Mary and Anna [Muir]
learn the use and scope of words and also acquire a habit of steady continued thought. You will find that now is the golden time for gathering stores of knowledge. it is improb- able that at any other time of life you will have equal opportunities, make yourselves acquainted with all the leading facts in the worlds history & do by all means begin & personeringly pursue the study of natural science, especially of botany. Your range of pleas- ure will then grow wide & most [illegible] everyday, and a [illegible] & intelligent love for the Creator will become more & more in- tense ------------------------------ Do not fret, Anna about spend- ing a prof[illegible] life, have patience and do not fear that the[in margin: [life?]. Joanna I will send you a word or two some day. My [fondest?] love to all who [illegible] home. [illegible] John]future will not be rich in satis- faction and grant you ample scope for activity, & usefulness. You are now remote from the j[illegible] & fever & wickedness of the world where Nature has spread a table of beauty sufficient to ravish the eyes of angles. You little know the depth & intensity of that beauty & grandeur that is coming to all the undisturbed hills & meadows of your home. In all of my wide journeys I have never seen a place or section of country so rich in sweet wild flowers wealth as your own. Mary you say in your poetry how great a blessing is [illegible] & [illegible] but dear we it might be greater for here is the bottom our sheet now that we have just begun to speak & I have scarce [illegible] left to wish comfort & all good things
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