Crystal River, FL
Feb 26, 1920
From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray, New Providence, NJ
My Dearest Ruthy:
This is the hotel’s best pen and I see I am in trouble from the start.
I received your Washington Birthday letter this P M, and it cheered me greatly to get
such a sweet happy message and to know that in the midst of your ceaseless toil you can
be happy and have a good time in knowing that others are having one. This is a spirit
found only in certain mothers — of this I am convinced.
Mr Isgrigg just loaned me his fountain pen, so I can now slide along again in good
Too much cold and wind today for good fishing. No luck to amount to anything.
Tomorrow we go to the Withlacoochie River, about 13 miles from here, and expect
to have a real fishing story for you. We go in a Ford auto over very rough roads. I
understand the scenery is very tropical and you are apt to run across any number of
alligators. Of course, in the weather as cold as today, they will hide in the warm places.
Crystal River here is really a wonderful stream. There are great bubbling springs
and the water at the head where this Inn is located is clear as the name implies. You can
look down on the white sand bottom and see hundreds of fish, altho they won’t bite in
these places and it is useless to fish for them. These springs are warm and that is what
causes the fish to lay close to them at this season.
I must make a get away to bed now so will close and try to fall asleep thinking of
you and home and the nice times we are going to have together some sweet day. Times
just like our little jaunt to Buffalo and Niagara and Old Point Comfort and Washington.
Even the trip to New Haven, tho a sad one, was refreshing in the going and returning
because we were alone together for a few brief hours. Good night, sweetheart, and much
love to all from