John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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012003about one minute before the last breath that all were gathered together to kiss our weary affectionate father a last goodbye as he passed away into the better land of light.Few lives that I know was more restless & eventful than his - few more toilsome & full of enthuasstic endeavor onward towards light & truth & eternal love through the midst of the devils of terrestrial strife & darkness & faithless misunderstanding that wellnigh overpowered him at times & made bitter burdens for us all to bear But his last years as he lay broken in body & silent were full of calm Divine Light & he oftentimes spoke to Joanna012004of the cruel mistakes he had made in his relations towards his children & spoke particularly of me wondering how I had borne my burdens so well & patiently & warned Joanna to be watchful to govern her children by love alone.He was born in Manchester England 81 1/2 years ago. left motherless at the age of about six months & father= =less a few months later, with an elder sister who became a mother to him & brought him up on a farm in Lenarkshire Scotland While yet more boy than man he left his sisters home without telling anyone full of wild schemes for the benefit of all the world His sister the


...Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Oct 6


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0489

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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