John Muir


John Muir


Dan[iel H. Muir]



he tells her that if she will walk in the fields with me she will find that Solomon himself could not talk more wisely about plants then I, ha, ha! He tells me to go and see her without any bashfulness but I have some of that lavish fear that you speak of and I don't know whether to vent use or not. I suppose that you are now in the midst of friends & society while I have not one in all this place. Dan I suppose that you too are determined to be a machine maker, How do you prosper with that great one I hope you will help me by your invent- ions to show all mankind that the scotch are the salt of the earth and the salt of machines. In any of your [notions?] or undertakings you may all ways depend on my help when you wish it either in money or otherwise I want you to feel that my purse is your own and welcome. Have you heard from the hollow. They have bought it again but cannot [build?] yet William is working at his trade. Dan I left a jacket handker- chief with you that Mary Trout gave me take good care of it, by and send it some way if you can


Indianapolis, Ind May 7th 1866.

Dear Dany

I am still in this great noisy town, but begin to feel more at home. I am in good health, and by doing double work can on an average about 22 dollars per week. [illegible] that I have plenty of money in my pocket. I am getting acquainted with our shop and with my employers, I have just begun to make the model for the patent office, and will now put it through right or wrong, as soon as the clock is disposed of I will begin operations for another

Tell me how you get on write soon send your photograph to me & to Hattie Trout Goodbye Dan

From your true brother John


patent, for I have about made up my mind that it is imposs- ible for me to escape from mechanics, I begin to see and feel that I really have some talent for invention, and I just think that I will turn all my attention that way at once. I am surprised to find so few real original inventors among workmen in these great shops, we have but one and I am very sure that I can very naturally improve his best invention rig a hub lathe. This town is noted for fever & ague, but I am determined not to leave it until I have made my invention mark I am now working at making plow handles.


I received letters lately from all of our family nearly and from Henry Butler & his father, and from Emily Petton, and from Chas' Jay and W. Trout. I wrote a letter to Mary & Anna full of advice about getting married etc. I hope that like their brother Dan they will not have any lavish fear concerning it. Emily sends me advice as follows, "stick to your in- ventions God did not give you that invention[barn?] for naught" etc. ------------------------------- Henry B sent his photograph and a letter written by himself His father, Prof' Butler sent me quite a note, together with a letter of introduction to a lady miss of this town in high life


Indianapolis, Ind.

Date Original

1866 May 7

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Reel 01, Image 0816

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

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