A[lfred] B[radley] Brown


John Muir


[ ], March 18, 1859.Dear friend John:I have delayed ans[wering] your letter so long that I am almost ashamed to write, but I suppose it is better to write now than never. But I hope you will excuse me for being so negligent, I can hardly tell why I have not written, I have thought a great many times I would write, but some way or other I kept putting it off until now. You wrote that you were going to speculate a little on my backwardness. I think myself that I have been pretty backward about ans[wering] your letter, but you see my "bump of letter writing is not very large," When I come tocompare my letters with yours I hardly think they will pass for an answer. However you will have to accept this for one. We are all pretty well. I have felt rather dull for a day or two since school has been out.


we have been splitting rails. I have not seen you down this way in quite a while I suppose you are busy Constructing Clocks saw mills etc I hope you will have good success in that business. Our singing school was out last Tuesday evening had a very good sing but I suppose it was just as well seeing that the rads are so bad and the evenings are getting rather short. I was much surprised on coming home to see Mr Smith & M Maitland have one or two rounds fighting seeing it was not the kind of fun that interested me I came away from them and left them and their companions to fight it out. its getting rather late John I guess I will quit writing.

from your friend A B Brown

P S I don't know whether you can read this or not my Pen is very poor and I am in a hurry. but I hope you will except this for an A[illegible] Alfred B. Brown


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Date Original

1859 Mar 18


Original letter dimensions: 18.0 x 14.5 cm

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File Identifier

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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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