Mary [Muir]


[John Muir]


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[in margin: Dear brother do write soon, and [often?] to us. You know not, the pleasure it affords us, or perhaps you would write more than you do. I know I have not written to you for some time, but I must say, I feel discouraged when I receive no answer Yours affectionately, Mary]as we could had we been attending school at Portage. I never thought I would fancy teaching school, but for my own amusement and benefit, attended the examination, not expecting to use my certificate. But however, have been advised to apply for the school, in Grahms district and last friday had the contract signed; and so it is decided I know teaching will be of as much benefit to me, as going to school and perhaps more, and as our summer teacher is not much further advanced than ourselves I knew It would be much better than staying at home. I should like very much to study botany and intend to do so e're long but unless we had some one to help us I am afraid we would not make much progress. Anna picked these wildflowers two or three days ago and we pressed them for you they are the first we have seen this spring. I composed these pieces last Feb. and for certain reasons wish you to express your opinion in your next epistt tell all their faults and oblige your sister Mary[3] All AloneAll alone I love to wander; all alone I love to be; All alone I love to ponder; In the shade of yonder tree.Sweeter, are my thoughts and better, Mong the birds and flowers alone, S[illegible]ed is the binding fetter Which, oer city life is thrown.All alone I love to wander, By the rushing river's brink; Time thus spent I do not squander; Time thus spent gives time to think.All alone I love to wander, When the earth is dressed in gray; When the birds have sunk to slumber, Having sung their evening lay.When the flowerets sweet and tender, Close their petals with the day, Till the sun in all his splendor, Ope's them with his warming ray.


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Date Original

1867 Apr 14


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 1012

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Page 2


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