Joanna [Muir Brown]


[John Muir & Louie Strentzel Muir]


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[2]husband exceedingly, he has traveled a great deal in wild woods and loves the beauties of nature quite as much as I do. We have a cozy home in the bosom of the pine forest and I can step out of the back door and gather darling little ferns and mosses just at the farther end of our lot. We have mosses like those you sent in the letter and many others. We are located at the opposite end of the village from Mary but can see each other often. M. is very well and has a nice little boy. You will be sorry to hear that [3]father, after coming here with us and staying about a month, again became restless and determined to return to Hamilton. He said he had not been able to withstand our entreaties and had come almost against his sense of right and that though he had enjoyed his stay with us very much he must now return to a place where he might labor for the Lord as he could find nothing to do in so small a place; It seemed we could not let him go away into the cold world again but words were vain and he left us with tears in his own eyes


Phillips, Wis

Date Original

1880 Oct 25


Original letter dimensions: 16 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0335

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Page 2


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