[John Muir]


Mary [Muir Hand]


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[2]handful of heads in the sturdier vase does not allow them to show to good advantabe what they are but the loose buds scattered at the foot of the vase are very fine. I would like to see you try a single flower & leaf growing in the water. thought from the size of the leaves a large sheet would be requiredI [illegible] the frost is already dividing you into clear quarters around the devilish iron stoves. I often marveled that anyone could be at all well breathing the roasted burned atmosphere of your winter homes. You are awake to the evils of drinking alcohol but not at all to the eavils of drinking burned foul air[3]which every year in our climate kills more than dram drinking strange that with so many schools & churches & great show of knowledge concerning both earth & heavens we should yet be as ignorant of so simple a matter as keeping warm in cold weather as a lot of sneezing shivering monkeys. If you are going to continue the profession of Christianity & preaching reforms of drinking etc then for conscience sake begin the business of casting out devils - those iron stoves. [illegible] [stricken word] the business out of their own eye- pull out the end of your house & build a fireplace. This is Sunday & this is a much needed sermon


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1886 Dec 5


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Reel 05, Image 0726

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