William Trout


[William Trout]


John Muir


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Front he occasionally exhorts with good effect. Duncan Stirling though often a sufferer physically seems to be mentally vigorous above our expectations he is frequently listened to with much attention. A Bro Wm Mackay cousin to the Mackays of your acquaintance came from Scotland about 6 years ago lives 9 miles from Meaford is a farmer and quite a superior preacher he used to walk from home on Sunday morning and speak for 3/4ths of an hour most ably. Bro Sinclair generally leads not always satisfactorily. Fathers health holds out pretty well he is able to attend meeting pretty often and speaks frequently. We had 16 additions to our Baptist Church the result of three weeks meetings held by two elderly maiden ladies one from England the other from Auld Scotia’s shore. Their success with most people settles the question of their authority for the calling it is a strong argument in religion as well as politics. If the women were right the apostle must have been in error however the preaching was good and the converts genuine.
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Peterboro July 11, 1875
Mr. John Muir
Dear Friend your reply to my last of May 4th was duly received and has afforded us great pleasure to resume correspondence with such a long tome friend still I have shown it very poorly in thus delaying my response. I have been out-of-order for some time this spring. Lumbago was the trouble which allowed me to do anything else rather than sit down. Besides when I think of writing you so many topics come up before my mind that I would need a winter’s seclusion in the old

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Hollow with you to do them justice. I would like to ask a good number of questions on science and scientific theories and have a mutual interchange of ideas on the varying attitude of these to the religion of the Bible. We might even tread over the ground on which we mentally fought and not be the losers. Nine years observation and reflection on this life and the life to come ought certainly to result in calmer convictions and more charitable conclusions with this drawback I confess in my case less warmth and zeal.
I find myself doing what I did not intend at this time. I want to write you briefly now and send you a photo of our 14 months boy which of course is the best that
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ever run when I learn that you received it. I shall send next time another with Mrs. T and out two former cherubs on it. After which when convenient I shall get my own taken and you will have the family. In the mean time I would like to look on the countenance of my old friend to see how Father Time has dealt with the one who used to measure his passage so carefully. Our brethren have had a number of large meetings in different parts of the province with very gratifying success. About 100 immersions are reported in last no of Bible Index. The Church at Meaford still progresses many of our old Sunday Scholars are in the ranks. Joseph Whitelaw is well into the"


Peterboro, Canada

Date Original

1875 Jul 11


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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