John Muir


Ambrose Newton


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Fountain Lake Feb 16th, 1864 Dear friends, It was with real pleasure that I recd your long good letter yesterday so full of the experience and fruit of the aged Christian. I was sorry to think that it had been so long a time in the office, but I shall hereafter be more careful about my mail. A draft was being made just when I should have been starting for Ann Arbor which kept me at home, but letters addressed to Midland shall always reach me wherever I am. I was happy to perceive in your letter so much of that quiet resignation which the true living Christian can feel under all of the afflictions which may be placed in his cup. How Again when I reflect upon the magnitude of lifeΓÇÖs duties and upon the numberless paths which lead astray and feel at the same time that I am so susceptible of bad impressions I think of the lives which begin thus, ΓÇ£O fear not thou to die, But rather fear to live.ΓÇ¥ My sheet I see is nearly full and I must close, I am really happy Mr. Newton to think of having you as a correspondent. I have many friends but none so aged and experienced as yourself. I feel that I have need of the advice and counsel of Christians. I am sure that I shall always give your letters a hearts welcome. I thank you for the expressions of esteem which you have tendered me in your kind letter but feel that I do not deserve them. Remember me with much respect to your partner. And may you always be cheered and upheld by the God of all consolation. Goodbye. Yours with much respect John Muir


Fountain Lake, [Wisc.]

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1864 Feb 16


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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MSS 307 Muiriana

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1864 Feb 16 P1 JM to dear friends (Newtons)


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