Sarah and David [Galloway]
June 1st /63
Dear Sarah & David Unless hindered by circumstances not seen now I shall be at Watsons Thursday 18th I am sorry that you have not been able to visit me as I will not return to Madison but will go somewhere much farther away so that you will not be so able to reach me as now I cannot do anything towards analyzing your plant Sarah without the flower I mean to be happy for a few days around Fountain Lake in collecting specimens for my
herbalism I returned last Saturday evening from a long ramble of 25 miles through marshes mud and brushwood with a heavy basketful of flowers, weeds moss and bush things having made five or six visits besides and pressed 30 specimens or more so you need not cry over my sober face I am not so feeble you see You would like the study of Botany It is the most exciting thing in the form of even amusement much more of study that I ever knew very unlike the grave tangled Greek and Latin - but I will see you soon. Goodbye Affectionately yours J Muir.
I had almost forgotten Sarah to tell you that I was elected judge in one of the debating clubs a short time ago, also president of the Young Mens Christian A[illegible]. You say that you expect something great bye and bye, Am not I great now
1863 Jun 1
Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 24.5 cm
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Sarah and David Galloway, 1863 Jun 1" (1863). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1137.
Reel 01, Image 0545
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