To Fannie Pelton 20 months old daughter of Mr & Mrs Pelton.
[Only child of E. W & Frances N Pelton. dying when twenty months old] 5 Fannie you are a dear precious thing, and frail, your life has [trickled illegible] but a little way does that little stream grow deeper? does that little stream grow wider I very anxiously hope yes. Will the woes which have so loved to cluster on your soft little body go all away, will skipping gleeful life be given fragile Fannie Her Father and her mother held her life, will she sweeten their age? Ah Fannie did you know that gush of fear, and hope, and love, You would be crystal gratitude and affection, throughout and throughout forever
You have been a bit of down and rudely chased about by the side of great Eternity
O that you may get a whole life and carry consolation and gladness to many who were spared your morning ills. But Fannie, will you go the way of peace will God get your days in their dewy freshness Ah Fannie, look round and round, and search and search, and receive and what without Jesus though fairest - unheavenly pleasure gild you and take you in her lap and sing you across all your days, Your heart would be a sore sore weary thing, but pity will shed bright beams all along an everything she will soothe your sorrows away and gather you happiness and save your soul on all the other joys, A deathly blight soon soon falls, how fondly then do I trust that you will remember your Creator in
the days of your youth and serve him in the beauty of holiness all your days, and though all shall not be sunni -nes all shall be blessings and when your body lies hushed down in the buried coffin your spirit made holy shall be in heaven. ---------
J Muir 1861
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Fannie Pelton, ca. 1861" (1861). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1087.
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