Mary [Muir]


[John Muir]


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[4]and think I shall commit parts of it to memory. Everyone I have heard speak of it likes it well and much and beyond ordinary – Oh if I had such- or even a [underlined: little] of such mental wealth. Not for the sake of being wondered at by fellow beings – but because I want the [underlined: wealth] of [underlined: mind]. Perhaps you say – go to work – which is good advice – But it is not easy to churn butter from skim milk. Still I am glad to recognize a little butter - after my long University churning. I still enjoy study al- though my work takes nearly all of my time and00795 [1][in margin: I was quite amused in reading the letter from your friend Allen of San Jose – which you inclosed. It is quite funny and very kind.] Portage, Wis. May 27. 1878.My dear Brother Your very precious envelope full come to me when I was in Madison. Annie forwarded it from here. I was very glad to hear from you and just as glad to receive your pictures. Many thanks for them I think they are very good, and it does me good and makes me happy to study your face. But O if I could only see your very own face. It does not seem that anything could do me much more


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1878 May 27


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0826

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