W. H. Trout
433 Grove St Milwaukee Wis June 11-1904
Proff John Muir
Martinez Contra Costa Co Cal
Dear friend John
Last summer, nearly a year ago, I wrote you a great long letter, enclosing a New York Draft, for $100., from C. H. Jay. You should have received it, about the time you were in the Yosemite Valley, with our president. And as I learned afterwards, that you had left imediately after that, for Siberia, with an exploration party; so when I received no answer, I concluded that your abscence accounted for it. But you must have returned long before this; and my only conclusion now is, that you have done as I sometimes do, when I get a long interesting letter from a friend, I postpone the answer, till I can find the time to do justice to it. the longer the postponement the harder it is to begin; so the letter may never be answered. I just remember that I wrote a short note of inquiry, about a month after sending the draft; but received no answer. It was then
that I learned of your Siberian trip. I would be pleased to learn that the money came to its owner.
Our Wisconsin University had lately a grand jubilee celebration. Students old and new, from far and near, were present. I looked over the list, thinking I might possibly find your name, but it seems you were one of the absent host. I would be greatly pleased to see you. My youngest daughter and I, with my son-in-law and daugter Nellie, jointly occupy a large steam heated flat. where we have a good measure of comfort. I am still bending over the drawing board every day, except the last two days, in which I have been obliged to stay at home, on account of overworked eyes.
I have been working out some new ideas in the evenings, most of the winter and spring, and now I cannot work in day times; but I will soon be better. I lately had a pleasant trip to Louisiana at the expense of our firm, it was to start one of my new machines. I passed my 70th year 15th Feb. Had a big surprise party: Gold headed cane; gold filled watch, books, flowers &c, a big time.
Have my daughter Jennie and 6 children with us at present 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughters here in Milwaukee now. They are a lively little crowd. Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain as ever
yours W H Trout
1904 Jun 11
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.
Trout, W. H., "Letter from W. H. Trout to [John Muir], 1904 Jun 11." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2790.
Reel 14, Image 0226
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