David [Galloway] and Sarah [Muir Galloway]
 [Fall, 1861]
Dear David and Sarah I hope you and the little ones are well and happy David and John are so and perhaps even contented too We walked from Portage to Watsons I was tired but not so tired as I feared I'd be. Watsons were well, we arrived about dark They were sur- prised and happy to see us and gave us a sound welcome after they [sent?] h[illegible] [illegible] was; for though some of them kind o knew Dave none seemed able to claim acquaintance with me Next day we walked to Madison. we could see the university and fourth lake quite distinctly when we were only about half way to it Dave stood the walk well but not so very much better than mysel for though tired I was not faint "sweet the pleasure after [illegible]" O how pleasantly and contented by [comfort?] lay on the prairie when they got the chance. There was no more uneasy nervousness in them than in a fence post I need not tell you how happy I was to see our lake and school for I was thouroughly rested in the harvestfield I wenthop skip and jump up and down the stairs two or three steps at once looking for last terms acquaintances my knee and hip joints seemed to have been oiled in a moment and I quite forgot my tiredness but that fussy thrill is of course by and we now quietly [illegible] at our lessons
Goodbye Sarah and David may you always be blessed (should this be at top?)
 I often co[illegible] Dave to grow nervous about the lake's beauty but have not yet succeeded but he has no fault to find, he is surely disappointed as to the ease and leisure he promised himself here, he often looks pretty tired and pirplexed about his books and misses very much that [mean?] and [illegible] milk but of all his misses the just mentioned seems the most serous miss CC But this Miss talk makes me remember miss M[illegible] Mrs Pelton tells me she is about to be married I hope the dear girls happiness shall be much [increased?] thereby The happy mans name is Goodrich he is said to be both good and rich as his name implys - was a minister once and lives at [Dubuque?] We have been busy for a while getting our things put right and in running order We have got nice alchohol cooking apparatus and a plate and a jug if David will please pay us another visit we shall endeavor to entertain him in a more civilized and becoming manner than I did before I suppose you know by the papers how [war like?] things are here, the seventh regiment is preparing to leave, their appearance is very [illegible] but how can all the great and showy coa[illegible] of war hide its real hideousness. I was greatly surprised one evening to find Byron Harrit one of Mr Peltons nephews who used to help me with the chors at Pr du Chin with soldiers clothes on 00277
Original letter dimensions: 25.0 x 19.5 cm
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to David Galloway and Sarah Muir Galloway, 1861 Fall" (1861). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1086.
Reel 01, Image 0255
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