[David Gilrye Muir]
if by so doing you can make yourself & family permanently more happy, If business is overdone in Portage seek another market for your goods, & if you decide to move at all. give a serious thought to California [xx deleted] & the Pacific Coast in general, Money is much more abundant here than in the Atlantic states, still there is a good deal of competion in the dry goods business, but you may find a place where you can establish yourselves I am not qualified to give advise about the matter in anything like particular terms but I am sure that in a new country, rapidly developing - & which abounds in the essential elements of natural wealth [success?] is sooner or later sure to the[in margin: Here is a cluster of flower cups from the curious Manzanita bush (Arctostapholas glauca) I found it this morning in the [walks?]]valued & enterprizing If you resolve to spend your life in agricultural pursuits do not choose Cal' ifornia for a home But I will likely see you ere you are found following the plow to your old song of "success to the jolly old farmer . Farming was a grim, material, debasing pursuit under fathers generalship but I think much more favorably of it now. The saw mill I have been at work upon belongs to Mr Hutchings It is in full operation now & runs extremely well. So you perceive I am of some practical benefit to humanity as well as the strictly useful people Mr Hutchings claims a quarter section of land in the[in margin: The manzanita is for [Katie?]. You of course cannot look at flowers amid the illnatured distractions of hard times. Most cordially yours. Remember me to [Mrs. Parry?] & warmly to your family -JM]
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
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