Ambrose Newton


Ambrose Newton


John Muir



you write me that you are a going to attend a Medical school May you prosper in all your undertakings and be a blessing to many You will ever seem never to me while I live and to us all and you will ever have our best wishes, I bid you good by with the request you will write me often and on the receipt of this Let me know how you are getting on in the world Let us hereafter hold correspondence A[illegible] My Wife sends her love and wishes to be remembered I remain ever & Truly yours Ambrose Newton

N B Feb 5th 1864 Mr Muir or S[illegible] This letter is one in answer to the one you wrote me in August last I directed it to Ann Arbour Michigan you not being there to receive it it was sent to Washington, and from there sent back to me. If you ever receive it please let me hear from you immediately. Truly yours A N




Middlefield Sept 13th 1863

Mr Muir very Dear and respected friend. Your letter of the second of August was rec'd in due time I thought not best to answer it immediately for fear you would not be in Michigan to receive it so soon after your writing. I now with pleas -ure undertake to answer your kind and affectionate letter. You my dear friend have endeared yourself to us very much by the friendship and interest you have manifested towards my dear dearest Daughter while living and now the kind remembrance of her now she is no more. She when living often spoke of you. She ever [illegible] you in mind after she became aquain -ted with you She when speaking of you


always manifested true friendship and a strong desire for your prosperity and wellfare No one aside from her own relatives was nearer to her heart than yourself The letter you wrote her when home here last summer gave her much comfort in her sinking condition You are well aware of the true friendsh ip which existed between you both She was ever a friend to the friendless and therefore endeavered herself to many while living Many will miss her now she is gone But no one [will?] have these keen feelings for the loss of a friend that a Parent has She has been taken from us by her Heavenly Father Her poor body is buried in the tomb But her spirit we trust is with her Saviour and her god These are our only consoling thoughts. It was hard very hard to part with her When I think we never are to behold her face nor hear her voice nor receive her kind letters (over)


these thoughts overcome me But there is consolation in the promises of our Saviour He says when I am there ye shall be also If we hove and serve Him have been truly [rejoice?] [illegible] ther will not always be a [illegible] [illegible]ation we shall yet see our dear Frances again and hear her kind voice These are our only consoling thoughts We have many things to be thankful to our Heavenly Father for We were permitted to be with our Daughter through the most of her sickness and see she was well and for This is not the case with many Many are left to sicken and die alone far away from any earthly friend My Prayer is that this sad bereavement may be sanctified to us all Since you wrote we received a letter from my Son stating that they had lost their youngest son he died very sudden They are brought to morn for another He was a promising little Boy


Middlefield, [Mass.]

Date Original

1863 Sep 13


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 24.5 cm

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

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