John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


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[2]of the wound or its exact direction sight was completely gone from the injured eye for the first few days & my physician said it would be ever gone but I was surprised to find that on the fourth or fifth day I could see a little with it sight con- tinued to increase for a few days but for the last three weeks it has not percep[illegible] increased or diminished I called in a Dr Parvin lately, said to be a very skillful [illegible]list & of large experience both here and in Europe He said that he thought the iris permanently injured - that the crystatine lens was not injured. That of course my two eyes would not work to- gether and that on the whole my chances of distinct vision were not good. But the bare possibility of anything like full sight is now my [illegible]staining hope, When the wound was made, about 1/3 of a teaspoonful[3]of fluid like the white of an egg flowed out upon my fingers aqueus fluid I suppose The eye has not lost its natural appearance I can see sufficiently well with it, to avoid the furniture etc in walking through a room can almost in full light recognize some of my friends But cannot distinguish one letter from another of common type I would like to hear Dr Carrs opinion of my case When I received [illegible] blow I could not feel any pain or faintness because the tre- mendous thought glared full on me that my right eye was lost I could gladly have died on the spot because I did not feel that I could have heart to look at any flower again But this is not so for I wish to try some cloudy day to walk to the woods where I am sure some of springs sweet first born is waiting


[Indianapolis, Ind.]

Date Original

[1867] Apr 6


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0988

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Page 2


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