John Muir


[Mary E. Newton]


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fields but a little while when they return to their great first source, pure as when springing from the peebles. So soon and so pure did your little boy return to God. The fond mother as she bends over her darling boy sees him become a man, useful and good and everyone loves him, but God who sees the end from the beginning wills otherwise and takes him to himself ere he has learned to [lisp] his holy name. But who can say that you have lost your boy? The disconsolate mother who knows nothing of the Redeemer who says ΓÇ£let the little ones come unto meΓÇ¥ may well sink under the unmitigated anguish of a bleeding heart as she sees the cold clods laid over her dear one. But you in all the fervency of a mothers love may still give your child away feeling that he will be happy, and that you will go to him. But NatureΓÇÖs grief is nonetheless hard to bear. Many trifles as you move about will echo the voice of your dear one, for a moment he will return, you will fold him in fond imagination to your bosom while you bestow again the purest of all earthly things - a mothers kiss. I have often wished that children so guileless and happy might never grow old and never die. Yet surely it is well that the little blossoms be given to God ere they be blighted by sin. But Mrs Newton my pen feels lame indeed. How gladly would I do anything that might serve you in your calamity. I am glad to perceive so much of Christian resignation in your letter. I trust that your husband has the same resignation and the same support you must not


[Fountain Lake, Wisc.]

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Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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MSS 307 Muiriana

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1863 JM to Mrs Newton undated p2


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