00230 got my dinner and so I was in a greater hurry than ever Well I went along again, and got the shoe fixed on my sledge and comming home met some of the scholars and asked them if you was there, and they said yes so I hurryed along to get up you when I was past the school a piece I happen to look and a head pops out of the school door which I thought belonged to Divid but he did not seem to mind me so I drove on done gone again I guess you thought that bashfulness was the cause I must confess John I have rather an extra share of it which sometimes makes me as comfortable as a half boiled Lobster. [Illegible] when will I ever get married John John that is a puzzler and it has a very small share of my thoughts so it must pass without answering but I hope when it becomes needful bashfulness will not keep me from it. But perhaps it will not be amiss for me to say the same thing. When will you ever get married hoping to get an invitation in your next letter 60  Buffalo February 9th 1858The bashful gentleman Mr John Muir Esq.Dear Sir, I laughingly take the pen once more into my hand to write you a part of the new valley as David calls it. I am enjoying good health joling along doing whatever comes to hand. We had a job overhauling our co[illegible] but it is over now. I thank you for your poem but I was sorry to see the great difference between the ancient and our modern poets. The former used to set all their powers of wit and learning to work whenever they thought of making the girls the subject of their poem. They would dwell upon
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