John Muir


William Trout


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[page 2a] your neighborhood, and have access to the sunshine and the sky and your labors, though too exacting to leave sufficient room for the improvement of your mental and general spiritual nature, are still far less so than those of many others. I have often thought of advising you to come here where so much new machinery is being made for this rapidly developing country, especially mining machinery, in which you would be sure to succeed. But then many a year might pass ere you could get yourself established in the place you are fitted for, and living is high, rents, etc, and you have a family that would have to suffer a great deal of distracting inconvenience to say the least, ere you were fairly rooted and grounded in your new place. So that if you are at all comfortable and if your life is not too much of a struggle, I should say, remain where you are


San Francisco, Calif.

Date Original

1877 Apr 22


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier

1877 Apr 22 JM to WT

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MSS 2 M953t Trout

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1877 Apr 22 JM to WT p 2a


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