John Muir


Dan[iel H. Muir]


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[2]sixty seven and now my brother, take heart and go onward. You are cheerful, & hopeful, and know but little of fretting cantious fear, and so of course, like a stout hearted boy learning to skate, you must have a few good tumbles, but such are most successful at last, and so the proverb is true; a bad beginning leads to a good ending. I think your sky is as promising as either Daves or mine, and more so than [illegible] per cent of all the young men of America. A boy that can penetrate Canada west from sea to sea without money and speak uncomplainingly three times a day to audiences assembled in schoolhouse, parlor, or hall, with voice of song, and sounds of drum fife, & martial trumpet, Kettle drums and that[3]such a boy will not, I think "tremble on the brink of any earthly woe" - You must tell me about the speculation What is timber lands worth in your vicinity. I am still pushing away at my saw table but I do not mean to do so always. John Reeves speaks of resuming his trade in the country - he speaks of taking a look at the country arround you soon. I expect all the Trouts are back to the Hollow. They did not do well at all in Petrolia. Mary Harkness is teaching in Oak- ville now The streets here are very slippery and there is danger of falling klite at every step


Ind[ianapolis, Ind.]

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1867 Jan 13

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