Jeanne [C.] Carr


[John Muir]


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[4]their rewards; many when the world owes civilization, advancement, freedom from the rank materialism of want sleep in nameless graves, and others reap what they sowed. But they are still the blessed workers working on through other hands while they truly rest from their labors & sorrows. Madison Sunday evening. I wish you were here in the 'ker- nel' of the house. It looks very pleasant especially when the wind howling with -out. I would give you your choice between talking and singing. I have built up two very pretty min- iature Wardian cases, which are filled with mosses, ferns and lichens, all growing very nicely. You would help me to contrive a tiny fountain if you should see them, then they would be perfect. They rest me when I am tired, and I think you might continue a little comfort for yourself by piling up some pretty lichen covered stones on an old plate and dropping soil among them plant therein a few mosses, which want nothing but shade and water to make them grow.00340 [1] [1865] Sauk City, Sept 24. This lovely Sabbath eveing finds me in the delicious quiet of the coun- try, with cow bells tinkling instead of steeple chimes, the drone and chirp of myriad insects for choral service, depending for a sermon upon the purple bluffs and flowing river. - "One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee, One lesson, that in every mind is blown, One lesson, of two duties served in one, Though the loud world proclaims their emity Of Toil unsevered from Tranquility, Of Labor, that in still advance outgrows Far noisier schemes, accomplished in repose, For great for haste, too high for rivalry". I see from your letter that you suffer from that which is my most grievous burden - the pressure of Time upon Life. The scale on which our studies has been planned is indeed[6] 439Your little friends are all well. I will not keep this longer on the hope of finding leisure to fill it, for my hands are at present full of work. Believe in my cordial & constant interest in all that con- cerns you, and that I have a pleas- ant way of associating you with my highest & purest enjoyments. Dr Carr sends his best regards and I am Always your friend Jeanne Carr00360


Sauk City, [Wisc.]

Date Original

[1865] Sep 24


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23.0 cm

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