[John Muir]


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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[2]I can tell you what I am doing or not doing And I hardly know how I feel I am not unhappy. I generally whistle when I do my chors I guess I am happy But I suppose I had better wake now and tell you something Pr du Chin is a pretty place. The city is a miserable place, the prairie is seven miles by one or two walled in by bold nearly bold limestone hills, houses are scattered over nearly all the prairie the river runs on one side close to the hills, just apposite there on the very top of the ridge a nationable catholic was buried according to his dying injunction it is so steep and high you can hardly scramble to the top but I mean to try it someday I wish I had you to try it with me Everything seems [illegible] and comfortable in my big home It is dandy society I am in or maybe[3]it should be called polite the boarders are all mannerly and educated. They are great kissers they don't kiss me I don't know as they are very sentimental either It was worth while to see their ladyships and lordships eating turkey and playing blind mans buff on thanksgiving evening in the great hall, they did not succeed in getting me at either buff or fox and geese I gravely repeated Solomons words "my son if sinners entice thee consent thou not" It was taken very gravely and caused an apology next day I have a great character here for sobriety I have been trying to turn my attention to books and whittle not a bit but as they depend on me for making the f[illegible]


[Prairie du Chien, Wis]

Date Original

[ca 1860 Dec 1-21]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0115

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Page 2


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