Charles Reid


John Muir


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[2]You said in your letter that time to store wisdom bins was precious truly John you said the truth for our lives even with old age (which is not every ones) is very short for soon the place that knows us now will know us no more for every and [but?] a mile when compared with eternity for as one said could some unknown bird come from some unknown region every thousand year and take one small particle of dust away from this earth by the time the whole earth was removed it would but be the beginning of eternity although it would take thousands of thousands of years to remove even one small handful and then to look at one of the hills and think of the time it would take to remove it we would be apt to say it would take forever.[3]But I believe John I wont tell you any more of my secrets for you don't have any pity for me I suppose it is because you are more a [dreamer?] in the de[illigibleness] but If the old [illegible] had [illegible] through the ground And seen you at the beginning it The'd have though you were trembling and blushing for fun And her wonder at the beginning [o't?] Come dont hurt yourself laughing John Your elegy on the tree was very fine You seemed to mourn its death but I dont for it took a long time to accomplish it, but it is down and hauled out the way the [illegible]abogle broke one sledge but we made another with some pump[illegible] in it and if it had liken too we would have had to buried it or blown it up with powder.


Rossie Dale [Wisc.]

Date Original

1858 Mar 10


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 32.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0041

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