shadow of yourself and forward it this way and I assure you it would be thankfully received - I commence my labors in the school room again tomorrow after 3 weeks holidays I have no special news, everything seems to be rolling on in about the usual course. Your friends are all pretty well and often inquire for you. [illegible]pects of a bountiful harvest Meaford is very rapidly improving you would scarcely know it now - He had a very pleasant S. S. [illegible] in a grove near by the other day but they all seemed to think it would have been nicer to have had it in the hollow - but the poor hollow is a desolate looking place now. Fathers health has been better than usual during the warm weather. Mother has not been so well this summer she is now away on a visit to her sisters and writes that she is better Maggie I think has been improving upon the whole all summer though she is often troubled with her head. The rest are all well as usual and all send their love to you Mary sends you with her kindest love the first rose that bloomed on her (climbing rose bush this summer. It is very late blooming on account of being moved this spring. Mine has never had a sigh of a flower on it yet - but it lives and grows. I have a nice fuschia blooming in my window now I must
[in margin: [send?] you one of these]
Meaford Aug 18th 1867
Dear friend John
The last of your kind and ever interesting letters reached us about 2 months ago and I for one am ashamed that it has not yet been answered. When you owe as a letter there are more looked for more anxiously or more gladly received than yours always so full of kindness and affectionate regard, more I am sure John than we deserve, though in our house you are never forgotten often do Mary and I talk over the happy by-gone days and hours spent in the hollow and in your society days that Time in his rapid flight is fastly winging far from us, soon we will be looking back and counting the years since last we parted -
[in margin: I hope we will very soon hear of your health and prosperity. Don't keep us waiting long though we do not deserve it. Accept best wishes and kindest love from your friend Hattie Trout]
I hope we will meet again someday but that is such an indefinite phrase there does not seem to be much sat- isfaction in it, still there is more perhaps than we are aware of. it is about as certain a phrase as we dare use in this uncertain world when we are as far separated - How comforting is that confiding trust that firm hope that we have of meeting our dear Savior with all those who are dear to our hearts no matter how long or how far we have been separated, if they love Him and rejoice at His coming in the clouds of Heaven when every eye shall see Him, although the time is so uncertain if we were not sure of it coming some day. I think we could never endure separations from our loved ones that we are every day of our lives subject too - I hope John it will be ours to meet in that glorious time, and, wish we may meet many times
previous to it - I know it would give us all the greatest pleasure if you sould come and see us and I hope in arranging if our plans for the future a visit to Canada will be among them. I have often this summer been imagining you travelling over those prairies the you talked of visiting with some little boy that you love for a companion searching for those dear little flowers that are so precious to your heart - And imagined the joy of your sisters and mother at your return after being so long absent. I dont know how they contained themselves, to have you so long away from them, hope you find them all well and happy Is Dany still in Michigan? and how is David Galloway? Does the sight of your eye at all improve and let us know particularly is your health improving. If you can at all John (I ask it as a favor) I wish you would in some of your travels from place to place secure a good
1867 Aug 18
Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.5 cm
Trout, Hattie, "Letter from Hattie Trout to John Muir, 1867 Aug 18" (1867). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1253.
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