John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[6]true philanth[illegible] for the real good of mankind in general. What say you? I have also in- vented a machine for making rake teeth, and another for boring for them, & driving them, and still another for making the bows, still another used in making the handles, still another for bending them, so that rakes may now be made nearly as fast again. Farmers will be able to produce grain at a lower rate, the poor get more bread to eat. Here is more philan[illegible]- is it not? I sometimes feel as though I was losing time here, but I am at least re- ceiving my first lessons in pract- ical mechanics and as one of the firm here is a mill wright and as I am permitted to make00365[7]as many machines a I please and to remodel those now in use, the school is a pretty good one I wish that Allie & [illegible] B'- could come to see me every day, there are no children in our family here & I miss them very much. they would like to see the machinery and I could turn them wooden balls and tops, rake bows before being bent would make excellent canes, and if they should ever need crutches broom handles, & rake handles would answer. I have not heard from [Henry?] for a long time, I suppose that this evening finds you in your pleasant library amid books, & plants; & butterflies are you really successful in keeping happy [sportive?] "winged blossoms" in such weather as this - One of the fiercest snowstorms is [illegible] now, the roaring wind


"The Hollow" [Canada]

Date Original

1866 Jan 21


Original letter dimensions: 18.0 x 23.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0774

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