[John Muir]


Mary [Muir]


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[2]seeking education perhaps seven or eight hundred would like to learn sketching, but of that seven or eight hundred probably not one would care to buy the sketches of another. If you do not like the work of teaching I would not advise you to teach, but I do not know of any business that would suit you better. I think that after you have practiced music & drawing sufficiently you will find the work of teaching these branches very pleasant & also very remunerative You certainly have more than ordinary talent in both of these branches of education & will I think eventually find a situation as teacher that will just suit you. Botany is a science that requires a great deal of patient study, & those who can teach it[3]are not very numerous I think that you would do well to acquire a good knowl edge of botany with a view to teach it, Those who study Botany music & drawing are generally old enough & sufficiently engaged with their lessons to behave themselves, & they belong to a more refined & better bred class in society & are more easily taught You should not judge of the whole profession of teaching from the vexatious experiences of the district school. You will easily escape from the martyrdom of such institution when you are qualified for a higher place. I think that your going to Madison is just what you require. You will gain a knowl edge of teaching there a knowledge of society & things in general


Near La Grange, Calif.

Date Original

1869 May 2


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Reel 02, Image 0087

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