[Page 3] and I must write sense upon the other half. I read a long letter from Hattie and William Trout a month ago. They were written about this first of November I think that Hattie is trying to accomplish far too much. She is working too hard. Her enthusiastic temperament prompts her to double work in her efforts to benefit others. She is sure to injure her health and you must try to teach her moderation. In teaching her, do not fail to take some of your own instruction to yourself. All the processes of nature however gigantic are carried on without any excitement or irregular grasping and straining….so also the Saviour in all of the last labors of his life on our world was ever mild and tranquil and worked without unhealthy excitement. I wish that you and she could
Yosemite Valley [Calif.]
1870 Jan 30
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.
1870 Jan 30 JM to Duncan Sterling
MSS 307 Muiriana
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