John Muir


David [Gilrye Muir]


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happiest days & scrap portions of my life were in that old slant walled garret & among the smooth creeks that trickled among the sedges of Fountain Lake meadow In recalling the mechanical achievements of those early days I remember with satisfaction that the least successful one was that horrid guillotine of a thing slicing off gophers heads Those money receipts are all right, You say that business is dull but that you expect to live through it all, certainly you will, As a family we are pretty firmly united & you know that no one tree of a close clump can very well fall, In my walks through the forests of humanity I find no family clump more inwoven in root & branch than our own. I have completed the saw mill here It works extremely well. If not a "kirk & a[in margin: mill. I have at least made a house & a mill here] March 24. Yours of Feb 8th recd. (Social) [1870] Yosemite March 20 Dear Brother David G Your last of Jan. 6th reached me here in the rocks two weeks ago I am very heartily glad to learn that your dear wife, & wee ones have escaped from sickness to health-"Ten weeks of fever" Mercy what intense significance these four words have for me after my Florida experiences-We were taught to believe that Providence has special designs to accomplish by the agency of such afflictions I cannot say that I have the requisite amount of faith to feel the truth of this but one invariable result of suffering in a love knit family is to deepen affection & sympathy[in margin: I am glad to hear of [illegible] and [illegible] health & of the welfare of the [twin?] Joanna My love to all JM]



Date Original

[1870?] Mar 20


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0219

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