Jeanne [C.] Carr


John Muir


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[2]the present, let us believe that nothing is without meaning and purpose which comes from the Fathers hand. And let us try to emulate the courage I fortitude of those brave thousands, who have lately sacrificed much of the beauty and joy of life, and yet go cheerfully on with what is left, And do not let us despair of beautiful & joyous days to come. I am glad to feel that you will see more with one visual again - than most persons could with half a dozen. Dr Carr says - even that eye must not be resigned as worthless until the best skill and longest expenence has pronounced it so, for even the aqueous humor may be restored. To my precious [illeigible] boy. I put off my hands to ward off the con- equences of the blow which struck you. You are in hospital, and have to lie still and be preached to, have to let women cover your bed with tracts &00395[3]wash your face when you don't want it washed. And while they are fus- sing about, dear I will hung up the Hepaticas - and the violets, and they will tell you a good many things which I do not care to say at second hand, or through an interpreter. And [illegible] you will come here and we will be eyes for you. The Cordilleras & the [illegible] mill stay in their places, they are waiting - have waited thousands of years to be set to music - the Queen of the Autettlis mill be as beautiful in her next years green as now. You will take a richer heart, and a clearer mind with which to [illegible] them, for this retirement. Dear John, I have often in my heart wondered what God was training you for. He gave you the eye within the eye. to see in all nat- ural objects the realized ideas of His mind. He gave you pure tastes, & the


Madison, [Wisc.]

Date Original

[1867] Mar 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm

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