are all very, very happy. I know the pleasures of such meetings after a long absence Would that I could drop in upon your just now, instead of writing, and see "father, and mother, and Maggie, and Sarah". Remember me kindly to them all, and tell them I feel almost acquainted with them through you. I know I would like them. Perhaps I could "play Maggie" better were I to see her. You know John what I did the best I could, under the cir- cumstances. I have had a good visit from my brother at Janesville, and expect him here again in a couple of weeks. He wants me to go home with him, but I shall probably remain here six, or eight weeks longer. When I do go, I will replace the book which has given you to much anxiety. I am sorry you have been such trouble about it as the loss can be so easily remedied. I am at the bottom of my last page, and will close hoping you will keep me informed of your whereabouts Very truly your friend Eveline
Lone Rock July 17, 1861
Dear friend John, I thank you very much for your two good long letters. It was in my heart to answer your first one soon after its reception, but I was then indebted to several friends for letters, which of course must first be answered Other duties then came in and finally Mrs Pelton came and spent eleven days with me, and while she was here Mr Pelton came, and spent a Sabbath, on his way to Madison where he expected to see you, but did not find you. Mrs P. looked very thin and pale, but she improved in health a good deal while here. I enjoyed their visit exceedingly. They both feel little Fannie's death very much of course. I think Mrs. P. is more re- conciled to the bereavement than
he-that is, she takes a Christian view of the bereavement, tho he tries to submit without murmuring. I think the affliction has had a very softening, happy effect upon both of them, but Mrs P. in particular. It was a very heavy blow upon them. How my heart has bled for them. Often have I wept over the event. You know John that little Fannie was very dear to me but I feel that she has escaped a world of trouble and is now happy in Jesus bossom, and I cannot wish her back again. Her memory is embalmed in my heart, and I hope to meet her in the future world. A letter is just at hand from Mrs Pelton. She is alone just now. Mr P. and Emily are up the river. Emily will be gone a week. Grandma is away too, and the Bissell's have gone home not to return again, so that Mrs Post
and Miss Chaffe are all the ladies she has in the house now. Mrs Post's baby, is a wonder of course. Amos Snow is to become the pastor of the congregational church at the prairie. I should think from what Mrs P. told me, when she was here, that he was a man in whom all would feel interested. I am so glad they are to have a good minister, and good preaching there. We have the best of preaching once in two weeks in the little school house near by, and quite a good sabbath school every Sabbath [School deleted], with Miss Merrill for superintendent. Wont you come and visit the school, and see how I live in the country? I will teach you how to make cheese, if you do not know how already. I have become quite expert at the business. I am glad you are home, for I know you
Lone Rock, [Wisc]
1861 Jul 17
Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.5 cm
Merrill, Eveline, "Letter from Eveline Merrill to John Muir, 1861 Jul 17" (1861). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1109.
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