Monday, December 3, 2012
Letters - Dear Cousin: I will endeavor to answer your letter, Your Cousin, Leon
The next scores or so of posts will be not my own writings, but correspondences of my Great-Grandfather Leon Gould. This letter is to his cousin, Alice, whom he later married! Great-Grandpa Leon had a large family (of 11 children), and journeyed as secretary to Alexander Smith in the RLDS church before eventually joining the Church of Christ (TL) and becoming an Apostle. His descendants have been blessed with a rich spiritual heritage and many true family accounts of what can only be called miracles. If you read these letters and are interested in reading more of the Gould family history, look for a book titled "Trek of Faith" by Peggy Tucker. These letters contain the original spelling mistakes and have not been corrected. Feel free to print and keep these letters in your own family history files if you so wish. In the future, a book of Leon's writings will be made available. Enjoy!
Aug. 11, 1899
With such materials as I have at hand I will endeavor to answer your letter.
I met with a little accident so am off duty this afternoon. Was in attendance at the Silver Lake School last Sunday.
Your letter is like you, Alice. It shows you Character which I admire and love. You must not worry over me. I will try to do the best I can but you must not be surprised if I fail altogether. I have been so near overcome lately that I dare not promise much for the future. I began to doubt the promise that our trials should not be greater than we can bear.
Yes we can be cousins but, somehow that thought does not bring any great weight of happiness.
Maud gets lots of letters from Missouri, lately. They have not sent out cards yet.
You have lost more in weight since last winter than I have. When last weighed I was only fourteen pounds lighter than then.
I have not seen Lester since I came home. It is of no use to go out there to see him for he is always away.
I suppose you have your certificate by this time.
You will have hard work to read this, but how can I spell correctly with such a poor pen?
Respects to Nona. I admire “smashers”.
Battle Lake, Minn.