John Muir


[John Muir]


[Daniel Muir, Jr]



& follow my instincts & am most intensely happy Some day you will also behold the Lords Yosemite I went to a noted point at the top of the valley wall today & am a little foot- sore. Yesterday I went alone up the rocks to the upper Yosemite fall & back in (a days work) the night. after doing my days work to enjoy the glory of the fall in the moonlight [illegible] [illegible] ago I was at the summit of Mt. Hoffman with an English man & Scotch man, Farewell Be hopeful & patient & do not overwork yourself. I have full confidence in you & am your brother


Yosemite June 4th [1871?]

Dear brother

Some time ago I rec'd a letter from you in which you requested a loan of a few dollars etc. I answered at once saying that I would willingly send you what you wanted if I could get out of the valley in the fall to send it I addressed the letter to Ann Arbor & perhaps you have not rec'd it As long as I have a dollar you are far more than welcome to it if you need it & I hope that you will not allow yourself to suffer for anything that


you require I am in the heart of the mtns or I would send you $200 at once I am glad to hear that you have opened an office & now let me say to you, be cheerful & hopeful. The best of physicians generally have a slow recognition of their talents & many have to go through a sort of starving period before they are known & appreciated, but be stout of heart, you have many friends & will soon have more & I suppose a true woman to share your joys & trials & labors. & Brother at this distance I reach my hand to you & press it with all the warmth of co[illegible]ding affection & say that


you shall never know a want that I can relieve wherever I may roam. Remember me very kindly to your love & say that I will be very happy to know her I am working hard in every way but enjoy most of my work Sometimes operating the saw- mill Sometimes garding in the mtns. I am more & more interested in science & am making may friends among the learned & the good who all seem to hail me as a brother I have no fixed practical aim, but am living in con- stant communion with Nature




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