Dan[iel H. Muir]
As a [illegible] first then I rejoice at the birth of every Scot in general, & every Muir in particular, & I am glad to hear that there is [illegible] [illegible] of your soon engaging in the good work & furnishing [illegible] of precious scotch element to the grand human mass of the earth As for myself I am lost absorbed - Captivated with the divine & in fathomable loneliness & grandeur of Nature. Somehow I feel separated from the mass of mankind, & I do not know whether I can return to the or- dinary modes of feeling & thinking or not, I work hard for the means of traveling, & find myself able to make what is called a fortune in a great variety of ways, but bread & sunshine birds & flowers & open sky are enough for the comfort & delight of my existence
… two miles from La Grange Merced Co. Cala
1869 Apr 17
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