S. M. Brown
3softening haze over that soul-testing experience, and that now, you know, of a surety, that "common skill and fortitude" were "replaced of power" that has its source only in the Almighty hand of God. "whose wisdom [illegible] wa[illegible]th". and - "whose sight is never dim" In closing the little book my great regret was that you were afterwards parted from little Stickeen. He should have spent the remainder of his too brief dog life with you- By the way- the missionary Mr. Young- must surely be the author of "My dogs of the Northland", a book that I read with much [interest?] for I have ever been a lover of dogs, as well as of all "the kindred of the wild"You spoke of "wandering Peter" Trout having visited you. He visited me also, later, yes, he has evidently wandered, or drifted thro life, and will do so [illegible] the end I fear. He spoke of three or four projects that he had in mind, by means of any of which he could make a fortune, and added that he "might not do any of them", [illegible]y he [unconsciously?] told me the story of his life. It is a pity for nature endowed him with the capability of being a man The biographical sketch enclosed in your letter tells me that you are only two years my senior. as I have just passed the limit of the years all[illegible] to human life - a fact that I find it hard to realize. But we are learning that age is not a matter of years, but of the mind. I note that the story of Stickeen is dedicated to Helen Muir - William Trout wrote me giving a minute account of the doings and festivities at the marriage of his daughter Luceretia04725
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada
1910 Mar 8
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