John Muir


[Frances N.] Pelton


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[1] Madison Sept 28th /62 O Mrs Pelton, I was so happy to receive your letter; I could feel while reading, that I had a friend in Christian love who was a friend in deed, and that I might well be ashamed of some stray half formed thoughts which occasionally shadowed my mind, while half de- -sparing of ever hearing from you again But here again is cause for sorrow. My misgivings concerning your health have been but too well grounded. Would that I were able to do anything that would give you health. I think I can realize your anxiety to be with your mother; no earthly being can fill the place of our own self d[illegible]ying affectionate mothers and such a mother is yours from the few words she addressed to myself when so homesick, I fondly trust Dear Mrs Pelton that a mother's attention and your New England air will under Gods blessing restore you to full health you mention "Little Fannie," now I often think of her. Do you remember having promised me her picture will you please to send me a copy of that one which your mother has I am sure that your feelings are of no common kind while you gaze upon the scenes of your happy youth; each object, hill stream or trees, will crowd numberless pleasing thoughts and associations upon you, Under such circumstances I think I chould almost run wild with delight. I should like to climb your granite hills, but as for


Madison [Wisc.]

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1862 Sep 28

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