John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway] and David [Galloway]


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Feb 9th [4] the slughing is good now Ask for Oak hall which is about 10 miles from Madison South then ask for McKuby's district, or if you don't wish to come to school I will be in Madison any day you set you had better come to school t[illegible] and I will give you a lecture I lecture every Saturday evening on chemistry or [illegible] Philosophy sometimes to sixty or seventy you know it does not require much [illegible] to be a district school philosopher Dave has'nt visited my school nor I his But I saw him once and he said he was infimibly happy among his generous dutch, he has singing schools and Sabbath schools and writing schools I hope Maggie & John are happy and the wee [baby?]. May you all be always blest. Good by John Muir [1] [Feb. 9, 1862] Dear Sarah & David I got your letter a good long while ago but I have been so busy I have hardly known where I was Mother wrote me that you were all pretty well I am well as usual, the usual blessings attending district school teaching do not seem to yield the [illegible] consequences which I had anticipated The Monday morning that I commenced I did not know where to look nor what to say nor what to do and I'm sure looked as bashful as any maid, A [illegible] turtle upside down on a velvet sofa was as much at home I heard a scholar declare that the teacher didnt seem to know bran, but all moves with regularity and ease now I couldnt get my clocks out with me at first


[Oak Hall, Wisc.]

Date Original

[1862 Feb 9]


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 23.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0335

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