Mary Trout


Mary [Trout ?]


John Muir


March 28 /67

Very Dear friend John

You are too kind to put yourself to so much pain and suffering to write to such a negligent friend (I hardly deserve the name friend) as Mary I do deeply feel for your great trial. O that we were only where we could do the least thing to aleviate your extreme suffering either by helping to brighten those dark tedious days, or to administer to your wants in any other way. If Hattie was where she could read for you, While I dressed you poor eye and gave you the medicine how glad we would be. I do sincerely hope ere this reaches you that the greater part of your pain will be gone, and that your eye will not be nearly as bad as you think. We wont ask you to write anymore just to let us know how you are until your eye is

past danger, Do not do anything that will run any risk of injuring the other. When I was reflecting on your condition and what you would be draining comfort from the first that entered my thoughts was your favorite hymn "There's a friend thats ever near" I know you will have thought of this and many more things long ere this. Hattie and Charlie have written such long letter that we will tire you to read them so I will shorten my part. When you get so that it will not hurt you to travel We would consider ourselves highly favored to share our humble home with you as long as you could enjoy your self with us. I sometimes think it is very selfish of us to think of wanting you to come to such a dull rough place where compared to where you are. One thing it is healthful Father is not as well and strong as when Hattie last wrote you. Maggie is about the same, the rest are as usual I am getting quite equal to my duties and domestic way. Much love and sincere wishes for your welfare from your cordial friend Mary



[Hallow, Canada]

Date Original

1867 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0964

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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