[Charles Reid]


John Muir


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[2]their beauty and refinements and all their charms and lovely perfections till dear me they [illegible] be to over [head?] and ears [illegible] with the very poem. But the modern alas, alas what a change. change did I say yes change. confounded change. I blush to think of it they take what they call their very faults and rhyms them and then speak them with great vehemence and energy even before the girls very faces. One of their what they call faults is the way the girls dress what imprudence just as if the girls had not a right to dress as they have a mind to [illegible] talks about their hoops and spin it out till they seemed to make one think they were going to get up a Locomotive and Roadsall (tail first if you please) to take a journey around them. Excuse me John but perhaps [illegible]secipro- cated love was the cause of your rhyming against the sweet little creatures. To love is painful that is[3]true. Not to love is painful to. But oh! it gives the greatest pain To love and not be loved again. I am sorry John I did not call in as I might have seen the face of a young female of eighteen with blue eyes and fair hair flowing in lines of beauty from the parting of the fair forehead to the exquis[illegible] ears and then falling in a cataract of golden glory over her shining shoulders with eyes full of love [illegible] as the deep sea and as fathomless in their deep dark beauty her well poised head and noble neck with [illegible] half maidenly half womanly in its undulating graces the rounded form altogether presenting a manifestation of womanly glory and loveliness that could have had its ideal only in the refined and passionate imaginations of the poet John Muir Esqr. and has turned him taporilterie. But I did not get your letter till next day at night and that morning I was in a hurry to get their and the horses were always sliping so I had to let them walk at night I was on foot and late next morning I was in as big a hurry with George and his horses. coming home again I had not


Buffalo [Wisc]

Date Original

1858 Feb 9


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 32.0 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0033

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Page 2


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