[Frances N.] Pelton
4.) but though these shall have a place in my heart they can never take yours. [The picture referred to below was in fine pencil work [illegible] with a margin of leaves in each of which was written "True friends never die." The picture (about 18 x 24) was evenltually stolen among other effects from E W Pelton] You wished to have some machinery to appear in my picture, this could not easily be, so I took a drawing of my desk which I shall send you soon. There is writing under that paper which belongs only to you; perhaps it is not in a proper place; if you think so it may be cut out. Fannie's picture was too dark and in[illegible] to photograph but I got a good requeneotype from it as also from the picture with yourself, both of which are above prise to me I have seen Mrs Stoner since I returned she evinces great interest in all that relates to you I feel truly obliged to Mr Pelton for writing and am thankful to Mrs [illegible] and all the [illegible] for their kindness Remember me to all Good bye in Christian love J Muir1. John Muir 8 fl. K sh. 17 Mar 27/62 Thursday To Mrs. P- Dear Mrs Pelton, I often think I feel your feared brow, and wish myself [near?] to bathe it, I still hear your diffie[illegible] breathing, and read the distresses you cannot speak, and though your dearest friends long accustomes to sooth the pains of sickness are at hand with all the care of their love and natural affection, I nevertheless long and ache to be near you with an intensity which I cannot describe. Mingled with your afflictions you doubtless have many of those precious blessings [illegible] to the sick, and feel that as your troubles increase so also do your consolations from God. You realize the precious and unequalled tenderness of that one "who above all others
[1862 Mar 27]
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