W. H. Trout
since we had the last of your personal acquaintance which you may depend has been appreciated none the less for the lapse of time some of the liveliest and brightest spots in life’s memory are the scenes of that old Hollow and the recollections connected with yourself and Dan The time seems to have sped swiftly I have not much to mark its passage or does it seem to have to left its impress heavely on me An occasional grey shining in my beard a [few?] crow feet near the angles of the eyes and a form slightly more stooped from application to work are the only visible changes since you last saw me The changes with you are I think even less[in margin: Hattie has had another daughter lately in all she had 8 sons and two daughters she is a brick] When shall we ever see each other to correct our observations as you scientific men would say and compare notes of life’s journey There is no thoroughly absent friend or relative that I would rather wish to see However the chances I think are small there is not much I suppose to bring you back to Old lanada and there is no great probability of my seeing your country but I may be rather fast you are not a Californian strictly and solely you are a citizen of the world a cosmopolite the broad domain of scince is your estate but you can’t occupy it when it would lead you out among the stars you must stay on Terra Firma So in your perambulations may by Canada and old friends [underlined: will] come in for a turn
1878 Feb 14
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Reel 03, Image 0720
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