John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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[4]is indeed a beautiful moss, and in springy woods covers old prosttr[illegible] trees in uncommon richness & grandeur. No 2 grows in wet and swampy places I frequently sank to my waist in beds of it when lost in that horrid Canadian swamp a year ago You ask Emily when I am going to return to the states. I think likely next summer or fall I may then complete my studies at the university - it seems as though I could not be contented with the little education I now have You seem to think that nature has designed me for an inventor - well, strange today, when your letter came I had just completed a bargin with my employers to invent a set of new machinery for the rake factory and also to manufacture a thousand doz of rakes - it seems as though I should be [illegible] inch - machinery whether I would or no - for the last three or four months I have been inventing machinery about [illegible] hours per day But GoodbyeMy sincere regards to all my friends especially to Mr. [illegible] the Newtons and Mr. Wright. May I hear from you soon Truly your friend John Muir18 [1] Trouts Mills Nov '12th 1865Dear friend Emily, I sincerely beg pardon for my gross carelessness in not writing sooner to ascertain whether or no you had quite recovered from your severe cold, I fondly hope that you have, and that now nothing remains to remind you of your long interesting journey some the deep flowing happiness which your visit to early friends and old home seems was sure to awaken. I am rally glad that you told me how your were. Your former lack of egotism is hardly now pardonable than my tardiness in writing when I knew you to be sick, but I though I had better wait until you should have returned home. I then became busy


[Near Meaford, Canada]

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1865 Nov 12

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