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William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

"Miss Merrill was the first friend I found in Indiana, and one of the kindest, wisest, and most helpful of my life." Muir relates her great assistance to him when he had injured his eye and blindness threatened. He writes: "She came to my darkened room an angel of light, with hope and cheer and sympathy purely divine, procured the services of the best oculist and the children she knew I loved. And when at last after long months of kindness and skill she saw me out in Heaven's sunshine again ... her joy was as great as my own." Muir continues with praise for her both as a person and a teacher, concluding: "She never grew old. To her last day her mind was clear, and her warm heart glowed with the beauty and enthusiasm of youth. In loving hearts she still lives, and loving hearts are her monument."


Merrill, Catharine, The Man Shakespeare and Other Essays ... With Some Words Of Appreciation From John Muir. Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company Publishers, [1902, c. 1902]


pp. 32-38

Words From An Old Friend.



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