Daniel [H. Muir]
[illegible] all get acquainted with God and yourself get two or three books (the latest) on philosophy and engineering Read the [illegible] and whittle out as many new notions as you have time for and dont hurry yourself All I have said I suppose you to understand as joined to fathers will You asked me what kind of a shop I had got into well it is a brick boarding shop I may say I hav'nt been in any shop unless I call the steamboats shops. And with their two [illegible] engines they are not [illegible] unlike machine shops I can go if I please into that shop of [illegible] where he keeps his ice boat or into his room in the hotel there where he keeps his books and drafting tools I am trying turn my attention more to books than machines I am beginning to like geometry you ought to study it You asked me about artesian wells Here is the way Lillaman and Wells say they get their powerstrata of hard clay strata of hard clayAnd [illegible] the pipe the diggers put in strikes through the clay into the sand the water spouts up if it is as high or higher at [illegib.e] then[in margin: Up here the upper strata would be sand so the water could look [illegible] than graduall turn clay so the water would be fine, same as being [illegible] a [illegible]]
 Nov 19
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