[Frances N.] Pelton
4.) but though these shall have a place in my heart they can never take yours. [The picture referred to below was in fine pencil work [illegible] with a margin of leaves in each of which was written "True friends never die." The picture (about 18 x 24) was evenltually stolen among other effects from E W Pelton] You wished to have some machinery to appear in my picture, this could not easily be, so I took a drawing of my desk which I shall send you soon. There is writing under that paper which belongs only to you; perhaps it is not in a proper place; if you think so it may be cut out. Fannie's picture was too dark and in[illegible] to photograph but I got a good requeneotype from it as also from the picture with yourself, both of which are above prise to me I have seen Mrs Stoner since I returned she evinces great interest in all that relates to you I feel truly obliged to Mr Pelton for writing and am thankful to Mrs [illegible] and all the [illegible] for their kindness Remember me to all Good bye in Christian love J Muir
1. John Muir 8 fl. K sh. 17 Mar 27/62 Thursday To Mrs. P- Dear Mrs Pelton, I often think I feel your feared brow, and wish myself [near?] to bathe it, I still hear your diffie[illegible] breathing, and read the distresses you cannot speak, and though your dearest friends long accustomes to sooth the pains of sickness are at hand with all the care of their love and natural affection, I nevertheless long and ache to be near you with an intensity which I cannot describe. Mingled with your afflictions you doubtless have many of those precious blessings [illegible] to the sick, and feel that as your troubles increase so also do your consolations from God. You realize the precious and unequalled tenderness of that one "who above all others
2. well deserves the name of Friend you consoling that the blessed Saviour is our Shepherd - that having sought us while wonderers from his fold and washed away our sins, he now is with us by day and night - that he knows the measure of our griefs and every need; and that with his power and sympathy and unchangeable love he will tend us here, and in due time take us to the mansions prepared in heaven. But you are easily wearied and I will not write much. Since Jesus love you all must be well. The birds of summer began to visit us; and from the cold earth stewed with death and comiption numberless forms, living and beautiful shall in a few days appear, [As?] you after passing with resignation
3 to the same tomb shall be called forth by the same power clad in immortality not again to "fade as as a leaf', but with the God whom you love and other dear ones, to dwell where [deaf?] and sin is not. I treasure your motherly advice, and should I live long after you apart, I shall often remember you as present and seek for your sake to do whatsoever of diffienes or easy [illegible] is [illegible] for me with increased [illegible]ity. I will repeat the ex[illegible]ion of my gratitude for your genuine kindness to me when timid and inexperienced I first felt the chill countenances of so many strangers, - time nor future [illegible] or successes shall ever efface that early marks from my heart - [illegible] others have Christian benevolence whom I hope to find and love
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Frances N. Pelton, 1862 Mar 27" (1862). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1100.
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