[John Muir ?]
[R]or hearts on which Time is the hand that writes and the pen with which he writes it, outside influences. such as, reading, social intercourse, and every thing with which we come in contact. In some there are but a few pages written (children) some are half written, and some are nearly finished (old age). Then there are printed books. Some full of good things, and like good people alway do us good whenever we associate with them then there are those dry unspicy ones which represent another class of individuals, there are also those that poison the mind and cast abroad an influence for evil over the land, which may certainly be likened to sill another class of people. Then there is the book of nature, which is a deep sub- ject for you, and also the Lambs book of Life, which will render you ample scope for a beautiful theme. You can also speak of the affect- tion which we sometimes culti- vate for books, either for their our real merits or for their [illegible] and the case which it is our duty to give books in our possession, as they [illegible] [illegible] to command our respect. [S] [ca. 1868]Will that do? I hope you may be able to weave around this skeleton some of your beautiful thoughts and if you do, I should be delighted to see it. I would consider it a great favor if you would send me one or two of your [spay?] articles as I pre- sume that I shall have to con- tribute for the Sycim paper. How many times have I wished that I had your faculty for poetry making that I might write a nice little poem which would be suitable for such an occasion and I have half a mind to ask you to write me one, only I fear it might be imposing on your time I am so glad that you have been enjoying life so well Keep on, that's the way to go. Annie says she will help me to finish the term any- way, and maybe I can make out to go the next and so finish the year, what do you think? As for Hamilton, Mother is not going, and Father under- stands it now. I don't know whether he will go himself or not, and don't care much either don't troubly your head about that I don't. 10
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