I have just finished a letter to the tail end of the Senior class in the O.U. Female College. I don't mean tail end in any other way than alphabetically, certainly not. And now as this is my rest day I'll rest a while giving you some account of my situation. You had the conference accounts through the Advocate. Previous to that I was with Brad and his friends and my friend Emma. The first Sab. after [illegible] I spent in Millersport and in Lancaster. Kirk [illegible] of [possibly 'Portermann'?], an old friend of mine was with me. He preached in Millersport and in Lanc. for the Methodists on Sunday night and as ['Gilbreth'??] was absent I preached in his place for the O.S. Presbyterian. On Monday following came to Chil. Had a cordial reception and have a very good place to board. Mine host is intelligent, pious and jovial. [Illegible] that went to Del. is his adopted son and is now here & intending to go to Cincinnati to attend medical lectures. Jamison had not yet gone when I came. His daughter Bettie was married & since my arrival here my duties are as follows. Every other Mond. night Leaders meeting. Every Tues. night a bible class composed of young ladies teachers in Sab. school. Wednes. night general society meetings for speaking, lecturing and missionary [illegible] meetings. Frid. night usual [illegible] meeting. Sat. night I am urged to attend choir. Don't think I shall regularly. On Friday afternoon I have a female class. On Sab. I preach twice and teach Bible class in Sab. School. Have been out twice in the country with [illegible]. Hear him recite every day after dinner. He had his quarterly meeting yesterday. Preached for him Sat. night. Dr Howard, President of the Ohio University, held his meeting in the absence of Dr. Trimble, the Presiding Elder, he having taken a trip west. By the way, Trimble lives here and I have the pleasure and advan
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tage of getting under his wing, our church has been lately renovated and is a very pleasant one has a nice basement and classrooms with gas lights. Membership about 180. I find a good delegation of Del. boys here. By the way I suppose your [illegible] "Bush" was president of Whitewater college [illegible] and has a faculty to lecture before every week, and has a wife too. [illegible, possibly 'Porsuch'] is Prof. of music in Brookville College Ind. [illegible] assistant principal in an Academy in Reading, Pa. Will join conference in April. Saw Hamilton in Columbus studying with his brother, Dr. Hamilton. Saw Patterson in [illegible]ville in the high school department there. Saw [illegible] dad in Columbus. Says he has been at work on the farm but was away visiting then. Poor Smith [illegible] went home to Iowa took fever and died. Some go forth to battle with the world and some lay down their armor in youth. I have felt since here that in the strife I must lean upon God or the weight of my responsibilities would crush me. The consolations of personal religion must be the itinerants stay [??] or he will have a sorry life of it. I need the prayers of my friends. Of course you will let mother read this letter and she needs but know that the demands upon me are great and that I tremble under them to enlist all the fervor of her faithful prayers. That have ever attended me as well as all her children. I should write to her which would be more satisfactory no doubt but defer it for reasons which she of course understands perfectly. I know not what my allowance is, but understand it is all subscribed and will come quarterly without fail. Chillicote is a beautiful city of 10,000 inhabitants in the rich valley of the Scioto with most beautiful hill scenery around. I know of no cleaner prettier city. Hope you are having good times. Must close and go to depot to see Dr. Howard. Off on the 10.00 train for Athens. Write and give me all that you think would interest. Your Brother, Luke.
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