Edwin H. Abbot


John Muir


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WISCONSIN CENTRAL COMPANIES.PRESIDENT'S OFFICE.WISCONSIN CENTRAL R. R. Co.MILWAUKEE & LAKE WINNEBAGO R. R. Co.CHICAGO, WISCONSIN & MINNESOTA R. R. Co.EDWIN H. ABBOT,PRESIDENT.MILWAUKEE, WIS., 189J. M. - 2glad to know that his mother and I were his nearest and most confidential friends in life. I cannot conceive how greater freedom and openness could exist between two mortals than did exist between that boy and us, and I cannot believe simply because I do not see him here that his love is any less great and faithful and complete than I knew it to be; just as I know that my love for him never was deeper or stronger than it is now. We are all in the spiritual world now just as much as we ever shall be, and I believe it to be possible, .if we are willing to conform to the laws of love and truth, which govern his existence now in the spiritual world to be so faithful and true to him that he shall always be not merely a memory, but a spiritual presence in our lives. If we can really be happy because he has become so much happier and can lay down for him our own selfish life, that is, the inexpressible hunger for his visible presence, I cannot help believing that the time will come when we shall see clearly that in this way we really have kept on living together, although we did not see one another face to face in these years of our continual life in this world. Pardon me if I have written with too great freedom, but your letter has moved me much, and I am sure you will understand the feeling which has prompted my reply.I have letters from Philip in Switzerland and on his travels, when Herrick and he were together wandering over Mexico and California, which your appreciation of his brightness and pleasant style of writing encourages me to think may contain enough to make a little book for private circulation among those who, remembering the Philip who lived here, will be glad to know something more of that sweet and pure and bright existence. I cannot say that I have definite plans as yet; but it does seem to me there are some things in these letters that men like you will be glad to see, and which I should be glad to have you see. If anything of this sort is ever prepared, you may be sure I shall remember you.Hoping that the events of life may bring you into our neighborhood, and perhaps bring me into your neighborhood, I beg you will give me the pleasure of meeting you East, just as I should certainly give myself the pleasure of finding you if I ever come within any reasonable distance of yourself.


Milwaukee, Wisc.

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Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.

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