This letter may appear somewhat out of place, though it is hoped is not. I have just heard that you were planning to have a reunion sometime soon at Uncle "Jim's" the old homestead place, it is to be hoped that the present anticipations will materialize and all who are in (unreadable) will be present at that meeting. Sometimes I think that we do not appreciate enough these family gatherings, or reunions, but when we have an opportunity we should be glad to clasp hands and at least spend one day at the home where so many happy days have been spent. As I think of the meeting of our family it has been nearly ten years since they were anything like all present - the time of grandfathers last marriage and even then many could not get there. None of Uncle Jim's family were present. This time I (unreadable) the family - sister and brothers will meet for at least one day. There is the oldest one of whom I have no recollection of seeing, present with his family - truly children and parents alike will enjoy seeing and meeting kinsfolks in Tennessee. But a second thought brings the sad reminder that even in the last year - since I was in your midst - another faithful one has been called to his reward. (May heaven's benediction rest upon all of his.) With pleasure do I recall some of my childhood days when I used to go to see gandpa and grandma. Very few specific words of advice do I recall from either of them; but one might be mentioned which has often cheered me and I recall it as though it had been spoken yesterday. It was at an all night prayer meeting at the Baptist Church in Bellbuckle; grandfather was the oldest person there and I the youngest, and coming to me he placed his hand on my head saying: "Here is my boy living for Christ and if he lives for Him until he is my age, it will be a ling life for the Master." I shall never forget that scene, and I am trying to follow his noble example. It will be a worthy tribute if only it may be said that his name (and I count myself happy to be one of the boys bearing his name) has never been lowered by his grandson. Many events come to minds of the older ones of the faithfulnes of the departed parents and grandparents. Our family is an exceptional one in many respects, not saying it in a boastful spirit but to give honor to those who trained us, in that so many boys and girls have grown to manhood and womanhood and no great curse has befallen any. No terrible demon of sin entwines itself (unreadable) the life of the boys, - "Praise God from whom all blessings flow," Of course there could have been improvements in each of our lives had we followed instruction of wiser heads and the teachings of (missing section -- goes on to)
His who knows grandchildren as a parting donation is a monument erected in all our memories that will live as we live. But I do not write to eulogize now, but simply a word to be remembered by you all on the day of your gathering. Though we grandchildren are scattered from the distant West to the home place in tennessee and can't lie present with you let us all hope that one day we can meet in an unbroken family. I should enjoy a game or so with the boys and girls - should be glad to hear you call a game of ball in which even older ones might join, and I know that none would enjoy themselves more than one (unreadable) of fun, though he is called of late a "preacher" and many accuse him of becoming "dignified" and think that he couldn't play. But yesterday I was invited out to the country to play a game of lawn tennis. I shall go soon, nothing preventing, Wishing you all a pleasant meeting together and each one many yet to come to honor and live for God, I beg to remain as always as one who love his home people.