Sarah M. Galloway


John Muir


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[2]you are studying too hard you must not do this on my account for it will not help you any You must take more time for fun it will make you stronger and you will get along all the better for it. you know we all expect great things of you bye and bye if you keep your health so you must take good care of yourself mind that. how beautiful everything will be looking around the University to banks around you lovely Lake the flowers will be peeping out from under the withered leaves and grass and all the trees just putting forth their buds and leaves how pleasant it is to watch them and to think of that silent but mighty power that makes every thing spring to fresh life and vigor the most insignificant of His works when closely examined show his wisdom, when he has placed so much that is beautiful around us and shown so much skill in the formation of the tinniest flower it is surely never meant that we should pass them by without a glance or thought all his works whither the grand and sublime or the most simple and passing are for our consideration and study[3]Jane Mitchell and me took a wander round the Lake two or three weeks ago, further round than I have been since I was married we were at that steepest bank on the other side as we were coming home Jane found a very pretty [vine?] I never saw any like it before it trails along the ground and seems to take root as it goes along I will send you a little bit of it and as you are studying Botany you can tell me what it is I have part of it planted whither it will grow or not I do not know I hope it will I had my likness taken the last time I was at Portage but David does not like it very well he said if I could have it done again in summer and perhaps he would have his done at the same time I tried hard to get him to have his taken along with mine last time but could not prevail he said he would not like to see it, so you must excuse me at present and you will get it when you come up I would not be able to go to Portage just now anyway I have been quite unwell for some time back but I am growing stronger again


Fountain Lake, [Wisc]

Date Original

[1863] Apr 29


Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 39.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0519

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