Peter L. Trout
3to object to in any wayThe reasons, that I have given, for going to Alaska are absolutely correct, as it was the desire for wealth and fame that caused me to go; and I would not have the least objection that my best friends should know it, although, as you intimate, it might be imprudent, and be the means of defeating my purpose: and for some such reason as this, I shall probably leave it out or modify it to some extent, but I do not imagine that I shall ever be able to look at things just as you do. The hard knocks in life that I have had, have convinced me that the first and most important thing for a man to learn is how to make a good living for himself. That is the first and most important thing that a man can think about who is not financially independent and if I should go to Alaska038474just for the sake of studying the country, when I had not the means to afford such a luxury, I might well be called a crank.I am afraid that you do not realize the fact that it is not every man that can afford the luxury of high principles. However the suggestion is a good and I am glad that you called my attention to it, as the more I think about it, the better I can realize that, although I did go to Alaska to acquire wealth and fame, there is nothing to be made by telling people about it.I shall probably stay here about ten days longer. Then I will go to Sanfrancisco, and about the first of April I will start north for Seattle. I am glad I came down here as I feel that I have been very much benefitted. And the time has not seemed long.Yours very truly Peter L Trout.03847
San Jose, Calif.
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.
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