[Frances N.] Pelton


John Muir


almost every thing except nature would remind you of decay. Our Hills & Mountains & Rocks of Granite would be a Substitute for your "Scottish Highlands". The same stream of water runs before the door that has since my remembrance as clear as chrystal. Some of the shrubs that I planted years ago are still alive. I am enjoying myself very much here tho I am not able to wait upon myself much. I hope that a few months among the mountains will revive and recruit me. If my "little Fannie" had lived she would have been 3 years old this month. What a com- fort and blessing - if she had lived - but my loss is her gain



Middlefield, Mass July 11th, 1862. My dear friend John You have doubtless thought that Mrs Pelton had forgotten John Muir and her promise to continue a correspondence with him - Well, let me explain - The last time you wrote me but one, you were just going to teach in the country, and forgot to tell me where to direct a letter. The last letter I received I have not been able to answer until now. You see from this that

Please write me and direct to Middlefield Mass I have left Emily with her Uncle Our House is a Hotel now I suppose you have heard before

Ever remember your old friend Mrs Pelton

I am in Mass with my friend or Parents I should have said My health has been very poor since winter. One of my lungs has been quite diseased. I was not able to travel but had company and was very anxious to be with my mother you know that we always feel, when we are sick that no one can do for us like a mother __ Well John how is it with you. You have been home and are back in school again. It seems that you are going to continue on through __ And what then __ "What are you going to make Are you going to follow some business that will call out your mechanical genius as are you going to

take some profession. Whatever you may do, I sincerely hope you may never be influenced to give up the honest pure minded sen- timents of your heart, foun- ded upon the "love of Christ" I used to think I seldom, if ever, saw a person less contaminated with wordly associations, and influences, than yourself. The Christian character is beautiful, when it is to be found in its purity. But that is not often this side of the "spirit world" John I wish you were here. Would you not like to be set back a "century" and see something old well if you were here


Middlefield, Mass.

Date Original

1862 Jul 11


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.0 cm

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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