D. F. Abbott
Oxford, Kan. July 7th '04.
Long missed friend,-
Your letter & contents were surprisingly, joyfully & thankfully rec'd. I accidentally saw in some periodical your wood cut a little large than the one you sent with leaflets, and placed it in "Hacketon Acts" - so I could see your shadow at least - I've had it about three or 4 yrs. Well, I could write a little volume on the past 40 years, but I will only make a few statements in this [illegible]e, thinking it may be the last I may write - & that you may be off again to the earth's and were I to write my biography, I would begin by saying "D F Abbott was born in Locke, C[illegible]nga Co. N.Y. Aug. 5th 1838 Worked on a farm & attended district school till 19 yrs old- then taught school, short term at $13 00/100 [illegible] mo. & the next winter at $16 00/100 then coming to Northern Ill. & working on farm - sending part of wages to Father. —here I stop till some time in the future. Give my love to David - dear boy. He gave me good advice but I never followed it; consequently am not worth anything to-day,- but, perhaps- a good [illegible]
Well, here I am, scratching a letter to one of the great men of our Nation, Is it possible! I saw your name in [illegible]f, in the "Christian Herald Encyclopedia" last spring - But, to hasten:- I spent about 6 years in Wis. teaching winters as you know - then 6 yrs. in central [illegible] 32 years ago the 8th of next August I was married in the Ladies' College at the Wisconsin University to a Miss Hayes of Central N.Y. Here cousin, Mrs. Hiram Johnson was matron there at that time, and arranged our wedding. (Mr. Sabin, my brother in law, taught one of the Ward schools in Madison not far from the time you left perhaps) She Mrs. S. moved here from Baraboo, Wis. where he taught much later, & he went to N. Dacotah at same time - both made change for healths sake. - My brother Seth died ( I could say much about him) ten years ago this (20th?) of Aug. & was buried here. - My sister died nine years ago this coming Sept. & was buried here. I have two daughters who are now play a [illegible] on piano. - One 24, the other 20 this coming fall. Will speak of them perhaps if I write ever again.
My Regards, respects & love to yourself & yours.
Your friend: D. F. Abbott, Oxford, Ks
1904 Jul 07
Original letter dimensions: 32 x 19.5 cm.
Abbott, D. F., "Letter from D. F. Abbott to [John Muir], 1904 Jul 7." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2819.
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