David [Gilrye Muir]
and so always is the happiness of life mixed with suffereing. And well may we be led to look [illegible] ahead to the better land where no pain or separation is, little though we know about it. I mean to see you all some time this happy new Year. Seeing you after as long a journey in earths wiolent wilderness will make indeed new to me. I could not come now without leaving tyhe ranch to go to wreck a score of workmen without a head & no head to be found though I have looked long for a forman.Next [mark on page] spring after the [crops?] are [illegible] & [illegible]etc & the cherry crop sold. I mean to pay off all but half dozen or so & leave things to take their course for a month or two. Cant you send me some good steady feallows to learn this fruit business & take some of the personal supervision off my shoulders such a person could be sure of a job as long as he likedI want you to write oftener this year than heretofore however briefly. Five minutes a month at least You might devote to me: [eraser mark]Give Katie my kindest regards & buy some books or anything they may like for the children & charge to my acct, Ever lovingly Your brother John Muir
1884 Dec 30
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0166
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