Sept. 7, 1924
We have just returned from church and I want to answer your much appreciated letter which came yesterday.
I was so glad you felt so much encouraged with your work. In your letter before the last one you seemed a bit discouraged, and I am glad Mr. Bishopp came along and made you feel better. I have an idea how you feel about it sometimes after you have worked hard on it, especially on something like you have now that has been worked on for so many years without much success. You feel like it’s a hopeless case at times, don’t you? I have tackled things in my work that looked awfully hopeless, and I know how discouraged a person can get. But isn’t it a “grand a glorious feelin'” when you do finally succeed?
I know you are going to succeed even though you were to have to leave this particular branch for a time. The part that you have already done has been done thoroughly, so I consider that you have been successful so far, and if you have the privilege of continuing, you will, I think, have the satisfaction and honor of solving the problem entirely. I think it will be nice for you to have a laboratory down there since you are so deeply interested in the work of that state, and like the country there so well. However, it would please me very much if they would think it necessary for you to be away from there for a month or more in order to take charge of Mr. Parman’s work in Uvalde while he is on his vacation. He expects to leave about the middle of October I think. Don’t you think a few weeks of good Texas fresh air and sunshine would help your feelings? Not that I think your health is failing, but really, Uvalde is a wonderful place to come for rest.
I am feeling fine now since my vacation. I feel so refreshed from the rest that I took that I really don’t mind work a bit. It has been nice and cool for the past few days, and that gives a person a little “pep” you know. I am going to need a surplus of it soon, too, because the rush season is coming on.
It was too bad that you couldn’t be present at your sister’s wedding, but I suppose she will write you all about it. I know your mother needed your letter the next day, because she would naturally be awfully lonely. However, the fact that her daughter is so happy and has married a fine young man will be a comfort to her. I sincerely hope they will be happy, and, since they are congenial and love each other, why shouldn’t they be?
I hope I will have a letter from you before long saying that you will work in Uvalde next month.