City of Portage June 8th .62
Dear brother John I have only to inform you of fine weather Pleasant swimming a good School and getting along firstrate etc the weather though sometimes pretty warm does not at all bother me in the schoolroom which is generaly very comfortable, and I go in swimming about every day. I think I am getting along pretty well with my studies now the longer I study I think I get along thee easyer it don't take me more than half as long to get a lesson now as it did in winter, in all I feel pretty well. The subject of fiction I liked very well for a composition I handed in the composition last wensday but it is not yet read I did not write a very long one for fear of not guessing right in all cases however I ended by saying that the sand would run into ocean till it was the same height their as here and if the sand was the same height there as here the water would be the same height here as there and we would be all drowned etc. the truth of which you may judge but John I hope you will excuse all of these blounders for I am very sleepy and my pen is poor please turn over
J D. Muir can make gass on short notice and bust every oyster can under the sun. I tried very hard yesterday to make carbonic acid gass I took a bottle put in a lot of powdered marble and water enough to cover it well, I then commenced slowly to pour in sulphuric acid which made it boil violently up out of the top of the bottle which started me after rags in a hurry to stop the flood I made another attempt and got some gass but found it easyest to put out candle with the breath of my nostrils as the gass realy seemed lighter than air instead of heavier John do please write soon and tell me how to make cairns experiments with sulphuric acid or any thin else easy to be gotten and some composition subject and tell me how you get along now expecialy with l[illegible] and when you will be home and also of every that pertaineth to Madison be sure and write soon from D. Muir good-bye
1862 Jun 8
Original letter dimensions: 25.0 x 20.0 cm
Muir, David, "Letter from David? Muir to John Muir, 1862 Jun 8" (1862). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1107.
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