John Muir


Ratchel [ ? ]


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Yosemite Sep' 13th 1870Dear friend Rat[illegible] I was really glad to hear from you, I enjoyed all your letter except- ing the first half page which was wasted upon apology & I don't think it strange at all that you should write to me because I know that yours is a nature that requires sympathy always, just as you require daily bread, & now that the old home at the lake is lost, & so many of your family scattered, & above all that your beloved mother the great earthly fountain of all unfailing sympathy for all your family has left you of course you are lonely & sad & the thirst of sympathy is a thousand fold increased, I assure you that you have my most cordial sympathy & I only grieve to think that I can do so little in your sorrow. I pray that our Father in heaven may sustain you all in your terrible bereavement & knit you all still closer in the bonds of both human & heavenly love. O it is all so sad [illegible] I can't think to write of anything else, I wish I could go to you. How near you all seem, I can scarce believe that I am not with you all in this night silence in my little cottage, Yet what thousands of mile are betwixt us with only a written sheet to go between



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[1870 ?] Sep 13


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