with Southern States Mission letterhead. Addressed from Elder Joseph A. Cornwall (Vowells Mill, Natchitoches Parish, LA) to Elders Tobe Felkins and Cyrus B. Halliday (Farmerville, Union Parish, LA), letter dated February 6, 1898. Envelope kept along with letter. Only month and year of postmarked dates are legible (February 1898).
Vowells Mill, La. February 6, 1898 Elders Felkins and Halliday Farmerville, La. Dear Brethren:- Quite lately a card has come to us from Chattanooga[, Tennessee,] stating two new Elders will leave Chattanooga for L[ouisian]a on Feb[ruar]y 22nd or 23rd[, 1898]. We have thought best to commit these brethren to your charge. You – Elder Felkins – will take one of them and remain in Union [Parish]. Elder Halliday will take the other and go into Ouachita Parish. Thus you see Monroe will need "capturing." We have written to Elders [Arthur] Dall and [George B.] Moore to go into Monroe as soon as possible and do this work. We will write the office at Chatt[anooga] and tell them to send the new elders to Calhoun Station on the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Southern Express Rail Road. You brethren will look out for their arrival. Try and get some friends at or near the station so that you can meet these brethren. Now take this matter into consideration and work to the end of meeting them. Treat them well and give them a royal reception if you can. Today we leave for Colfax. Remember in your prayer our brethren in Shreveport. Let your light shine upon all occasions and neglect not to preach the Gospel. May the Lord bless you. Your brother, Jos. A. Cornwall [signed]