John Muir


[Ambrose and Mary] Newton


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I have often remembered you and thought of sending you a letter of condolence but words seemed so very weak and inadequate in such a case that I could not begin. The Christian parent can see a dear child droop and die and give it to the grave, feeling submissively that a kind Father in heaven manages all, beyond the gloomy separation of death he sees a union that shall endure, but after all it is a sad thing to give up those we hold so dear - almost more than mortals can bear. I passed through Pr du Chien a few weeks ago on a botanical ramble. I was kindly received by Mr & Mrs Newton, but things looked lone and desolate without Mrs. Pelton. I walked away down the prairie to the cemetery and found her grave. I sat by it as long as I could, then gathered a tuft of grass from it and turned away. I am now at home, this being vacation. I shall likely be a few hundred miles nearer you next term as I mean to go to the medical school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The cause of Christ has prospered of late in Madison - a great many especially from among the young have professed faith in the divine and joined themselves to his people. A few of the young men have formed a ΓÇ£young mens Christian AssocΓÇ¥ which, it is hoped, may do much good after more interest too is taken by Christians in the Sunday school cause. The Sunday schools of the city are in a


Fountain Lake, [Wisc.]

Date Original

1863 Aug 2


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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MSS 307 Muiriana

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1863 Aug 2 P2 JM to Mr & Mrs Newton


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