This is the second page of a letter Grandpa is writing to his children and daughter-in-law who are still away from Trumbull.
Or should I say, “Mr. Jackson”. We are certainly having a good opportunity to check up on your Alaskan life and find it quite an interesting experience as viewed through the eyes of your friends – – the Hopkins. If your ability to pick friends is revealed by the present example, you rate 100% plus. Of course they would always be most welcome as friends of yours but they have both won our hearts here and are now friends of ours in their own right. It was good of you to urge them to visit us and delightful of them to take you up. Last night we showed them some of the Alaskan Kodachrome slides which you and Dan took and looked over some photos which Leonard had brought along with him. I was quite surprised when I asked him if you had been bending his ear on the “Union Now” question that he has not been taken into camp as it were. And in this connection, along with your efforts to line up the use of the land through the schools and colleges, the thought occurred to me that your national headquarters might make a very effective flank attack, sort of a sugar-coated pill, to change the simile, if they were to inspire some well-known author who ranked in the best seller class to write an historical novel based on the dramatic period in this country’s history, based on the Federalist papers. Historical novels are quite popular, in fact they always have their strong followings, and I don’t know of any way of getting over to the public a realization of the real condition which existed in the early days of our history than through the medium of an interestingly written story of that time, and if, as you believe, the present condition of the world states, approximates that which predated our own “uniting”, it would not be a long stretch of the imagination to have the public form its own comparison between our own early conditions and present world situations. It seems from Mr. Churchill’s speech that England is nearer the Union Now idea then we are in this country. On the other hand, Russia seems to be tending rapidly in the opposite direction. Well, so much for world politics.
It just occurred to me that it might be a good stunt for me to call up the Bagshaws (Rusty’s sister and her husband), especially in view of the fact that Leonard knows Rusty, and see if it would be convenient for us to drive over and call on them this afternoon. You mentioned in your letter that Leonard and Marion might like to meet the Ives. As far as I know Agnes is still in the West Indies and Carl and Ethel have moved over to their new home in Devon. This morning Jean and Dick took them for a walk up by the reservoir. Yesterday afternoon, they drove in my Buick, up to Pinewood (Lake) and then down the Merritt Parkway to the new Saugatuck Reservoir. Today is a bright, beautiful, sunshiny day, although rather brisk and cool. It is now 12:30. I started this letter early so I could get it finished before dinner and be able to devote the afternoon to our guests. Now I shall stop to get my car which is being lubricated over at the Gas Station in case we take off for the Baghaws this afternoon. The only local news of note that occurs to me is that Mr. Kurtz has been in the hospital for a few days but I understand is coming home this afternoon – – some trouble in connection with his diabetes, which however, they think will be remedied by proper insulin dosage.
Well, that’s all, children dear, we’ll be seeing you soon, I hope,
Tomorrow, another letter to “poor dogs” and I’ll finish the week with a partial letter (pages 2 & 3) written on March 31st.