Dan[iel H. Muir]
I like my home here very much I am glad you find friends. My health is better than it was in summer and I take things a little easier in the shop, and mean to shirk heavy work still more [illegible] spoke turners are on their beam ends about being cut down to forty cents per hundred times are dull in Ind' I wish you could see what a nice room I have but I must leave this chatty unco[illegible]ected letter and go to my [illegible] bed I bed good night with cordial longings for your happiness and general prosperity
Your affectionate brother John
Ind' Jan 17th 67
Dear brother Dannie
Your letter of the 5th came with bad news I was truly sorry to hear that you had suffered so intensely during these days of recreation & festivity I can scarce see how you can live through five weeks of low hand with no other exercise than that made necessary by the intensity of the pain you have to bear And I am surprised too that your pecuniary affairs speak out so small a sum but we cannot expect our education tin the concerns of life for nothing you will profit by experience - a man who cannot lose money cannot make it. Sixty six is dead. - let the "dead bury its dead" - here is
sixty seven and now my brother, take heart and go onward. You are cheerful, & hopeful, and know but little of fretting cantious fear, and so of course, like a stout hearted boy learning to skate, you must have a few good tumbles, but such are most successful at last, and so the proverb is true; a bad beginning leads to a good ending. I think your sky is as promising as either Daves or mine, and more so than [illegible] per cent of all the young men of America. A boy that can penetrate Canada west from sea to sea without money and speak uncomplainingly three times a day to audiences assembled in schoolhouse, parlor, or hall, with voice of song, and sounds of drum fife, & martial trumpet, Kettle drums and that
such a boy will not, I think "tremble on the brink of any earthly woe" - You must tell me about the speculation What is timber lands worth in your vicinity. I am still pushing away at my saw table but I do not mean to do so always. John Reeves speaks of resuming his trade in the country - he speaks of taking a look at the country arround you soon. I expect all the Trouts are back to the Hollow. They did not do well at all in Petrolia. Mary Harkness is teaching in Oak- ville now The streets here are very slippery and there is danger of falling klite at every step
1867 Jan 13
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Daniel H. Muir, 1867 Jan 13" (1867). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1211.
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