John Muir


John Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


[in margin: Injured eye]



[1867] Ind. Saturday Mar 9th

Dear Mother While connecting a machine belt I accidentally thrust the point of a file into my right eye last Tuesday and there is the damage I am completely prostrated and the eye is lost I have been confined to bed since the accident and for the first two or three days could not eat or drink a mouthful but I am a little better today and hope to be at work again in a month or two I am condemmed by the doctor to dark room for


some weeks I am surprised that from apparently so small a shock my whole system should be so com- pletely stunned I am now free from pain and kind friends come and read for me I am supplied with abundance of of good books and all that can con[illegible] to my speed recovery and present comfort I am with a very sensible and kind family and could not be better cared for In a few weeks I will be ready to look the world and [illegible] [illegible] in the face Well as [illegible] and I mean to make this long rest profitable as possible


and now mother I would just say to you and to father & all my friends I [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] in full You know the worst so be patient do not fret I will write soon again

My love to all John Muir

I have written at random and in the dark but hope you will be able to read my meaning


Ind[ianapollis, Ind.]

Circa Date

[1867] Mar 9

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0938

Collection Identifier

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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