W[illiam] H. Trout


[John Muir]


[Aug. 1876] Page 5I do not know how to thank you enough for your splendid photo we know how to appreciate it you may depend I send you a poor return the eyes have a dazed expression I meant not to have sent it but to sit again However an accident in a small way has happened me Friday last while putting up an iron store front here; a joist fell taking me heavily on the eyebrow and nose, bruised and peeled both somewhat, but inflicted no severe injury. Strangers might think to see me, that I was the victim of a big row. My count[illegible]ance is certainly not such as I wish to photograph and send to my friends. This also accounts for your getting this letter to day as I am not fit to be seen in meeting. The other card represents our family as it was 3 ½ years ago; about a year and quarter before the decease of the same two children. Our present family is much the same except that the sexes are reversed as we have a little daughter now eleven months old since last writing you You must readily admit that I have the advantage of you in [in margin: 00741]

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the study of one of the physical sciences that is the growth and develovement of the human speices. My knowledge is as utilitarians would say of an [in margin: 631] eminently practical kind. I think your curriculum will be sadly deficient without this branch. I find it wonderfully interesting it engages the affections as well as the understanding, promotes patience by giving it frequent exercise also self control and a number of other virtues. On the whole it is a very healthy study and I would advise you to take it up as it ought to be in course with you by this time I am doing my best to get off to the Centenial the latter part of the coming month Mrs [T?] will go to Meaford at the same time I suppose your interest in the arts will hardly bring you so far but it would be like coming home for you I should greatly like to meet you there I shall be there the first and second weeks of September at least Well good bye for this time you will hear from us again this winter Mrs [T?] joins with me in kindest love Yours [illegible] W.H. Trout


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Original letter dimensions: 18 x 11.5 cm.

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