John Muir


[Frances N.] Pelton


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since she may not put her white hands to the good employment Don't you think Mrs Pelton that of all this be indeed necessary the slaughter should be conducted solemnly, when the judge sheds tears on [pronouncing?] the doom of the atrocious murderer How strangely it seems to me I should feel if in heaven one praising with the white robe should for a little cease his praises and tell me that I had beheaded him that sunshiney day at Bull Run May peace's blessings soon be ours again May the time be near when the spirit of the Prince of Peace shall be in all hearts------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- O, Mrs Goodrich Mrs Goodrich! What shall I say, Cannot play Maggie certainly no, I had thought that Chaps arrows were as so many pine spinks from a pop gun on her shield. Well done Cupid my lad! I do hope he'll take very glad care of her, and I feel sure he will for Good-rich, is no misnomer or she would not have said, "Yea" I wish her happiness with all my might ----------------------------------------------------------------- How much things are changed since you wrote last The happy childrens voices that used to ring with the merry birds as they got posies on our lovely hill are not heard now The then verdant sod is brown and dead and the living leaves now sear and wrinkled are borne about on every wind A melancholy pleasure steals over the mind now "We all do fade as a leaf" As the leaf or the ripples on the lake generation follows generation We are passing away How great the need for energy to spend our little while to purpose How good to obey and love God who gave his Son to redeem us and fit us to live forever. Ah that vacuum I need not speak But "Safe from temptation safe from sins pollution She lives whom we call dead" I wish to be kindly remembered That God may always bless to the rest Goodbye you is the felt prayer of your sympathizing friend J Muir


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Date Original

[1861 ?]

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Reel 01, Image 0303

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Page 4


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