John Muir


[David Gilrye Muir]


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[4]valley, because he settled upon it under the prevention laws. before it was donated by congress to the state for a pleasure ground etc - But his claims are contested. & he is in Washington at present seeking satisfaction from government - I am not annoyed with over much gold at present I will have about a thousand dollars in the fall. I may need one or two hundred dolls myself & I promised to let Mary have enough to keep her at Madison a year or so if she wishes it & you may have the rest Dan or the girls may want some of it & if in the course of human events I be over taken with calamities such as sickness or marriage I shall need it myself I fear that so small a sum[in margin: with so many indeterminate conditions dangling about it will be of little use to you]00507 [1] [May, 1870] 1stYou say that you have some thoughts of retiring from the dry goods business I think you had better not be discouraged by these hard times. So great a number of depressing influences do not often occur at the same time After learning your business "stay with it" as Califorians say, untill you make a competence. If however you have come to dislike your business in itself apart from the accidental losses & depressions of hard times, then by all means leave it soon as possible You are still a young man & it is well worth your while to battle with the vexations & inconveniencies which attend the labor of making a new home[in margin: I do not know how soon I may escape from Yosemite. I am under a spell in this place.]



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[1870 May]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0291

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