John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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[2]But Sarah I am now adrift on this big sinning world and I dont know how I feel jumping out of the woods I was at once led and pushed and whirld and toped about by new everythings every- -where For three or four days my eyes at least were pleased and teased and wearied with pictures and sewing machines and squashes and reapers and quilts and ch[illegible] and apples and flowers and soldiers and firemen and thousands of all kinds of faces all of them strange but two my health hea -ven is good as good I think or better than it was at home I have many[3]friends here at least all seem to wish me well I board with a very good and respectable family Varnell is their name Little Harry Varnell and myself are the only persons in the house the rest are up town some where tonight Mrs Varnell is at a prayer meeting I expected to start for Pr du Chien this afternoon As I bade Mrs. Varnell goodbye she took my hand and looked as she might cry and said "I hope you shall succeed and have good health goodbye and God bless you" There is Sarah a flood of praise poured on me from nearly everybody here You know how dangerous it is for any


[Madison, Wisc.]

Date Original

[1860 Oct]


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0097

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Page 2


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