James Whitehead


John Muir


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#6.( if correctly given)asked Mr. Sanderson to make a coffin was simply chararactistic of the man and his country but in its relation to the Narrative and the setting given it is made the climax to a painful and revolting tradegy. I have no rememberance of his attempted suicide and never heard of it till I read of it in your printed article.I was 12 years of ago at the time of my Uncles death, was never no sent from home to exceed two days at any one time, and most psstively and emphatically, declare I never heard or know of the "Frequent beatings" mentioned, and am ready in the presence of death to make. solemn oath that I never know my father to strike him or Inflict physical punishment of any kind upon his brother. If during my absence such a thing had been done or attempted my mother whose heart wont out in sympathy and love to the poor. unfortunate, would have interposed and in due time informed me of the fact. My father impressed us children. with the necessity of treating our Uncle kindly and, found occasions to punish me severly for thoughtless pranks I played upon him.


[Hot Springs, Arkansas]

Date Original

1913 Jan 30


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Reel 21, Image 0099

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Page 6


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