Harvey Reid


John Muir


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[2] enterprise he may undertake. I have often thought with pleasure and [illegible] of the payments of Doc. Carr's lectures which I heard last term, and can imagine the benefit and satisfaction you must have derived from the whole course. Your determination to engage in that whole occupation, training the young, immortal mind to intellectual vigor and moral excellence, is, I think, a good one. Not only will it be of benefit to yourself in giving you a thorough review of the common English branches; but the profession of teaching needs your kindness of heart; depth of principle, and courage in the right, to and in making the youth of our country what a free people ought to be. But, while I see clearly what a teacher ought[3] to be, I am obliged to confess that I fall far short of the standard. I am teaching this winter a school of about 50 scholars, 6 miles from home. It is a very good school - many large scholars - and they all seem to exhibit a sincere desire for improvement. I hope I may be able to perform my whole duty towards them. Wm. [Fuller?] is also teaching this winter - He is still the "same old sixpence". He has had several paying jobs of painting this fall, among which was the painting and graining of a new Methodist Church in our village. Goldsworthy has been attending the High School in Racine. The term closed last week. I don't suppose I shall ever


Union Grove, [Wisc]

Date Original

1861 Dec 29


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26.0 cm

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