Prairie du Chin Jan 21, 1861 Dear Friend John, We were truly glad to hear from you at last I was, and giving expression to my own feelings, I am sure I expressed the sentiments of the rest of the family - that is Mr and Mrs Pelton, and Emily, not forgetting Fannie and so she (Fannie) "would get a [illegible]ible kissing if you could get hold of her." O John John! - that you the inflexible one should allow so foolish a thought to enter your head. While I admire your frankness in acknowledging your [illegible] I regret that you cannot give me a practice demonstration
of your sincerity. As what can- not be. I know of no other way but to double my diligence, and kiss her a dozen times more than usual each day for you, which will not diminish my happiness in the least, for she is just as sweet as ever, and loves me more and more. I had hoped you would escape being lonely, and home- sick but I feared you would not. I am only writing a few lines, just to cheer you a little, if possible, for I know very well all about the heart sickness you feel, in being among cold heart- [illegible] strangers. I trust you will soon find good, warm friends such as you need, and [merit?]. If you do not you must com- fort yourself with the reflection that you have them here.
I know of one who would enjoy a chat with you in the [illegible] little sitting room. Would you not like to go to McGregor to church once more? I went there again a week ago last Sunday, and heard a good sermon. I suppose you hear good preaching every Sabbath now which I know you will enjoy very much. Would that I were that privileged. I thank you for the good quills you left me. A gentle kind to write you, I take it. A word to the wise is sufficient you p[illegible]. I hurried up the morning you left, to bid you "goodbye" but I hunted in vain for you in the sitting room, parlor, and kitchen and will now bid you a pleasant good bye, The Lord bless you in all your undertakings, is the desire of your Friend [E. M.?]
Prairie du Chien, [Wisc]
1861 Jan 21
Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.0 cm
Merrill, Eveline, "Letter from Eveline Merrill to John Muir, 1861 Jan 21" (1861). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1058.
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