[sideways text] Nov 5 . Geo. Webb.
Lehi. In re mission
Rec'dNov 7 
Ans Nov 10  [end of sideways text]
To President Wilford Woodruff
Yours of Oct 31st to hand. In answer will say
that I was somewhat surprised when I received
yours, yet pleased indeed to learn that I had been
thought worthy to go and preach the Gospel to the
Nations. As you wish to know my feelings
in regard to this matter I will state them in as few
words as I possiablly can.
My circumstances and condition are not as favorable
at this time as I could wish. For a number
of years past I have been trying to give my
children (that is those who are old enough) as good
an education as my limited means would afford.
Beleaving it to be the duty of every parent to look
well to the training of their children and to see that
they have all the advantages of a good and true
education, so that they can become useful and
powerful in defending the cause of Zion both
religiously and politically, so that they would be
equal to any foe who should assail his rights.
My family consist of 8 children 4 Boys and 4
girls one boy is married The remainer are at home
that is they have not left our table. About 4 years
ago my boy Walter S. became 17 years old and
we started him to the B Y Academy, after he had
been there one year we started Laura I. we
kept them at the academy 2 years each