Janet D. Moores


Janet [D. Moores]


John Muir



dure a good deal - for me - but my mind is still weak, it lacks grasp somehow. I cannot take hold of intellectual work. And what else is there for me? Why do I ask that when the duty immediately before me is to make myself invaluable or extremely agreeable to my Mother & brothers. But after all "the boys" have their sweethearts & where then does the sister come in - x x I suppose I shall work into my fate somehow. I should like to "work like a star" as you say. And who knows that I shall, when I come to my best self. You did promise me [illegible][illegible][illegible]. also

Valentines Day [1]

Feb. 14th, 1890.

My Dear Mr. Muir -

you are a good time friend sure enough. I felt it or I should not have written to ask what I did. But I felt it still more when I received your prompt & cordial reply. I write immediately to my cousin, young Coe (we are three or four miles apart, though both in Boston) and have waited to hear his decision before answering your letter. He is pleased with your offer and would go within a week if he had the



a book of E.R. Sill's. But I thought I should not remind you, as your head was full of other things. Now that you mention it, however, I will be bold & lay claim to them both. I must not write more this morning. Thank you again & with kindest regards to yourself & Mrs. Muir.

I am affectionately yours



Hotel Dunbar,



[2] [3]

money for the journey. As soon as he is able to raise the necessary funds, I expect to hear of his departure. He will write you, doubtless, in a day or two. Do not expect too much of him in the way of scholarship. I think he has had little "schooling" & his rhetoric & spelling may not be of the first order. His brother on the contrary is a really intellectual fellow with literary & musical tastes - but Ed has I believe all that you will require - he is true & he means to succeed. I felt when I received your letter that a great good had come to me, that I was the one in luck, so pleasant is it to be able to put congenial work in a friend's way. Not that I did, but I was the means, the "middleman" so to speak. Now if only he pleases you & grows into the place, I shall be happier still. I read what you said of "little pills" to my doctor, who laughed, though she was a trifle indignant at your scorn of the great Homeopathic School of Medicine. Well she has done me good, as nothing & nobody has ever succeeded in doing before. Physically I am able to en


Roxbury, Mass.

Date Original

1890 Feb 14


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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