J. W. Sterling


J. W. Sterling


[John Muir]



too pupils of both sexes. Hoping that you will excuse my past neglect & promising you to do so no more I remain yours most cordially J M Sterling



[1] Oct 12, 1868

Madison Wis Oct. 12/68

Dear Friend

I am very much mor- tified that I should have neg- lected to answer your letter. In the great amount of correspondence I have to attend to your letter got mislaid and was forgotten. I can hardly feel that this is a sufficient justification. My duties are almost overwhelming I have this term seven [illegible] teaching a day besides my other numerous duties: Besides I have had considerable sickness in my family. Mrs Sterling has been sick for some time - very dangerously so - but is now getting better and I trust will be about in a short time. The children are well. They don't forget you


In regard to the matter of which you wrote. I have to say that I have no doubt that you can complete the scientific course in one year as you suggest. I would advise you to get Looms' new work on Astronomy and study, carefully what you can of it. I would recommend also that you read Blair's Rhet- oric Besides Astronomy, one [illegible] a day with me for a term, or [illegible[ [illegible], will enable you to complete the course in mathematics. I think you would be better satisfied, however, to spend two years more here, and study Latin & French: and I have a proposition to make you which will enable you to


do it with little or no expense It is my purpose to open next Spring or Fall a Family Boarding School for Boys, at my house near the Uni- versity grounds. I am about putting up a building for the purpose. I shall want some student connected with the University to board with me and have some super- vision of the boys out of school hours and perform some other service which will interfere hardly at all with his own studies Now I know of no one whom I would prefer for the place to yourself. Would it suit you? Let me hear from you on this point soon. We have this term nearly


Madison, Wis[c]

Date Original

1868 Oct 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26.0 cm

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