W[illiam] H. Trout
7Say Bro Trout can't we send him a letter and a stocking? What kind of a letter? Why a letter that we send out, telling what we are doing, and what we are going to do, and soliciting help. And what is the stocking for? Why to put the money in from week to week, or month to month, till the stocking or subscription is filled. Let me see one! A nice little baby sized mercerized cotton stocking was handed me, and a small type written letter, along with it. Well I laughed, imagining John Muir chucking church money in a baby stocking. Oh I said, I'll fix it, I am going to write soon, and will put in a good word for you, and will see what it will fetch. So if you send us a neat sum or the promise of one, when needed. I will guarantee the gratitude of the recipients, its economical expenditure, and its continnuance in doing good. That is about the kind of satisfaction I get from my outlays, and I am willing to be personally economical in order to enjoy it. I hardly need to say that you know personal economy as well as I do.This is an awful long letter, but I know your patience. will be as good for the reading, as mine has been in the writing.I met your old Wisconsin acquaintance, Mrs Sanderson last fall I think she is the last of the tribe, but is hearty and well.Have you any grandchildren yet? Lucretia, that was with me 6 years ago, has one of the finest little black eyed boys you ever saw. He is 20 months old, and a Dane like his dad.I learn thru Edward that Helen lives in Hollywood, give her my regards when you see her. And when at Hollywood you would find it a pleasure to meet C.C. Smith, our first Milwaukee pastor, and my most particular old friend. I can't give you his No He is an enthusiastic bird man.Edward lives at 1845 Morgan Place.Hoping that all continues to go well with you, and that I may hear from you favorably, regarding the help you may give in our building effort, and such other matters as may interest us both. I remain as ever your much interested friendW. H. Trout05376
1913 Feb 15
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
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