I found this in a file belonging to my grandparents; they used it as part of their Christmas card in 1979. As a young teenager, I met John Monroe; he was a dear friend of my grandparents.
Frederick Monroe, in a letter to his son, John Lawrence Monroe, November 11, 1927; from the Euclid Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio.
Founder, Henry George Lecture Association, October 19, 1903, and its President until his death in 1929. Born April 7, 1865, Arcola, Illinois; Died August 26, 1929, Palos Park, Illinois.
The aspiration to be of service in this way is a spark that alights in your soul and pushes you forward to a life of broad, useful work.
The one imbued with this spirit sees ahead what should be done, and labors to advance this great objective entirely regardless of impediments encountered. He receives enjoyment out of every moment of his life. He takes human nature as he finds it, and appreciates at all times that his work is necessary because human nature is as it is.
Personally, I feel that I was most fortunate in having this spirit become the dominating power in my life in the days of my boyhood, and I feel that my efforts have not been in vain.