Janet Douglass Moores


John Muir


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[2]I don’t think I should have such trouble to keep up with you as I used to have after walking so much with the boys. We hear every week from Merrill, who tells us College news. He is in good health, tall, broad and dark and I have heard it said, “the next best looking fellow in Yale”. Charles is five feet ten, does not resemble Merrill at all, is quite fair and looks a little afraid of his size. I am five feet and a half (inch). You see I havn’t kept up with my brothers in this particular, but I had much rather be short than have them so. Charles and I still attend the College at Irving- ton, four miles away. At first we thought it rather hard to go so far to school every day, but we are used to it now. We have often walked it. I sometimes wish we had the Vermont [3]air, with our flat country, it would be so easy to walk then. We have about two hundred students in College. about forty of them girls. The “wee Katie” as you used to call her is now a senior, fair and sweet but a little too sober. She writes well, and is a fine greek scholar, is now teaching a class in the “Anabasie”. There are five children younger than Katie, one of them, Jennie is very bright she used to say that she intended to be a poeter. Janie Ketcham is at home now after an absence of five years, three at Vassar & two abroad. She has improved much and is a handsome and interesting girl. She has kept her eyes open, is a great talker a sweet singer, speaks French well & has considerable talent for drawing. You see we have not been standing still since


[Indianapolis, Ind.]

Date Original

1878 Mar 5


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

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