Dan[iel H. Muir]
patent, for I have about made up my mind that it is imposs- ible for me to escape from mechanics, I begin to see and feel that I really have some talent for invention, and I just think that I will turn all my attention that way at once. I am surprised to find so few real original inventors among workmen in these great shops, we have but one and I am very sure that I can very naturally improve his best invention rig a hub lathe. This town is noted for fever & ague, but I am determined not to leave it until I have made my invention mark I am now working at making plow handles.I received letters lately from all of our family nearly and from Henry Butler & his father, and from Emily Petton, and from Chas' Jay and W. Trout. I wrote a letter to Mary & Anna full of advice about getting married etc. I hope that like their brother Dan they will not have any lavish fear concerning it. Emily sends me advice as follows, "stick to your in- ventions God did not give you that invention[barn?] for naught" etc. ------------------------------- Henry B sent his photograph and a letter written by himself His father, Prof' Butler sent me quite a note, together with a letter of introduction to a lady miss of this town in high life
1866 May 7
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