[Ambrose and Mary] Newton
Fountain Lake Aug 2 1863 Mr and Mrs Newton Dear friends, as I now sit down to write many thoughts crowd upon me, some are very painful. The morning that I left Pr du Chien shall ever be one of mournful interest to me; I was then compelled to part with the friend who was dearest to me, fully assured that we would not again meet until we had passed through death and into the other world. And soon she was called away. She is now in the tomb. I shall not again receive her letters of cheer and encouragement, or hear her words of earnest kindness, but the marks of her goodness shall never be efaced, and her advice shall influence me all my life. more prosperous condition than ever before - all this is very cheering amid the din and desolation of war. But I now bid you goodbye. May the God of consolation grant comfort in your grief for your Dear Frances. May you be soothed and sustained by him to the end and made to rejoice in hope of immortality. Very respectfully John Muir My address will now be Ann Arbor Mich. I would like exceedingly well to hear from you. JM
Fountain Lake, [Wisc.]
1863 Aug 2
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
MSS 307 Muiriana
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1863 Aug 2 P1 JM to Mr & Mrs Newton