Letter - Coolville Circuit

Near Coolville, Athens Co., O.

Friday, Aug. 18th, 1871

Dear Sister Rose:

As I have a few leisure moments this afternoon, I may as well employ them in writing a few lines to you. This will, in all probability, be the last letter I shall write home. To-morrow a week our last Quarterly Meeting begins, and the Tuesday following (Aug. 29th), I expect to start for Blue Run. I intend to go as I came, on horseback, via Wilkesville, Berlin, and Jackson. I expect to get to Wilkesville Tuesday evening, and to stay in Jackson on Wednesday night, so that I may reach home Thursday noon, Aug. 31st. I shall want a team to go to Portsmouth the day following for my trunk. I have not sold Charley, nor do I intend to sell him. He wants to get back on to Blue Run to see his old friends once more, and I do not intend to deprive him of the privilege. When Joe gets him he can do what he pleases with him, but while I have him I intend to hold on to him. He has been a faithful servant ever since he came to Coolville circuit, never giving me any trouble, (except with his laziness), and whenever I go to my appointments he stands patiently and quietly wherever I hitch him until meeting is over; and if I am unusually long, whenever he sees me coming he will whinny for me, and manifest all the joy and satisfaction of which he is capable. Sell the poor, dumb, affectionate brute, and leave him here among strangers, to spend the remainder of his life in fruitless sighs for the green hills of his native Scioto? No! That Evaporator may evaporate before I'll do it. Besides I don't believe anybody wants him. The man who tried to get him some time ago has said nothing more to me for several months -- nor need he. So on Thursday the 31st of August, you may expect to see Charley and me coming up Blue Run again just as we left it -- with flying colors; and perhaps with an ensign or something bearing aloft the flaming inscription, "Make way for Coolville Circuit!!!"

I am not very anxious to leave my work here, and it is only because of necessity that I do leave. My time has passed very pleasantly and I am getting more and more satisfied with the people. They are all sorry too to have me go, and often express their regret in unmistakable terms. I have received several presents as marks of kindness from several of the sisters on the circuit -- such as a pocket handkerchief, a pair of socks, and a very elegant pair of mittens -- the two last valued at 50 cts. each. So you see I am becoming rather popular among the ladies which is an event I once scarcely dared hope for. The cause I am unable to determine; it cannot be my good looks, for I never had any; I don't think it is my sociability, for I never was at home in company; and as for my preaching abilities, I am frequently so ashamed at the close of a sermon that I have scarcely the nerve to look my brethren in the face. Well, I must close, as Bro. Griffith has come down since I began this letter and wants me to talk to him, and I want to send the letter with him when he returns to Coolville. Goodby for two weeks.

My regards to all the friends.

Your aff. brother,

A. Stritmatter