Trumbull – Dear Lad (3) – News of Family Members – July 2, 1939

The Trumbull House

I think I had better take your advice and give up worrying. As the Bible says,” The Lord tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.” Anyway, for years, just about the middle of summer I begin wondering how I will be able to meet the combination drain of my financial resources of the necessity of meeting a couple hundred dollars demand for taxes and over $100 in interest on the mortgage.

I got by the April 15 installment of taxes and was wondering what I could do about the July 1 interest when, lo and behold, Dan’s letter arrived enclosing a draft for $150, as the second installment on his back salary, and then to take care of the July installment of taxes, what should I receive on Friday but a check from the Socony-Vacuum New York office for $125 on your salary account.

I say, you fellows have a pretty good idea of timing, so that now, instead of adding a few more gray hairs to my top piece, I can now devote my energies to saving the hair I have left to get gray in the natural course of events.

I take it the reason I have had no letter from you this week is that the rainy season has slowed up the normal mail procedure, and you may have to reroute your mail via Ciudad de Boliva, provided the expected airplane arrangements have not been completed. So I may have your experience of this week or next, having more than one letter arrive from you.

By the same token, my letters may be delayed in reaching you. By the way, be sure to let me know when the magazines I have subscribed to for you begin to arrive. I have also sent you some books, which I hope will arrive okay.

I don’t know why I started a third page, because usually I get newsed out at the end of the second page, if you can call what I write news, and then I have to scratch my head to find something to say to fill up the balance.

Elizabeth seems to keep well and happy, but it is beginning to be apparent that you will be Uncle Alfred to someone before you see the good old U.S.A. again. And I? I will be Grandpa. In spite of the fact I don’t feel particularly aged, I’ll have to admit, I’m getting along when that happens.

Tomorrow I will post the final piece of this letter and on Friday, I’ll be posting a letter from Uncle Ted Human to his attorney in Caracas with more information about Yervant Maxudian, President of Interamerica, Inc.

Judy Guion


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