[John Muir]


[David and Sarah Galloway]


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[2]now that I have fairly come to my senses, here is my case. I pierced my eye to an unknown [drawing of an eye with writing: position & [illegible] size of wound outer angle of right eye] depth just where the transparent & [illegible] parts meet about a half teaspoonful of the aqueous or [illegible] fluid escaped At the time of the accident I could not feel any pain or any faintness for the tremend- ous thought glared full upon me that I had lost my right eye I was before a window. I closed my left eye and opened the injured one with my fingers. The fluid fell on my hand and I saw the light slowly & utterly leave it as I thought forever. I could gladly have died where I stood because I thought I never would have heart to look at the flowers & fields[3]again. I was begged a ride home but I walked about 1/4 mile. I kept up about four hours. The doctor came & pronounced the eye lost . I was borne down at last and went to bed where I had to remain four weeks My days were terrible be- young what I can tell and my nights were if possible more terrible, frightful dreams, exhausted & terrified me every night without exception . I could scarce feel more com- pletely a new man than now had I arisen from the grave but the cup is removed and I am alive For some weeks before I was hurt I worked very hard and read & studied till about midnight or beyond it


Ind[ianapolis, Ind.]

Date Original

[18]67 Apr 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 1008

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