[On First Presidency stationery]
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
P.O. Box B Salt Lake City, U.T. [Salt Lake City, Utah Territory]
7 15 P.M.
April 21st 1888 [Saturday 21 Apr 1888]
My Dear Elisabeth [Elizabeth Rebecca Ashby Snow, b. 1831] It seems long since I have either written or received anything from you except Laconic Telegrams. About the time our children left for home Dunham [?] left for Logan expecting to return here to our Board meeting on Monday next 23d inst [instant – Monday 23 Apr 1888], but I have Just received a letter from him wishing the meeting postponed till [until] Thursday the 26th [Thursday 26 Apr 1888] as he is detained. When he left me, it was still uncertain whether he would take anybody to Mexico or arrange for anyone to accompany you and I, but it seemed pretty well decided that we leave here about the 20th to 22d May [Sunday 20 May 1888 to Tuesday 22 May 1888] after the Dedication of Manti Temple. In his letter received today reference is made to our trip, so I hesitate no longer in writing to you and probably a week hence I may be able to tell you something more deffinate [definite] than I can today. One thing prominant [prominent] in my feelings is that I shall not tarry in Chihuahua [Chihuahua, Mexico] much longer than our business shall require, but presume I may stay there till fall. Though possibly may take a trip East during the Summer. I would like and probably shall, go via San Francisco [San Francisco, California] & Los Angeles California and Mesa [Mesa, Arizona] & St. David Arizonia [St. David, Arizona] although after seeing McDonald [President A. F. McDonald] we may changer our Programme [program].
Bros. Pratt [Helaman Pratt, b. 1846 - http://jared.pratt-family.org/parley_family_histories/helaman-pratt-history.html and http://walkerboot.com/helaman-pratt-journal/] & Romney [? Miles Park Romney, b. 1843] write me that my house in Juarez [Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico - http://www.mormoncoloniesinmexico.com/] is ready for plastering, but yet uncertain whether they can get a good workman to do it before we arrive. My vines & fruit trees are put out on my lot and doing well under the watch care of Bro Bloomfield. Everybody seems contented and improvements going on at Juarez [Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico - http://www.mormoncoloniesinmexico.com/] and Diaz [Colonia Diaz, Chuhuahua, Mexico], as well as at Cane Valley Canals nearly completed on both sides the river. I visited three days at Ogden [Ogden, Utah] with Willard [Willard Snow, b. 1853] & Dora [Dora Crooks Pratt Snow, b. 1860] and children, John & Mary Boyle & family Brothers Aaron & Loren Farr Aunt Belinda Brown and others. went and returned in the evening train. Josephine [Josephine Snow Tanner, b. 1859] and Arthur [Arthur Eugene Snow, b. 1870] are well as usual and stoping [stopping] with Susie & family in Prest Young's [President Brigham Young] old School house. Though Today Josephine [Josephine Snow Tanner, b. 1859] has her company from Provo [Provo, Utah] and visiting at Rachael Grants [Heber Jeddy Grant and his mother Rachel Ridgway Grant]. Weather is dry and hot and water scarce here and but little Snow in the Mountains. Minerva [Minerva White Snow, b. 1822] is resting better and beginning to feel herself again and my own health about as usual, although I have headache today and my system a little out of tune & stomache [stomach] deranged from excessive Drinking and hot weather, and for lack of country outdoor rides I guess. Perhaps I may get enough buy & bye [by and by] in Mexico. If Ashby [Ashby Snow, b. 1867] does not conclude to come up to work for Consolidated Implement Co the boys would like Arthur [Arthur Eugene Snow, b. 1870] to stay and work for them after his school is out. If Josephine [Josephine Snow Tanner, b. 1859] goes home in May [May 1888], would you feel inclined to come up and take the rounds with me this Summer, even if Georgia [Georgiana Snow Thatcher, b. 1862] does not go? If so you should be ready by the 10th to 15th May [Thursday 10 May 1888 to Tuesday 15 May 1888]. Write me on the subject as soon as convenient. E. Snow [Erastus Snow, b. 1818]
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I feel anxious about Aunt Mary Gates [Mary Minerva Snow Gates, b. 1813] this hot weather. She has always been better during cool weather. I fear it will be bad for her to rally this hot weather unless she could go to Pine Valley [Pine Valley, Utah]. Give her my Love and if she feels inclined to try to go up to Pine Valley she Might try Telegraph and find out if uncle Williams folks can any of them be induced to undertake to care for her. If the weather at St. George is correspondingly hot you must be melting. Loving yours as ever E.S. [Erastus Snow, b. 1818]
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How did the children get home? All O.K.? Address me at this Box – P.O. Box B.