John Muir


Daniel [H. Muir]


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[2]I am still comparatively speaking in the waves but from what little I have seen and gathered from others I think unless you have to work very hard you may do as well at home as anywhere else for a year or two I do not now at all regret having stayed at home so long principally on account of eternal things but I don't know but my success in worldly things is quite as probable now as it would be had I been among machines for six years When a person is among machines all his life he seldom thinks of wanting anything and when he does his mind is so accustomed to old fashioned ways that he seldom accomplishes anything very original It has been said by some of the principal writers on machines and engineering that hardly any very great or valuable invention had ever been the work of any person who had long had to do with anything relating it, but to be a practice workmen the sooner in a worldly point of view you learn your trade the better but this I would not advise you to be. It is certainly a dreary thing to file in a great smoky shop among devilish men on two piece of iron for two or three days to make them fit closely and then[2]


[Indianapolis, Ind.]

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[1866] Nov 19

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