Dear Pa -
I am about to have another birthday. It seems to me that they came round rather often. This is cozy sort of weather and it is hard to do much work. I am dragging along however and putting in my very best licks. The teacher cannot afford to let his own interest seem to drag – I would have no trouble to keep my interest up to fever heat if I had an enthusiastic and numerous body of students to talk to. The president is back at his push now and we will no doubt soon know how many of us will be retained I do not care if they wait awhile to __ teachers as I have some hopes of getting a more satisfactory place. But I want to stay here and shall not make any especial effort to change except as I may hear of other better places. Am glad that Marquis is doing so well. Had a letter from Bro. Shirley in reply to my own. He said that they received my telegram but did not feel that as they were paying such men as Snow or Eskridge etc $850 that they could put in a $1000 man. But they did not hesitate with reference to Anderson on that account. I hope by the next time they ask me I may be in position to ask for $1200 or $1500. If we prosper here our salaries are certain to be raised to some such an amount. It is some gratification to me to know that I am beyond them.
I am very sorry that our fortunes seem destined to be so divided but am glad that you can find pleasure in the work there. For my part I want you to stick to it without reference to the feeling of the rest of the family and as long as you find it satisfying – you should, perhaps, in justice to yourself, let those people know why you remain there alone. They probably do not realize that your children are all now grown and able to take care of themselves, that in fact there is no one to move. Mother does not wish to leave Amarillo and as things are now I do not favor her doing so. I shall advise them to rent a good, well built house, with good barn and move into it soon. The Waco property must not be sold for less than $2500.00 Do not make a less price to Eskridge – We shall arrange to pay off the $800.00 note by next fall. I wish that after paying interest and taxes you would save the balance out of what Eskridge pays on rent. Put it distinctly aside so that we may make the needed repairs next summer. I should like to sell the place but we must not forget that when the $800.00 is paid we shall have invested something like $3500.00 in the place.
Our preacher belongs distinctly to the Standard crowd. In last Sunday’s sermon he emphasized the position that our salvation as a church depends on our agressively [sic] stating our plea and carrying an aggressive campaign for members of other churches. He said that the ‘meek mild afraid of stepping on other peoples toes’ kind of preachers and churches were doomed to failure. In other words I gathered that the work of proselytizing was as important and essential to the prosperity of the Christian church as any. I may be entirely too charitable but I never rejoice over additions from Methodist, Baptist etc. He may be right but if he is and he represents the teaching of the Christian Church I am at the parting of the ways. I have a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that of late years, I have never heard you take, what seems to me, any such self righteous stand. Such an attitude precludes all possibility of union – My room is proving satisfactory. We shall probably not have any more bad weather. Wish I could make a garden.