[John Muir ?]
certainly not less than half a dozen young gents made their way over to shake hands and say well done, and the girls unanimously exclaimed splendid, splendid! that's the best we've had tonight, I also sang in two quartetts, and by the way Prof. Graham has taken a notion into his head to call me away over to the other side of the assembly room, to sing alto, so I have to sit right by him, and make wailing sounds, which great honor I do not entirely appreciate. But alas! alas!
[in margin: I must go to bed early and get up early that I may have my lessons for I had callers all evening, Saturday and so could not prepare. So good bye and never again be so long in writing as to make me have so heavy a heart. Please write instanter Yours in [illegible] Joanna]
[ca. 1868] [O]
what a dreadful egotist I am becoming. I am heartily ashamed of myself. I also had a letter from mother this morning even if it was Sunday so I guess the folks do think something of me yet. They are all well at home. I have not yet written to John as I do not know what his address is. I suppose he has gone to Oakland, but do not know. I wish you would tell me if you know. You ask for another subject I was thinking that Books would be a good one. Consider the different kinds. There are [illegible] books in which something is to be written, and which may be compared to our minds or
or hearts on which Time is the hand that writes and the pen with which he writes it, outside influences. such as, reading, social intercourse, and every thing with which we come in contact. In some there are but a few pages written (children) some are half written, and some are nearly finished (old age). Then there are printed books. Some full of good things, and like good people alway do us good whenever we associate with them then there are those dry unspicy ones which represent another class of individuals, there are also those that poison the mind and cast abroad an influence for evil over the land, which may certainly be likened to sill another class of people. Then there is the book of nature, which is a deep sub- ject for you, and also the Lambs book of Life, which will render you ample scope for a beautiful theme. You can also speak of the affect- tion which we sometimes culti- vate for books, either for their our real merits or for their [illegible] and the case which it is our duty to give books in our possession, as they [illegible] [illegible] to command our respect.
[S] [ca. 1868]
Will that do? I hope you may be able to weave around this skeleton some of your beautiful thoughts and if you do, I should be delighted to see it. I would consider it a great favor if you would send me one or two of your [spay?] articles as I pre- sume that I shall have to con- tribute for the Sycim paper. How many times have I wished that I had your faculty for poetry making that I might write a nice little poem which would be suitable for such an occasion and I have half a mind to ask you to write me one, only I fear it might be imposing on your time I am so glad that you have been enjoying life so well Keep on, that's the way to go. Annie says she will help me to finish the term any- way, and maybe I can make out to go the next and so finish the year, what do you think? As for Hamilton, Mother is not going, and Father under- stands it now. I don't know whether he will go himself or not, and don't care much either don't troubly your head about that I don't. 10
Muir, Joanna, "Letter from Joanna Muir to John Muir ?, ca. 1868" (1868). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1287.
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