they would all join and dance round it in a ring whooping and hallooing throwing up their bows and arrows in a dreadful manner. I should liked to have seen them but so as they could not get the [illegible] on me.
I must quit now for the boys are done with theirs and it is getting late so Adien John
Charles Reid Write soon
Buffalo Wisconsin Feb 22 1858
I received your kind letter and poem in due time. I must say you have improved greatly in your poems. I suppose this is your best one. and I think it is very good I wont worried it this time so your hopes is fulfilled. You said you could only use yourself a week longer as a wisdom bin and as that time is past now I would advise you to take care and not lose anything out of it for they are precious bins. I hope your bin is as large in proportion as the wheat bin you talk of making and I hope you will not keep it all shut up but used it as occasion requires it so your neighbors will see the great benefit of it. well what next turn over
Let me see your letter What is this John imaginary maid is that so well to a pity. but I hope it will not be so always but John when you see the real maid send for me for I would give a bawlee to see her to. You wished me to tell you in my letter how I know it gives so much pain to love and not be loved again all I can say about that is I have heard it said that those who were in that disease seemed to be pained very much about it as for having an experience- ed heart [illegible] John what have you been thinking on that is out of the road altogether but John as I make a kin of confident of you I may tell you I got a kiss in a dream and it being the first I ever experience- ed real or imaginary it gave me such a fright that it waked me up so you
see I aint drilled much to the [illegible] yet. I have been very particular in addressing your questions though it tickled me some so so I have been chopping some now days William and I cut one it was four feet through at the butt and when we cut it of 12 feet longe it was 3 feet through and I think times must have changed greatly since it was a g[illegible] The Indians I suppose must have been thick around here then perhaps at has been a [illegible] tree for many a happy couple and where two hostile tri[illegible] met and made a peace nay perhaps it is so old that it was the only one standing then and maybe they had it all flowing over with strings of beads with a seat of honour near the top where each chief sat and made a speech and then
1858 Feb 22
Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 32.5 cm
Reid, Charles, "Letter from Charles Reid to John Muir, 1858 Feb 22" (1858). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1036.
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