Sister Mary [Muir]
Yosemite Valley March 24
My dear sister Mary
I have had tidings of you but not from you for a long time indeed You have been hiding amid the [classic?] halls of the state university I am truly glad that your lives have fallen [illegible] to pleasant places. I am glad to know that you are seeking so boldly & persistently after knowledge I am sure that you will be successful. I hope that you will not hurry yourself take plenty of time & [illegible] have money you shall have it too. David will send you some of my money any time you write for it, & next fall I will send you as much as you will require for a year at least 75 I have a great many
drawings to show you some day What do you think of Lake Mendota in these quiet sunny evenings, perfectly enchanting is it not, I used to walk around lake Monona every Saturday for plants. I enclose you a note of introduction to Mrs Prof Butler She & her husband and their family are warm friends of mine & you will be heartily welcome to their home. You will have no difficulty in finding them, & you must not be bashful. I had the pleasure of meeting Prof Butler last summer in the Yosemite Valley here. I had a letter from him tonight Dr Carr & his family have left Madison. They now live in Oakland California. I have not seen them yet. I wish that you could enjoy the friendship of Mrs Carr. She is an excellent botanist & musician & [partner?] I live now amid the glories of this far[illegible] valley. You will see some Yosemite pictures at Prof Butlers
[in margin: Farewell do not study too hard & never give yourself any uneasiness about money.]
Yosemite Valley [Calif.]
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Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Sister Mary [Muir],  Mar 24." (1870). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1330.
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