Mary and Anna [Annie L. Muir]
but they both went away and then another Anne came but no Marys then still another Anna but no Marys but a Jane there is another coming tomorrow maybe her name will be Mary But all the Marys and Anns will die some day. You are young my dear twins and perhaps you will live a long time O how very blessed you will be if you live all the time with Jesus who died on a cross long ago for you O how much he loves you surely you will love him all your days Be patient and suffer all things for that dear Jesus' sake and soon you will be with him in the Happy Land far away' Goodbye my dear sister God bless you and all the rest
One morning when I was half awake and half asleep long ago when I was in my bed Pa told me I had got twin sisters I don't know whether I was glad or not but I rather guess if he had come a minute afterwards and told me that the twin sisters had gone away up to the skies among the clouds I don't think I would have asked for the place where they went up or cried a bit after I got on my clothes and had to go and see them I am sure I would rather have gone to school and got whip[illegible] on both hands but I had to go and had to kiss them too O my kiss such soft red looking things
But the sun rose some times and set some times and things are changed and I say
Pr du Chien N[illegible] My Dear Mary and Anna My Dear twin sisters goodbye your very affectionate brother John
Did I ever write Da[illegible] Mary and Anna, before I guess not but you were dear before you k[illegible] although Mary I used to [scold?] you and you used to [scold?] me and exhort me to be a better brother, than I would say "Mary I'll make you a pulpit" This was all bad and Mary I don't think I will scold you so any more and you dear Anna you scolded too but you did not exhort so much and I
used to scold you more and exhort you more but I dont think I'll scold you any more I suppose you want me to tell you about things now Well I got into the car and away away away I went and and you did not kiss me first but the car bu[illegible] and away away away I went over hills over hills over hollows over hollows and marshes and [illegible] creeks and bridges and rivers and they all whirled and I came to Madison and then I got to Pr'du Chien and this is Tuesday evening I am learning to make machines. When I came here first there was two girls worked in the kitchen and what do you guess was there names just Mary and Anna
[Prairie du Chien]
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Mary and Anna Annie L. Muir, 1860 Nov ?" (1860). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1051.
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