Keep out of the way, so as not to inflict my- self on anybody. I doubt whether I shall ever over come it. The fact is Friend Muir I have been so unmercifully snubled through life, on account of my lameness that I feel it [illegible] to my [underlined: manhood] to put up with it. And although lonesomeness is terrific on a sociable dis- position like mine, it is no disgrace for me to retreat be- fore such unjust, and over- whelming odds. Go on, Dear friend, and “May Heaven help you” to describe the wonders of your travels, as only John Muir can. Truly Yours, John Bagnall. 00819  356 Jessie Street San Francisco, Cal. Oct. 20, 1878.Mr. Muir,Dear Sir and Friend: I was so glad to receive your letter, for I often think of you as fairly [underlined: reveling] among the wonders & beauties of nature! How often it occurs to me, that I would like to be [underlined: able] to be with you, even in the most humble capa- city - - For I should be in very Heaven, And feel [underlined: new life], by Nature given! I feel almost as though I could drop the sympathetic tear, for those poor fellows who lay in the grave yards of
San Francisco, Cal.
1878 Oct 20
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