John Muir


John Muir


[David Gilrye Muir]



St Vincent Feb 18th /66

Dear brother [Dany?],
I recd' a letter from Sarah a few days ago by which I learned that you had written me twice since arriving in Buff' this last time but had not heard from me at all, now Master Dan I believe that we of the hollow have [illegible] as complaining a ditty to the time of "shall ere we hear of Dan again", as even you could sing of the hollow, I recd' one letter from you since your visit home in which you spoke of your dis appointment concerning your educational affairs, excepting this one, no letter has reached any of us. The following letters have been mailed for you to which as yet, no answer has been recd, one from me

Mary Trout says she does not forget you and that she would like [illegible] [illegible] you [illegible] She wishes you to [illegible] a lot of flower seeds for our garden.


written shortly after the receipt of yours respecting Oberlin college, One inclosed in last from Mary Trout, and another from Mary Harcus, also one from Mary Harcus, Rachel, & Harriet in one envelope, written just about the time of your dep- arture for home last sum- mer also a very long one from "Hat" Letters to & from a friend have a peculiar value & such losses are always deeply felt, a business letter, lost or tardy may occasion re[illegible] pec[illegible] disaster - but never such real sorrow as the loss of friendships [holy feelings?] Who steals my purse steals trash 'But he who [illegible] [illegible]ships letters long, takes what not [illegible] him and makes me mad indeed'


Now Dan if all of these loving letters from loving girls are really lost you in justice to yourself and them should "l[illegible] in rhyme l[illegible] in prose" as I have done over the loss of [Jesus?]. I do not feel as though I could write at all tonight for you may never receive this, and besides I cannot tell what you know & what you do not know of our hollow news, running the risk how- ever of being dull, and of telling the same thing twice over I will write some news like [ rows?] of word in a spelling book A Jay has wedded a Raven ([Albion?]), Mary Ann Whitelaw has married Hugh Young, Ducan Sterling has returned home. [illegible] Jay is hired here for a year


Mr Trout has been very sick for three weeks, is slowly getting well The people of Meaford speak of building a [steam[ mill in thei?] village soon - We have a new stable and a new [clearing?] - The family of Mr Spratford ran away from him a few days ago but he caught the fryit[illegible] at Collingwood and would not let them secede. The sawmill is now run by a (Mr) Lake, but we still need the pond - the saw "runs" so hithery & thithery that the sawyer is supposed to be [illegible] We have had very stormy weather and "driffins" many & [illegible] We have just finished the making of 30,000 broom handles for a firm in Toronto I turned 28,000 of them I turned over 2300 one day I invented an important


attachment for the father by which better and far faster turning can be done. I have also invented and nearly completed the con- struction of an iron clock (please do not ell the folks at home about this) I have invented an entirely new method of making rake teeth Also of making bows also a machine for boring for and [driving?] the teeth, and several other fix ins of greater or lesser importance, all of which I shall describe some other time. Anna Layton Maggie Trout and some others have joined the church. I agree with the Trouts on re- ligious matters as badly as ever but do not scold so frequently what church do you attend.


Charles Jay is frequently found guilty of joking. How do you get along in learning your trade How do you spend your [coinings?] How many & what kind of acquaintances have you What church do you attend I suppose that you still intend to go to school. I am sure that a year spent in the study of practical machanics will not be bewarled as lost Mary Hareus is teaching school in Sydenham Her .P.O is still M[illegible] I am very sleepy will you please send me the following books by express as soon as possible Loomis's Introduction to practical Astronomy (Latest edition) Elements of [deleted the] Anyleytical Geometry and of the Integral and Differential calculus of Loomis

The people of the Hollow send their respects I remain affectionately your [brother?] John


St. Vincent

Date Original

1866 Feb 28

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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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