J. A. Blake


J. A. Blake


John Muir


about so when you write please tell me about the matter. Rice is not here this term he is teaching. Griffins folks I suppose you know have mov- ed to another part of the town. During this term I have boarded with Prof. Sterling. The Corr. Sec. of the young men's chris. asso. is a new member Mr M. Norton. Our Sec. has been instructed to write to absent mem- bers. I have not seen Mrs Skinner for an age and I do not know much about her. But I must stop for want of paper Your brother in Christ J. A. Blake

Tell D Muir I am very sorry that I did not see him and his lady when they called and if he comes down this way again I want him to call me out of the class yours J. Blake


Wisconsin University, Madison, Nov. 24 1863. Very dear friend Muir, I received yours of the 1st inst, in due time, and I was much pleased to learn your place of res- idence, for I was really anxious to write to you, but not knowing your address I was forced to remain silent. Why did you not write sooner? I am sorry that you have been detain- ed at home by the draft, but you left me in the dark as to the particular respect in which you were


forced to stay at home Please tell me the reas- on when you write again. I thank you for your kind assurances of regard; it makes feel an unwonted satisfaction to know that any one in the wide world cares for me for you know Muir I am rather melancholy. I am also glad to learn that your health is improved from what it was. My health is not very good and I was quite unwell some- time ago; I was under the necessity of sending

for a doctor, and of taking a lot of med- icine, but I am better now, and I still con- tinue to improve. it is with no little satisfaction that I learn my late friend and companion D. Muir has taken a wife and is now happy. May blessings be thickly showered upon him and his partner during their journey through life is the prayer of their friend Blake. You intimated in your letter that some capital joke occurred to you and Rice after my departure, Rice never said anything


Wisconsin University, Madison, [Wisc]

Date Original

1863 Nov 24


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



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