John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr[


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[1] possibly '66. Trouts Mills Near Meaford Sept '13th [1865]"_______" Mrs Carr Your precious letter with its burden of cheer and good wishes has come to our hollow, and has done for me that work of sympathy and encouragement which I know you kindly wished it to do. It came at a time when much needed, for I am subject to lonesomeness at times. Accept then my heartfelt gratitude - would that I could make a better return. E# I am sorry over the loss of Prof Sterlings letter, for I waited and wearied for it a long time. I have been keeping up an ir- regular course of study since leaving Madison, but with no great success. I do not believe that study, especially of the natural sciences, is incompatable with ordinary attention to business, still I seem to be able to do but one thing at a time. Since undertaking a month or two ago to invent new machinery for our mill, my mind seems to so bury itself in the work that I am fit for but little else, and then a lifetime is so little a time that we die ere we get ready to live. I would like to go to college, but then I have to say to myself "You will die ere you ccan do anything else". I should like to invent useful machinery, but it comes, "You do not wish to spend your lifetime among machines and you will die ere you can do anything else", I should like to study medicine that I might do my part in lessening human misery, but again it comes, "You will die ere you are ready or able to do so, how intensely I desire to be a Humboldt


Trouts Mill, [Canada]

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[1865] Sep 13


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 39.0 cm

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