John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway] and David [Galloway]


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[2] and as I had not a watch i set to work and made a clock to keep time untill I had an opportunity of getting my other one from Madison It cost about two hours work and kept time by water poping in a fine jet through a three cent piece I have a big wheel set on the [illegible] which tells the different classes when and how long to recite and a machine too for making me a fire in the morning at any hour I please So that when I go to the old log schoolhouse these cold biting mornings I find every thing warmed and a good fire I sometimes think of a "fixin" to box the boys ears for at first the cry of "He don't half whip" came loud and angrily from all parts of my parish And indeed I did think it an awful 00285[3] thing to skelp the little chaps [illegible] though so many did give proofs so rich abundance at times of being mischief to the end of the toes my voice would shape for hours after each hazel applications but now they cause precious little agitation of comp[illegible] of [soul?] My scholars however nearly all man to believe themselves they are neither good nor bad certainly not such children as Pollock speaks of so good and guileless as to seem as "made entire of beams of angels eyes" Sarah how would you like to have a new home every five or six days I often wish I could come home among you all a day or two but bye [illegible] you told Mrs Parkins that you was coming down some day I hope you will


[Oak Hall, Wisc.]

Date Original

[1862 Feb 9]


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 23.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0337

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Page 2


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