John Muir


[Mary Muir]


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[4]In describing the peaceful little lake among the trees you forgot yourself when the rabbit came to drink for after it had drank enough you tell it went hastily to "yonder dell" and till now over that it was a safe place where that rabbit lived I suppose the dell was where dogs did not like to go and its hollow log was so crooked that boys could not dislodge it with a long stick - you began with a lake in the trees and finished with a rabbit in its hole Your poetry Mary is good consid- ering your circumstances, and [illegible] and studying good poetry [illegible] some day write something with putting away in the corner of your drawer to show to your [cousins?] etc. I would not spend much time in verse making but you can scarce spend too much in cultivating a taste for the beauties & sublimities of nature such time is not squandered as you say I hope [illegible] this you have been on the old gray stone "pencil in hand69[1] Ind' Apr 22dMy dear poet I read your lines carefully but have not critise them much because I soon perceived that that a full criticism would occupy more pages than are in a grocers ledger Upon the whole I am pleased to see the direction that your mind is taking I believe we have all at sometime been guilty of poetry so called Even merchant matter of fact David when driving a brisk business in squirrel skin & hickory [roots?] and in colt & calf exchange wrote love songs to Katie Cairns on a stump which his father [doubted?] meant he should rater be gra[illegible] out by the roots. yes we all have rhymed but I never saw a rhym that a Muir had made that was worth half a reading


Ind[ianapolis, Ind.]

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[1867] Apr 22

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