John Muir


[David Gilrye Muir]


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[2]will rest in this your first enterprise a [downs?] worthy the name; and if, as you seemed to intimate might be the case, you build a whole town. I hope you will be very [ferrteekeler?] [illegible] begin well remember the nation to whom you belong, and the age in which you live - its streets must be [troddin just by?] "black gentoos & pagan Turks" but by the white & fexin Coaing people of the sons of Japheth, and its squares and avenues must be shone upon by the [illegible]of the [illegible]teenth century. May your town be spared from the attacks of cholera and all the dire epidemics of the day, and be noted more for its schools & churches than for arsenals, castles, & [cannon?] P S "I think" you might invent a better mode of watering the streets in dusty days than these barrels mounted on drays A! Dan! Dan!.----------------------[3]I am glad I am that you have found a shop where so many handles are made, it will be just the place for you, and I shall be very much interested in the working of the lathes, Tell me as soon as you can what is considered a days work in different kinds of handles, but be careful not to say much about my invention. I think of attending to that after finishing this scythe. John [Keens?] is going to move to the south end of the town in about a week. I am sorry to say that the sawyer who took your place sawed his hand dreadfully the second day after he commenced. his accident happened about as your did - his hand before it was dressed seemed to be torn in pieces, the bone of one finger joint was found by the


Ind[ianapolis, Ind.]

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1866 Aug 12

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