New Germany, N.S.,
May 14, 1908
I will be able to write you only a short letter tonight as it is already quite late and I am rather tired. I have been catechising every night now for some time over at Hemford and put in a rather strenuous day today and especially this afternoon and tonight. I went fishing after dinner, walked in all four or five miles and didn’t have much luck there, catching only one trout. After tea in Ohio I went to Hemford and held my catechetical class for an hour. Then on my way home I called to see a sick woman and gave her communions and came home and went up to see Bonnie. They had company and kept up singing and playing until after 11 o’clock. So you see my time for letter writing is somewhat limited, if I am to get any rest or sleep tonight. Mr. de Long and the boys went off on a two days fishing trip this morning and I suppose they are having a great time. They wanted me to go with them, but I didn’t know they were going until last night and had already given out my appointment for class at Hemford and couldn’t recall it. I saw plenty of trout on my little trip in Ohio today. They jumped up in great shape, but wouldn’t take bait. If I had had a fly and reel I have no doubt I could have had all I wanted. I was only out two hours. Last Sunday, I preached over Pleasant River way. We had a fine day and large congregations were out. I am going to try and see if I can’t get some over there ready for confirmation by the second
Sunday in June. Some have already attended catechetical instruction and there are a few others whom I may be able to prepare with only a little instruction. My class here at New Germany is the most satisfactory. It is not very large, but they attend regularly and I know what I am doing. I don’t know what will be the result at Hemford yet. It may be some thing and it may be nothing. It always is uncertain there. I wish I could get all around my congregations this summer. I would feel more like taking a vacation then, but I fear it will be impossible. There is still some small pox at Newburn and the Church is yet closed. This disarranges matters badly in that part of the parish. I received a card from Herbert this morning. They are packing up preparatory to leaving. I will have to go down to Bridgewater on Orphan’s Home and Synodical business nest Thursday and Herbert wrote me to bring Bonnie along again, but I hardly think she will be able to go. She has too much fancy work at hand to get off so often. She is doing a good deal of needle work. I have been quite busy with my paper work lately – busier than I needed to be. At any rate Mr. Weaver wrote me a card today stating that I had sent him enough material for two issues. I want to get a month or two ahead though, if possible in order that I may not have to be bothered with it when I take my trip. We are having nice weather now. It is just cool enough to be nice and comfortable. A few alder bushes have put out leaves already and planting is going on everywhere. Grain is looking fine. But I must close. With love and all good wishes, I will say good night.
Most Sincerely yours
[signed] Carroll H.