William Reid


William Reid


John Muir


April 1868

From William Reid

Dear John Muir
I received your kind letter last Sunday and read it with pleasure and delight and I am going to try to write to you if I can, but I have not any thing particular to write to you, you said that Spring was coming in there I must tell you it is coming in here to I hear the birds sing and whistle it is certainly very pleasant it is music to the ear of man to hear the birds sing in the Spring after a long cold dreary winter. about you last question about folks who believe in the bible excerting themselves more for their present life than there everlasting life. although they believe the bible. yet if the truths of that Book are not sent home to the heart with power by the Holy Gost. and their hearts softened and prepared to received these truths then belief is of little consequence it is said in the Bible that Devils believe

and tremble, their belief is of no account to them, Romans X1. 4. What then, Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for but the election hath obtained it and the rest were blinded, Satin the enemy of souls is always busy. it is a great delight to him to see people unconserned for their spiritual welfare, and is doing all he can to make them worse and worse. We have great reason to watch pray that we be not carried away by his craft- iness for he is a cunning Serpent and will even become as an [Awel?] of Light to carry on his plans to deceive men and to ruin them forever, we should pray for ourselves and for one another to the great God who alone is able to keep us from being tempted to sin, it is him alone that can give us that peace and quietness of mind which we need at the trying hour of death, when we shall have to leave this world, and appear before our God

no more at present



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Circa Date

1858 Apr [1]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 16.5 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0043

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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