We only made five mills and the next day [arrive?] into the Valley and up to Hutching Hotel and how you hired me out to do the milking and to drive the oxen and I had never done either and I was so scared when you made the contrack that I dare not open my mouth but you said to me you can do it all right its nothing but I guess it was luckey for me that J M. went to Washington that winter. I can rember about Mrs [Sprat?] saying to me one morning after I had milked, that [buttercup?] did not give so much milk as she did when Billy milked her. and those oxen Paddy & Duke do you remember them Well I did not think I could Ever joke and drive them but I [did?] and milked tooWorcester MassachusettsMarch 9th 1902My dear John MuirI was extremely pleased to receive your second letter and to get so clear a description of your life and travels. it also pleased me to have you say you had not written as long a letter to any one in a long time for I had somehow gotten the idea that you had forgotten me but I see your memory is good and your letter brings our partnership days very clearly I never should forget them but what troubles me now and always has is that I did not know how to apreciate you and your teachings more. and it seems to me now that If I could have the same chance I could Improve on my past life in some respects02960
1902 Mar 9
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