James Whitehead


John Muir


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Hot Springs Ark. 3/31/13My dear Mr Muir:-Your delayed letter is to hand, and while I wrote you from a leave of duty I had no thought of you doing what you have & deeply regret the expense & inconvenience entailed.With the more fortunate & intelligent there is a craving for sympathy when in pain & trouble. With my Uncle it was a mania, while my father was not insensible to this feeling he abstained from expressing it in words; to him it would have been an exhibition of weakness as unmanly as tears.To win words of condolance & sympathy Charlie would tell of neglect & cruelty which had no foundation save in the characteristic treatment meted out to us children. These Munchausen tales were - no doubt - the source of information conveyed to you, which as evidence seemed conclusive. Men have been convicted of crime on testimony less circumstantial. As a result of a crippled right arm affected with neuritis save to sign my name I have written little with a pen for 25 years. despite this fact your articles and letters has brought the old days & times so vividly before me that I ask your indulgence05407


Hot Springs, Ark.

Date Original

1913 Mar 31


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 21, Image 0259

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