W[illiam] H. Trout
2good architect, but he is not in shape to enjoy it, but we hope that by the spring at least he will be all right.I am not working this winter; with the manager so long absent from business, new work did not come in to the office, so an extra draughtsman was not needed. So I am at liberty to write long letters, or do whatever else I please; so I have determined that I will finish a family history, that was begun 20 years ago. I shall now for some time be in a reminiscent mood, like you in your wilderness stories.In writing you last spring, I stated that if strength remained good, I might visit you in 1915. You replied to me, not to put it off so long, that we were too near sundown. The strength keeps up fairly yet, I realize that, and did for a time contemplate a next summer journey; but last summer I loaded up the future, which is not usual with me; also helped my son here, and a daughter besides, near to my limit; and my roaylty payment this winter not being as large as expected, also not earning, I shall require to defer that pleasant journey, till next year at least.I am putting in a large part of my remaining energy into church work. Our first church in Milwaukee got into a little hard luck spiritually, rather than financially, and being the senior elder it pulled rather hard on me. Also the young second church is erecting a fine church building, to which I contribute. Here in Lufkin our small but energetic congregation has also elected me senior elder, so that according to the old time brethern, you knew in Meaford, I would be sadly degenerated into something like a metropolitan bishop. Well one of the advantages of age is that one becomes indifferent to small criticism. it never worries me when I know I am right and am doing good.In church work here the women are the workers, the men are of small account. There are only 3 or 4 real live men in the congregation. In Milwaukee it is similar; the few men are more active05376
1913 Feb 15
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 21, Image 0135
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