John Muir


[Sarah and David Galloway]


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Madison 1862Dear Brother and sister Perhaps you begin to think it long since I wrote last. After leaving the sheaves and trashing machine the merry sound of our old bell made me all [illegible] with joy, I think I love my studies more and more, and instead of the time for diss -missing them coming nearer, as one term after another passes, it seems to go farther and farther away. We live in changing times, and our plans my easily be broken, but if not I shall be seeking knowledge, for some years; here or elsewhere Our University has reached a crisis in its history, and if not passed success- -fully, the doors will be closed, when of course I should have to leave Madison for some institution which has not yet been wounded to the death by our war demon. If John Reid can spare me money I shall not teach this winter for though


Madison, [Wisc]

Date Original

1862 [Fall]


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 24.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0461

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