Julia M[errill] Moores
to the good of others – how could it be otherwise. I think I must have spoken of her & Sister Mina being with her this winter. They are in good health – though we all think Sister Kate works too hard. I wish she could be one summer with you in the Yosemite. You ask so kindly after the children that I must tell you of them. Merrill writes fully and very satisfactionly every week. He is studying hard & being ad[illegible] accordingly. He says he is perfectly well and very happy – that his work is very hard – but that he can do what any other man in his class can! I hope most sincerely that his long association with men of greatness and [underlined: goodness] will make him what00729 Indianapolis Feb. 3d 1876 232 North Alabama St. My Dear Mr Muir, I wish you could know how often you have been in my thoughts, and if you did you would not care that I have not replied before to your kind note of Nov. 30th There are some people that I love very much, and yet to whom, I think, much cannot be added of good. Somehow their happiness is so [illegible] their own souls – that whether I write to them or not does not “mak much differ” as an old friend Mr Kirkwood used to say. In this I would not imply selfishness or indifference – nothing of the kind. I know you so well, that I have perfect and entire confidence
1876 Feb 3
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