Annie Hay


John Muir


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2to have a copy to lend to my children to read for I must return Maggie's as soon as father has finished. The style is very graphic and charming in its simplicity. It will do some of our young people who have such marvellous advantages in education almost thrust upon them, to read how you struggled & surmounted every obstacle to attain the knowledge you thirsted after. It reminds me of William or Robert Chambers I forget which, who used to go to a bakehouse every morning at 5 and sitting in the windowsil read to the bakers The reward being the use of their tallow candle and a halfpenny bap! "Where there is a will there is a way" as I notice in most things connected with life. It is a nice question whether it would have been better for you ultimately if things had been made easier for you. At any rate I dont think being down that well did you any good. One also speculates how much your father's creed his ideas about God & Hell &c could have been responsible for the sterness of his methods. The pendulum has swung back and we are now at the other extreme as instance the [blank] where the idea is to put no obstacles in the way of children developing from within - not to do things for them let them do things for themselves - play their own way &c. Although I dont believe in original sin Children do behave sometimes as if there were such a thing.05574


Cheshire [England]

Date Original

1913 Oct 15


Original letter dimensions: 26 x 20 cm.

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Reel 21, Image 0884

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Page 2


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