Elder Joseph A. Cornwall to Elders Tobe Felkins & Cyrus B. Halliday (6 Feb 1898)

Elder Joseph A. Cornwall

Description

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).

Transcription

    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]

Source

MSS 16312 (‘Tobe Felkins papers, 1895-1932’). Church History Library. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Transcription, J. Trevor Antley, 28 Nov 2013. Edited, J. Trevor Antley, Jul 2016.
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