Daniel H. Muir
for a house each so you see I am buisy I command whatever I please but only take $2. per day and pay $4. for board & washing
The musquettoes are biting me so I can not write more I will describe the place bye & bye, ever yours
Danl H. Muir
please address me Avery Berrien Co. Mich
Avery Mich Aug 3rd /66
Dear Brother John
I will now give you a short history of my doings since last I saw you. After leaving you I passed through a miserably flat half swampy country till I arrived at Lafayette but from there to Michigan City was the same next day I found that there was no broom handles made in or near there, there had been a shop within 14 miles to the west but it was shut up it instead of turning them had planed them out by runing boards between two knives thus or perhaps
a little more accurate. I made a great many enquiries that day and concluded to start eastward on the Mich. cent R.R. I did so the same (Tuesday) evening and went to the vilage of Three Oaks but not being suited with the shop there I started next morning for Avery where I found a shop with one whip- ple tree lathe and four for broom fork hoe [illegible] handles. After some talk with the owners they told me if I could find something else to do for a week or two they would then give me a chance to begin on the whipple-tree lathe so I start- ed out towards the sawmill
where their timber came from as there was a good deal of stir there it being a new get-up 2 1/2 miles from the station on arriving there I was tackled by one man who seemed eager to know whether I was a carpenter as he wanted a house built and on my intimating that I had boarded with a house builder and having often heard him speak of the business of course knew something about it (ha ha). I was urged to take the job which I readily did and am now in full blast I have nearly finished heving the timbers and get along finely, three other men are trying to engage my services
1866 Aug 3
Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 23.0 cm
Muir, Daniel H., "Letter from Daniel H. Muir to John Muir, 1866 Aug 3" (1866). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1198.
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