John Muir


Dav[id Muir]


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1873 [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] Yosemite Valley March 1st 1873Dear Dave I answer your letter at once be- cause I want to urge you to do what you can in breaking up that wild Caprice of fathers of going to Bristol & Lord Muller You & David Galloway are the only reliable common sense heads in our tribe & it is important when the radical welfare of our parents & sisters are at stake that we should do all that is in our power. I expected a morbid & semifanatical outbreak of this kind as soon as I heard of his breaking free from the wholesome cares of the farm Yet I hopedthicket of destitution worthy of his benevolence Can you not convince him that the whole world id full of work for the kind & willing heart. Or if you cannot urge him to undertake any inde- pendent charity. Can you not please him in correspondence with some Milwaukee or Chicago society where he would find elbow room for all his importance. An [underlined: earnest] man like father who also has a little money is a valuable acquisition to many societies of a philanthropic kind & I feel sure that if once fairly afloat from this shoal of indolence upon wh he now chafes, that he would sail calmly the yrs now remaining to him At all events tell Mother & the girls that whether this side the sea or that, they need take no uneasiness concerning bread. I am glad you are getting more fresh air into your half shut lungs & stomach. I will be among you some day to see that army of underbrush that has appeared "since I sailed since I sailed, such a crop of babies!! My eyes in the picture may well look unnatural as I was com- pelled to stare about twenty minutes, the day was so dark, Besides I was frightened out of more than half of each of my senses by the blaze & glare of everything around me. With love to Katie & wee ones. I am unchangeably Yours John Muir


Yosemite Valley

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1873 Mar 1


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.

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