John Muir


David [Gilrye Muir]


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Life is a day with its morning noon & night while disease & whatever shortens life is only an incident in the grand eternal movement. Not many I think have enjoyed more in a marriage union & walk through life than yourself & Katie Cairns. & I am sure that even in the first painful fresh grief of separation that there is [will?] you far more for thankful joy than sorrow. No life is short or a failture which has been vivified by love and then over & above all these consoling considerations there is the noble views of another life in a better world than this [illegible] & far though it be to the eyes of us poor limited mortals. God our Father loves us all & whether here or there living or dying directs - & leads us in the ways that are the best however little we may be able under our accting burdens to realize it.Take heart then dear brother & live on lovingly & bravely until Your own time & the time of all Your loved family comes for You to move on & follow after. Ever Your Affectionate brother John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1885 Apr 20


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0234

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Page 2


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